Cardinals Notebook: Defensive Makeover Coming

Ken Whisenhunt (Getty)

There are several new coaches heading to Arizona, most notably on the defensive side of the ball.

--Head coach Ken Whisenhunt is hoping that assistant secondary coach Deshea Townsend brings instant credibility to the position. Townsend played 13 years, mostly with the Steelers, and Whisenhunt called him one of the smartest players he's been around. Townsend's main task will be developing young corners such as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Greg Toler, the starters.

--The death of agent Paul Lawrence will hit the Cardinals hard. Lawrence, part of the Maximum Sports Agency, was the main representative for safety Adrian Wilson and running back Tim Hightower. He also was one of receiver Larry Fitzgerald's representatives.

--The Cardinals and Fitzgerald's main agent, Eugene Parker, have not talked recently about a new contract. The Cardinals have expressed interest in extending Fitzgerald's deal, but travel plans by both parties delayed discussions. They are expected to resume soon.

--Louie Cioffi, the new secondary coach, has spent most of his career with the Bengals, but Whisenhunt knows him. When Whisenhunt applied for a job with the Bengals years ago, Cioffi showed him around. And Whisenhunt and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis are friends. Lewis recommended Cioffi highly.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "What do they say? It's good to be king?" -- Offensive coordinator Mike Miller, in reply to coach Ken Whisenhunt saying Whisenhunt was going to "call the good plays" in 2011.

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