Arizona Cardinals: Will The Secondary Hold Up?


Is anyone concerned about the secondary situation? If so, you’re not alone. There is no need to panic, however, with the new regime there is a need to question where the Cardinals are headed.

For instance, Adrian Wilson, the heart of the team’s secondary, was let go, and Kerry Rhodes is gone too. In comes some new faces, few veterans and plenty of rookies. This mix of one-year deals and lack of experience makes for a unique situation for some and temporary for others.

With Tyrann Mathieu, it’s a complete positional change from cornerback to safety, and some newcomers may be forced to accept different roles. As we get more familiar with new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles system it will be intriguing to see what our secondary does to become as game changers.

A Wilson blitz or interception was never appreciated; it was more assumed. He had his issues in coverage, but his forced fumbles were precious.

The draft was very good, but it did not address safety. Instead, it caused more questions. The ability to be big and play big is two different things but both should come naturally. Peterson has shown it does but for newcomers like Antoine Cason it has not.

His pairing with Peterson is not automatic, as Jerraud Powers has been pushing him in practice for that coveted spot next to Peterson. The reason it is a special spot is because whoever picks up the slack on the opposite side will cash in next year during free agency with or without the team. A nod to GM Steve Keim at this point for his one year contract approach it keeps veterans competitive and giving rookie’s patience.

Speaking of rookies we have two coming from the same college team Oklahoma Tony Jefferson and Javon Harris. It’s rare that you even have college teammates being drafted to the same team in the same year. Both went undrafted, both were starters on a decent Sooner team and both are fighting for a spot.

Kudos to Keim again the ability to bring connections like these and ones like Mathieu’s and Peterson’s are rare. Hopefully for the Cardinals, the patience factor kicks because they are now playing behind Johnson and Bell.

It is no coincidence that the Cardinals have one of the best cornerback groups in years accumulatively speaking. The ability to get to the quarterback will be key this year with a lack of cohesion in the backfield. I believe Bell’s age does not matter but his experience and leadership will be key in a new look secondary?

As for Wilson, I hate to even remember when the Cardinals let Tim McDonald go to the Niners and they won a Super Bowl that year, Adrian is in a similar position with the Patriots. I believe the Cardinals will be fine, but the safe bet would be to be patient.

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  • Bill Doerr

    I think the Cardinals are way better at the CB position all around. Last year guy like Toler n esp Gay were horrible in coverage , gay gave up chunk’s of Yardage. All the QBs brought in are way better in Man to Man coverage , and have far better hand’s= Better at picks. Safety Rashad Johnson was the Cardinal’s most improved defensive player last year, He looked good last year in minimal playing time with some pick’s and tackles. Bell is a one-year stop gap that will result in a compensatory pick. He is a very good safety and Prior pro-bowler that will give the Card’s quality production. Tony Jefferson was the 8ith rated safety in the Draft, and a 3rd projected talent , a steal as a UDFA. Tyrann Mathieu is one year was a Heisman finalist, Consensus All-American , SEC defensive player of the year , SEC championship game MVP , won the Chuck Bednarik award reconized as the best defensive player in the nation and was the Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP. Also he is a very dangerous KR. He has excellent natural ability and Ball Skills , at 5″9 3/4 inch 190 pound im betting he will put on 5-10 muscle in the off season. He should be a huge play maker for the Cardinal’s and a really good FS. I really like that pick, had it not been for the pot , he would of been taken in the 1st round. The Cardinal’s have a very good secondary coming into the year and a very nasty front 7, top 4-5 in the NFC. Id say the 9ers , Hawks , Rams, and Cardinal’s have the best front 7s in the NFC.

    • Hciii

      Really well said all of this along with Petersons growth will be key to keep defense tops in pass coverage.