Arizona Cardinals: Developing A Pass Rush
Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Calais Campbell (93) holds up the ball after recovering the fumbled ball in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports
All I heard over the summer was how much most of the defensive players hated Ray Horton’s scheme and none more than Darnell Dockett. He kept saying how that system was holding back the player he could be since mostly his job included moving linemen out of the way for line backer Daryl Washington who led the team with nine sacks. That system clearly worked which led the defense to have 38 sacks which is a little over two a game.
So far this season the Cardinals only have one sack which is a concern to some fans. Dockett was doing a lot of talking and though it’s still early in the season he needs to start rushing the quarterback and be a man of his word. This week would be a great time to start against the New Orleans Saints.
Though the team is not getting to the quarterback they are much improved from last year against the run. Who are only allowing 58 yards a game this season, good enough for the third best in the league. Coach Arians said he’s fine with not getting sacks as long as they keep stopping opposing team’s running game.
The reason I pinned this on Dockett is because he is a captain of the defense and veteran. Though Calais Campbell hasn’t shown much either he didn’t talk as much as Dockett. They better get their act together this week because if Drew Brees has all day to throw it will be a long Sunday for the Cardinal’s defense. So how about it guys get to the quarterback this week, and hit him hard.