The prospective free agent would be a great addition to an Arizona Cardinals defense that could use an injection of talent
Just one week ago, fans of the Arizona Cardinals received some unfortunate news. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced that the team’s defensive coordinator, Vance Joseph, will return next season. For some odd reason, the Cards braintrust feels that the architect of the NFL’s 32nd-ranked unit should be back for another campaign.
One way to cover up the assistant coach’s deficiencies would be to surround him with some talented defenders. Prospective free agent Jadeveon Clowney would look absolutely fantastic in an Arizona uniform. Anyone who watched the Seattle Seahawks edge rusher dominate versus the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday would have to agree with that statement.
Clowney, putting it simply, was a one-man wrecking crew during Seattle’s victory in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. The 26-year old racked up five solo tackles (two for loss), a sack and a quarterback hit. In addition to those statistics, Clowney did something during the first quarter that completely changed the complexion of the matchup with Philadelphia.
The helmet-to-helmet hit that Clowney inflicted on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz may have won the game for the Seahawks. Philly’s signal-caller exited the field and never returned. It was the kind of difference-making play that was missing from the Cardinals defense all year long.
Clowney would serve as an excellent compliment to Pro Bowler Chandler Jones if he came to the desert. The duo would almost certainly wreak havoc on any offense placed in front of them. A pairing of Clowney and Jones would do wonders for a defensive group that struggled to get off of the field in 2019.
Pursuing a stud free agent like Clowney should be a no-brainer for Cards general manager Steve Keim. Adding some impactful reinforcements to the defense would go a long way in making Joseph’s job easier.
Clowney would be an outstanding step in the right direction.