After a full season and a half the Cardinals final

first_imgAfter a full season and a half the Cardinals finally wonon the road Sunday, knocking off the Eagles 21-17. It’s no secret the defense played a big role in the win. The Eagles went 3-15 on third downs, while quarterbackMichael Vick was held to 123 yards passing with twointerceptions. It seems players are finally starting to soak up newdefensive coordinator Ray Horton’s system. “I think that there is no question that they’re startingto get a good feel for the defense,” head coach KenWhisenhunt said. “I also feel like they’re playing with alittle more confidence and that helps; we still make somemistakes but I think you’re seeing our guys make someplays they’re playing fast, being physical and they’regetting confidence that when they do it right they can bea pretty good unit.” Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Earlier this season the defense was criticized for beingtoo old, but now that perception has changed with youngerplayers like Sam Acho, Daryl Washington and CalaisCampbell getting upgraded roles in the defense. Even though the defense looks improved, it’s still ascaled back version of Horton’s full scheme. Whisenhuntsaid learning the complete defense will take time due toall the new aspects. “There’s a lot of flexibility with this defense that wehaven’t gotten to yet,” Whisenhunt said. “Our guys areplaying what we’ve got in pretty well and we had a goodplan for Philadelphia to try to match up to some of thethings that they did and our guys executed it.” The Cardinals next game against the 8-1 San Francisco49ers will be the a real test to see just how much thisdefense has improved. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   last_img