If linebacker Chike Okeafor can’t go Sunday with a bad shoulder, veteran Bertrand Berry would start in his place. It would also seem to leave the Cards dangerously thin at outside linebacker, because behind Berry and Clark Haggans there is only Will Davis, who has been working behind Haggans. This is why it hurt when rookie Cody Brown went down for the season.
I would think Ali Highsmith might be able to move outside if needed. The Cards could also lean more toward a dime package where safety Adrian Wilson can play a role near the line of scrimmage. But Davis is also ready to go to both sides. That was one of the things in mind when defensive coordinator Bill Davis went from the strongside and weakside LB positions the Cards used to run and go with right and left — because with right and left, guys are asked to deal with the tight end and not.
“It’s easier, because right and left means you could be the rush guy or the drop guy,” Davis said. “When it’s strong and weak, the weak is always rush and the other guy is drop. That’s part of the reason you go to this. It’s hard early — the growing pains are ugly, you get all frustrated and you almost quit the project, but when you come through the other end, you can absorb injuries easier.”
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