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The Cardinals are now the top ranked run defense in the NFL

Posted by since1898 on October 20, 2014 – 11:35 am


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28 Responses to “The Cardinals are now the top ranked run defense in the NFL”

  1. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply


    I find this fact interesting.

    Under Horton in 2012, the cards were 28th against the run, yet 5th against the pass.

    Under Bowles, the cards are #1 against the run but 31st against the pass.

    Are we better or worse?

  2. By Darren Urban on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Better or worse

    In 2012, the Cardinals were 5-11.

    This year, they are 5-1.

    At this point, I know which one I’m taking.

  3. By T.Stone on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    Thanks to B.A. and T.B.. We don’t have any D nicknames, no Ryan family bravado like “Nobody runs on us” Crap. At least not in the press. I am sure they got something internally. They just do their job, and like Fitz after a TD, just toss the ball to the Referee. So proud of that. Well done Cardinals and keep it up.

  4. By Rick on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    Right where we belong. Go Big RED!!!

  5. By T.Stone on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    I retract that last statement. According to Darrens tweet B.A made the dumbest statement he has made since he got to AZ. Just answer the question about the pass Defense B.A. Arians just wrote a check that Bowles Defense has to cash. Better back that S**t up with a shut down of D Sproles, McCoy and D Murray in two weeks . So dumb.

  6. By Darren Urban on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    T.Stone —

    RE: Comments

    You get far too angry about things that you don’t need to be angry about.

    And one of the things I have never understood is the concern about bulletin board material. If that actually makes a difference for an opposing team to get motivated — especially since the Cards are 5-1 anyway — then the Cards have an edge in the first place. A comment like that isn’t making a difference.

    Besides, they are first in the NFL. Nevertheless, you just assume they can’t stop it?

  7. By T.Stone on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    Angry? Who said anything about being angry. I just think talk is cheap when coming from a coach. I assume only one thing, that the RB’s for the Eagles Could use that for self motivation. And the Eagle’s RB coach Will show it to the RB’s for the Eagles or they will see it themselves. All of us are people who will take motivation from different sources. Why should it be said? That was my point. You may not understand bulletin board material but the players and coaches do. Why do you think Steve Smith Sr. had a clipping of a reporter ripping him as a wasted draft pick in his locker for years. Because it Motivates them. That’s why. But angry? No. I am Happy. 🙂

  8. By Darren Urban on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    T. Stone —

    RE: angry

    OK, my misinterpretation. You start dropping s-bombs, it comes across as less than happy. That’s all.

    As far as motivation, understand this: Steve Smith has a personality where something was always going to motivate him. If it wasn’t a newspaper clipping, it would have been something else. He’d create a slight if he had to. Because otherwise, you are saying Steve Smith never would have had the career he did without one random story. You’ll never convince me that’s true.

  9. By Ron on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    Classless move by Darnell Dockett yesterday and he is a captain. Why? This is not the first time he has not represented his team well.

  10. By T.Stone on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    D Urban
    RE: Angry

    Sorry, I’ll watch the s-bombs. 😉 We all know it is tough to interpret the writers feelings sometimes with just reading something. And you made my point for me better than I did. Players will create it if not given to them from somewhere else. And I for sure know this, I couldn’t convince You to buy Alaskan Ice if you were sipping a drink in Hell. So that’s why I don’t try.

    It’s about to snow here now and for that I am not too happy.

  11. By SteveG on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    Cowboys are winning the old fashion way..Running seemingly at will..and I respect that (The words are ashes in my mouth as I hate the cowslip[s but….Props where props are due).

    The moose they have at RB is quite something running behind a very big and talented O-line…When you are mentioned in any way with Jim Brown as far as NFL records go? You are doing something REALLY well….

    I have faith that we can do something with Philly at our house….But I have to say, something is gonna give at Jerry world….and I am really looking forward to watching that battle.

  12. By superbowlcards on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    I think if the Cardinals shutdown Demarco Murray and force the Cowgirls to be one dimensional Tomorrow will mess it up.
    Cowboys “D”, now that is a total shock to me, where the heck did they come from? Rolando McClain went from taking his ball home and not playing at all (had to laugh when Jerry went and got him!) to playing out of his mind!!

  13. By chris on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    We are 23rd against the pass and #1 against the run!

  14. By Scott H on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    WOW….absolutely amazing that this team is stopping the run the way it is with a defensive front that lost so much recognizable talent since last year and is so….well, un-recognizable! To anyone not a Cardinals fan, that is. But seriously, they were picking Tommy Kelly off the scrap heap right before the season and asking him to be a full-time player and contributor. That is ridiculous. But…damn if it hasn’t worked! How can that NOT be a tremendous credit to the front office and Todd Bowles and his staff?

    And you all know me, so you know I gotta look for something to be concerned about….like the odds that Bowles will still be here next year? You’d have to think that he’s gonna be on some lists by the end of the season. With him being a top coordinator….African American….and the recent trend of 6-8 teams needing new head coaches every year…how likely is it that he’s still here in 2015?

    Start keeping track now of the teams that are probably gonna be firing a coach by / at the end of the year. Because the higher that number goes, the more lists Todd Bowles is probably gonna be on. Shoot, we can count the Raiders and Jets in already. Bears? Maybe. Vikings? Maybe? Jaguars? Aren’t they always? Giants? Could be, Coughlin’s act is about due to play out in NY.

  15. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply


    Come on, That’s not fair. It is a team game and we had revolving QBs in 2012. This team would be 5-11 also with Kolb /Skelton/ whoever else.

    I’m not saying anything against Bowles, you know I love the guy.

    I’m just asking the question. Is it better to be the top run defense or the top pass defense if the other side is bad?

  16. By Darren Urban on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Not fair

    Not sure how that’s “not fair.” It’s my opinion. How does fair enter into that?

    Besides, I have an issue with your premise in the first place, at least as it pertains to this team. I don’t think the pass defense is bad. I don’t think it’s great, but I don’t think it’s bad.

    In general, I’d rather have a run defense. At least if a team is passing you have a chance at INTs, sacks. If they run on you, what are you gonna do?

  17. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    Scott H,

    So what you are saying is the Giants are going to win the superbowl?

    The last two times Coughlin was going to be fired or at least on the hot seat, he somehow turned it around and took the Giants on to win.

    I hope there is no talk about Coughlin being fired.

  18. By Zachariah on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    No where to run! No where to hide

  19. By Scott H on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG –

    I hear ya. But it’s not happening this year for the Giants. Eli has become SOOOO inconsistent, they just lost their top playmaker in Cruz, they don’t run the ball well w/out Jennings, and they do NOT have the defense their SB teams had.

    Oh, I’m sorry, were you just being silly? was any of that necessary?? In that case….never mind.

    But in the interest of keeping the number of HC vacancies to a minimum, I hope he DOES stay in NY!

  20. By Scott H on Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

    Looking ahead a little…how sweet would it be to have this defense be the first this season to stop DeMarco Murray from reaching 100 yds? That would not only be sweet, it would probably be necessary to get a Cowboys team that is dialed in right now out of its comfort zone. Romo has been playing well but he hasn’t NEEDED to be the guy making all the plays. When forced into that role, we have seen how prone he is to turning it over.

    But…more on that in 2 weeks. Right now – Eagles, and a team that can run the ball, too. They have struggled but LeSean McCoy finally broke loose last week AND they have one of the most lethal weapons out of the backfield on the planet right now in Darren Sproles. Sproles, BTW, can also kill you in the return game. I’ll be watching the injury reports, though, because Sproles was dinged in their last game and it was un-certain if he was making it back for the Arizona game. Would not mind if he is out of action for this one.

  21. By superbowlcards on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    I have always wanted Spelled in a Cardinals uniform, just never happened, but he would look good in red, or in his case kind of a redish blur! Hahai posted on other sites that the Cowgirls will come unravelledd when our defense shuts down Demarco, Tony Tomorrow will not be able to adjust to massive passing we have all seen how he panics when he has no running game to balance their attack. We shut Demarco down we win just that simple no matter how good the Dallas defense has been this year, by the way where the heck did this defense come from they were unknown and crappy the last few seasons now they playing so awesome have to give them a shoutout!! But Eagles need wings clipped first then attention turns to cowgirlz

  22. By Garrett on Oct 21, 2014 | Reply


    In all honesty, don’t you kind of think that our avg rush yards per game is so low because teams don’t really rush the ball against us because moving it via air is a lot easier.
    We currently hold the second least amount of rushes against at 138. The team that has the least amount of rush attempts against is Denver at 134….and in all honesty I’d say that is because Denver is forcing teams to pass on them because they do not have time to run it (most likely bc they are losing).

    I have all the confidence in the world in the Cardinals and would arguably declare myself their biggest fan. But I’m afraid this statistic is a bit deceiving.

    What do you think?

  23. By Darren Urban on Oct 21, 2014 | Reply

    Garrett —

    RE: Rush

    I think it doesn’t really matter. But if it is so easy to move the ball in the air, how do the Cards have such a good scoring defense?

  24. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 21, 2014 | Reply

    Darren and Garrett

    Because, inside the red zone, the field becomes shorter. Teams need to be able to run the ball or have TEs in mismatches to score. Teams can set up at the goal line and keep everything in front of them.

    So far, the cards have stopped teams from running in the red zone. And besides Denver, have been fortunate against TEs.

    Seattle won the superbowl by stopping the run and taking away big plays. Again, besides Denver, the cards have forced teams to throw the ball and make them do this on drives. Usually when a ball is throw, the offense has two good things (caught or PI) and the defense has three good things, ( INT, Incomplete, Sack)

    So the belief is, if you take away the big strike and make a team one dimensional, eventually, they will throw ints, get sacked, or go 3 and out. Looking at the cards games, again besides Denver, this is what happened.

    As to your question earlier, your opinion was what I was asking for. What I didn’t agree with was the facts you used to support your opinion. Since this is a team game, I do not think it is fair to say one defense is better than the other due to the record.

    Now when you said , “In general, I’d rather have a run defense. At least if a team is passing you have a chance at INTs, sacks. If they run on you, what are you gonna do?” That is fair and hard to argue with.

  25. By Scott H on Oct 21, 2014 | Reply

    superbowlcards –

    It has been shown that, statistically – the Cowboys defense this year is no better than their D was last year. Hard to believe, right? The difference? Simple – DeMarco Murray. Because of the way the offense is playing – more efficient, keeping the ball longer, sustaining drives – they are keeping the defense off the field. Hence, the defense is not getting a chance to hurt them nearly as much as it did last year. Hence, they appear to be much better. But how could they be??? WHERE did they improve the personnel???

    Now, if THAT doesn’t give us a clue as to how to beat this team….

  26. By Coach K on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    Is there any doubt this is the BEST coaching staff in the NFL. Massive losses of players to injury and free agency and we have the number one defense against the run, and our offense is moving the ball well after losing a running back and playing with injured backs and quarterbacks. Is there any doubt that Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles are the best coaches in the NFL?

  27. By superbowlcards on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    Just a opinion but that is what most of sports is for the canvass right.
    Cardinals are or should say would be early odds on favorite to get to Superbowl if –

    Oline didn’t have? ??marks like run blocks
    No running game to speak of

    Injury has killed us can anyone see us losing to Denver if we hadn’t lost half our defense and 2 of 3 QB’s
    Peterson playing up to his new massive paycheck would help tremendously!

  28. By NUTS on Oct 25, 2014 | Reply

    this D is doing excellent job against the run . however it’s a long way from being an elite defense. we’re not getting to the passer . we’re giving up nearly 8 yards per pass att. and we’ve surrendered at least 12 first downs by penalty . i think this is a product of teams not having much success there . and it’s the primary focus of BA. it’s amazing we’re 5-1 really . the acquisitions , plug-ins have been phenomenal . our secondary is being asked to do so much without a pass rush . teams with elite O-lines, serviceable QB’s are going to give us trouble . these guys are playing together , getting stops on 3rd down . let’s hope they improve as the season progresses . if we can get a consistent pass rush w/o bringing the house . this will be an elite DOMINANT defense . i’d like your thoughts as to weather . you think this unit might make that step this season . i’d love to be playing in Feb. but without some pressure a great O is going to crush us ..
    GO CARDS ! ! ! ! ! !

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