After bad games, Adrian Wilson often goes into a dark place. Sometimes, that makes interview sessions short and, frankly, pretty pointless, because A-Dub doesn’t have much to say. But Monday, while the Pro Bowl safety was more expansive, he beat himself down pretty well.
Asked if he was angry, Wilson – in that deep voice – responded quickly, “Yeah.”
About what, it was also simple. “My play. I just have to play better, I have to play better for my team. And I will.”
It was more detailed than that. Wilson wasn’t thrilled about his pass coverage on Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, and while no coach or other player mentioned Wilson by name when talking about pass defense, Wilson freely did.
Someone mentioned the idea that Wilson was essentially calling himself out. “It’s not uncommon for me to do that,” Wilson said. “I had a bad game – a bad two games, actually – and so I go into this game and the games going forward knowing what I need to do personally.”
What that specifically is, Wilson wasn’t hiding from it. “It’s always about coverage,” he said. “Always been that way my whole career. I will continue to work on it and work diligently on it so I can go out Sunday confident in myself.”
The Cardinals need their whole defense to play better, not that Wilson was going there. Wilson said he could only worry about himself at this point, which could be taken a couple of ways — not only self-reflection but also acknowledgment others have to also be accountable. But he intimated he must be first in the defensive improvement.
“It’s more on me than them,” Wilson said. “But I will get better.”
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