“Third-string” Abraham and the pass rush

Posted by Darren Urban on September 4, 2013 – 9:47 am

The depth chart, as I mentioned yesterday, can only be believed to a certain point. Things often change and are more flexible than what’s listed in one certain package ABrhamblogUSE(especially on the defensive side.) That’s one thing to remember when John Abraham pops up as “third string” behind Lorenzo Alexander and Matt Shaughnessy. I remember running into Bruce Arians at one point during the owners meetings in March at the Biltmore, and even then — long before Abraham, for instance — saying that he considered many more than just 22 guys “starters.” If you were in a certain package as first unit, you were a starter. Since Abraham will be on the field for nickel to rush the passer, he too is a “starter” in Arians’ eyes.

Abraham played just 27 plays the entire preseason. The Cards knew what they had in him (especially when, in just five plays in the opener, Abraham came up with a strip-sack in Green Bay.) The Cards are counting on him getting double-digit sacks this season — as he is himself — and that’s been an elusive thing for the Cards’ defense the last few years. The last time that happened was 2004, when Bertrand Berry had 14.5.

Pressure on the quarterback is always where the defense starts. The Cardinals will need Abraham. They will need the defensive linemen, especially Darnell Dockett, to up the havoc level. Calais Campbell has to be seen as a given. And elsewhere, whether it is Sam Acho or Lorenzo Alexander or Matt Shaughnessy, there has to be more. It will start with Abraham, though. That’s why he’s here.

— One more number change in addition to the ones we saw yesterday. Safety Rashad Johnson is switching from 49 to 26.

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17 Responses to ““Third-string” Abraham and the pass rush”

  1. By Matt H on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren, did ESPN poach Josh Weinfuss for their Cardinals blog?

  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Matt H —

    RE: Josh

    Yes, Josh no longer works here.

  3. By Richard D on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    I was kind of curious as to if ESPN would come after you for that job. Did you get an offer?

  4. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Richard D —

    RE: ESPN

    I think that’s better left out of the public eye.

  5. By Chris B on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Why did Rashad switch? Will you ask him?

  6. By Dynosoar on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    I like the phrase above “up the havoc level.” If our defense does this and our offense scores massive points, man o man what a division we’ll be in. That division title will be tougher to earn than a Super Bowl win.

  7. By ored on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    looking for okafor to be soaking up all he can from abraham,would be awesome if he broke out next year.

  8. By Dynosoar on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    I hope Dockett and company were Boy Scout’s because all the Scout’s in our Troop when I was Scoutmaster understood the phrase “up the havoc level.”

    Darren, that’s one awesome quote and it’s going on my quote wall.

    Man, do I want to see our defense up the havoc level. If we get 5+ turnovers per game like we had against Dallas, we can’t lose.

    I like win-win situations I’d like every game to be win-win. A win for our defense AND a win for our offense. Win-Win.

    ored, yeah that’d be awesome, can he break out this year? What do you think?

  9. By louis on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    we will finish 2 14 this year . because we don/t have the coaching staff or the players to have a good season.

  10. By MikeinMesa on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Hey louis I feel a bet coming on. Come on, the Cardinals have upgraded and they won 5 last year. They will at least equal that. Your alter ego isn’t Joe Btfsplk is it?

  11. By rojobird on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    @Louis you must be a 9ers fan…. Go Cardinals!!!!

  12. By Chris on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Louis… there’s nothing “we” about your statement…. You’re not Cardinals fan.

  13. By AzDesertRat1953 on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Now now, be nice to Louis, he thought he was on the Dallas Cowboys team site, Right Louis!

    GO CARDS!!!

  14. By louis on Sep 5, 2013 | Reply

    your will see after sundays game that who telling the truth .

  15. By louis on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve been a cardinals fan since 1974 and I get my hopes up every year for a winning season but it never happen so I’m telling all the cardinals fan – don’t get your hopes up because your pride will get hurt.

  16. By louis on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    like i said we suck no defence you don/t give up ten point/s late in the fourth quarter.hope we look for new defence coordinator and coach.

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