Bowles analyzes where his defense stands

Posted by Darren Urban on August 21, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Earlier in the day, Bruce Arians said the Cardinals’ defense is better now than it was this time last year. Perhaps. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, speaking Thursday afternoon, simply said that in the wake of the Darnell Dockett injury, the unit simply has to adjust.

“It doesn’t impact what you want to do but it impacts who you want to do it with,” Bowles said. “Injuries happen in this league every year. No one is feeling sorry for us, not Darnell, not us or anyone else. It truly is next man up. You’ve got to prepare for injuries. That’s what you have depth for. Unfortunately, when it’s a star player, you make more of a big deal about it than if it is a practice squad player, and rightly so. We’ll just have to be aggressive in different areas.”

Bowles said he wasn’t worried about leadership because the defense has plenty of guys who can fill the role — “Dock was more vocal but (away) from cameras there are a lot of guys that are more vocal,” he said — and is reserving judgment on other pieces of the defense. Desmond Bishop will get a chance to show what he can do within the scheme against Cincinnati and we will see if Bishop can stick around and be a factor at inside linebacker. Linebacker John Abraham has looked “decent” in his first couple of practices, Bowles said.

As for rookie defensive linemen Ed Stinson and Kareem Martin, Bowles isn’t going overboard.

“You can’t make that much progress as a rookie in two-and-a-half weeks,” Bowles said. “But the smarts are there, the know-how is there. The rookies can only gain experience by playing in real games and playing in preseason games. So far, they have progressed little by little.”

— S Tyrann Mathieu moved into 11-on-11 work in his second day back at practice, as did DT Alameda Ta’amu. Mathieu was only working with the scout team and hitting was limited all the way around, but Mathieu did get shoulder knockdowns on wide receiver Ted Ginn and running back Andre Ellington after receptions.

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13 Responses to “Bowles analyzes where his defense stands”

  1. By Dr. G. on Aug 21, 2014 | Reply

    Darren – – I do not understand how you can follow other interviews while even doing your own on the radio. Super multi-tasker… Kudos….

  2. By Eric G on Aug 22, 2014 | Reply

    What is the expected QB rotation Sunday? We know Carson 1st half, Stanton 3rd quarter, but who is expected in 4th?

  3. By Darren Urban on Aug 22, 2014 | Reply

    Eric G —

    RE: QB rotation

  4. By MikeinMesa on Aug 22, 2014 | Reply

    Some of this Dockett hype is being overblown. This injury might be one of the best things to happen to the Cardinals this year. The media and fans have done their best to try and portray Dockett as a leader of this team. When you look at his actions and words the last few years you still see someone who is immature. In November 2009 Dockett committed one of the dirtiest plays in football, next to Suh’s antics that I’ve seen. After tackling Matt Hasselback he got up with his arm pressing against Matt’s throat with what looked like bad intent. Matt was flopping around holding his throat after this incident. Definitely a dirty play. Have we forgotten his refusal to take orders and allow a touchdown in the Jets game in 2012? Or his chasing another man’s girlfriend? He definitely was seeking attention with his pet alligator ownership. Not to mention him retracting what he was saying about his pet tiger, which was illegal for him to have transported to Az. Oh and how about his classless trashing of Dansby signing with another team. Dockett had declining skills the last few years. Hopefully this gives some of the younger players a chance to show what they can do. Younger players who just might be more mature at their ages than Dockett will ever be. I’m looking for the Cardinals to have a successful season without their supreme leader Dockett.

  5. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 22, 2014 | Reply


    you present a good argument.

  6. By br in nc on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    How in the he(double hockey sticks) can you support this TMZ looking post?? Did you accidently reply to the wrong post?? Did you purchase eyeglasses from the corner 7-11? Or did you just not see the second sentence, the one where this ________(insert word of your choice) flat out applauded the fact that DD seriously injured himself, something to the effect “DD’s injury is the best thing that could have happened” or some trash like that (don’t remember the exact quote, and quite frankly don’t care to remember it, I can assure you that I will not waste my time reading this garbage again!) at that point the post became mostly, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah! I never figured you for the “rooting for injury” type of Guy, not even an injury to a rival team, let alone our beloved Cardinals! You caught me off guard John.
    PS… if you posted your reply as sarcasm and I didn’t catch it then I apologize, but the reply you posted just doesn’t sound like yours.

  7. By br in nc on Aug 22, 2014 | Reply

    Nevermind, I wont even bring myself down to your level, have a wonderful weekend, sir.

  8. By mal on Aug 23, 2014 | Reply


    Youve obviously got an attitude about Dockett and no one will ever change your mind.

    But I’ve got to stick up for the guy.

    Of course Hassleback flopped around holding his throat — he was trying to draw a flag. Yes, DD got fined, but 7,500 is like a slap on the wrist, like a tripping fine. The league hands out much much bigger fines than that every week, so they didnt consider it nearly as horrible as you. You compare him with Suh?! Suh steps on people and goes after knees, come on! If you disliked Hasselback as much as you hate Darnell, you would criticize Matt for playing it up and making such a big deal out of nothing. You know he was only pretending to be hurt cuz he didnt even come out for one play.

    And all this boyfriend / girlfriend / alligator / tiger crap — you may not like it, but he’s not hurt anybody. He’s not driving drunk, taking drugs, beating his wife, or been accused of rape like Kobe or Ben R, and yet those guys have been forgiven and are everybody’s heroes again. We tend to forget, Darnell’s still a very young man, who has been given millions of dollars and fame to make all his mistakes in public. I think he’s done pretty well considering his very rough upbringing in a world of poverty, murder, and drugs.

    And his “classless trashing” of Dansby? All he said was something like: “so much for loyalty.” Thats very mild criticism. You just blow everything out of proportion and twist stuff around to fit your version of events just becuz you dont like Dockett. I would say you are the one doing the classless trashing, not DD.

  9. By Scott H on Aug 23, 2014 | Reply

    Mike in Mesa –

    Dude, are you serious with this??? Good lord, I don’t even know where to begin. The words “This injury might be one of the best things to happen to the Cardinals this year” – spoken in regard to Darnell Dockett – are pretty much incomprehensible. If this was ONE of the best things, then what was THE best? When we lost Daryl Washington to a year-long suspension? Yeah, it’s hard to pick a winner there, huh? I’m kinda’ torn, myself….

    Where is you head, man? You want us to believe losing one of our best D players for the season was / is a good thing because of a play from FIVE YEARS AGO and because he has alligators and tigers for pets???

    Hey, at least he’s not growing the stuff in his yard that you seem to be growing in yours….

  10. By Scott H on Aug 23, 2014 | Reply

    Well, Bowles is going to have to earn his money this year, that is for sure. I like the guy and have confidence that he will make adjustments that suit the players that will be on the field. And if this defense performs at the same or damn close to the same level as last years, then he will be a head coach somewhere else next year. Sigh….

  11. By br in nc on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Basically losing the entire middle of our defense (not to mention the heart and soul) will be a huge test for Bowles. If he somehow succeeds in improving on last years showing or matching last years performance (which most “experts”, fanatical fans, and even casual fans can’t see how our defense isn’t going to have at least some fall off, to be perfectly honest with you, I must include myself in there) he is a shoe in to snag a well deserved Head Coaching gig! Being totally selfish here, but the Cardinals need to throw a hefty raise and add “Assistant Head Coach (which I realize means nothing, but looks good and hopefully TB gets the gesture!) to his office door! I usually love to see assistant coaches get the recognition they deserve for a job well done, but would be sick to my stomach if/when we lose him. As well, if/when he gets the head coaching gig you know he is going to take some of his coaches with him, which will decimate our defensive staff even more, but hey, its the price of success!! As a lifelong Cardinals fan I can remember a time not so long ago that our coordinators were safe with us, nobody was looking to hire them away (their biggest fear was the Cardinals firing them, because of another miserable season) to either be a head coach or a better paid coordinator. This also speaks to our depth as well, there was a time when if the Cardinals lost 3 starters (didn’t even have to be 3 of the best in the league, like we have lost this year!) every single fan, myself included, would have already flushed this season down the toilet, and would have been saying “maybe next year”, but our team has improved so much recently (talking the last 5-8 years) and our depth has improved leaps and bounds, that most of the fans are optimistic that we can overcome 3 let loses on defense, and a key loss on offense (Ballard), play in by far the toughest division in football (read an article awhile back that actually made the argument that this years NFC WEST is not only better than last years, but could be the best division ever!) and the coaches are talking positive, fans are positive as well we still have hope, something that wasn’t around 12-15 years ago!! IMHO, players feed off of positive feedback, especially coming from the fans (you know they read the internet, and newspapers, most say they don’t, but I firmly believe they read it, maybe not everyday but enough to know what is being said of them and their team.

  12. By mal on Aug 23, 2014 | Reply


    I guess the speck fell out of your eye, huh?

    Now its ‘good’ when someone — anyone — gets injured?

  13. By Scott H on Aug 25, 2014 | Reply

    br in nc –

    Geez, it seems like the Cardinals are where the NFL shops for coordinators these days, ya know? Todd Haley…Ray Horton….now Todd Bowles. In a way, it is a huge credit to this organization. But, man. it sucks when they move on.

    But I know Michael Bidwell and Steve Keim will keep us going. They truly showed that they know what to look for when they got BA as our head coach, so..I believe in them..

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