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New Cardinals coordinator has decided on his first play call

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Don’t know much about new Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton or his defensive approach?

One word defined his introductory press conference on Wednesday: Pressure.  Horton said again and again that the Cardinals would be aggressive, play “downhill” and attack with pressure.  Basically, he wants to be a Dick LeBeau defenses.

“I’m here to say right now, the first call is going to be a blitz,” Horton said.  “No question about it.”

Horton’s biggest challenge may be teaching a new defense when players aren’t available in he offseason because of a possible work stoppage.  He also wasn’t worried about coach Ken Whisenhunt’s tendency to divorce defensive coordinators every two seasons.

“Most people don’t marry the first girl they date,” Horton said.  “Hopefully they marry the best one.”

UPDATE: The Cardinals officially hired Deshea Townsend as assistant defensive backs coach Thursday.   Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Cardinals will be hiring former Bengals assistant Louie Cioffi.

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9 Responses to “New Cardinals coordinator has decided on his first play call”
  1. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 12:28 PM

    and the first play, pick up blitz over the safety TD!!

  2. youboettcha says: Feb 10, 2011 12:38 PM

    Yes, everyone’s going to be waiting until the Cardinals first defensive play to see if it’s a touchdown. And I thought DESHEA TOWNSEND was still looking for work as a defensive back, and not as asst. DB coach.

  3. jarrman46 says: Feb 10, 2011 12:40 PM

    Is that Ice T ? I didnt know he coached

  4. richm2256 says: Feb 10, 2011 12:48 PM

    Basically, he wants to be a Dick LeBeau defenses.

    You mean he wants to lose a Super Bowl?????

  5. august589 says: Feb 10, 2011 1:48 PM

    Better to lose a Super Bowl than to not get there at all…

  6. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 10, 2011 2:24 PM

    is that a grown ass professional man with cornrows in his hair? please tell me that’s an old photo

  7. johntonioholmes says: Feb 10, 2011 2:48 PM

    Good for Townsend. He was a solid nickle back for a few seasons, probably second to Charles Woodson when it came to blitzing as a DB. He would have even made the pro bowl in 2004 if Chris McCalister wasn’t so overrated.

  8. awdlmd says: Feb 10, 2011 3:28 PM

    Every new DC says they are going to be aggressive and physical. Just once I’d like to hear a new DC stand up and say, “We’re going to be a passive finesse defense that let’s the offense dictate to us.”

  9. stairwayto7 says: Feb 10, 2011 3:41 PM

    If he wants to play a LeBeau def he needs the players! Rhodes is no Troy, DRC is no Clark and LB’S are no Harrison and Woodley! As for Townsend he got burnt too many times as so will his DB’s. Rememebr Horton was secondary coach was his secondary was the worse of the Steelers def!

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