Cardinals will stick with 3-4 defense

AP

When the Cardinals made the decision to switch defensive coordinators from Ray Horton to Todd Bowles, there was some question about what kind of defensive look Bowles would run in the 2013 season.

We got our answer on Thursday and it looks pretty much the same as the look that the Cardinals were sporting when Horton was in town. At a press conference with head coach Bruce Arians, Bowles said that the team would stick with a base 3-4 alignment. Bowles also said he didn’t see the need for dramatic changes from what the team did in 2012.

That makes sense. Defense wasn’t the Cardinals’ problem last season and they have some good pieces to work with on that side of the ball. Defensive end Darnell Dockett is one of those pieces and his role will be interesting since he was less than thrilled with life under the previous regime. There’s been talk of moving him around the line more than in the past, something Bowles didn’t address during his press conference.

Darren Urban of the team’s website also reports that Arians said cornerback Patrick Peterson would remain as the team’s punt returner in addition to his role on defense under Bowles. His numbers were down in that area from his rookie year, but memories of that rookie year make it easy to understand Arians’ decision.