Steve Wilks confirms Cardinals will be a 4-3 defense

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There are plenty of changes in Cardinals camp this year, and they extend to the base defense.

Via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said they would be a base 4-3 defense.

That distinction isn’t as important as it used to be, given the number of snaps played by sub packages.

But Wilks said the primary factor was that he wanted outside linebackers Chandler Jones and Markus Golden able to rush the passer on every down, rather than having one drop into coverage.

Considering Wilks’ background working for Ron Rivera, it’s not a surprise. And if Golden can get healthy after last year’s torn ACL, the idea of pairing a 12.5-sack guy from 2016 with Jones (who had 17.0 last year) is a good place to start as Wilks tries to rebuild the defense.

8 responses to “Steve Wilks confirms Cardinals will be a 4-3 defense

  1. Of one thing you can be sure, they will blitz time and time again. He took Sean McDermott’s blitzing philosophy to another level last year with the Panthers. The only argument in his defense was that Carolina’s secondary will really not that great in 2017. At least he has Patrick Peterson to start with there in Arizona.

  2. eramming says:
    April 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Rebuild? Who rebuilds a top 5 defense?


    A team who has new coaches (including dcord) that will tend to run the defense the way they know how to best.

    Additionally, the Cards basically were a 4-3 defense last year, using it ~80 percent of the time. Sub-packages did and still will incorporate 3-4, etc.

  3. I don’t mind the change. Realistically speaking they moved in and out of a 4-3 3-4 Defense anyways. They’ll still have some 4-3 packages. But I like the idea because it’s easier to disguise blitz’s. If we get a 1/2 way decent CB across from peterson (I would have slid Mathieu over there if is speed was back, BIG IF!). They can easily be the best D in the league and relatively young.

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