CB: Dominique Roders-Cromartie, Greg Toler
S: Adrian Wilson, Kerry Rhodes
Backups: (CB) Michael Adams, Jorrick Calvin
(S) Rashad Johnson, Matt Ware
Looming: No one really...
It seems like every year, the Cardinals' secondary undergoes big changes.
That's probably because every year, it's the defense's weak link.
Don't get me wrong, there's lot of talent here. Two Pro-Bowlers in fact.
That wasn't enough against Green Bay and New Orleans last year, though.
So what did the Cardinals do?
They made changes where they could.
Let's start at cornerback, where in a controversial move, they traded Bryant McFadden back to Pittsburgh.
That's fine by me.
"Why?" you ask. Well, because he just didn't fit into the Cardinals system, and he's not nearly as good as advertised.
Stats will tell you differently. But stats don't tell the whole story.
Sure, he didn't give up a lot of big touchdowns or big plays. But that's because he was usually covering the other team's second receiver, while DRC had to guard the team's best receiver.
Stats don't take that into account.
Plus, DRC takes big risks. He gets burned, sure, but he also makes some spectacular plays, which is why he got sent to the Pro Bowl, and not McFadden. So why not make a change?
Supposedly this means that Greg Toler, the second year player who's very similar to DRC, will be the new starter.
But hold on. Someone forgot to tell Whisenhunt.
In training camp, it was Michael Adams who was the other starter.
However, I think by the time the season starts, Toler will have won the job. Although he could win the job in the middle of the season. Who knows?
Meanwhile, at safety, it was as simple as trading spots: Antrel Rolle for Kerry Rhodes. Most people I've heard don't like it. But I'm fine with it.
The Cardinals in my opinion need someone to be a better cover safety than the risk-taking Rolle.
Adrian Wilson already takes enough risks, such as loading up the box, or frequently blitzing.
Arizona could use someone to cover A-Dub's back.
The big danger with the entire secondary, though, is a lack of depth. Should injuries occur like last year in the playoffs, there could be trouble brewing for the Cards.