Cardinals blitz more than any other team in the NFC West

Oct 26, 2011, 8:36 PM | Updated: 11:28 pm

Even though the Cardinals haven’t won in five games and
the defense hasn’t looked very good in that time,
defensive coordinator Ray Horton has come through in one

Horton promised, when he was hired, that the defense would
be more aggressive and the team would blitz on more

According to ESPN’s Mike
the Cardinals are sending five or more rushers
48.2 percent of the time, more than any other NFC West

Horton may be doing this simply because four rushers just
aren’t getting any pressure. The Cardinals rank last in
the league in opponents Total Quarterback Rating (Total
QBR) allowing a 87.4 out of 100 rating while sending four,
and have compiled only four sacks while allowing nine
yards per passing attempt in those situations.

So sending more pressure may seem to be the simple fix,
but it really doesn’t get much better when the Cards bring
five or more rushers.

When blitzing five or more rushers the Cardinals rank 25th
in the league in Total QBR giving up a 64.7 rating and
sacking the QB nine times. The numbers do improve, just
not enough.

The good news for the Cardinals is that the team isn’t
last in the NFC West in this category, with that honor
going to the St. Louis Rams.

The problem is when the Cards do blitz the pressure isn’t
getting there fast enough, which leaves the young
secondary to play single coverage and the result could be
a 95 yard touchdown pass like the one that burned the team
Sunday against Pittsburgh.

So the question for Horton should be whether to blitz and
risk a big play or to play coverage and let the
quarterback have plenty of time; either way the result
probably won’t be promising for the Cardinals.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals WR Hollywood Brown (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals WR Hollywood Brown fined in speeding case

Arizona Cardinals receiver Hollywood Brown was fined $473 with credit for time served for an August speeding arrest on the Loop 101 freeway.
1 day ago
Colt McCoy #12 of the Arizona Cardinals and Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals warm up prior ...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals ‘feel really good’ at QB as Kyler Murray preps for next phase of rehab

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is making steady progress in his rehabilitation from a torn ACL suffered last season.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals star backer Isaiah Simmons (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)...
Tyler Drake

Isaiah Simmons remains positionless in Cardinals’ new-look defense

The Cardinals have a decision to make when it comes down to Isaiah Simmons. And no, it's not centered around the fifth-year option.
2 days ago
DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals is called for a personal foul penalty against Eric Sto...
Tyler Drake

Jonathan Gannon operating under premise DeAndre Hopkins will be a Card

While the trade chatter surrounding wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins continues, he's a Cardinal until he isn't in HC Jonathan Gannon's eyes.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals defensive end Zach Allen (94) walks off the field after being checked for an inju...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals replacing head athletic trainer Tom Reed

The Arizona Cardinals have fired longtime head athletic trainer Tom Reed, reports's Kyle Odegard.
2 days ago
DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a catch in front of David Long Jr. #22 of the Lo...
Wills Rice

Report: Cardinals grant teams permission to speak to DeAndre Hopkins

The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly granted teams permission to speak to wideout DeAndre Hopkins and his agent, SI's Albert Breer said.
3 days ago
Cardinals blitz more than any other team in the NFC West