After victorious efforts against the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns in the 2009 preseason, the Packers turn their attention to the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals tonight in Phoenix. While the Cardinals will be without two of their biggest playmakers in Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston as both are out with injuries. Still, the potent Cardinals have Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald, along with the rest of the offense to provide a challenge for the Packers developing 3-4 defense.
The secondary, namely Anthony Smith and Atari Bigby, will see plenty of action their way with the high-flying Cardinals attack. The Cardinals, like the Packers, are a team in transition with new offensive and defensive coordinators. Arizona is also in the process of installing a variation of the 3-4 defense, one with many different looks that could easily give the Packers developing offensive line problems.
Unlike the Browns and Bills, the Cardinals have Warner, an older, more experienced quarterback that can recognize a 3-4 and be able to do more with it than, say, Trent Edwards or Derek Anderson. The Packers defense needs to watch for Warner changing the plays to exploit weaknesses. Cardinals coaches Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm also hail from the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, where the 3-4 Dom Capers is installing originated. Capers will have to change up his play-calling and try some new things to try to confuse the veteran quarterback and experienced coaches.
Tags: Anquan Boldin Anthony Smith Arizona Cardinals Atari Bigby Buffalo Bills Cleveland Browns Derek Anderson Ken Whisenhunt Kurt Warner Larry Fitzgerald Pittsburgh Steelers Russ Grimm Steve Breaston Trent Edwards