Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ During a 6-game losing streak, the Cardinals allowedopponents 376.3 yards per game, and 256.7 through the air.In their last four wins, Arizona’s defense has stiffened,most notably against the pass, allowing an average of just200.8 yards per game.A lot of that has to do with the continuing improvement ofyoung cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and A.J. Jefferson, aswell as an improved pass rush. The Cardinals haveaveraged 3.3 quarterback sacks per game during their fourrecent wins, as opposed to 2.0 during their losing streak.On Sunday, they sacked Dallas quarterback Tony Romo 5times. Following the Cardinals’ latest win, defensive linemanDarnell Dockett talked about the increased understandingthe players have with Horton’s scheme. “We have learned it and we work on it at practice. Wemight make a few mistakes here and there, but we hold itdown for each other,” Dockett said. “We are communicatingin between plays, on the sideline and after plays. We arejust building our chemistry.”The Cardinals are also keeping opponents out of the endzone. Arizona has allowed just three offensive touchdownsin their last four wins, and when teams settle for a fieldgoal attempt, that hasn’t been a guarantee either; theCardinals have blocked three field goals in their last 5games. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke “This speaks a lot of our players that we were able tofinish the last four or five games the way our defense hasplayed, so it’s really good to see our guys believing inwhat we are doing and playing good ball,” head coach KenWhisenhunt said. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Arizona Cardinals have been winners in four of theirlast five games to improve their record to a respectable5-7.There have been many keys to the recent surge: PatrickPeterson’s electrifying punt returns, Beanie Wells’ hard-nosed running and clutch plays from quarterbacks JohnSkelton and Kevin Kolb at opportune times.But the biggest key, by far, has been the play of theCardinals’ defense, which seems to be getting the hang ofnew defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s scheme. Comments   Share   last_img read more