GREEN BAY, Wis. – The pressure was better.
The Cardinals did lose to the Packers, 28-20, at Lambeau Field but the pass rush flashed for the first time in the preseason. The defense collected four sacks all told, three by starting defensive linemen Darnell Dockett,
“It comes down to some players winning some one-on-one battles,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “That’s a good sign.”
The Cards definitely need Dockett and Campbell to make that kind of impact. Dockett, in fact, got to show off a little of new defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s scheming when he dropped back in coverage on one play and stopped running back Ryan Grant on a linebacker-esque play.
But it was Schofield that might have meant the most. He had a sack of backup quarterback Matt Flynn and caused a fumble (the Packers recovered) and drilled Flynn another time just as Flynn released the ball for an incompletion.
Schofield has struggled with his technique, admittedly having issues knowing when to drop into coverage and when to rush.
“I got to the point where I had to make some flash cards,” Schofield said. “But tonight was a glimpse of what I can be when I am able to play and not think.”
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“Those are all things we have to clean up,” Whisenhunt said. “They are in our control.”
“Each week, each day, each practice is a chance to learn,” Housler said. “I knew there would be increased reps and you have to take advantage.
“That’s been the biggest challenge for me, to play to my potential. Because if you don’t know what you are doing, you’re going to run out there and not be able to play full speed.”