Deone Bucannon, Mark Barron ushering in new era of defense

Bruce Arians coolly lists them as “moneybackers.” Jeff Fisher, ever technical, defines them as an “undersized linebacker, oversized defensive back.” By “them,” I mean hybrid defenders. And by “hybrid defenders,” I mean the wave of the future. These guys possess the physicality to meet a running back in the hole, but also the athleticism to…

Cardinals aiming to defeat Broncos in ‘statement game’

There aren’t many better matchups on the Week 5 docket than Cardinals vs. Broncos. Two well-rested teams coming off bye weeks. Undefeated Arizona. Peyton Manning. Mile High. A national television audience. “This ain’t no normal game,” Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote said, via the Associated Press. “I know if we get this victory, a lot more…

Bruce Arians: Hit on Drew Stanton was ‘cheap shot’

For the second straight week, Drew Stanton got it done. The Cardinals’ backup quarterback, filling in for the injured Carson Palmer, threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers, helping the team improve to 3-0. Along the way, however, Stanton was the victim of a brutal hit by Niners linebacker Dan Skuta —…

Bruce Arians cried after learning of Vick Ballard’s injury

News of Vick Ballard’s season-ending injury apparently has reverberated far beyond Indianapolis. Per reporter Darren Urban, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians cried upon learning that Ballard suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Friday’s training camp practice. Arians said "I cried last night" when he heard Colts RB Vick Ballard went out for season. Arians coached Ballard…