The Red Birds registered four sacks – they had a total of one entering the game – three by defensive tackle Darnell Dockett and one by Sam Echo. Echo is lost for the rest of the season with a broken fibula.
It's certainly a step in the right direction. However, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians feels his team could have had more.
"We had guys free that were unblocked and didn’t make a sack,” Arians said via azcentral.com. “Drew got away, got the ball out. His 40 yards rushing obviously was huge. It’s hard to come up with blitzes where guys come free, but we had them free about four times in the game and got no sacks.”
Cornerback Patrick Peterson gave praise to his team's defensive line for putting solid pressure on Saints quarterback Drew Brees but blamed himself and the other members of Arizona's secondary for Sunday's coverage problems, especially against tight end Jimmy Graham.
"I believe we didn’t play as tight as we wanted to,” Peterson stated. “That’s why he’s Drew Brees. He can put the ball in tight spots and make the correct throws.”
The Cardinals will have a chance to continue their recent pass rushing success against quarterback Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Bucs this Sunday. Freeman has been very, very shaky so far this season.
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