TEMPE, Ariz. -- There were more than a few raised eyebrows in Tempe when Cardinals coach Bruce Arians named Todd Bowles his defensive coordinator this offseason.
To begin with, Bowles was replacing Ray Horton, who had turned an underachieving defense into one of the league's better units.
But Bowles was also coming off a disastrous run as the Eagles defensive coordinator in 2012. Bowles, who took over the job when Juan Castillo was fired six games into the season, oversaw a six-game stretch in which the Eagles allowed 32.5 points per game, earned a reputation for poor tackling and got statistically worse than they had been under Castillo.
In that run, opposing quarterbacks completed 116 of 152 attempts (76.3 percent) for 1,519 passing yards, 16 TDs, no interceptions and a passer rating of 142.4.
"It was different because it was midseason and you've got what you got. You don't grab everything you have in your playbook and try to put it in at midseason because you onl...