TEMPE, Ariz. It would be hard to tab one area of the Cardinals roster as the biggest recipient of the Steve KeimBruce Arians makeover. With two new quarterbacks, three new running backs, two new offensive line starters and a remade secondary, more than half the faces are new.
Thats just the trend in the NFL, Arians said.
But one position that should have fans particularly excited is the linebacker position. Even though Pro Bowler Daryl Washington will miss some time due to a four-game suspension for violating the leagues substance abuse program, and even though there are still questions about how much Karlos Dasby has left in the tank and whether Lorenzo Alexander can make the transition from special teams and bit player to starter,the teambrought in a number of new faces with the shared ability to make plays.
Starters (for now): SLB Sam Acho, ILBs Jasper Brinkley and Karlos Dansby, WLB Lorenzo Alexander
Reserves: Matt Shaughnessy, John Abraham, Kevin Minter, Alex Okafor