Statistically, the Arizona Cardinals don't have the worst secondary in the NFL. It just seems that way sometimes.
Untimely big plays against a pair of young cornerbacks and a pair of veteran safeties make the Arizona defensive backs an easy target for criticism. When rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson is beaten on a play, it's there for all to see.
''It's easy to criticize a corner,'' Peterson said after the team practiced on Tuesday, ''but as a defense as a whole, we all have to make plays. We're all to blame - period.''
Now the team, on a four-game losing streak after a season-opening victory over Carolina, will be without free safety Kerry Rhodes for several weeks because of a broken foot. Third-year pro Rashad Johnson will step in and a young secondary will become younger.
Johnson has some extra time to work his way into the mix because the Cardinals have a bye this week. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the team practiced Tuesday and will work out Wednesday, t...