TEMPE, Ariz. Theres no formula for lineup changes in the NFL. Injuries, aging veterans, not-quite-ready rookies and underperformers can all play a role in game-day alterations -- and all of those factors exist with the Cardinals.
Regardless of why, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has made it clear that change is occurring for the most important reason of all: Losing.
What is there to say other than its not good enough? said Whisenhunt, whose club has dropped five in a row after a 4-0 start. We started off and made enough plays to win games and then, over the last five, we havent done that.
When that happens on a consistent basis, coaching staffs will look at different personnel. In the Cardinals case, the defensive changes that will take place this week are largely a product of injuries to defensive end Calais Campbell and outside linebacker OBrien Schofield. But the Cards may try some tweaking at other positions as well, even if defensive coordinator Ray Horton insists ...