Cards' secondary shows little improvement

The Cardinals' secondary allowed rookie Cam Newton to throw for 422 yards and must do a better job this week in Washington.

--The secondary struggled most of last season, which helped lead to the firing of coordinator Bill Davis and secondary coaches Donnie Henderson and Rick Courtright. But the group played poorly in the season opener, contributing to Cam Newton's 422 yards passing. It wasn't just the two young corners, Patrick Peterson and A.J. Jefferson, to blame. Strong safety Adrian Wilson, a 10-year veteran, blew a coverage that allowed a 77-yard touchdown. Wilson was playing for the first since tearing a biceps tendon on Aug. 6. "He looked like he hadn't played in the preseason," Whisenhunt said. "He looked like he hadn't played in a while. There were a number of things we weren't playing them on correctly. I'm not pointing the finger at Adrian, but he was definitely a part of that.

"There were a lot of those guys, especially in the back end, who were not playing our coverages the correct way or not making the correct adjustments."

--Ryan Slowick, defensive quality control coach, will be coaching against his father this week. Bob Slowick is the Redskins' secondary coach. Slowick's brother Bobby is a Redskins defensive assistant.

--Patrick Peterson's 89-yard punt return last week was the second longest in team history. Frank Bernardi had the longest, 95 yards, against Washington in 1956.

--The Cardinals had seven new offensive starters in Week 1, compared to last season's opener: WR Andre Roberts, RB Beanie Wells, FB Anthony Sherman, QB Kevin Kolb, TE Jeff King and Gs Daryn Colledge and Rex Hadnot.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- The number of passes of more than 40 yards the Cardinals had all of last season. They had two in the season opener this year, both going for touchdowns. Tight end Jeff King had a 48-yarder and receiver Early Doucet had a 70-yarder.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't think it's about survival, I think it's about overcoming. You look back to last year where we had some of those same situations and we didn't come out with a win." WR Early Doucet on the victory in week one.

SERIES HISTORY: 120th regular-season meeting. Redskins lead series, 73-44-2. Washington has won the last seven. The Cardinals last beat the Redskins in 2000, when both teams were in the NFC East. That was also the Cardinals' last victory at Washington. The teams last met in 2008, the season the Cardinals went to the Super Bowl. The Redskins won, 24-17.


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