Cardinals to Face Smith, Struggling D

The Arizona Cardinlals lost DE Antonio Smith to the free agency market this past offseason. The Cardinals will meet up with Smith and a struggling Houston Texans defense after the bye. Antonio Smith talked about his new team's defensive struggles following a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. He also talked about how the Cardinals turned everything around last year.

Antonio Smith departed the desert just shy of a Super Bowl. The Cardinals will host his new team, the Houston Texans in Week 5, which follows the Cardinals bye week.

The Cardinals will look for a big win against their old teammate, as moving to 0-3 at home would be detrimental to their confidence.

Before Smith makes his way back to the desert, he and his team will host the Oakland Raiders.

(On the key to turning things around...)

Antonio Smith: "Just everybody coming together and being where we need to be when you're supposed to be there."

(On if it is a lack of effort...)

AS: "My personally opinion, from what I see, I don't see a lack of effort. I see everybody out there trying hard. I see people running to the ball, trying to make plays. It's just that you've got to be in the right place at the right time. Gap integrity is important in this defense."

(On if someone has to step up...)

AS: "That's what's been done. That's what's funny is that's what's been done since Week One. We didn't like what happened in Week One. Even in Week Two, when we had the win, we still were disappointed in the way we performed out there as a defense. We came into this week feeling better, like we can get it going. Everything that could be said has been said. I don't know what else can be said, I just know it just needs to get done."

(On if it's a smart aggressiveness that is needed...)

AS: "You have to find that. You have to have that happy medium where you're playing as aggressive as you can play but it's still smart."

(On playing on a team [the Arizona Cardinals] that struggled last year and how things were corrected...)

AS: "It was ups and downs, through that whole season. Everything that could've happened to make you change your mind frame as defense, it happened. Wins, losses a lot worse than what we received from the Jets and Jaguars. It's like a reality check. What are you going to do to make your team better? What are you going to sacrifice as an individual player to make your team better? That had to happen and has to happen in every defense that relies on a team effort to come free on blitzes or to win games."

(On if it helps to play against a Raiders offense that is struggling...)

AS: "I think whatever week is the next week, is an opportunity to be seized. After a game like that, with that type of taste in your mouth, knowing that you could've won and you should've won, I think that you have to come back after that and give a great performance no matter who your opponent is."


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