Isaiah Simmons Reveals His New Role On The Cardinals Defense

Russell Gage #17 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by Isaiah Simmons #9 and Javen Collins #25 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter of the game at State Farm Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona.
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The Arizona Cardinals are hoping to pleasantly surprise some people in the coming season.

He won just four games last season, and everyone is counting on him for the 2023 campaign.

It seems logical, as quarterback Kyler Murray could miss most of the entire season with a torn ACL, and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was recently released.

But new head coach Jonathan Gannon is looking to install a defensive mindset, and linebacker Isaiah Simmons says he’s working with the team’s defensive backs, according to Ari Meirov.

In three NFL seasons, Simmons, who was the No. 8 pick in the 2020 draft, has totaled 7.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, and 11 quarterback hits.

If the Cardinals have any hope of competing for a playoff spot in the NFC, they’re going to have to earn their lunch money on the defensive side of the football.

Last season, they gave up more points than any team other than the Chicago Bears, who were one of only two teams to have a worse record than them.

Gannon is fresh off helping the Philadelphia Eagles reach the Super Bowl last season as their defensive coordinator, and he finished eighth in points allowed and second in total yards allowed during the regular season.

The silver lining for Arizona lies in next year’s draft, as they will have their first round pick as well as the Houston Texans’ first round pick.

There is a real possibility that the Cardinals will have the top two picks in 2024, which would allow them to quickly restock their roster.

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