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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories I like [Daryl Washington’s] productivity and I like the way he plays the game. The kid plays fast, he’s decisive in his play and he reads running and blocking schemes well,” said Philbin. “Coach Horton and their staff do a great job getting matchups where he has a favorable matchup on a running back or a particular lineman. He’s a guy you have to figure out whether to run at him or away from him. I think he has ability to get of f the blocks and chase plays down. He’s a lot to handle no doubt.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The NFL’s biggest surprise team this season, the Arizona Cardinals, have had an impressive 3-0 start to their 2012 season.It took a while, but after wins against Seattle, New England and Philadelphia, head coaches everywhere now have no choice but to recognize the Cardinals as a major threat in the NFC. And it’s all thanks to the surprising success of their defense.The Cardinals’ next opponent, the Miami Dolphins, are coming off a heartbreaking loss that saw their star running back Reggie Bush go down with an injury. Combine this with the fact they have a rookie quarterback who still can’t seem to figure out an NFL defense, head coach Joe Philbin will be faced with his toughest challenge so far this season. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “This is going to be a big test for us on a maturity standpoint,” said Philbin during a conference call on Wednesday. “This is a team that has won, I believe, seven home games in a row, if I’m not mistaken. This is a hot team that we’re playing and they’re very good and they’re very confident. And they should be. They’ve deserved every victory they’ve gotten this year.”Philbin went on to say he has been very impressed with the Cardinals this season, especially with their defense, which he called one of the best coached defenses in the league.“I think Ray Horton has done an exceptional job and I’ve worked with Ron Aiken in college and I think he’s one of the best defensive line coaches I’ve ever been around,” said Philbin. “Again, they’re a well-coached team, they do enough schematically to present some challenges to you. I don’t think they’re over the top in terms of having a new defense every single play.”Philbin credited the Cardinals outstanding athleticism and intelligent playmaking for the success of their defense, especially from Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img

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