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Friday, December 20, 2013
FTP: No Browner, no big deal for Cards

By Josh Weinfuss

Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It’ll recap the top storyline from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The news that Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday was a blow to the Seahawks’ long-term plans of winning a Super Bowl.

But it didn’t do anything to the Cardinals’ game plan.

Browner had missed the past four games because of injury, but the Seahawks haven’t missed a beat, owning the top-ranked defense in the NFL heading into Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

“Their defense is playing really well together,” Cardinals receiver Andre Roberts said. “So not having a guy like that, a Pro Bowl type guy, does hurt your team but you have another guy stepping up like they do works well for them.”

Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said Browner’s absence doesn’t change the Seahawks’ secondary.

The stats actually say it makes it better.

ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando tweeted out the stat line of quarterbacks who faced Seattle with Browner and without him.

Opposing QBs since '12 with Browner on field: 21 TD, 20 INT, 76.7 rating on 682 attempts. Off field: 12 TD, 23 INT, 57.1 rating, 414 att.

— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@SandoESPN) December 19, 2013

Roberts doesn’t think Seattle misses a beat without Browner.

“I think it’s just as good,” he said. “He’s a more physical guy so with him on the outside you get more of that press-man coverage. But their front seven is really good. In order to beat them we have to make sure we control the line of scrimmage and beat them down field.”

That may not be easy even without Browner.

In other news ...

Dan Bickley of AZCentral.com writes about Steve Keim helping the Cards win again.

Craig Morgan of FoxSportsArizona.com writes about Antoine Cason stepping up.

Kyle Odegard of AZCardinals.com writes about the depth at defensive back.