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Wilson met with new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, early in the offseason. He said he "got all the tape" at that time, has a playbook and knows the defense well.
The scheme will be "very different" in that it will emphasize the team concept without relying so much on star players performing at their best. In the past, the Cardinals needed Wilson, Darnell Dockett, Karlos Dansby and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to play well for any chance at success, Wilson said. Every defense needs players to play well, of course, but the Cardinals are hoping Horton can establish the defensive culture Dick LeBeau brought to Pittsburgh.
Rookie outside linebacker Sam Acho has been working out with Wilson all offseason. Wilson: "I have been with him ever since he got drafted. He is going to be a good prospect for us, very smart. He knows the playbook."
Wilson has also been in touch with and met with cornerback Patrick Peterson, the team's first-round draft choice. Wilson called Peterson a "very smooth kid, very well-rounded."
The Cardinals will miss working out with strength-and-conditioning coach John Lott. Wilson laughed but was not entirely joking when predicting that some new players could have a hard time adjusting to Lott's hard-charging approach, predicting that there could be some clashes. Wilson thinks players can remain strong through their own training, but the mental side will not be the same without Lott.
Wilson said the abductor injury he suffered last season hurt him beginning sometime in October. He took responsibility for deciding to play through the injury and failing to meet his standards for play. He said doubters are fueling him. Wilson: "I am a star in this league, period. There is no question about what I can do."
Wilson expects the Cardinals to be very aggressive in pursuing a quarterback in part because coach Ken Whisenhunt will not tolerate another season like the one Arizona suffered through in 2010. Wilson: "You have to have the quarterback in this league to win, period." Arizona has much riding on the first few days of free agency.
Wilson also confirmed his new Twitter account.