The Arizona Cardinals went into training camp with the NFL's second-oldest roster on defense. That included the 13th-oldest projected defensive starters.
A defense featuring Vonnie Holliday (36), Clark Haggans (35), Paris Lenon (34), Adrian Wilson (32), Nick Eason (32), Darnell Dockett (31) and Kerry Rhodes (30) shouldn't need mid-camp lectures on the basics.
The Cardinals are getting one from Wilson, one of their defensive leaders.
"What we were going through last year is starting to creep back into this year," Wilson told Sirius NFL hosts Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan, via Darren Urban.
Last year, the Cardinals opened the season with a 1-6 record as their defense struggled with a newly installed scheme. Defensive improvement late in the season led to expectations for continued gains in 2012. And while two exhibition games provide only limited evidence, Wilson would probably have a good feel for the situation entering his 12th season with the team.
More Wilson: "I was pretty pissed last game. It’s because [mistakes] are things we know and it's things that come from veteran guys. When things like that happen you start to say, 'OK, is this guy starting to get too comfortable?' Are you going to have to pull the guy to the side and really say something to him? That's what I feel I have to do now. Starting [Monday morning] through the rest of camp is those veteran guys, you can't be comfortable making those small mistakes. They will turn into big problems for the whole team."
The Cardinals would be enjoying a routine training camp were it not for uncertainty at quarterback, concerns on the offensive line, injuries at running back and, according to Wilson, doubts regarding defensive accountability.
Perhaps a trip to the movies will help the Cardinals clear their minds.