Cards learn all about Saints’ pass rush

September, 22, 2013
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NEW ORLEANS -- The cover of the New Orleans Saints’ game day magazine featured a photo of defensive end Cameron Jordan with the headline: “The sky’s the limit.”

Maybe the team knew something the Arizona Cardinals didn’t.

[+] EnlargeNew Orleans' Junior Galette
AP Photo/Bill HaberSpeed rusher Junior Galette gave Carson Palmer and the Cardinals problems.
Jordan caused fits for Arizona throughout the Cardinals’ 31-7 loss, keeping right tackle Eric Winston busy all afternoon while rushing quarterback Carson Palmer off the edge. He finished with four tackles -- two for a loss -- three quarterback hits and two sacks.

“When you get on the road and you get behind, as a tackle, it’s tough. It’s a tough day,” Winston said. “I felt overall I played alright. I wish had a couple plays back.”

When Jordan wasn’t getting to Palmer, Junior Galette was making life hard on the left side for Levi Brown. He also had three quarterback hits and finished with a sack.

Speed rushers continued to find their way around Brown. Galette was the second speed rusher Brown has faced in the first three weeks of the season, and it’s becoming a liability for the Cardinals, who needed to stack a tight end on the end or in the backfield for added protection. Against St. Louis, Brown gave up three sacks to Robert Quinn.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians emphasized protecting Palmer again after the game.

Palmer, who was sacked four times, was complimentary of the Saints’ pass-rush tandem.

“There’s two very good pass rushers that people don’t know a whole lot about,” Palmer said. “You hear a lot (about) Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma (who are both injured), but Cameron Jordan is really good. He showed that today. Junior Galette is really good. They’re physical guys. They stop the run and they rush the passer. A really good combination of strength and speed, and enough strength to hold up against the tackles and play the run well, and enough speed and athleticism to get around the corner and make plays in the passing game.”

It looks like the Cardinals know who they are now.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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