Cardinals coach Dennis Green called his defense’s game against Detroit last week its worst-tackling game of the season.
So the Cards went back to basics this week. In Wednesday’s full-padded practice, the team did some tackling drills for one of the few times all season. And the players are certain there won’t be any repeat performances of what happened in Detroit.
"We all want to blast people," linebacker Orlando Huff said, "but since we had a bad game in tackling we’ve got to make some sure tackles."
Safety Adrian Wilson said he counted himself missing eight tackles, including one crucial one on running back Kevin Jones in the backfield on a fourth-and-1 play.
"For the most part when guys miss tackles, we should have at least three or four other guys on the ball to make up for the missed tackle," Wilson said. "It’s things you can’t work on. It’s all about heart and desire. It’ll be corrected this week."
Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett echoed those sentiments, calling the problem a lack of focus.
"There’s no excuse for missing tackles," Dockett said. "If you’ve got your mind made up that you want to make the play, you’re going to make it.
"If your life was on it, could you make a tackle? You’ll try much damn harder than what you’d normally try. If they tell you they’re going to give you a million dollars if you tackle (Marshall) Faulk, you’re going to find a way to get Faulk down, right?"
With linebacker Karlos Dansby likely out Sunday with a groin injury, rookie third-round pick Darryl Blackstock — the lone 2005 draftee who hasn’t gotten much playing time — will get his first NFL start.
Blackstock can’t wait.
"Of course, everyone wants to play," Blackstock said. "You don’t want to sit on the sidelines.
"Last game, when (Dansby) went down, it was like, one of those feelings, ‘Dang, I gotta go.’ I knew I had to control myself because I had to play (special) teams too, but I was antsy. I had to regroup, calm down and think, ‘I have a job to do.’ "
Green said rookie cornerback Antrel Rolle (knee) is making progress doing rehab in Miami, Fla., and the coach remains hopeful Rolle will play again this season. . . .
Rookie receiver LeRon McCoy was the victim of some goodnatured rookie hazing Thursday, when a handful of teammates accosted him coming off the practice field, taped up his legs and arms, and finally dropped him into an icy cold tub.
Asked why, McCoy could only smile. "I don’t know man," he said. "Let’s say I have a bright personality. Let’s put it that way." . . .
Besides Dansby, linebacker Lance Mitchell (stomach virus) was the only other player to miss practice Thursday.
- Staff writer Matt Simpson contributed to this report.