GLENDALE AZ - AUGUST 14: Safety Adrian Wilson #24 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before the preseason NFL game against the Houston Texans at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 14 2010 in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson was on XTRA 910 with Bickley and MJ recently to discuss the offseason so far, how OTAs went, his injury from last season and what fans could possibly have to look forward to in terms of watching the Cardinals defense this season. Needless to say, it all sounds pretty encouraging.
After the jump, see some of what A-Dub had to say.
Wilson could not stop gushing about the team and how good they look so far. The OTAs obviously went quite well, even though the plays aren't full speed and contact is basically forbidden. Here is what he had to say about the team being able to participate in the offseason workouts this year:
"It's almost like night and day. I think we installed the whole playbook already. ... To be at where we are now and to understand what we understand now, I think guys are more in tuned to who needs to be where, why we're running a defense and what the offense is giving us."
The playbook entirely installed already? I like the sound of that. But how about the players? I mean, you have to have the right mix of players in order to run a complex defensive scheme like this. How do they look? According to A-Dub, this could be one of the better units he has been able to play alongside of.
"I love the group of guys that we have now. I think everybody there has a purpose and I think that we're practicing at a level that we didn't practice at last year... As of right now, and what we're doing right now, I love what we have."
Obviously, this is the offseason and players tend to get hungry to get back to football. They aren't really competing at a high level right now, so they are going to say things that might need to be taken with a grain of salt. But A-Dub has always been a sincere character, one who is not afraid to tell it how it is. So to hear all of this from him is a pretty encouraging sign.
"I think the whole mood of the team has changed to a defensive mindset, so we feel like we're the best unit on our team, to be quite honest with you. We feel like that we should be the ones winning games for us. ... We feel like we have a bunch of leaders defensively... And defensively we feel like we have guys, we have leadership, and we have guys gonna hold people accountable for what we're doing."
*Special thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for the transcription.