The media had the chance to eat breakfast with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians on Wednesday and over the course of an hour, a ton of topics were discussed. One that came up was a couple of position changes.
The team drafted Kareem Martin in the third round last year, hoping to add some pass rushing threat. They originally wanted him on the defensive line and to become someone like Calais Campbell. He didn't do much last season. He played some defensive end and also had him play a little outside linebacker.
According to Mike Jurecki, Arians said the team will give Martin a look at outside linebacker, where he could be a pass rusher off the edge. He compared Martin's body type of Aldon Smith of the 49ers, who has been a pretty impactful pass rusher in his career.
Also changing positions is Matt Shaughnessy. He played outside linebacker for the Cardinals the last two seasons and was one of the best at setting the edge for defending the run. But he played defensive end in his career previous to coming to Arizona.
Arians said Shaughnessy would be moving to the defensive line, where he will join a pretty strong rotation including Calais Campbell,Corey Peters, Cory Redding, Frostee Rucker and some young players.
What the move will do to for playing time for both remains to be seen and the fact Arians says Martin is getting a look at OLB means it might not work. Of course, crunching numbers on the defensive line, if Martin wants to make the roster, doing well at outside linebacker would be in his best interest.
There was a time last offseason when I envisioned a very strong nickel pass rush with Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell inside with John Abraham and Kareem Martin off the edge. Hopefully Martin's pass rushing can develop more because he could be that guy the Cardinals were hoping to perhaps sign in free agency and not have to shell out big free agent pass rushing cash.