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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 19 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt was disappointed with what he saw.“That’s something that has to be a focus for us,” he said. “We haven’t had an issue tackling as much. We didn’t tackle well in space and that’s what hurt us.”San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree had his way the entire night, finishing with five receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Most importantly, 49ers receivers gained 107 yards after the catch on Monday. That is their second-most Y.A.C. total in any game over the past five seasons. Crabtree recorded 61 yards after the catch to lead the team and Randy Moss’ one reception for a touchdown was a 47-yard pass, with 41 of those yards coming after several missed tackles.“We can’t miss tackles,” Whisenhunt continued. “I don’t care what way the game goes. There’s probably four plays in there where we’re off the field, especially on third down, they throw a five-yard pass and it turns into a big gain or a first down.“If you want to be a good defense, you gotta tackle.”The Cardinals will have little time to get the tackling problems corrected this week in practice, as they are off Tuesday before returning to the field Wednesday to get ready to hit the road and play a 5-3 Green Bay team at Lambeau Field. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo After nearly every Cardinals game this season, win or lose, the defense has been a bright spot, so much so that the question of whether or not the defense has to win games for the team has been raised.The answer to that question is yes, especially with a Cardinals offense that has struggled the entire year. Monday night on national television, Arizona’s defense had the chance to pick up the slack, but instead they missed tackles and took bad angles throughout the game while allowing a season-high 24 points in the loss.last_img

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