Al Holcomb could have done worse for himself. When Holcomb was hired by new Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks to be the team's defensive coordinator, Holcomb inherited a star-studded unit. At outside linebacker, he has the NFL sack leader, Chandler Jones. On the defensive line, he has former first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche. At cornerback, he has seven-time Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson. And at safety, he has the Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu. That’s in addition to last year’s first-round pick Haason Reddick and second-round pick Budda Baker, inside linebacker Deone Bucannon and outside linebacker Markus Golden, who led the Cardinals in sacks in 2016. Holcomb talked about working with three of those stars during his introductory press conference. Nkemdiche: “In the little bit of film that I’ve observed and watched, he obviously, at times, jumps off the tape. He’s got some ability and that’s something that as we get into phase one and phase two, we’re going to sit down and discuss some things and try to find out exactly what makes him tick. As a coaching staff, we have to try to do the best thing that we can to get the most out of him and continue to develop his talent and get him on the field. That’s why we’re here."
Cardinals defensive coordinator Al Holcomb inherits star-studded unit
ESPN | Feb 19