Al Holcomb, the Cardinals’ new defensive coordinator, speaks to the media Tuesday.

Al Holcomb was one of the first coaches Steve Wilks wanted to bring with him to Arizona once it became clear Wilks was going to be hired as the Cardinals’ head coach, a natural fit after the two had worked together for five years in Carolina.
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That chemistry also impacts how much – or rather, how little – Wilks will have to make defense his personal focus now that Holcomb is his defensive coordinator.

Now they add the hometown kid, who said he never really thought much about going elsewhere as a pro. He got to experience that at A&M, and he’s now living a big dream as a Cardinal.

It’s my element, it’s my environment, Kirk said. I don’t have to adjust to anything. I can just concentrate on playing football.

Garrett had seven sacks in 11 games during his rookie season. If he’s on the field more often and the team’s moves to improve the secondary pay off, that number could get a good deal bigger in his second run through the league.

But we’re here to prognosticate, right? Kevin McCarthy doesn’t strike out many guys. Side-arming southpaw Tim Hill Authentic Noel Acciari Jersey has intriguing skills but falters when facing RHBs. Justin Grimm, Wily Peralta and Burch Smith don’t jump out.

Brandon Maurer does: The former Padres closer, who was called up from Triple-A Logan Paulsen Authentic Jersey Omaha recently, has 35 career saves and, despite a 5.48 ERA, had saved five games with the Storm Chasers. (Too bad Brad Keller was moved into the rotation, though. He was killing it as a late-innings arm.)

Maurer and Hill are your best shots when it comes to skills, though they’re probably limited because of the potential for matchup duty. McCarthy gets the bronze.