Chandler Jones is in Orlando for the Pro Bowl this week, and he’s been hearing speculation about a possible scheme change for the Cardinals.

New coach Steve Wilks found success running a 4-3 base alignment as the defensive coordinator Justin Hardy Jersey for the Panthers last season. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have employed a 3-4 for more than a decade, through the coaching stints of both Ken Whisenhunt and Bruce Arians.
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In his introductory press conference on Tuesday, Wilks stressed he wouldn’t be making widespread changes to the defense, but didn’t definitively say which scheme he will use.

Arians spoke before the news broke and didn’t verify any moves, but talked broadly about what it’s like releasing a veteran with whom he’s formed a close bond.

(Former linebacker) Lorenzo Alexander was hard because he meant so much to us in the beginning, Arians said. There were some other guys like it. You get to really like guys. You probably know they don’t have a chance, but they’re such an overachiever that they get this far and they make it (to where you’re thinking), ‘Why the hell am I cutting this guy? Because he’s really just not good enough.’ But you love coaching them. You probably know that his career is over.

Arians was thrilled to see Alexander’s rejuvenation with the Bills, for whom he had 12½ sacks last season. But many times it’s the end of the road for the veterans, which can eat at the coaches.

Kirk, meanwhile, called the night surreal, getting the chance to himself throw out a pitch after going Jason Pominville Jersey to countless D-Backs games growing up in nearby Scottsdale.

When they told me I was coming out to do this, I circled it on my calendar, Kirk said.

As for his own pitch, being the native, hometown kid, I have to live up to some expectations, he added.

The week is all about the Cardinals’ rookies, in large part because the veterans have the week off before returning Monday for the final week of organized team activities. There is not much life for the rookies outside of football right now – they spend the day at the team facility either working out, sitting in meetings or getting on-field work.