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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The defense will learn just how much it has improved, asthe team travels to Candlestick to take on the 8-1 SanFransisco 49ers Sunday. Horton knows his defense will betested against a rejuvenated Alex Smith and 49ers offense. “He [Smith] probably understands the game a little bitbetter,” Horton said. “It looks like the game has sloweddown for him and he’s making good decisions. He’s probablythe same quarterback he always was and maybe they’re justbetter around him.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories With the past two performances, Horton believes his systemis finally sinking in. “I hear how they talk now and before they wouldn’t sayanything about what they were looking at,” Horton said.“The other team, they were so worried about what they weredoing, I think now they understand what they’re doing andso they can digest the information we give them about setsand fronts and motions and looks and they start talkingabout the 49ers offense and that’s how I know they’regetting it.” Even though the defense is finally progressing, Hortonsays that his unit is far from mistake free. “The results were probably an A, but getting there wasprobably a C,” Horton said about grading Sunday’sperformance against the Eagles. “We left a lot of playsout there missed tackles, dropped interceptions, calledback interceptions — penalties, so work in progress.” Currently the Cardinals rank 22nd in total defense, sothere is room for improvement, but the area ofconcentration for Horton is the pass defense. The teamstill gives up an average of 255 yards per game throughthe air. “What we try to stress is give them the short stuff anddon’t give them the big stuff and we’ll win games,” Hortonsaid. “This league is, unlike the great game of femalesoccer, every once in a while they’re going to score somepoints and make some plays.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The defense hasn’t been completely dismal in defensivecoordinator Ray Horton’s first season, but small mistakeshere and there helped add up to six consecutive losses. That, however, seems to be changing, with the Cardinalsrolling off two straight wins, both of which the defenseplayed a key role. Against the Rams, the Cardinals forced St. Louis to gothree and out in their first possession of overtime, whichpaved the way for Patrick Peterson’s awesome 99 yard puntreturn. The D followed that performance up by shuttingdown Michael Vick and the Eagles, helping the team win itsfirst road game more than a year. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more