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Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 11:06 am | Updated: 6:19 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

November 2, 2004

Dennis Green entered the interview room at the Cardinals’ training facility in Tempe on Monday morning and said he wished his usual day-after-game press conference could be delayed.

It had little to do with the team being overshadowed by a within-the-hour managerial announcement by the Diamondbacks. It had everything to do with the team being overmatched on the field by the Buffalo Bills less than 24 hours before.

"I don’t like to look at video and come to a press conference," Green said. "I like to have at least an hour to calm down a little bit."

So with the images from the 38-14 loss still burned in his memory, Green hinted that even more changes — possibly on the offensive line, definitely on special teams — are coming to Arizona.

Since the start of training camp, Green has overhauled the offensive line, using three new starters and, on Friday, "reassigning" the unit’s coach, Bob Wylie, to scouting duties. On Sunday, the line was outmuscled by the Bills’ front seven, particularly defensive tackles Sam Adams and Pat Williams.

"We took over a team where the four highest-paid players were on the offensive line, and that was the least productive group on the team," Green said. "To do something about that, you have to be drastic. I don’t mind being drastic."

Wylie’s replacement, Everett Lindsay, played for Green in Minnesota and was cut by Arizona as an offensive lineman late in the preseason. Lindsay returned to the team on Sept. 29 as an assistant offensive line coach.

Right tackle L.J. Shelton said he did not feel the coaching switch affected the line’s continuity on Sunday.

"The adjustments were OK, and I didn’t sense any confusion among the rest of the line," Shelton said. "Other than that, I don’t want to comment."

Asked if he is considering more moves on the line, Green said: "We’ll do whatever is necessary, to be honest."

Evidently, Green will apply that philosophy to special teams, saying that Arizona will "add a couple players" to that unit. He would not say whether those players would come via depth-chart changes or from the outside.

After a solid game by the specialty units in a victory against Seattle two weeks ago, the Cardinals allowed 204 yards in returns at Buffalo. Terrence McGee returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown for the Bills, and Nate Clements had a 40-yard punt return.

"Our efficiency in kickoff coverage is hurting us," Green said. "We’ll make some changes in that regard. We’ll probably get help there because that is probably as significant as anything else that is hurting us."


Green said cornerback Renaldo Hill could be questionable for this week with a hamstring pull he suffered on Sunday.

"It might be a week injury; it might be a two-week injury," Green said.

Two players who left Sunday’s game, safety Adrian Wilson (knee) and linebacker Gerald Hayes (quadriceps), should be fine.

Reserve running back Josh Scobey, who has missed three games with a right knee MCL sprain, said he will practice on Wednesday and expects to be available Sunday.

"I’m about 95 percent right now," Scobey said. "My goal is to get a good week of practice in and be ready to play."


Green said he sensed a lack of focus in the Cardinals during practice last week. As a result, the team on Thursday practiced in pads, something that Green’s teams typically do not do.

"The way we practiced on Wednesday was the worst Wednesday that we have had all year," Green said. "So, it’s not like I didn’t see warning signs and tried to do everything I could to avert it as a coach.

"I’m disappointed about it because it’s ultimately my job to get the team to play like it’s supposed to play."

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