How Arizona Cardinals’ Offense, Defense Will Look Under New Coordinators Drew Petzing, Nick Rallis

    New Arizona Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon hired the youngest coordinator tandem in the NFL in Drew Petzing and Nick Rallis.

    The Arizona Cardinals will be undergoing a transformation on both sides of the ball. And they’ll have two new coordinators doing it — the youngest coordinator tandem in the NFL.

    OC Drew Petzing, 36, and DC Nick Rallis, 30, will oversee their sides of the ball for the first time in their careers.

    According to multiple sources who’ve worked with Petzing in the past, the former Cleveland Browns offensive assistant coach will likely run his version of Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski’s offensive scheme. What those sources added specifically is that you’ll likely see a lot of two-tight sets (12 personnel), which was the base of Stefanski’s offense in past seasons with the Browns.

    And because of the scheme switch, second-year tight end Trey McBride, the highest-drafted player at his position last year, could see an increased role in the team’s passing game.

    McBride saw 599 snaps (53% of the offensive snaps) as a rookie but only caught 29 passes for 265 yards (9.14 yards per catch) and posted just one touchdown.

    As for Arizona’s defense, there is some mystery on what the scheme will look like based on OTA practices, but inside linebacker Zaven Collins was moved to the outside, and veteran ILB Kyzir White was working as the middle linebacker in what some coaches around the NFL expect to be an odd man front (3-4 possibly).

    Head coach Jonathan Gannon ran an odd-man front with the Philadelphia Eagles but started off every game last season with three defensive tackles in the lineup.

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