The San Francisco 49ers' defense gave Arizona problems even when Kurt Warner was playing at a Pro Bowl level for the Cardinals.
Count that among the reasons Arizona is interviewing Manusky as a candidate to replace the recently fired Bill Davis as defensive coordinator. Another: Manusky and the 49ers have posted a 6-2 record against the Cardinals, sweeping them three times in four seasons since Ken Whisenhunt became Arizona's coach.
Manusky could have other opportunities as a coordinator, including with Dallas and San Diego. Manusky has also drawn interest as a head coaching candidate. The Cardinals could do much worse, for sure. Manusky's knowledge of the NFC West, track record in San Francisco and experience running a 3-4 scheme add to his appeal.
The chart shows how the 49ers have fared under Manusky in various defensive categories, ranked by yards allowed per opponent. Asterisks identify opponents the 49ers played only once during Manusky's time as coordinator.
Touchdowns allowed per game exclude return touchdowns.