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Peterson “freaked around” and scuttled wildcat

Posted by Darren Urban on December 1, 2011 – 9:26 am

Patrick Peterson shook his head. “I freaked around and fumbled the ball,” he said, lamenting his blown chance playing quarterback in a wildcat formation Sunday in St. Louis.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt already said he thought Peterson could have potentially taken the play — it was second-and-8 for the Cardinals from their own 26-yard line in the first quarter — all the way for a touchdown. “It was open,” Whisenhunt said, and Peterson wasn’t arguing the point.

“If I had held on to that ball, I believe I was going the distance,” Peterson said. “I didn’t have to look at the paper (on the sideline). They tried to show (the photo) to me, and I was like, ‘Trust me. I know. I know what could have happened.’ ”

Peterson said his knee hit the ball just as he was trying to secure it to run, meaning he forced his own fumble. Peterson-as-quarterback as had an inauspicious start; when the Cards tried to run a play with Peterson back there (against the Rams, no less) back on Nov. 6, they couldn’t even get the play off before needing to call a timeout. They were lined up incorrectly, and Peterson said he and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling “were not on the same page.”

Maybe this is progress? The first one isn’t even snapped, the second one at least was snapped — albeit for a dangerous fumble and a gain of no yards. Part III has to be better. Right?

“Hopefully,” Peterson said, “we will have more plays to come.”


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55 Responses to “Peterson “freaked around” and scuttled wildcat”

  1. By SteveG. on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    PP does not look like he runs fast, but why is it everyone else becomes so very very slow?

  2. By Dylan on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Steve- I said the same thing when i watched the replay of the punt return in the rams game. I’m guessing its because he makes running fast look so easy lol

  3. By Andreas on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    SteveG.

    Do you even know what he’s combine results are?
    The 40yd dash is amazing.

  4. By Angel on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    I would say his speed is above average, however his ability to juke and make sharp direction changes is incredible. He is very lite in the toes.

  5. By Jake on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Its the dion sanders effect, PP is very fast fast, just has long strides

  6. By Bernardo on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Steven G. I agree with you! he doesnt look like desean jackson or anything. but he is a burner i think its because he runs smoothly if that makes sense. but i would like to see him in the back field again soon

  7. By nateholt on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Get the jitters out PP! Its not like millions of fans are watching you at home. Or that people will talk about the play if you screw it up. Or 100,000 eyeballs are focused on your play. Not a big deal, just millions of dollars at stake.

    I think he will calm down and pull this play off soon. Just has to let the adrenaline wear off.

  8. By Eazy E on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Finally some more innovation from our O.

  9. By AZLOGAN on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Darren
    Do you think its likely that they’ll try to run it this weekend against dallas? It seems everytime you write about it, they play it in the following game, which is awesome I’d really like to see more of the wildcat. I think it would catch most teams very off guard if we tried it a few times in the game

  10. By dylan on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Come on guys, PP is very fast, trying to judge his speed by how he “looks” is futile. He was the second fastest at this years combine. Getting close to tying the record.

    The NFL combine is over, giving us a better idea of who the top performers were. The 40-yard dash, perhaps the most watched portion of the combine, featured some of the fastest times in years, with defensive linemen turning in blistering times for their size and the skill position players running 40s in the sub-4.5 second range. As expected, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson came out flying, running in the 4.3 second range. Miami’s DeMarcus Van Dyke took it a step further, running in the 4.2s and nearly breaking the Combine record, set by Chris Johnson in 2008.

  11. By Darren Urban on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Azlogan —

    RE: More wildcat

    No idea. I wouldn’t be surprised either way.

  12. By CORMAC on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Peterson has a knack for seeing the shortest path to the endzone. Its like a golden path that appears before him. Mixed with blinding spead and brute strength, he battles his way to place points on the board. A rare treasure we have stumbled upon….

  13. By bostonjohn on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Any chance they could line PP up as a WR and just send him deep to open up the field a bit more for Fitz?

  14. By bobf on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    It would be nice if the offense could learn the screen.

  15. By ComeAtMeBro on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    SteveG.-

    220 with a 4.34 forty. That’s only 15 pounds lighter than Beanie and 0.25 seconds less than Beanie’s forty time. Not to mention he is a tough runner. There is an invisible forcefield around him called fear. Just like there is an invisible forcefield around Desean Jackson where if a defender within it, he will drop the ball.

    bostonjohn-

    ridiculous. Starting corner on the number 1 receiver, on specials and wildcat sets. Do you want the D to give up big plays because you overused your corner? All this talk about a number 2 receiver. You should ask the receivers to compete for Larry Fitz’s job so that when they fail, they will at least have tried their best to reach the top and be a better receiver, period. This number 2 bs is ridiculous. They need a great receiver to complement Larry, not a number 2.

  16. By Austin on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Pretty soon PP will be the snapper, holder, kicker, coach, ref, and towel boy. All in the same play.lol. The guy is pretty awesome but maybe we should let him progress as a corner before throwing too much his way.

  17. By CS on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    PP looks fast cuz he is fast, maybe not top speed but when dealing with 60-80 yards of running room or less PP gets to his speed much faster then anyone ive ever seen play. He has first gear then he jumps straight to 4th already at speed, while other players are gaining speed hes already there. I would have to say its technique, he is very fluid with his motion which enables him not to burn much energy getting to top speed but maintain it consistantly.

  18. By Barry Bond on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Just beat the 49ers in week 14 Cards! I get TIRED of reading how Alex Smith and the Niner defense is good enough to get to the super bowl???

  19. By lg on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    all i want for christmas is to beat the cowboys sunday i hate that team and they give me that last year on christmas day

  20. By CreditCard on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    I do like the idea the Cardinal coaching staff is looking at trying to make some razzle dazzle, and spice up their offense.

  21. By UK CARD on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    FEAR OF DIVA FACTOR!

    PP is awesome! I was hoping he would fall to us in the draft! A real game changer!

    But what is the cost of his rookie season? My 6 year old still mimics his show boating, during the Carolina game, that could of ended very differently, We bought him a PP shirt, and hes a new family favorite!

    I hope Whiz & A Dub can work on keeping him grounded! PP is very confident, and rightfully so, but we don’t need another Diva that may cost us big in a game, finish the play then celebrate, no warnings to the other team before kickoff! Just perform, a record is in grasp but don’t force it!!

    LETS HUNT SOME COWBOYS!! GO-CARDS!!!

  22. By rojobird on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    We might not go to the playoffs this year but please please please please please give your Cards fans an early Christmas present and beat the 49ers in week 14 give them a little taste of whats coming on 2012..

    “LOVE MY CARDS”

    rojobird

  23. By Paul H. on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Oh no Darren, Vikings just released a certain QB. Hope your keyboard has the letters MC… you know the rest. :-)

  24. By Fitz on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    hey Darren

    do you think the cards will look at maybe picking up Jason hill (WR) maybe to help out our offense and fitz a little.

  25. By Sarah on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    To: Darren Urban

    Man you seriously have taken shots at John Skelton, that Fitz piece you did holds no punches. I wonder how Kolb would have been against SF ? Kolb is 1 and 6 , Skelton 3 and 1 , one makes 10 million a year and the other $350,000. He is learning cut him some slack.

  26. By Gary on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Will the Cardinals wear all red on Sunday??

  27. By Scott H on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Ugh. I do NOT want to see them go down this road. Am NOT a fan of the wildcat thing because, frankly, I think it is what teams revert to when their straight offense just ain’t good enough. The Dolphins made it seem exciting during one season. It took them nowhere. Seems like the Broncos are doing something like it now with Tebow. It’s an illusion. People are so in love with Tebow and this option offense…but it will take the Broncos nowhere as well. And eventually, Tebow will be exposed as a guy who can’t really play QB in the NFL and the Broncos will be back to the drawing board.

    What I don’t like about it is that it seems like its purpose is to compensate for a QB who is just not very good. Hence, it puts too many other players who are NOT QB’s in the position of QB. Bad things are destined to happen much more often than not when you do that. Don’t like it.

    There’s a reason why teams with great QB’s do not need to mess with this crap. You would never see this non-sense here when Kurt Warner was under center…

    Peterson will do enough for this team as a starting corner and a REEEEEEALY dangerous punt return man. He does NOT need to be taking snaps!

  28. By Scott H on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, no….just saw the news that McNabb has been released. While that could not possibly be a surprise to anyone who truly has a clue, I fear that it will once again prompt the idiots to start clamoring for the Cardinals to bring him here. God help us…

  29. By Darren Urban on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Fitz –

    RE: Jason Hill

    I doubt it.

  30. By Darren Urban on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Sarah –

    RE: Kolb vs Niners

    We are going to find out a week from Sunday.

  31. By Darren Urban on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Gary –

    RE: all red

    I don’t know. I don’t expect it.

  32. By cards62 on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    I applaud the coaches for trying to use Patrick Peterson more. Speed kills and he has plenty of it plus I think Peterson is the kind of kid that you need to keep in the game and excited and I think this will even make him focus more on being a shut down corner.

    Von Miller has also had an excellent year in Denver, but I still think we selected the better player.

    Go Patrick Peterson and help us beat the Cowbowy.

  33. By cardsalltheway on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    Underground:
    Did you say Romo was “lighting it up?” I don’t think he has more passing yards than Cardinal QB’s. Are Cardinal QB’s lighitng it up? If Jay Feely was responsible for more than 50% of our wins would you say our QB was lighting it up? Dan Bailey has 4 game winning field goals in 2011 and could tie a Cowboy team record of 27 consecutive FG’s against the Cardinals.

  34. By Javi on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Dareen, many many rumors today about how the cardinals will sign Donovan Mcnabb this year or next year whats your opinion on it?

  35. By Flood on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Scott H-
    Actually, we did use the Wildcat with Kurt Warner. It was called the Pahokee and Antrel Rolle and Anquan Boldin alternated in the QB spot with Kurt lined up wide. It was somewhat successful and almost had a deep TD from Antrel to Fitz on a prime time game but Antrel underthrew a WIDE OPEN Fitz.

  36. By CreditCard on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    What is your opinion regarding this year’s rookie class. It appears Cam Newton, Von Miller, Green, Julio Jones, Patrick Peterson, Dalton, and others that this last year (w/o OTA’s) is a fairly complete and competitve class. To me it appears a real stellar class. In your position, have your heard any reports internally in the Cards organization or other organizations regarding this year’s rookie class?

  37. By Darren Urban on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Creditcard –

    RE: draft class

    There hasn’t been any talk I’ve heard, but it does seem like this class has a chance to be very good.

  38. By Rich on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    is it still possible for us to make the playoffs……….maybe wildcard?
    please don’t laugh.

  39. By cardsalltheway on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    CreditCard,
    It wasn’t suppose to be good for OL but a slew of them are starting and doing well on other teams, just not the Cardinals. If Kolb starts Sunday you’ll be wishing we had drafted one or more of them.

  40. By cardsalltheway on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Javi,
    Good question, and we could even have McNabb “mentor” our other QB’s kind of like how Warner “mentored” M. Leinart, you now how well that went. We are so good at “mentoring” QB’s.

  41. By TucsonTim on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    We could reunite KK with McNabb. Last chance….

  42. By Darren Urban on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Rich —

    RE: Playoffs

    Mathematically, the Cards are still alive.

  43. By joe67 on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    I hate the all Red Uniforms.

  44. By R Robles on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Were still alive!!!

  45. By R Robles on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren why do we get snubbed on the Highlight reel every week, Demarco Murray had a great game versus the Ram’s & Beanie just did but he didnt get credit? WTH

  46. By GW on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Coach whiz and cards management fizt. need help look desean jackson is done in philly.the cards should go after him he would be a great compliment to fitz. he”s super fast and can stretch the field.also KOLB should be familiar with d. jak so maybe kolb will offer to reconstruct his contract to land d.jak to help him and fitz. can you imagine cards fan having one of the top wr corps in the league again.Cards do not listen to the media this kid is a good personyou guys owe this to the fans and FIZT.

  47. By Darren Urban on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    R Robles —

    RE: Highlights

    You have to ask the people doing the highlights.

  48. By Darren Urban on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    GW —

    RE: DeSean

    You a friend of his?

    Do me a favor: Go back and listen to some of the Kolb quotes about Fitz in training camp, and how he would say how different Fitz is compared to other receivers he’s played with. I don’t know exactly to whom he was referring, but I’m willing to speculate between the lines.

    For all the crap that went on with Anquan off the field when he was ticked, he never once shirked his effort between the lines. DeSean Jackson can’t say that.

  49. By GW on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Darren no im not a friend of desean. but you cant go by hear say because we dont know what CRAP philly is given this young man LIKE the crap the cards gave anquan because you dont hear anything negative about anquan in baltimore and you know that off. is not what he’s used to.( KOLB) quotes how in the….. can he quote recievers he only played 7 games if the cards gave me 60 mil i say the same about roberts. so darren we should not judge people unless we really know what’s going on inside its all about business $$. D. JAX IS A GOOD KID PUT HIM AROUND FITZ WHO CAN SHOW HIM HOW TO BE A PRO.

  50. By Peter in Canada on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Scott H and Flood – Flood is partly right. The way I saw the play, Fitz just plain dropped the ball in the end zone. It didn’t matter though because Ben Patrick was called for holding.

  51. By Darren Urban on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    GW —

    RE: All about business

    The business is playing football. And if I see a playing clearly dogging it at certain times on the field, that’s not good business.

  52. By jasonm on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren ! what are the chances we get Mc nabbb , sorry i had to do it the lockout was terrible , yeah wildcat shmilecat lets pull the play off for once ,although dallas is gonna see it coming so maybe save it for the browns or seahags, Urban u rule.

  53. By cardsalltheway on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    RE: All about business
    “The business is playing football. And if I see a playing clearly dogging it at certain times on the field, that’s not good business.”

    Andy Reid would disagree with you Darren.
    Eagles’ Reid: Jackson ‘was all-in last night’

    Eagles coach Andy Reid is “disappointed” in how DeSean Jackson was portrayed during Thursday night’s game broadcast, saying he was proud of his receiver for having a great attitude.

    Yes, I might agree with you if you said “snowjob” but only if you agreed it’s much like the snowjob Kolb deal(considering the money and 2nd round draft pick). Andy Reid could sell the Cardinal organization fresh Flagstaff snow.

  54. By cardfancolorado on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    Do not bring in Mcnabb people what has he done in the last 2-3 years

  55. By Scott H on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    Flood –
    Yes, I remember the play, was against the Giants on the road, Cards won 24-17. While I acknowledge that these plays happened occasionally, they were certainly never necessary. And, really, with Kurt playing at the level he was, why EVER put the ball is someone else’s hands? At the very least, the Cardinals had the luxury of employing such plays occasionally BECAUSE of how good the offense was with Warner. When any team has to resort to them to compensate for their QB, you know you’re watching a bad team. I don’t want to see the Cardinals become that.

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