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Pro Bowl update and Mathieu’s exit

Posted by Darren Urban on December 12, 2013 – 10:48 am

Another harsh — but understandable — reality of the Tyrann Mathieu season-ending injury: Once a player goes on injured reserve, he is officially removed from the Pro Bowl voting lists no matter how many votes he has accumulated. So Mathieu, who had been sixth last week and even if he didn’t get a single vote in seven days would still be in the top 10 of free safeties, no longer appears in the top 10. (And voting for him going forward is a moot point.)

But there are still other Cardinals chasing votes, which you can do by clicking here. Here are the players still appearing in the top 10 with a couple weeks left in the voting:

– Patrick Peterson remains third in cornerbacks with 289,024 votes. Seattle’s Richard Sherman is first with 430,234 votes.

– Inside linebacker Karlos Dansby is ninth (91,478). Buffalo rookie Kiko Alonso (306,054) is first.

– Special teamer Justin Bethel is ninth (40,617). Denver’s David Bruton (109,243) is first.

– Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is 10th (110,916). Dallas’ Jason Hatcher (262,099) is first.

And speaking of Peterson, here is my opus posted yesterday about the Pro Bowl cornerback/burgeoning businessman/emerging face of the franchise, who is mature beyond his years. Give it a read, won’t you?

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15 Responses to “Pro Bowl update and Mathieu’s exit”

  1. By georgiebird on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,
    Pro Bowl voting is a popularity contest. Josh McCown did more for name recognition in the Monday night game than any Cardinals’ player could do with the schedule to date-(with no New York teams and loses to Seattle, Niners and Eagles).
    As I said before Dierdorf made his name with excellent games for nearly a decade against Dallas’ Ed “Too Tall” Jones.
    What will be the watershed game(s) that propels some of the deserving Cardinals’ players into the limelight?
    No doubt that getting exposure is an uphill battle for a team from AZ. But some big time performances on national TV will go a long way toward making some Cardinals’ players famous. It did so for Josh McCown- even if was a decade late.

  2. By Erik on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    One of your best articles Darren about Peterson. Very nice read.

  3. By Eric G on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    How is Abraham not on any list? Proof that the system is extremely flawed.

  4. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    This is what I like about Honey Badger.

    To be great, find others that are great, and do what they do.

    HB sat out of football and dropped to the 3rd round because of drug and off the field issues.

    Enter this “Old Soul” known as PP at a time when HB wants to change. What a great example for this young man.

    I just saw HB will rehab in AZ instead of Florida or LSU.
    Honey Badger has seen what great looks like and is on his path. It’s awesome HB can learn from PP and grow into a better player and person.

    Another story of PP, at Sundays game on a third down, the cards stopped the Rams and Dockett and a couple cards got into a shoving match with some ram players. Deep from the secondary, PP sprinted and told his guys to get to the sideline.

    This guy gets it. We just stopped them, dont do something stupid and give the rams another set of downs. I think it was one of those moments when it clicks that he has emerged as the team leader.

  5. By clssylssy on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    It should be noted that the fan vote only counts one third in the voting for the Probowl so while it is a “popularity contest” to some degree the players and coaches, who have the most knowledge about fellow players and their abilities have most of the say…as it should be. I really don’t see that fans should have any say in this at all, as it cheapens the honor. Since the redesign this year,l I don’t look for the Probowl to last another year, which, is exactly what the Commissioner seems to want as it doesn’t generate enough money.

  6. By jstn on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    never cared for the Pro Bowl… Id like to see one more reg season game and 1 more wild card game. 4 Wild cards that play each other then those 2 winners play 2 and 4 seed while 1 and 3 play this is the second playoff week, third week best performance gets a week off while remaining two play then the fourth week championship.

  7. By georgiebird on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    The Cardinals play 12 different teams this year- that means 20 teams(coaches and players) will probably not see a Cardinals’ game this year. And if they see a Cardinals game, it’s likely to be against the Seahawks, Niners or another very good team.
    Very tough for Cardinals’ players to break thru- unless the Cards start winning big games.

  8. By Timmy on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    John the Draft Guy-
    I noticed PP running towards that scuffle when I was at the game. I thought that was awesome how he told them to get out of there. I don’t think enough guys do that. Great leader and Great player. Seems like this organization really has some high class guys on it.

  9. By Zach on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,

    Slightly unrelated to the pro bowl, but recently myself and people I know have discussed what Kirk Cousins would look like in Cardinal red. He has shown flashes, but I think he has pretty good pocket awareness and can throw the deep ball, similar to Carson Palmer. Do you think he would be a good offseason gamble? The Redskins are in need of draft picks and the Cards easily could give up a 3rd and maybe 4th round pick for him. Just curious on your opinion of Kirk Cousins.

  10. By nate on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    Wheres Campbell at?

  11. By Darren Urban on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    Zach —

    RE: Cousins

    I don’t know how he’s going to play down the stretch, but I don’t think I’m ready to give up multiple picks for someone unproven.

  12. By ored on Dec 12, 2013 | Reply

    might not be unproven by seasons end.

  13. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 13, 2013 | Reply

    Wow folks,

    Cousins? No love for Palmer?

    He has 20 TDs and 3500 yards. Over the last 6 games, he is 5-1 with 12 tds, 4 picks, 1700 yards (thats 286 yards a game and 2 tds ) He has been over 70% comp ratio 4 of those 6 games and a QB rating over a 100 over those 6 games.

    This team has a chance to win 9 or more games for the 4th time in AZ history and 10 wins for the second time. (since 1988) 1998 (9 wins) 2008 (9 wins) 2009 (10 wins)
    During that time, we have had 29 starting QBs. That is why we keep losing.

    We found a real QB who has now clicked with the system. Leave it alone. If you want to develop a QB under him, draft one.

    I would rather get a LT or a safety than get Kirk Cousins.

  14. By jason on Dec 13, 2013 | Reply

    JTDG-

    Thank you! I wrote a response earlier but didn’t post it because it wasn’t very nice and I didn’t feel like upsetting anyone. It makes absolutely ZERO sense to waste draft picks on Cousins. Carson keeps getting better and next season he will have invaluable experience in this offense. Remember how he struggled early in this offense? Do fans really want to go through those growing pains again next year? I do think we should draft a QB sooner rather than later to groom because Carson will be 34 years next season, but I don’t think it HAS to happen this draft. That is why this draft will be extremely exciting…because we have so many different ways we can go.

  15. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 13, 2013 | Reply

    That is why this draft will be extremely exciting…because we have so many different ways we can go.

    I totally agree

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