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Mathieu works on “just being that guy again”

Posted by Darren Urban on September 27, 2014 – 9:06 am

All summer long, azcardinals.com chronicled the rehab and comeback of safety Tyrann Mathieu from his devastating knee injury. The Honey Badger is back on the field, and so, for this part of Mathieu’s career, the story comes to a close. In this “Zoom” episode, the “Tenacious” series ends continues (actually, there will be one more episode soon with Mathieu talking about inspiring people and his son) with Mathieu looking back on the journey that started last December. And realizing he still has a little work to do.

“As I look back from where I am now, I think the toughest part was being cleared from rehab and having to transition back to the football field,” Mathieu said. “You’re not quite there yet, not quite in shape physically and mentally, you still have a hurdle to overcome. Right now, this is the toughest part for me because your teammates look at you and your coaches look at you and the fans look at you because they know you, they know you made plays. The toughest part right now is just being that guy again.”

Coach Bruce Arians talked all week about Mathieu needing to get past that mental roadblock of just letting loose. Mathieu is expected to jump to playing about 30 plays against Denver the next time out, assuming he’s ready in his head. At some point, he’ll be a major part of the defense again. When that point is will be up to him.


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12 Responses to “Mathieu works on “just being that guy again””

  1. By krehbieo14 on Sep 27, 2014 | Reply

    Many of us do not understand the impact that a significant sports injury has on a players confidence, motivation and ability to resume playing. Fortunately for Mathieu, he can be weaned back into the defense through various schemes that rebuild his belief in his ability to play up to his personal expectations and those of the Cards. Keep moving forward Honey Badger, you’ll get there!

  2. By hammatime on Sep 27, 2014 | Reply

    Darren Urban –

    Can someone relay to the stadium video/scoreboard operator or to whom this concerns that with regard to the noise level at Cardinal stadium that B.A. was talking about, could be helped greatly by helping some of the fans know when to be loud & when to be quiet. I’m not sure if some of our fans are too excited or just uninformed about when to make some noise when we are on Defense & when to be quiet so our Offense can be heard. I remember many past seasons shooting ourselves in the foot with false start penalties by the offensive line, not knowing if our Cards were just undisciplined or were we sabotaging ourselves by being loud at the wrong times.

    So I suggest instead of in between plays of showing the replay & then panning to fans in the crowd……the stadium jumbo video screen should quickly show the replay then flash the words: Let’s get LOUD! (when we are on defense) & QUIET (when we are on offense).

    I find that we get loud too late when we are on defense. If we were making loud noise earlier, like when the other team is still in the huddle up until the ball is snapped, we would have a better chance at disrupting the opposing offenses. Fans being loud DURING the opposing teams huddle may make miscommunication more frequent, may lead to QB having to repeat all or part of the play call, which in turn would cause more delay of game penalties & false starts for the opposing offenses.

    I have just been in amazement at how loud our fans are when we are on offense & at how late we get loud when the opposing offense is on the field. Please Darren, get this info to the right people that can make this happen……Even the fans of the supposed loudest NFL stadium (Seahawks) are helped by the Jumbotron operator telling them when to be LOUD & when to be QUIET.

    I apologize for this being such a long rant, I just feel that this is a really important aspect that successful NFL football teams & their fans need to be on the same page about. Like B.A. & Keim have shown, it’s doing the little things right that makes success.

  3. By clssylssy on Sep 27, 2014 | Reply

    I have all the confidence in the world in the Honey Badger getting back to his prior injury playing condition and believe one has to “listen” to the body. These guys who are re-cooping from serious injuries do have a mental curve in addition to the physical issues that are individual from case to case and the “one size fits all” recovery thinking is purely idiotic. These guys had special ball skills or wouldn’t have been chosen and will work there way back into the lineup as the body (and mind) is willing, or else will go some place else for their success as we have seen so many times before. It seems the coaches have a handle on this and it’s just the armchair experts who have their panties in a wad. Hang in there guys, just keep on grinding and getting better!

  4. By azdesertrat1953 on Sep 27, 2014 | Reply

    I like what I hear, he is not beating around the bush about this, he is being straight up about it. Hang in there Honey Badger.

    I think a lot of what BA is, is rubbing off on this Team.

    GO CARDS!!!

  5. By mal on Sep 27, 2014 | Reply

    Darren-

    I second what hammatime is saying.

    hammatime-

    I would give you 20 thumbs up if I could.

  6. By italycardfan on Sep 27, 2014 | Reply

    hammatime

    Your words are perfect. It ‘s true, it’s doing the little things right that makes success. I hope all the fans in the stadium read your article, to be a key part of the success of the team.

    Bravo! One thumb up !!!

    GO CARDS !!!

  7. By CreditCard on Sep 27, 2014 | Reply

    Mathieu appears to be a real coachable young man.

    How Jefferson became undrafted, I’ll never know.

    What a delightful problem to have the leadership of Johnson, anticipation of Mathieu, tackling of Jefferson, nickel sensation of Powers, and toughness of Buchanan

  8. By clssylssy on Sep 27, 2014 | Reply

    I always thought that the large flashing exclamation marks were a way to tell fans it was time to be loud without treating them like total incompetents and spelling out CHEER LOUD NOW on the jumbotron or KEEP QUIET NOW…apparently not? Of course the visitors do have fans that bring their own noise especially the ones that arrive en mass on buses and caravan. While some might find the noise annoying, it is all a part of the game and gets our guys conditioned to be able to play in places like Seattle, KC, or New Orleans where the crowds take pride in breaking the noise barrier. Come’n Man, it’s football! Is it really necessary to dumb things down for the “fans”? Real fans pay attention to the action on the field and those who are there for the party are the ones who are yelling all the time because they are drunk and can. Trying to regulate the crowd is the No Fun League gestapo gone wild and flat out embarrassing!

  9. By Eazy E on Sep 28, 2014 | Reply

    Love the Honey Badger! God Bless Him!

  10. By NickPepe on Sep 29, 2014 | Reply

    It sure is nice to be the only undefeated team in the NFC. BA will keep them grounded and we will give the Broncos all they can handle on Sunday. And them some.

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member since 1970

  11. By Sackman on Sep 29, 2014 | Reply

    hammatime

    Do you possibly think that the noise you here is the visitors team yelling when we are on offense! There are a lot of visitors at our stadium!

    Stop selling our tickets to the other team, we might not have this problem!

    Just thinking!

  12. By erik on Sep 29, 2014 | Reply

    RE: Fan Noise

    I think most of the inappropriate noise is coming from opposing fans. No doubt, the Cardinals are as popular as ever in the valley, but there are still a lot of transplants and every game I have been to there are a lot of opposing team’s fans. Simple as that.

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