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Cards, the Pro Bowl, and how it once was

Posted by Darren Urban on April 6, 2017 – 6:22 am

This is going to sound random — and, truthfully, it is — but there is a reason I am talking about the Cardinals and the 2009 Pro Bowl. I’ve been working on a piece about Larry Fitzgerald and his epic playoff run during the Cardinals’ Super Bowl season. That will be posted Monday. But one thing struck me as I looked back and researched things, especially when it comes to the Pro Bowl.

As everyone knows, the Pro Bowl is now held the week before the Super Bowl. Players chosen from the Super Bowl teams obviously don’t play, and at this point, many, many others find reasons not to play. Injuries, yes. And also, “injuries.” Back for the 2008 season, five Cardinals were picked to play in the Pro Bowl: Fitz, Kurt Warner, Adrian Wilson, Anquan Boldin and Sean Morey. That made sense. They all were excellent that season.

That year, the Pro Bowl was still being played the week after the Super Bowl. Everyone could still make it, but guys would still drop out. If anyone would drop out for a non-injury reason, it could understandably be players from the losing Super Bowl team — especially if it was a heartbreaking loss. But what I had forgotten was that all five Cardinals still showed up in Hawaii a couple of days later and player. In fact, Fitzgerald capped his great regular season and legendary playoff performance with a 5-81-2 line in the Pro Bowl and won MVP. That’s not a surprise, really. What was was the fact the Cards were 5-for-5.


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21 Responses to “Cards, the Pro Bowl, and how it once was”

  1. By Scott H on Apr 6, 2017 | Reply

    Ah, those were the days….the days of Kurt, Larry, and Anquan.

    I think if I were a player back then, I would have tried to make the Pro Bowl every year just for a chance to pose for a picture with these ladies!

  2. By Charley Shurtz on Apr 6, 2017 | Reply

    Nice type Daren and a reflection on the Warner.Fitzgerald effect on the teams and players they were around, Still miss Kurt and soon we will miss Larry. Hoping he can get the ring while wearing a Cardinal uniform but even if not the character and presence of these two men was and is a phenomal aspect of who they are. We all, as fans, need to appreciate what these great players have given us. Go Big Red.

  3. By blakew on Apr 6, 2017 | Reply

    Look .. at….. Anquan 🙂
    man i miss that guy

  4. By mitchaz on Apr 6, 2017 | Reply

    Great post, Darren. That was an exciting era. Great photo. The Cardinals’ version of Hawaii 5-0!

  5. By mitchaz on Apr 6, 2017 | Reply

    My Annual Masters Mock

    The Cardinals trade #13 to the Titans for picks #18 (The 18th Hole baby!), #83, and #214.

    18. Gareon “Player” Conley, CB, Ohio St. With Gareon Player at RCB the Cardinals can beat the Rams in the British Open.

    45. Jordan “Spieth” Willis, Edge, Kansas St. Pure power, bend and plenty of backspin.

    77. Cooper “Center” Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington. This Kupp is a hole in one.

    83. Justin “Rose” Evans, FS, Texas A&M. This Cardinal colored rose of Texas, will be a thorn in Russell Wilson’s side.

    120. Steven Taylor “Made”, LB, Houston. This aggressive, quick playmaker is Taylor Made for the nickel defense.

    157. Xavier “Tiger” Woods, SS, Louisiana Tech. This Woods sticks the wood on opposing ballcarriers.

    179. Johnny “Billy” Caspers, G, Stanford. Can block out the glare like a XXL Titleist visor.

    197. Zach “Johnson” Banner, T, USC. Has a mean wedge game.

    214. Matt “Kuchar” Milano, LB, Boston College. Mooooch!

    231. Freddie “Couples” Stevenson, RB, Florida St. Some flashes of lightning in this thunder back.

    While i do these for fun and entertainment, this year every one of these players are ones I would love the Cardinals to take.

  6. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on Apr 6, 2017 | Reply

    Unmentioned, but key, the “aloha” effect…mahalo…

  7. By clssylssy on Apr 6, 2017 | Reply

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane to the glory days. And to think Fitz and Q are still the ole reliable, go-to guys teams depend on after all these years; makes me proud to have their jerseys hanging in my closent (along with Wilson, Warner, Plummer and Tillman. Would love to see Boldin back in Cardinal red but know that won’t happen…nonetheless, it’s nice to reminisce!

  8. By Wyocardfan on Apr 6, 2017 | Reply

    One more reason I’m proud to be a Cardinal fan.

  9. By clssylssy on Apr 7, 2017 | Reply

    Mitchaz…
    I believe I read that Jordon Willis is scheduled to visit the Cards…

  10. By Scott H on Apr 7, 2017 | Reply

    Wow, Q actually looks bigger than A-Dub in this picture. I have missed them both tremendously since they have been gone. How badly could this defense use Adrian Wilson right now??

    Morey was such an under-the-radar player. And how badly could our ST’s use HIM right now??

  11. By JTDG on Apr 7, 2017 | Reply

    OK , Off topic but if you haven’t seen it, you have to see this catch !!!

    Just sick.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000798212/article/nfl-draft-prospect-gets-odell-beckhams-attention-with-great-catch

  12. By D on Apr 7, 2017 | Reply

    I hate the 16,345 mock drafts the so called experts put up on national websites. I think they all need to be held accountable after the draft, so matching teams with players that won’t be available and/ or are over valued will show just how much a guess/ throwing darts pick from a Kiper is as Joe Schmo sitting on barstool #2.

    So, I’ll give another one Mock for AZ. I will exclude taking a QB, even though D. Webb may tempt Keim to draft him in Round 2. I believe the NFL should hire a J. Gruden along with some recent retired NFL QB’s to have a QB camp in Feb or March. These kids coming out can’t call a play without billboards on the sidelines, need direction on how to take a snap under Center and are Clueless on how to read defenses. Hard to blame Org’s who don’t want to invest millions into a kid who are still in diapers as a football player.

    Cards Draft

    (no trading in my fake draft, but the ammo Keim has this year, good chance he will be moving around up and down if possible in this draft)

    Round 1: H. Reddick ILB. Fast/athletic player that will finally end those DWash questions.

    Round 2: Q. Wilson CB. Long/athletic/can play man, should be able to win starting job by week 8 and will allow AZ to release Bethel after 2017

    Round 3: L. Jerome S. Kid is a great athlete who also can return punts/kicks.

    Round4: N. Siragusa RG. A bulldozer like Iupati.

    The 3 picks in Rounds 5-6 – depth at RB, WR, TE

    I would inquire on B. Hundley QB from GB.

  13. By Coach K on Apr 7, 2017 | Reply

    My best guess on first 6 picks in draft

    1. Pat Mahomes, QB
    2. Jarrad Davis, ILB
    3. Jordan Leggett, TE
    4. Howard Wilson, CB
    5. Lorenzo Jerome, S
    5. Detrich Wise, DE

  14. By Scott H on Apr 7, 2017 | Reply

    FWIW, am seeing a feature on NFL.com that places the Cardinals NOT among the top tier of NFC teams going into 2017, but among the middle tier. Among that middle tier, they are assessed as probably having the worst off-season of any of those teams BUT also having more blue chip talent than most. OK. Still sounds like they are rating the Cardinals as having taken a step back.

    Honestly? I am finding it hard to strongly argue against that. Yes, there is still lots of talent here. But after losing Campbell / Jefferson / Swearinger, there is less than there was. THAT is almost impossible to argue. Whether that changes between now and September….remains to be seen.

    A lot rides on how Nkemdiche plays and what we get from the draft. In other words, a lot rides on many question marks.

  15. By Scott H on Apr 9, 2017 | Reply

    To continue my previous post, let’s add Bethel / Brandon Williams to the list of question marks that there is a LOT riding on.

  16. By mitchaz on Apr 9, 2017 | Reply

    This is not a prediction of what teams will do, these are the picks that I would make for each team, based on need, BPA and style of play:

    Round 1:

    1 CLE: Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M—consensus pick.

    2 SF: Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio St.—Eric Reid slides down to SS (contract year) in favor of adding elite FS (impossible for former S John Lynch to overlook)

    3 CHI: Jamal Adams, S, LSU—John Fox needs a safety to make things miserable for Rodgers and Stafford.

    4 JAX: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU—bell cow RB to take pressure off Bortles

    5 TEN: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford—building a Titanic defense.

    6 NYJ: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio St.—big-time talent for big-time need.

    7 LAC: Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama—building a thunder and lightning pass rush.

    8 CAR: Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU—adds lightning to Stewarts’ thunder.

    9 CIN: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama—Marvin’s kind of impact LB.

    10 BUF: John Ross, WR, Washington—the new Marguise, only way better

    11 NO: Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR/PR, Stanford—triple threat who helps win close games.

    12 NE (from CLE for QB Jimmy Garoppolo): O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama—made to order.

    13 AZ: Haason Reddick, ILB/OLB, Temple—The Temple of Boom lands in AZ.

    14 PHI: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan—another explosive target for Wentz

    15 IND: Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin—best T in draft to help keep Luck clean.

    16 BAL: Charles Harris, Edge, Missouri—a faster, equally tenacious version of Markus Golden.

    17 WAS: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina—last year for Cousins in DC.

    18 TEN: Jabrill Peppers, S/PR, Michigan—challenges Searcy for SS job, becomes STs ace

    19 TB: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee—perfect fit for their offense.

    20 DEN: Garrett Bolles, T, Utah—perfect fit.

    21 DET: Takkarist McKinley, Edge, UCLA—need to get to Aaron Rodgers.

    22 MIA: David Njoku, TE, Miami—taking a page out of the Patriots’ playbook.

    23 NYG: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt—want to play faster on defense.

    24 OAK: Tre’Davious White, CB, Tennessee—speed baby speed.

    25 HOU: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame—time to add QBOF, good system fit.

    26 SEA: Forrest Lamp, G/T, Western Kentucky—big-time need, Lamp could be best OL in draft.

    27 KC: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama—what a secondary in KC

    28 DAL: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio St.—could start right away, great system fit.

    29 GB: Tim Williams, Edge, Alabama—better pass rush helps secondary.

    30 PIT: Carl Lawson, Edge, Auburn—in the Harrison/Woodley mold.

    31 ATL: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan—edge rushing depth needed, Taco rings the Bell

    32 NO: Tyus Bowser, OLB/DE, Houston—edge speed and bend

    Round 2

    33 CLE: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

    34 SF: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

    35 JAX: Caleb Brantley DL Florida

    36 CHI: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi

    37 LAR: Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama

    38 LAC: Budda Baker, S, Washington

    39 NYJ: Desean Watson, QB, Clemson

    40 CAR: Cam Robinson, T/G, Alabama

    41 CIN: Malik McDowell, DT/DE, Michigan St.

    42 NO: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

    43 PHI: Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas St.

    44 BUF: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado

    45 AZ: Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech

    46 MIN: Dan Feeney, G, Indiana

    47 BAL: Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio St.

    48 WAS: Josh Jones, S, North Carolina St.

    49 IND: Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson

    50 TB: Marcus Maye, S, Florida

    51 DEN: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio St.

    52 CLE: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut

    53 DET: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina

    54 MIA: Dawuane Smoot, Edge, Illinois

    55 NYG: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashalnd

    56 OAK: Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan

    57 HOU: Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh

    58 SEA: Kevin King, CB, Washington

    59 KC: Montavius Adams, DT, Auburn

    60 DAL: Derek Rivers, Edge, Youngstown St.

    61 GB: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

    62 PIT: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

    63 ATL: Dion Dawkins, G, Temple

    64 CAR: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech

  17. By Darren Urban on Apr 9, 2017 | Reply

    Mitchaz —

    RE: Mock

    Two rebuttals:

    1) No way two safeties go in top three picks.

    2) Mahomes is picked before 45.

  18. By Joe Cardea on Apr 9, 2017 | Reply

    Darren, if Garoppolo were in the draft whereabouts would you draft him, all other things being the same? Top ten? lower half of the first round? #1?

  19. By Darren Urban on Apr 9, 2017 | Reply

    Joe —

    RE: Garoppolo

    Good question. He’s at least already has shown some effectiveness in the NFL. Not a huge sample size. That alone would make me a little more comfortable. But I can’t lie — I haven’t studied him enough to know what he might be. You take a QB in the first round, you are pretty sure he can be an effective starter. That makes sense for Garoppolo at this point, but does he ring true as a top 10 guy? I don’t know if I see him as that.

  20. By mitchaz on Apr 9, 2017 | Reply

    Darren—

    Elite safeties like Hooker and Adams are very much in vogue in the NFL right now. If we could see all the teams’ draft boards, I bet that Hooker and Adams are in everyone’s top 5.

    John Lynch played safety—and Eric Reid really struggled at FS last year and is heading into his contract year. Hooker is a rare FS talent. Has elite skills.

    The Bears’ top need is at safety and they have been drooling over Hooker and Adams.

    I think there’s a decent chance this happens, although it is unusual.

    I tend to agree that Mahomes will be picked before #45. I just didn’t see the right fit earlier. I thought long and hard between Kizer and Mahomes for the Texans and it seemed to me that Kizer fits Bill O’Brien’s AQB prototype better.

    Then I thought about Watson vs. Mahomes for the Jets and I thought that the Jets would take Watson because he is much more NFL ready.

  21. By Big Ken on Apr 10, 2017 | Reply

    Kizer on the riser.

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