Figures on a day where I escaped up to Flagstaff with family to visit a life-long friend, there have been a smattering of news and notes from the Cards that I feel the need to string together in a post:
— The biggest news of the day? Adrian Wilson is on Twitter (@adrian_wilson24, and his avatar is priceless as he tries to get the point across that it is indeed his account and not a fake). When I talked to Adrian last offseason about the Twitter back-and-forth between Darnell Dockett and Vernon Davis, it was an arena he swore he’d never be a part of. Things change.
— OK, maybe that wasn’t the biggest news. It was the newest news. But Wilson also did an interview with XTRA 910’s Mike Jurecki, talking about that abductor injury he suffered last season and its affect on his 2010 season. The Pro Bowl safety said he suffered the injury “probably at the middle to the end of October” but, as expected, refused to blame the injury for any troubles he might have had on the field. That said, he noted a couple of times, “I’m a pretty good player” as an answer to the notion he was losing a step.
“It wasn’t as bad as it first happened as it was as the season went on. I’m not making excuses for the type of season I had because it was definitely unacceptable from my standards, coach (Ken) Whisenhunt’s standards and definitely the fans’ standards. I understand the fans’ frustrations … I’m not out to really to prove anyone wrong. I am a star in this league, period, so there is no question about what I can do. I am just staying focus and trying not to listen to what everyone is saying. The injury had nothing to do with the type of season I had, to be honest with you. I decided to play on it and that was my decision. At the end of the day I had to go out and produce and I didn’t produce.”
He added he will use it as motivation. “One bad season isn’t going to erase all the good things I’ve done,” Wilson said.
— By the way, USA Today rated A-Dub the fifth-best safety in the NFL, behind Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed, Nick Collins and Eric Berry.
— Wide receiver Steve Breaston, hitting it big last week with his poem about the lockout (the man is flat-talented as a writer and he can deliver a poem too), went on ESPN’s “First Take” to talk about “A League Deferred.” “Stevie Phantom” said he was frustrated with the labor situation and wanted “to get some emotions out.” About his poetry, Breaston said he’s been writing since seventh grade and performed some spoken word in New York recently. “It helps me express my feelings and is a stress reliever.”
— Former Cards tight end Leonard Pope, now with the Chiefs, saved a child from drowning.
— Former Cards defensive tackle Mao Tosi — now we are going way, way back — was featured on the “Today Show” for founding “Alaska Pride,” which raises money to help kids in need reach their potential. Tosi is from Alaska. It’s great Mao has gotten to this point in his life. I remember him as the big defensive tackle in the “crazy name” draft of 2000 (Jabari Issa? Sekou Sanyika?) and the fact he broke his tooth on Thanksgiving one year while having dinner at teammate Russell Davis’ house, and Davis made sure everyone knew it was coincidence and not his wife’s cooking that caused the dental damage.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Darnell Dockett, Ed Reed, Eric Berry, Jabari Issa, Leonard Pope, Mao Tosi, Nick Collins, Russell Davis, Sekou Sanyika, Steve Breaston, Troy Polamalu, Vernon Davis
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He was a Pro Bowler despite an off-year while injured, and now, Adrian Wilson continues to garner props. He is somewhere in the current NFL Network’s list of 100 greatest current NFL players (we just won’t know exactly where until his group is revealed; at this point all we have seen is 91-100 and Wilson isn’t in there). I did find it interesting that 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is the one giving Wilson compliments. Those two go at it pretty hard when the Cards and Niners play, and I find it hard to believe A-Dub would be all that willing to return the favor if someone asked him about Davis.
Wilson was also ranked fourth in the NFL among the best safeties in the league in a current ESPN analysis/vote, behind Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed and Nick Collins. From the story:
“Adrian Wilson of the Arizona Cardinals finished fourth, but he drew the widest range of votes among safeties in the top 10. ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton and Bill Williamson ranked Wilson No. 3, and NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert ranked Wilson No. 10.”
Knowing Wilson, he’ll nod his head at the good parts of these things and take parts of disrespect from others and use it for motivation.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Ed Reed, Nick Collins, Troy Polamalu, Vernon Davis
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Rankings are all subjective. That’s why there are playoffs at the end of the NFL season, because certainly the Cardinals wouldn’t have been in the Super Bowl that season had the postseason teams been advanced based on a ranking system. And there are times when a ranking reflects well on Cardinals-land.
Then there are other times.
ESPN took a break from LeBronapalooza to put together some preseason NFL rankings. The Cardinals, not surprisingly, were No. 21 out of 32 teams, a general area many seem to be slotting the 2010 edition. I get it. Matt Leinart has much to prove and the team has had enough turnover that it’s tough to know exactly how far this squad is from the 10-win division champion of 2009. But the No. 20 team is Carolina, who in my estimation has lost even more than the Cards and has either Matt Moore or Jimmy Clausen at quarterback. Not sure how they’d rank higher (but that will be settled for real Dec. 19 in Carolina).
But nothing caught my eye as much as cbssports.com’s position rankings for safety. A separate top five for the position was created by both Andy Benoit and Josh Katzowitz. Neither one included Adrian Wilson — and, actually even a little more surprising, neither one even mentioned Wilson in their lengthy back-and-forth. Wilson isn’t better than Brian Dawkins these days? And even if you feel that strongly about Bernard Pollard or Nick Collins, Wilson has to be in the discussion, right? Especially when, elsewhere on the site, Wilson is ranked as the 44th-best player in the entire NFL (Fitz is 11th, Dockett 47th, BTW).
Something tells me it’s just another chip A-Dub can hoist upon his shoulder this season. Yes, I feel fairly confident about that.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Bernard Pollard, Brian Dawkins, Darnell Dockett, ESPN, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Leinart, Nick Collins, Panthers
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