Not a DB — Breaston is a Backpack Boy

Posted by Darren Urban on September 14, 2010 – 3:13 pm

Steve Breaston hasn’t played defense since high school. He’d rather not now, although he twice was turned into tackler Sunday in St. Louis after the Cardinals lost fumbles. Of course, one of the plays was the ginormous strip of Rams defensive lineman Clifton Ryan, who would have scored a touchdown I believe would have crushed the Cards’ spirits the way the game was going (maybe not – I’d expect coach Ken Whisenhunt would argue the point).

But in light of the effort and the result, I asked nickel cornerback Michael Adams – one of Breaston’s best friends on the team – if Breaston had earned a chance to be an honorary defensive back. Money Mike just shook his head. “He’s just a Backpack Boy.”

Which, of course, made me say, uh, what?

Turns out it was a nickname bestowed by Adrian Wilson on players like Breaston, Adams and Early Doucet when they were younger, because they wore backpacks on a daily basis – sometimes, Adams admitted, for no apparent (or some mysterious) reason. “They called us Backpack Boys,” Adams said. “So we started our own little fraternity.”

And Breaston was already a part of it, even before Sunday. “That’s something Backpack Boys do,” Adams said. “They make big plays in big moments.”

Breaston has been getting props from national writers (Sando gave him an award) and he’s up for a the “Never Say Never” award that fans vote upon not because of his 132 yards receiving but because of his effort on the strip (Vote early. Vote often). It’s funny how a Backpack Boy also is being used as the example by Whisenhunt for children.

“When you talk about kids watching this game and how it should be played,” Whisenhunt said, “if you want to point to one thing, that play is what you point to.”

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  1. By Nick Pepe on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    This team is made up of a lot of players that make plays. That act like they have been there before or done that before. Perhaps that’s a Fitzgerald influence. On the pre-game show last night Ditka was talking about the controversial call at the end of the Lions game and said if “he Just got up and handed the ball to the ref like you should do, there would be no controversy”….probably not exact quote but close enough……he then went on to say, adamently, that “nobody does that anymore, nobody they all showboat”…..and I wish I could have called them on the set because that is exactly what Fitz does, hand the ball to the ref and head off the field (give or take a hug or two!). He is all class. Works hard. Enjoys life and leads both on and off the field. And guys like Breaston, who in my mind officially joined my “I hope you’re a Card for life” list, are benefitting from this

  2. By MikeG on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Nice Blogs!! The Cards made a great pick in the draft with Steve. Middle rounder that just keeps improving. Certainly a great first game of the season from him taking over for Anquan. This will be a big week in practice for Max Komar in handling punt duties. I hope that first game was just butterflies
    for Max but he needs to improve quickly(no turnovers)!! Do you see Whiz going to Steve as a punt returner at some point in the season??? I’m sure he does not want to but….

  3. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    MikeG —

    RE: Breaston as PR

    Not if he can help it.

  4. By DRC #1 FAN on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    no joke. Breatston impressed me. I can honestly say I didn’t think he would do that well as number 2. After that game, man, he played number 1 since Fitz’s knee was obviously a big factor. Good job Breaston. You finally won me over. Might I add that Breaston had a better game than Q.

    I don’t see why Fitz isn’t forced to sit out for the next game. Let him come back on the opener at at least 90%. Stephen Williams can handle the job against the Falcons. I believe it.

    So far so Good. Anderson’s only turnover was saved by Breaston. Come on DA!!!

  5. By Tony on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    They can call him anything they want,or even play him anywhere because at the end of the day Breaston is a football player in the highest of standards

  6. By Bryan on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,do you expect the Cards to offer Breaston a new contract after this year??

  7. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Bryan —

    RE: Breaston contract

    I certainly hope so.

  8. By Joe daddy on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    I was going crazy when that play happened. If they score…we lose. He came out of NOWHERE on that play too. it looked like a for sure touchdown.

  9. By Joe daddy on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    I also hope they activate watson…dude worked his butt off this offseason and couldnt even dress? B-rob is a great leader in the locker room but hes old as dirt. he should be the one coaching these guys up on the sideline. Even 90 thought watson was going to have a big year. he played well in the preseason too. I love whiz but damn, lets get the best players on the field.

  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Joe daddy —

    RE: Watson/inactives

    Again, it’s making a leap to assume on the outside that Whiz isn’t already playing the best lineup.

  11. By TUCARDS on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    It’s a Bird? It’s a Plane? It’s Super-Breaston to the rescue. This just solidifies why Breaston is the right choice. I always tell my young players, “You play how you practice”. Breaston had a great preseason, and it carried over to the season opener. I am excited to see the never give up attitude Breaston and the rest of the Cardinals portrayed. Thank you Breaston. I can now use you as a prime example of how players can improve their game.

  12. By cardsfan28 on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren, just wondering if Beanie is practicing this week? Also do you know if Fitzgerald has any ill effects from the game sunday? Or is he still about the same?

  13. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Cardsfan28 —

    RE: Beanie/Fitz

    Practice doesn’t start until tomorrow. Both those guys should practice.

  14. By HyphenStandsUp on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    You’d have to assume DRC was a “backpack boy” also, with his Dora carrying case complete with coloring books.
    Some media reports have Dominque as “man-child” not only on the field, but as an individual as well.
    If the guy can pull down 7-10 ints a year, he can use a pacifier instead of a mouthpiece, if he wants.

  15. By cardsfan28 on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    One more thing Darren, will Doucet be in the game sunday? Any idea…

  16. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Cardsfan28 —

    RE: Doucet

    Not yet.

  17. By blake on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    what a great play to start the season. way to go Steve.
    And i thought DA looked pretty good for the first game of the year. We will only get better as the year goes on.

  18. By Bob-O on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    it’s matter of Energy, hence what comes around goes around. why do you think we were undefeated at home for as long as we were? The energy and confidence in the crowd and players. It was a tough win but the energy didn’t die and that is what you see in GREAT football teams. GREAT teams find a way to win even if nothing is going for them. They had some great plays and set backs and never lost that belief in one another and kept it going. This was not a pretty win but a miraculous display of how well their off season and training camp really went in regards to them gelling like a REAL DEAL team. wait until everyone is get’s their grove. I predict AZ upsetting the Saints……. I’m gonna say it now.

  19. By Brad ONeill on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    maybe they should give timmy a backpack? look you zip it up like that and nothing falls out.

    i Think i would sit fitz out also. the game is on turf i don’t see any point in risking further injury on our most valuable player when the quarterback seems to work well with the other receivers. i would love to start 2 and 0 and if fitz and anderson aren’t on the same page that is in jeopardy.

  20. By BLOOD RED on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    I want to see Breaston n DRC race.By that play my money is on Stevie B.B as in BALLER!!Sign him long term before he is two expensive!

  21. By jobothive on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    I wish people would quit complaining about Derek Anderson. He did really good when the line actually blocked. The times when he looked bad, he was either being hit or had multiple guys in his face. So if this line can start to block consistently, I think DA can be a pretty darn good QB.

  22. By joe again on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    What I take out of this first game is that our team is brimming with character.

    The mistakes and miscues, the turnovers and penalties, are all very fixable, but its really hard to coach heart. But our Cards never quit, didnt panic, hung together, and stayed disciplined.

    Talent alone will only take you so far, either for individuals (think T.O.) or for teams (Snyder’s Redskins these past years), but come Nov and Dec when everyone is nicked up and beat down, then pure desire, drive, and character is what gets the really good teams thru to the next level.

    From what I saw in this first game, this team has the potential to be really something special. Theyre gonna surprise a lot of people this season. I think us fans could be in for a real treat this year.

  23. By Dre on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    DRC #1 FAN

    What planet are you from….Q played against the Jets with star studed cornerbacks and #1 overall defense. The Jets have the best corner in the league another pro bowler on the other side and a 1st round top five rookie from this years draft. Breston in a great effort went up against the Rams, The Rams Bro…your not the sharpest tool in the shed for saying something goofy like that. Name a player in the Rams defensive back field, no comparison.

    Oh by the way, I have Breston on one of my fantasy football team and I started him because we were playing the Rams.

  24. By VS-Cardinals on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Breaston has been my favorite Cardinal for 3 years now, he’s a ” Quiet Champion “

  25. By joe67 on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    With Breaston playing as he did, and Fitz and Anderson obviously on different wave lengths (like one on AM and one on FM), WHY IN THE WORLD did DA keep throwing and throwing to Fitz? (15 times, I think). A couiple times it was obvious he made up his mind to throw to him, and did just that, regardless. Breaston is damn good and had the hot hand. Was that decision on DA or was coach calling those plays like that??

  26. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    joe67 —

    RE: DA and Fitz

    I’m sure the plays were called like that to a certain extent. Nothing wrong with wanting to get your best player the ball.

  27. By Staff Sergeant Tim Roberts (US Army) on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    I think Breaston made a great play. Just because he’s a reciver doesn’t mean he can’t make some defensive plays. He basically saved the day, in my opinion, and came up with an outstanding game. If you look at the stats, we are almost where we need to be when Kurt (Not taking anything away from Kurt) was playing for us. The amount of talent we have is surprising considering we used to be the laughin stock of the NFL just a few short years ago. Not just with Breaston, but with Anderson, Fitz, Hightower etc. We have a “legit” team and a coach who has proven that this team can win.

    SSG Tim Roberts

  28. By Tinted Facemask Visor on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Sure could have used that in the Super Bowl

  29. By tRiGiDy22 on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    ADUB NFC player of the Week! Go Bigred Showin the Backpack Boys How’s its done!!

  30. By CZarr on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Speaking of DBs, I’m going to be watching week 2 pretty carefully with Roddy White and DRC going at it. One thing I’ve never really paid attention to is if DRC will switch sides like Revis to stay on his assignment, or if he only covers one side of the field like Asomugha. Darren, do you know if DRC will shadow White or if he stays on one side?

  31. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    CZarr —

    RE: DRC

    He plays one side.

  32. By BLOOD RED on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    I’m calling Beanie and Stephen Williams too both have big games this week!That is what is going to change the game this week.I also believe sit fitz with the turf.DA will connect with other recievers until THE REAL DEAL gets 100 percent.Da can hand the ball to the Beast and let him bang some heads in secondary,then start chuckin ball deep to Breaston and Williams.Thats my gameplan.Rock n Roll Sunday baby!!!!

  33. By BigRedFan on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –

    I admit – I started following the Cards because I was a Warner fan since 99.

    However – – – –

    I am still a die-hard Cards fan because the guys on this team are all around “good-guys”.

    In a league where this is not always the case, these guys seem to be just classy, good, role-model type guys.

    And it is nice to watch those kind of guys and cheer them on after a win.

    Or rally around them after a loss.

    Kudos to this team.

  34. By card62 on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Breaston is a much better pro than he was in college. So interesting how that happens. You have to like Breaston and his effort and like most of you I hope he is a Cardinal for life, Breaston did not replace Q on our team and it would have been great having Breaston, Fitz, and Q playing together again this year. Best trio in football and a lot more impressive than the trio we put on the field now. Hopefully Williams will have a good game for us against the Falcons. I was surprisded Komar had catches and Williams did not against the Rams. Doucet may play great but I can not depend on him to even play.

    DRC # 1 Fan I was not as smart as you as I started Fitz in my fantasy league but I set Breaston and also played Smith NYG and D. Jackson from the Eagles. I picked up Collie from the Colts this week so which 3 receivers should I start?

    Once again I think we can beat the Falcons if we do not turn the ball over and we give Brandon Keith a lot of help and Levi Brown a little help in pass protection. 49ers have Saints on MNF so it will be nice if we can go up 2 games on 49ers after week 2 of the season.

  35. By Dre on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    joe67 –

    RE: DA and Fitz

    In a interview Fitz said “it’s the receiver job to catch the football no matter if it low, high or behind them”…this was in ref. to DA’s inaccuracy. He also made a comment saying “the only time you would hear him complain is if the ball don’t come his way.” Well, we all saw how much DA was forcing the ball to Fitz and how relieved he was when they connected for the wide-open TD. Heck. DA even said “you don’t know how much he needed that.” I don’t know how much power Fitz have but he has some, it was too obvious during that game.

    But the real story is where was Steph Williams and why didn’t he have one single catch. The undrafted rookie was the hero of preseason and it seems like he can catch anything that comes his way. During preseason DA went to Williams quite often which made him (DA) look better then he is. The Cardinals have a lot going on and its going to take a minute to get all these little things figured out.

  36. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Dre —

    RE: S Williams

    Part of the reason Williams didn’t get a catch is because he is playing behind Breaston and Fitz. Not many opportunities.

  37. By joe67 on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply


    You make some good points, and I didn’t see some of the comments you referred to. The only news I get is off the website, which is GREAT, but don’t get to see everything. Part of my point was (and I guess I didn’t go into enough detail) not just Breaston, but all the other players who can catch a ball, and we just kept throwing to 70% Fitz.

    Darren you are great, but a couple points. Breaston was three last year, and got plenty of balls thrown his way. And also what about the tight ends. And I’m sorry, but when my best player is 70%, and the qb can’t get it to him, he is no longer my best player (for this game). I am not picking on either DA or Coach, just that no matter how big of a fan I am, that was just not a good way to approach the game, once we saw we had problems there

  38. By joe on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Give breaston his due but our O line that has been thrashed all year was right there with him if he knocked it out and they hadnt been running right behind him still would have been a touchdown looked Good job o line

  39. By Scott H on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    I think Breaston may be one of THE breakout players in the league this year. Not that he hasn’t “broken out”…he’s had one 1,000 yard season already. But he’s always been overshadowed by the combo of Fitzgarald and Boldin. Not anymore. He’s not in Boldin’s shadow anymore, he’s clearly got a connection with Anderson, and it looks like the Cardinals are probably going to be more pass-oriented this year than maybe they wanted to be. Add in the fact that Fitz is still working his way back to full strength…and it’s all there for Breaston to be a horse every week for this team. Bring it on, Steve -O! It’s your time now.

  40. By CLR on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    I have ALWAYS, ALWAYS loved Breaston.

  41. By Richard S on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    I was on a trip, so missed the game. Finally saw some of the highlites Tuesday on NFL Network and what I saw made me think Breaston should have been NFL Player of the Week. What a game he had.

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