Profootballfocus.com — a site that breaks down statistics (like footballoutsiders.com) to try and get some perspective on players and teams — put together an all-NFC West team. Only three Cardinals were chosen: wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, defensive end Calais Campbell and kicker Jay Feely. (It’s not to be confused with Sando’s all-NFC West team, where he had Fitz and guard Deuce Lutui on offense, safety Adrian Wilson on defense, and Feely as his kicker). The most interesting part on the PFF article was the note that only 55.38 percent of the passes thrown to Fitzgerald (who had 90 receptions) were even rated as catchable (This is where I insert a *smh*).
The comment on Campbell: “He didn’t hit the heights of 2009, but Campbell was still a handful in pass rushing situations. Remarkable that Darnell Dockett gets that much more recognition than this guy.”
And Feely: “Even taking out his game-winning performance against Denver, Feely was our second ranked kicker. Great year.”
— Speaking of thought-provoking articles, famed baseball writer Tom Verducci used his background for a fascinating piece on how baseball players are often discussed in a context of where they play, but for some reason, quarterbacks in football rarely are. As Verducci points out, baseball players who blow up statistically playing at the high altitude of Coors Field are frequently put in that context, but the fact that — for example — Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are lauded among the best in the NFL even though they play the majority of their games indoors isn’t nearly as apparent in the top QB talk.
Verducci brings up Kurt Warner in this vein, pointing out that, for as great of a postseason career Warner had, he played 11 of his 13 career playoff games indoors. The only two outside? The game at Carolina Saturday night in the 2008 playoffs (the one in which rain was supposed to pour but never did in relatively balmy 45-degree weather at kickoff) and then the Super Bowl in Tampa (66 degrees at kickoff).
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Deuce Lutui, Jay Feely, Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald
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