Can’t keep A-Dub down

Posted by Darren Urban on March 1, 2011 – 5:06 pm

Following up Mike Jurecki’s news that safety Adrian Wilson had surgery today to repair a torn abductor muscle (Jurecki said Wilson told him there is a three-to-seven week rehab process) that Wilson reportedly played with all season, I am reminded of 2007.

Wilson was coming off his first Pro Bowl season in 2006 when coach Ken Whisenhunt arrived the next season. He wanted to get back to the Pro Bowl, he wanted to show the new staff what he was capable of and he wanted to show he was in the prime of his career. Then, halfway through the season, a heel injury he had been trying to play through caught up to him to the point where he was forced to the sidelines long-term for the first time in his career. He missed the final seven games of the season and he was royally ticked off.

Wilson hates to miss anything. He hates to miss practice, he hates to miss offseason workouts (who can forget how he famously once cut short a tropic vacation after just three days because he was jonesing to get back into the weight room and prepare for the next season?) and he really hates to miss games. The report is that Wilson played with it all season; not sure if that means it happened in camp or really early (I can’t imagine he had that ginormous game in St. Louis to open the year with a problem, so did it come later?).

Regardless, I am trying to remember off the top of my head if Wilson — who played every game and has missed one in the three seasons since his 2007 frustration — even missed a practice this season. If he did, it didn’t happen much. Wilson stayed out there and played. Heck, he even played in the Pro Bowl banged up. And as everyone — including Wilson — knows, it wasn’t his best year. Was it because of the injury? Did it make that big of a difference? Wilson never let on anything was wrong. But it could have  been a factor. We’ll have to see the next time I talk to him. I’m sure A-Dub is looking forward to having that conversation.


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43 Responses to “Can’t keep A-Dub down”

  1. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Patrick Peterson baby!!! Ray Horton is going to let A-dub do what he does best which is hover around the line and cause chaos. Kerry Rhodes is a ball-hawk, and Peterson will give DRC someone to compete against to be considered the best DB on the team. Both timed in with sub-4.0 times at the combine. What a combination that would be. Hard to imagine any other CB tandem with that combination of height and speed. Peterson is clean, has his head in the right spot, would be a great locker room guy and a protoypical player attitude-wise for Whiz (think Dan Williams and Beanie Wells).

    As much as we need a pass-rushing LB, I don’t think we can pass on a franchise corner if Peterson is still avaiible at #5. We can address that position later in the draft and we might already have the right guy in Schoefield. Add in new coach Horton who promises to put guys in positions where they are best suited to succeed, and I think our pass rush is going to already be better just in that fact alone. Add in Peterson and the potential is huge.

  2. By joe holst on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    nice guns! Hope some of that starts rubbing off on Rashard Anderson..

  3. By fighting bird on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Look at this picture ,could you even take enough money to stand in front of Wilson when he’s coming on a blitz untouched .Just think about it,when he hits you your instantly not is this world any longer youre in la la land.I bet QBs have night mares about him after he lays them out.Beast is not what he is hes much worse hes a BULL !!!!!!

  4. By Jesse on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    I am just curious why he waited so long for the surgery?
    I’m sure he has great doctors who had their reasons. Or maybe he didn’t tell anyone.

  5. By 85301 fan on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    it would b nice 4 peterson or amukamara i agree we need a solid corner w took drc and whith a shut down corner may b r lb can do something but after the combine miller looks good 2 4.5 40 nice card 4 life win or lose remeber home town kid prince u never know play 4 the hawks in glendale az

  6. By Andy on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Rashad Johnson (I am assuming that is who you meant) is a Free Safety. Adrian Wilson is a Strong Safety, and his back-up is Matt Ware. Also, Greg Toler will fit in just fine with Ray Horton, being that he is a strong tackler. I don’t see us taking a Cornerback with the #5 pick.

  7. By former AZ.resident on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    That would be good to see Patrick, DRC, Rhodes, washington, mason foster, O’Shofield and Toler as back up. That. I can live a young back field with a lot of up potiential and new DC that had coached. A defendse that usually ranks high in pass protection.

  8. By Andy on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    I didn’t mean for those comments to sound so snarky. Sorry.

  9. By toddcard on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    my prayers are goin out to you ADUB…we’re all waitin for you to come back and do what u do! all the REAL Cards fans know what time it is with our boy wilson…here’s to a solid & smooth recovery and a new defense! go cards fam! for liiiife

  10. By toddcard on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    ha when i was standin next to adub at the wildlife zoo with his wife-it took everything to not get at em! the man was with his family whtta ya gonna do huh…wilson is and has been the true heart of our defense and he WILL be back just as hungry as ’07. adub’s gonna be killin em when they let em back on the field!…we’re about due for another “T. Edwards” special…here’s to the safety who never makes you feel safe-

  11. By AndyStandsUp on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    They talk about the Madden curse, now the Cards may have to worry about activities honoring their safeties for past accomplishments. First it was Adrian being acclaimed in North Carolina, then Kerry Rhodes being feted in Kentucky.
    Matt Ware, be weary of a UCLA honorary degree!

  12. By Skiptim on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Darren –

    Can you give me a full break down of our draft picks this year? says we have six picks, which would make sense because we sent this year’s 7th for Kerry Rhodes, but I also heard we got an extra 6th this year from trading Reggie Wells to the Eagles. Do we have 7 picks, rounds 1-5 and two in the sixth? Do we have one sixth, and if so, what happened to the one from the Reggie Wells trade?

  13. By Rodgerscromartie17 on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Darren do you think the cards would consider P Town Peterson if he fell to number 5? That would be raw!

  14. By Darren Urban on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Skiptim —

    RE: Picks

    Yes, the Cards have seven picks — two in the sixth, none in the seventh.

  15. By Darren Urban on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Rodgerscromartie —

    RE: Peterson

    I would think he will be in consideration.

  16. By John L on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    The only way we get Peterson is by trading up. I guess there is a chance Peterson will drop to 5. But don’t count on it. All the talent and speed that has you excited, has those top 4 teams pretty excited too.Can’t see him getting past Denver at 2. With Champ up in years and the other CB’s legal troubles, Denver can’t pass up Peterson.

    I do think ADub has a bounce back year. I have a feeling Horton won’t have him 10-15 yards off the ball playing center field much.

  17. By Jesse Robles on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    As a player, if you are playing horrible, like ADUB did all year, why not take yourself out? You are not helping the team by keeping yourself in there. It’s cool he is tough, but being tough means nothing when you can’t do anything like ADUB did last year. Cool story, but kind of makes me mad, the injury obviously makes sense now.

  18. By toddcard on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    memories…i still wonder if he could’ve broke 70″…

  19. By Eazy E on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    I think the injury affected him at least some. The hip messes up your movement if it ain’t good. Dub has a Kobe Bryant mentality, he never wants to miss anything especially games, BTW he’s a lakers fan.

  20. By Eazy E on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    BTW, I am a big lakers fan too lol.

  21. By CNelson on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Re: Von Miller – the only thing that makes me question miller for the cardinals is the fact hes a huge cowgirls fan… would realy be ocward imo because (as far as ive read and heard frm our players) we all “hate” then cowgirl sissies and on the interview he did all he seamed to talk about was cowboys this and cowboys that… not saying he wouldnt do great on this team for us even vrs the cowgirls… just made me reconcider what patric peterson and drc would look like in coverage with a diff olb blitzing oposite of schofield…
    as far as “need” pass rusher seams to be at the top of the list for every body (at least what can be had in the draft that would actualy improve our team)
    so…… von “cowgirl lover” miller in the first round at #5 if avaliable seams the best player we could pick up for our needs.. but if he isnt there for some reason i do hope we pick up peterson if hes still there….

    thanks for all your hard work darren… will be looking forward to ur version of a mock draft(at least for the cards) come the end of april!

  22. By dhobbs44 on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply


    Thanks for the work you do! Off topic, but I’ve been thinking about compensatory picks. I know its a complicated mystery formula but I would think we have a shot at getting a pick or two with Rolle and Dansby leaving. Any insight would be appreciated.

  23. By Darren Urban on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    dhobbs —

    RE: Compensatory picks

    There is a chance because of Dansby. Rolle was not a free agent, he was released. So he does not figure into the equation.

  24. By CJ on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply


    with all this palmer talk do you think that the cards will seriously deal for him? that is if the cba gets completed soon

  25. By Darren Urban on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    CJ —

    RE: Palmer

    Depends on the price. His contract is awfully large for a player on the downside.

  26. By Cactus Jeff on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    What if
    Peterson= next Reevis island
    Von Miller=next Clay Mathews

    Who would you take?

  27. By Darren Urban on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Cactus Jeff —

    RE: Peterson vs Miller

    In that scenario I want the pass rusher.

  28. By Steve Mazich on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    I heard him tell the story on Jim rome is burning that he cut his vacation short because he had just seen the news that Troy Polamalo had just signed his extension. He promised his wife that he would make it up to her…

  29. By Roy on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Now is the perfect time for the surgery, the players are about to be locked out anyway and not able to work out at team facilities. He can have the surgery and rehab on his own, not missing any organized team events (lockout). I knew something had to be bothering A-Dub, he was not himself this year. Have a speedy recovery and look out for A-Dub to have a huge year next season (if there is a season).

  30. By Eazy E on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Von, Patrick, and Cam is where the cards should be choosing from.

  31. By Eazy E on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Von is from Desoto, Texas, right by Dallas, so I don’t mind him being real about being a fan, and they are the Dallas CowBOYS, not the cowGIRLS, very childish to do that.

  32. By Eazy E on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    I’m a cardinals fan who lives in dallas, but i’m not going to say the cowgirls 100 million times, I respect that team, there the ones with 5 super bowls and 8 super bowl appearances, not us sorry!

  33. By D on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply


    Your story on franchise QB’s was good, your next one closer to draft, should include some QB’s the Cards may take, like Dalton from TCU or Ponder from FSU, rounds 2-3. #5 pick if they stay there needs to start right away and be a difference maker…don’t see any QB that could be that starting next year…Kurt Warner may need to accidently run into Bulger this summer…

  34. By carlo7000 on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    if before 4 march they extend the cba deadline in order to find a new agreement..the free agency will start????,

  35. By Darren Urban on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: Free agency

    Free agency will start as soon as there is a new CBA. If they extend the deadline, it just gives them more time to negotiate, but it only extends the current league year — and free agency doesn’t start until the new league year.

  36. By CJ on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply


    i see a bunch of teams already dipping into the free agent pool, liike the saints and the patriots, why havent we done the same? is it because everyone we want has yet to be released?

  37. By Darren Urban on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    CJ —

    RE: Free agent pickups

    The players being signed now are players released, not free agents. And yes, if there was a player the Cards really wanted that had been released, I’d think they would have looked at him.

  38. By cards62 on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply


    Something definitely was not right with Adub in 2010 so I do hope this surgery and how we use him will help him rebound in 2010. Why didn’t the Cardinals make him have surgery once we were eliminated from the playoffs and give Johnson some more playing time so we could evaluate Johnson more during our 2010 season to forget?

    I have changed my mind on Von Miller. I watched his combine, but mainly saw his interview on the NFL network and I think he will make an awesome Cardinal, I will be happy with either Patrick Peterson or Von Miller now with our # 5 pick or if we trade down. No sure thing in the draft so I would still draft Peterson if they are both there when we select, but Von Miller is also worth the risk.

    I could be wrong but I do not think the Bengals will give up on Carson Palmer too quickly and I think we need to sign 2 quarterbacks relatively quickly so that they can get to work for our team. Carson has not been the same since the Steelers took him out in the playoff game, but he is interesting and I would not hate seeing him in Cardinal red and I do believe Carson that he will retire before he returns to the Bengals.

    Go Cards

  39. By Darren Urban on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Cards62 —

    RE: Wilson injury

    Well, it’ll be interesting to see how bad it was. Adrian still played in the Pro Bowl, so it’s hard to get a good sense of how bad it was.

  40. By johnnybluenose on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    looks like von miller with our first pick. it would be nice to see us with an aggressive, quick defense. trade for carson palmer. if we want fitz to re-sign then we need to show him we are serious about playing a QB who can actually throw the ball. we do want to win, don’t we? winning only one out of every three games should not be an option this year but without a serious upgrade at QB that’s all we can look forward to. and, what’s the point of playing or, for that matter, of watching and buying tickets, if your team has no chance of winning?

  41. By adam sheafe on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    we definitely need a beast in the middle at mike linebacker. A smart beast to run the defense. Gerald Hayes is sandy beaches… all washed up! Don’t go after a new corner, bring in a DB coach that is more hands on and knows how to teach instead of jockeying during the season to try to be the DC. Greg Toler is as talented as any athlete in the NFL, he just needs proper teaching. He can run with anyone you put out there. Also, it was his first year really getting his feet wet. Give him time. I believe with the proper teaching this off season and the right DB coach he will be a very solid player. A-Dub has turned into the new Roy Williams of Dallas. Great tackler but horrible in coverage. Move him to linebacker or know teams will expose him again. You can’t hide players because teams will find your weaknesses and expose them. Just like they did last season. Do not bring in Cam Newton.. Wrong choice. Whisenhunt.. if you’re gonna be a nice guy then you better bring some pitbulls in as coaches to cover up that weakness of yours.

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