Cardinals living in Pick City

Posted by Darren Urban on December 17, 2012 – 2:58 pm

We’ve covered this before, but seriously, the interceptions keep piling up for the Cardinals. They now lead the NFL with 22 interceptions, one more than the team that comes in to visit University of Phoenix Stadium this weekend, the Chicago Bears. (The Cards, with 32 total takeaways, are fourth in the league in that department, with Chicago’s 37 topping the list.) Remember this team had only 10 interceptions all of last season.

And in all honesty, the Cardinals could have more this year. There was the one Adrian Wilson couldn’t quite hold on to against the Dolphins this year (although that would have been a spectacular effort and it certainly wouldn’t be considered a drop), and I can think of at least three that I remember in the hands of William Gay that he couldn’t quite snare. That’s just off the top of my head. Patrick Peterson gets the headlines with his seven, and deservedly so. But Kerry Rhodes has four, Gay, Rashad Johnson and Greg Toler two each.

“I wish we could lead the league in a number of different categories,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday. “Maybe that would help us be a little bit better record-wise.”

They even punctuated this weekend’s trio with 186 return yards, the fifth-most interception return yards for an NFL team since 1970 and 66 more yards than the Cards had totaled on their first 19 picks of the season. The interceptions are a big reason the Cardinals are tops in the NFL when it comes to passer rating-against (68.0) and third in the NFL in completion percentage-against with 54.5.

“When you have 22, obviously it’s not going to be one guy or otherwise he’d be defensive MVP,” Whisenhunt said. “You’ve got a number of different guys that are making those kinds of plays.

“You think about the interceptions Patrick has had, some of those acrobatic ones down the field and even (Sunday’s) was another one like that. Our guys believe in what they are doing and they’re playing hard, and it’s nice to see them making some plays.”

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8 Responses to “Cardinals living in Pick City”

  1. By Dynosoar on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Defense and Special Teams are running on all cylinders. Now all we need is a QB, RB(s) and an O-Line to be as effective in finding the endzone as our defence is at shutting other teams out and we’d be both the irrisitable force and the immovable object rolled in one.

    I don’t know what plays are called and how they’re practiced and whether the execution is flawed or if it’s the play calling and preparation or some combination thereof, so I can’t comment on the play calling.

    Two more games and we can win them both, will we? I’m anxious to watch. At least the last one will be televised locally here, so I’ll get to watch one more game this season.

  2. By Goodz in PHX 17 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Now just imagine if we had DRC to go along with Petersons amount of interceptions

  3. By Goodz in PHX 17 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I was reading some old articles prior to the 2011 season, DRC/PP Expectations:
    I was browsing through comments and I just couldnt help but to laugh as I copied these, first I read this:

    By Dan on May 18, 2011 | Reply
    I live in PA and keep hearing these obnoxious Eagle fans claiming that the Cards will send a first round choice next near and DRC for Kolb. If that happens, I will no longer support my team. I want Kolb, but not at that price!

    Then I read this:

    By Canadian Red Bird on May 18, 2011 | Reply
    Can’t believe some people who supposedly are in the know, spell rumours of Kolb for 1st rounder and DRC. You’ve got to be kidding me!!!!!!! No team could be that stupid to pull the trigger on that one.
    Again, look at what Kolb has done as welll as being prone to concussions. A second rounder at best for the corn on Kolb. Hopefully common sense prevails in the desert.
    Absolutely love the PP pick; cant wait to see what he brings to the team.

  4. By Goodz in PHX 17 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    By Darren Urban on May 19, 2011 | Reply
    Emmett –
    RE: Kolb
    I would be very surprised if either DRC or Peterson were traded.

  5. By Cards girl on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, do you know if Sunday’s game against the Lions will be rebroadcast?
    I usually DVR the games and watch them after I return from the game. I must be as superstitious as Coach W because as I was on my way to the game I remembered that I hadn’t set the DVR. But I didn’t
    Go back because I was afraid to jinx the Cards. Looks like I made a good decision, but now I can’t watch it to pick out things I missed. Thanks.

  6. By Darren Urban on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Cards girl —

    RE: replay

    I’m afraid not many are clamoring for a replay of that game.

  7. By Scott H on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hate to see where we would be WITHOUT all these INT’s…unfortunately, we’ve also given out too many of our own.

  8. By david1050 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    A quarterback that can spark this team to greatness is a must in the off season. We can no longer be satisfied as fans with some other teams backup quarterback who looked good one game when the starter went down. We need to find a Kurt Warner, jim hart or Charlie Johnson.

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