Campbell, Rhodes get one nod for Pro Bowl

Posted by Darren Urban on December 19, 2012 – 11:03 am

Pro Bowl voting for fans is over and players and coaches will soon be doing their version for the teams that will be announced next week. I know there is a lot of speculation over how many Cardinals might be able to find their way to Hawaii. named their Pro Bowl teams — not that it means anything with the actual roster — and included defensive end Calais Campbell and safety Kerry Rhodes.

Campbell impressed the PFF guys enough to remain even though he missed a couple of games. “(I)n spite of missing a long stretch of the season Calais Campbell’s impact for the Arizona Cardinals cannot be denied as he put up strong pass rush numbers (5 Sacks, 9 Hits and 17 Hurries) and also brought a greater presence as a run defender than he mustered in 2011.”

As for Rhodes, “Kerry Rhodes has re-discovered some of his best form as a coverage defender and all round safety after missing much of the 2011 season.”

Can’t argue with either one. As for the missing, well, there are arguments to be made. The PFF guys noted they left off linebacker Daryl Washington, who has been very, very good, but apparently not good enough (in PFF’s eyes) to beat out the 49ers duo of Patrick Willis or NaVarro Bowman. And I know a lot of people have wonders about Patrick Peterson. Peterson didn’t get a mention in a group of Seattle’s Richard Sherman, Chicago’s Charles Tillman and Green Bay’s Casey Hayward. Again, we will see who actually gets the call next week, and don’t forget there are always guys who beg off — meaning replacements will be named too as the weeks go.

UPDATE: PFF owner/founder Neil Hornsby saw my post and wanted to give his thoughts on Peterson: “He’s had a very good year and was highly graded and reasonably consistent but as with most things Pro Bowl-related it’s a numbers game. Only someone who doesn’t watch much football would argue against Tillman and Sherman so it comes down to one place. The choice of Hayward was tough because he’s only played nickel so we had to think long and hard especially putting him up against Tim Jennings, Tarrell Brown and Peterson.

“The truth is though, (Hayward) has been unworldly in his 633 snaps. In that time he has only one less interception and twice as many passes defensed as Peterson and quarterbacks have a 23.5 rating throwing at him. Those numbers are not a fluke and he’s one of the few people to live in the middle with Cruz for example. Peterson was our fifth man up, after Jennings but before Brown, but most significantly was much improved on last year and will almost certainly have his day.”

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22 Responses to “Campbell, Rhodes get one nod for Pro Bowl”

  1. By Patrick Eagan on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    i voted for fitzgerald, peterson, rhodes, campbell, and washington once a day! Go Cardinals.

  2. By John on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    “What, no offensive Cards mentioned?”

    -No one ever.

  3. By D on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Washington numbers shouldn’t be overlooked. When he and Campbell play well, this defense plays like a top 10 def team.

  4. By cobra on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply


    Really not my business. Just wondering if you are okay? Seems like this season is taking its toll on you as well. Hang in there, we appreciate your effort to this blog. Just saying thanks, whether the comments are good or negative, you have always reacted as a professional.

  5. By Darren Urban on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Cobra —

    RE: Me

    I’m fine. Got pretty sick Monday, but I’m over it already. Now, I have removed myself more from these debates because it doesn’t make much sense for me to do so, but other than that, I’m fine.

  6. By D on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Can you check my math, my abacus is broken. Am I correct in that Kolb’s cap hit if released this spring would be 14.9m ?

  7. By Darren Urban on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Kolb

    I believe it would be $6M, the remaining pro-rated amount of his signing bonus.

  8. By Jordan on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    If their explanation is that “with most things Pro Bowl-related it’s a numbers game” then it’s hard to argue the fact that Washington has had a Pro Bowl year. He is the only player in the league that’s top 20 in both tackles AND sacks. No inside/middle linebacker in the top 20 in tackles is even close to his 9 sacks, and no DE/OLB in the top 20 in sacks is close to his 115 combined tackles. One of the best all around defenders in the NFL, and an obvious Pro Bowl selection.

  9. By Darren Urban on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Jordan —

    RE: Numbers

    When he says numbers, he isn’t referring to stats. He’s referring to the number of players worthy at that position. PFF bases their choices on film study, not just stats.

  10. By Cheese on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply


    Any word on Rhodes contract status as to his last year being a team-option?


  11. By Darren Urban on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Cheese —

    RE: Rhodes

    Have not yet asked. When I find out, I will let you know.

  12. By Dynosoar on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    I’d add Washington as well. How many CB’s have shut down Calvin Johnson? But, we’re not at ten wins or more or Peterson and Washington would have been nominated. At the fan level, it’s about fan base and name recognition, so a losing team that doesn’t get more than one or two nationaly televised games and only 20 seconds of highlights on NFL Total Access (Total my left foot, 20 seconds, pshaw!) will not have name recognition.

    Zastudil (sp) should be in!

    We have to win if we want fans of other teams to vote for our players. We have to score to win.

  13. By Dynosoar on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    In all our games this season, 20 points was the magic number is 20. In all games we scored at least 20 points we won. In all games we scored less than 20 points, we lost.

    The season’s not over, but the points we need per game is 20.

  14. By cheesebeef on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply


  15. By cobra on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply


    Re: Debates,

    Good for you. People can only beat a dead horse for so long. I hope you can spend more of the next week with your family. Time well deserved.

  16. By Andy M on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    No disrespect to Campbell or Rhodes (or Peterson or Fitzgerald), but Washington has consistently been the best player on the field for the Cardinals this year.

  17. By Dynosoar on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply


    Totally agree with Cobra. If there was a pro bowl for blog/commentary moderators, you’d be deserving of a pro-bowl. So, who’s your Super Bowl pick?

    Mine is –

    Atlanta vs. Houston

    (Although, Tom Brady keeps making me doubt Houston’s ability to make past the Patriots.)

  18. By sarah on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    ”Rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley isn’t feeling newly acquired quarterback Brian Hoyer breathing down his neck. Hoyer was signed last week after the Cardinals placed Kevin Kolb on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
    Carrying three quarterbacks is common for teams around the NFL. Hoyer was inactive Sunday against the Lions. While the calls for Hoyer to play would have been much louder this week had the Cardinals lost, Lindley doesn’t feel threatened by the addition of another signal caller.
    “It’s on me to go out there and perform,” Lindley said. “I’m not going to perform any better if they bring in more quarterbacks. You have to go out there and play your game and let the chips fall where they will.”

    Lindley is not the answer and Hoyer got waived by Pittsburg and they basically gave him to Arizona for a future favor so baited breath. The fact we are seeing Lindley again is comical, as long as he doesn’t turn the ball over that is the high expectation placed by Whiz. Take his training wheels off and let’s see if he can actually play, last game was a total defensive effort and provided him with a coasting win that he did absolutely nothing to merit. Seriously 3rd down conversions were not high and passing yardage was low 100, we ran the ball. Chicago is going to eat this guy on Sunday so we will see what he has under real pressure. Detroit handed that game to the Cards.

  19. By monzz on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    Every year I hear the same whinning about probowl selections and how certain players deserve to be included on the probowl team. Their are alot of great players in the nfl that are overlooked each year, I personally can’t see too many cardinals being selected defensively given how poorly the team has played against teams with winning records.

  20. By Cert 33 on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    I second that opinion on D. Washington. He is our best player by far this season. All our “top 5” players are on defense.

  21. By john the draft guy on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    Reading the PFF response, I have to argue one point.

    He talks about the amount of passes defended and picks. In reality, as a CB becomes better and gets his name known, QBs throw less to his side, limiting his chances to pick or defend (see Revis).

    Not taking away anything from Haywood, because teams will try to find mismatches against nickles and go after them. The fact he is withstanding that, is worthy of recognition.

    But as Peterson keeps getting picks and QBs understand an easier path to a completion is on the other side of the field, Peterson’s numbers will decline. If he becomes to the status many think he will, no one will throw that way. I remember Sanders being bored out there and trying to bait QBs by letting receivers be open and break on the ball. QBs quickly learned his tricks and stayed away.

    That is one reason I loved Peterson as a safety (ala Ed Reed). If you had two physical CBs taking away short passes, QBs would have to go down the field. Peterson would have more chances playing sideline to sideline and couldn’t be taken away.

    Of course you could argue he is taking away the other teams best WR at CB.

  22. By georgiebird on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    Patrick Peterson is easily the best defensive player on the team. He is an extraordinary talent with all the tools to be a HOF player. PP’s only problem is his mental approach to the game as evidence by his play against Danny Amendola.
    Daryl Washington is limited as an ILB by his physical size. On a recent 1st quarter blitz against the Seahawks, DW was knocked backward 5 feet by the RB-and the RB was standing still while DW was charging. DW would be better as an OLB in a 4-3 defense.
    To have DW’s mental approach with PP’s physical skill set = instant All Pro.

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