Massie’s secret (and a Fan Fest date)

Posted by Darren Urban on May 15, 2013 – 2:12 pm

So has a series they call “Secret Superstar” in which they try to highlight players who are under the radar or are poised for breakout seasons. This week, they named Cardinals right tackle Bobby Massie a Secret Superstar. You know who noticed? Bobby Massie.

“Oh yeah, I saw that,” Massie said.

Then again, he was also reading with a grain of salt.

“It doesn’t mean nothing to me, because the same people that wrote that were the same people that were talking bad about me (early last year),” Massie said.

There is no question Massie has rebounded from his rough rookie start. He was plugged in at right tackle from jump last season and for half-a-season, struggled mightily. It wasn’t hard to see, and PFF graded him among the worst in the league. Then, things changed for Massie. PFF noted that had Massie performed all season like he did in the final nine games, they would have graded him as the third-best offensive tackle — right or left — in the entire NFL. It’s that kind of performance that the Cardinals noticed, why he likely wouldn’t be moved inside to guard. Why when you already have a solid tackle?

“Last year was my rookie year,” Massie said. “I’m not using it as an excuse, but sometimes it takes some players longer to get adjusted than others. It took me eight or nine games to get everything down, and as Pro Football Focus said, I was one of the top three tackles in the league.”

(So clearly, Massie is reading what is being written.)

“I’m a lot more comfortable, even as I am learning this offense,” Massie said.

Massie will be the right tackle, barring something unforeseen. Levi Brown continues to be the left tackle option, with, by the start of the season, rookie Jonathan Cooper figuring to start at left guard next to center Lyle Sendlein and right guard Daryn Colledge (Right now, Chilo Rachal is holding down the first-strong LG spot). With Massie, the Cards would love to have a homegrown superstar on the offensive line, secret or not.

— Many have been asking, so here you go: Fan Fest 2013 will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium June 11. That’s a Tuesday during minicamp. Save the date. Further details TBA.


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36 Responses to “Massie’s secret (and a Fan Fest date)”

  1. By Dynosoar on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Way to go Massie!

  2. By Dynosoar on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Some Linebacker Stats, 1 of 5 (I hope it formats right)

    Tackles Sacks
    1 – 2012 Washington 134 9.0
    T2 – 2011 Washington 107 5.0
    T2 – 2012 Dansby 134 1.0
    T2 – 2010 Lenon 125 2.0
    T5 – 2010 Dansby 95 3.0
    T5 – 2011 Lenon 93 3.0
    T7 – 2011 Dansby 103 2.0
    T7 – 2012 Lenon 103 2.0
    9 – 2009 Dansby 109 1.0
    T10 – 2012 Brinckley 99 0.0
    T10 – 2010 Washington 78 1.0

  3. By Kevin on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    I would love for an offensive lineman (Massie or Cooper) to be voted to the Pro Bowl one year after the group as a whole was considered the worst in the NFL.

  4. By Michael S on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    If Levi plays to the level we all want him to, and Massie continues his good works, and Cooper becomes awesome, and Sendlein continues to lead the line, and College continues his game…. we’ll have a freaking AWESOME OLINE. Holy crap, what a turn around for this team. Our defense is scary, and our offense looks ALMOST AS SCARY. Teams beware, there’s no reason we’re not a sleeper (pending injury or “D Wash-esque” behavior.

  5. By Dynosoar on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Formating worked, here’s 2 of 5.

    Pass Defended
    1 – 2011 Washington 9
    2 – 2010 Lenon 8
    T3 – 2009 Dansby 5
    T3 – 2011 Dansby 5
    T3 – 2012 Washington 5
    6 – 2012 Lenon 4
    7 – 2010 Washington 3

  6. By Dynosoar on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Linebackers 3 of 5

    Interceptions yrds
    T1 – 2011 Washington 2 16
    T1 – 2010 Lenon 2 12
    T3 – 2010 Washington 1 39
    T3 – 2011 Dansby 1 14
    T3 – 2009 Dansby 1 11
    T3 – 2012 Washington 1 7
    T3 – 2012 Lenon 1 0

  7. By Dynosoar on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Linebackers 4 of 5

    FF Recoveries
    T1 – 2009 Lenon 3 0
    T1 – 2012 Brinckley 3 0
    T1 – 2012 Washington 2 1
    T4 – 2010 Dansby 2 0
    T4 – 2012 Lenon 1 1
    T6 – 2009 Dansby 1 0
    T6 – 2009 Brinckley 1 0
    T6 – 2010 Lenon 1 0
    T6 – 2010 Washington 1 0
    T6 – 2011 Dansby 1 0
    T6 – 2011 Lenon 0 1

  8. By Steve on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Darren: Do you get the sense that maybe Massie could develop into a LT for us down the road? He has the size and athleticism.

  9. By Darren Urban on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Massie

    I have not gotten any inkling that he’d be moved, but who knows?

  10. By Dynosoar on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Last of the Linebackers Stats

    Based on Paris Lenon’s 11 year career, I projected 11 years out for Dansby and Washington. If you notice above, 2012 Washington’s putting up better numbers than 2012 Dansby. However, Dansby and Washington were a tie for 11th place on statistics page for the 2012 season. This season is going to be huge man. Huge.

    Pass Defended

    Brinckley Given playing time and injuries, not enough data to project accurately
    Dansby 1082-T 38.5-S 13-PD 18-Int
    Lenon 809 12.0 5 10
    Washington 1170 55.0 15 11

    Look at Washington’s projected sacks.

    As much as I liked Paris and was disapointed in his being let go, the above comparison is pretty eye opening. (By the way, Brinckley is a FF machine.)

    I’m looking forward to this season more and more and given how good our defense was last season, imagine what it can be like if Dansby and Washington (after his 4-game suspension) can do to opposing O-Lines and QB’s.

  11. By Louisville Card on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    With Massie locked in a RT would that mean Levi gets moved to G if Starks is signed or would they move Levi to backup?

  12. By Darren Urban on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: Starks

    Why would you assume Starks would start?

  13. By Craig on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Kevin, why stop at one? How about 2 Massie and Cooper.

  14. By Itsallinthecards on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    All of the pundits were complaining about how bad our tackles were last year, and said we needed to draft one early. This validates how the health of the line was the biggest downfall, not a lack of talent as a whole. Snyder was our weakest link out of the starters, so I’m glad to see him gone. Everyone seems to forget that the second half of Levi Brown’s 2011 season was the best he’s ever played. If he can fully recover and play at that level along with potential stars in Massie and Cooper, and average players in Sendlein and Colledge. All of a sudden we have a pretty good looking O-line especially if Palmer can get rid of the ball faster.

    I’m really getting excited about this season, if we were in an easier division my playoff hopes would be very high.

    Go Cards.

  15. By djjackson81 on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    I am all for people seeing the RT of Massie being as good as he looked. I also can see Cooper blowing people’s mind as a great guard even as a rookie. I am hopefully Levi can hold down LT so we don’t have to feel a need to draft another to replace him. Way to show such quick improvements Bobbie in Bobbie I trust.

  16. By mal on May 15, 2013 | Reply


    At training camp they always had rosters available that had the team listed alphabetically on one side of the paper, and in order by number on the reverse side.

    You guys on this website only have the roster alphabetically. But this time of year with so many new players, with numbers getting switched and no names on the jerseys, it would be great if you guys would also give us fans the option to have roster in numerical order. Then we can find the name that fits the number.


  17. By Darren Urban on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Mal —

    RE: roster

    Click on the “#” at the top of the list. It will order players by jersey number. You can do that for any category.

  18. By NJAZCardsFan on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Do you see any of the Cards last years players who were not re-signed coming back on a 1yr contract later on in the pre-season???

  19. By Darren Urban on May 16, 2013 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Players returning

    Such as who?

  20. By Louisville Card on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Darren,
    I was assuming that Starks would start because he’s been a better tackle than Levi his whole career. I guess I didn’t take into count Starks’s health but if both were equally healthy then Starks seems to be the obvious choice. Especially when you look at what the line would look like with Levi and cooper at guard and Massie and Starks at tackle.

  21. By Safety Guy on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Great bit of video on Palmer in OTA work!

    Had it running on my tablet with sound turned all the way up. Wife heard it and asked if I was watching porn. Replied, with a smile, no but its just as good if not better!

    He’s looking like a QB we can win some games with.

    Thanks for posting

  22. By Joe on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Starks has no chance at starting. He’s clearly a backup.

  23. By Credit Card on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Unless Brown’s foot speed has improved … I’d still consider him our right guard. I felt Potter did no better than average. However, Levi Brown after playing a few seasons at left tackle, also did no better than average — on most games, he was below average. If Potter bulked up, he has more upside.

  24. By Cactus jeff on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Keep in mind Massie played next to Snyder. Upgrade at RG should help his progress next season.

  25. By martin on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    i have a feeling Kelemete will start instead of College at RG but maybe not because he is a vet and they will be young on the line.

  26. By dan on May 16, 2013 | Reply

    Massie did look pretty good down the stretch for sure. It was nice to see. I thought Potter played well too.

  27. By Jason on May 16, 2013 | Reply

    “So without any additions in free agency why do I think this line will improve significantly in 2013? While I’m not putting my mortgage on anything just yet, there are some positive signs, and they begin with the midseason turnaround of right tackle Bobbie Massie. Up to Week 7 he was our lowest graded right tackle by a huge margin, but after he saw his PFF grade he was motivated to step up. Thereafter he was our equal-sixth ranked RT, and he went from allowing 41 QB disruptions in his first seven games to 14 in his last nine. This was eerily reminiscent of the likely starter at left tackle, Levi Brown, who in 2011 went through the first nine weeks as our lowest rated player and looked on his way out of the desert. Somehow he also turned it around and in the last seven games became not only our third-highest rated LT but also won himself a new contract to boot.

    This is an excerpt from Now if these guys can play at those levels for an entire season that would be great.

  28. By Patrick Eagan on May 16, 2013 | Reply

    i am so excited for the season to start. I really hope all these changes are for the better. GO CARDINALS!

  29. By Jason on May 16, 2013 | Reply

    here is the link if you’re interested

  30. By AzDesertRat1953 on May 16, 2013 | Reply

    Would love to see the o-line stay healthy this year and do a 180 degree turn around from last year.

    That’s cool, did not know that the Roster Category’s could be changed like that, thanks Darren for the info.

    GO CARDS!!!

  31. By ored on May 16, 2013 | Reply

    BA said from the get go that our line was’nt so bad,healthy bodies and some experience for rookies,better coachung and scheme…i think we’ll be should all come together with better qb and running back play,recievers are our strength;exciting possibilities,lets take our game to them and see if we can put the advantage in our favor.

  32. By DUECER54 on May 16, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t know what line you’ve been watching the last 4 years, but Sendlein and Brown were both bad! What makes you think that will change. This coaching staff is definately better, so we’ll see. Carson Palmer can not take the beating our quarterbacks have been getting. We protect the quarterback and we win! Our D should be good.

  33. By Mike Ellingboe on May 17, 2013 | Reply


    “I don’t know what line you’ve been watching the last 4 years, but Sendlein and Brown were both bad! What makes you think that will change.”

    A couple of things. First, while they may not be starting Pro Bowlers, I disagree with your assessment of Brown and Sendlein being “bad!” Bad players don’t start for Super Bowl teams, and we saw what bad really looked like when they were both out last year.

    Second, they’ll have a legitimate starting QB taking the snaps for the first time since Warner retired. Add to that a very promising RT and a first round LG and suddenly our line has the makings of something pretty good. Granted, it has to be proven on the field (along with everyone staying healthy) but there is good reason to think our line/offense will be significantly better this year.

  34. By sbrown on May 17, 2013 | Reply

    just a comment about Fan Fest… I have attended these for several years, I remember my son and I being at the Fest in Tempe with only about 200-300 other people ( no portable bleachers, only a couple of porta potties) As the team got better, the attendence grew to the point that the Tempe facility just could not hold all the fans. Last year I think caught the team off guard, it was crazy just trying to get into UoP by using one gate. The crowd was listed as 15000 people, it was all of that. Now this season with all the positive coming from the team, I hope the Cards and UoP will be ready for an even larger crowd this year !

  35. By Eazy E on May 19, 2013 | Reply

    Everybody is great in May. I’ll believe it when I see it. We had THE WORST o-line in the league and Massie was a BIG reason why. I understand he was a rookie and I wanted him when we drafted him and all, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves. Levi has a lot to prove what else is new. Cooper I like along with Sendlein, Colledge had a more than shaky season last year, so we’ll see but I would love to see Starks take Levi or Massie’s spot.

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