Mathieu rises to starter

Posted by Darren Urban on November 5, 2013 – 12:35 pm

In the grand scheme, it doesn’t mean a ton, because playing time is what it is — Bruce Arians said again Monday “We have so many starters, it’s not just the 11 that come out of the huddle,” meaning that a key part of a sub-package is still a starter in his eyes — but rookie Tyrann Mathieu was officially moved up the depth chart at free safety this week to starter. It’s not like it came out of nowhere, since Mathieu started and then played almost every snap against Atlanta over veteran Rashad Johnson and both Mathieu and Johnson already acknowledged the shift. This is less about Johnson, whom Arians continues to praise not only for his play but his leadership, and more about the burgeoning stardom of Mathieu.

Mathieu has been impressive to say the least. He was named the NFL defensive rookie of the month for October. He has been a playmaker. He is (in my opinion, at least, and in many others) the best tackler this team has, which was one of those areas of concern given his size. Johnson is still going to get plenty of playing time, with Mathieu probably moving around and inside in sub-packages (which the Cards are in more than base defense most games anyway) and Johnson playing safety.

“From an ability standpoint we knew what we were getting,” General Manager Steve Keim said. “It was up to Tyrann to make a commitment to his personal life and to come to work every day, compete, grow and get better. I can’t tell you how proud I am of the young man with that so far. Again, that’s a day-to-day thing. We count on him to come in and get better, and once he can achieve that … the first day he is here, he is able to move on to the second day, and that’s all we can ask for in the future.”

No, he’s not on the Pro Bowl ballot — time for a write-in campaign? — but Mathieu is playing like a first-round pick. Which he probably would have been without his off-field baggage. And now, he’s the starter. Probably for good.

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15 Responses to “Mathieu rises to starter”

  1. By monzz on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats to my favorite player in football, he has come along way to get to where he is today!!

  2. By Matthew Thomas on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    I know he’s A BEAST!!! >:)

  3. By erik on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    He is fun to watch! That fumble he caused at the goal line in that first St. Louis game may have been one of the coolest plays I have ever seen!

  4. By Cheese on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    the kid was a risky pick, but has been DYNAMITE on the field. I can’t remember any cardinals player ever tackling the way he does. if Cooper comes back and shows himself to be the player who showed flashes in brief stints in pre-season, along with Mathieu and Ellington, this could be a draft akin tot he 2004 bonanza that was the backbone for the Super Bowl team.

  5. By georgiebird on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    It’s a good sign when a rookie can come in and unseat a player in his prime. There hasn’t been much of this with the Cards.

  6. By Wnycardfan on Nov 5, 2013 | Reply

    Great and well deserved
    With all the negative crap in the press today about bad players, it’s good to see someone who has done some good get recognized

  7. By Big Ken on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Shining Star! Go Cards..

  8. By Matthew Thomas on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    If we keep this up where going 2 to have a good year.

  9. By clssylssy on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Darren…Thanks for tweeting that Tyrann Mathieu is now on the ballot for the Probowl! Keep up the good work Badger and you might end up Defensive Rookie of the Year!

  10. By Andy Kw on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    This is what I want from our future franchise Quarterback:
    -Height: 6’3” or 6’4”
    -Weight: 230Ibs
    -Speed on 40yd dash: 4.9 or faster
    -Arm strength: at least be able to throw 60 yards down the field
    -Accurate Passer in the college level: 65% or higher (this quarterback in college needs to have at least 3800yds passing with at least a total of 350/530 completed passes. He needs to have at least 20 plays thrown for at least 20 yards or more (screen passes don’t count which is why QB Matt Barkley is not that great)
    -He needs to be involved within any community and show a lot of support and take criticism for growth. I want this Quarterback to not be involved around drugs and he needs to be a team leader (have good command on the no huddle plays and show poise as the leader)
    -This QB has to be a pocket passer or a balanced passer. This team cannot afford to have a scrambler type QB (we need a healthy QB).
    -So far, QB Carson Palmer is doing an okay job. As long as he improves, this team should be fine.

  11. By Andy Kw on Nov 6, 2013 | Reply

    Next season this is who I hope to see as our starting offensive and defensive units:
    -QB: Carson Palmer (I really think that Bruce Arians will give him 1 more chance)
    -RB: Andre Ellington
    -WR1: Larry Fitzgerald
    -WR2: Michael Floyd
    -TE1: Jim Dray
    -LT: Bradley Sowell
    -LG: Jonathan Cooper
    -C: Lyle Sendlein
    -RG: Daryn Colledge
    -RT: Eric Winston
    (Backup or released: Rashard Mendenhall, Paul Fanaika)

    -DE: Calais Campbell
    -NT: Dan Williams
    -DT: Darnell Dockett
    -LOLB: Sam Acho
    -ILB1: Daryl Washington
    -ILB2: Karlos Dansby
    -ROLB: Matt Shaughnessy
    -CB1: Patrick Peterson
    -CB2: (New Acquisition)*
    -SS: (New Acquisition)*
    -FS: Tyrann Mathieu (will split reps with Rashad Johnson)
    (Backup, released, or retired: Yeremiah Bell, John Abraham, Lorenzo Alexander

    -K:Jay Feely
    -P: Dave Zastudil
    -LS: Mike Leach

  12. By Matthew Thomas on Nov 7, 2013 | Reply

    Hey we should keep John Abraham he play GREAT 4 Us.

  13. By John The Draft Guy on Nov 7, 2013 | Reply

    So, Andy KW,

    No free agents and only if we draft a safety or CB, will our first round pick have a chance to start?

    If Steve Breaston has taught us nothing, remember this, there are guys working hard on the team that many are dismissing as a role players that , like Breaston, could emerge. (ie, Tony Jefferson or Earl Watford).

    I also think it is way too early to make this list. What if Sowell gives up 3 sacks a game the rest of the way out? Is he still the LT? Are you going to pay Dockett 8 million next year? What do you have against Powers who has a multi year contract?
    There also are a few guys listed there that have 1 year deals. What if Winston wants a multi year 8 million dollar a year contract (like top Tackles get).

    Andy KW, it is nice to make list but we aren’t even half way through the season. Too much to see.

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