Fitz vs. Peterson, for real. Sort of.

Posted by Darren Urban on January 23, 2014 – 11:00 am

So the possibility of teammate vs teammate in the Pro Bowl was probable, given the format of a draft at the hands of Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice. Now the Pro Bowl will have a hint of an Arizona Cardinals practice (or, given the way the players have gone about the Pro Bowl the last couple of years, an Arizona Cardinals OTA) when wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald landed on Team Rice and Peterson, not surprisingly, was picked by Team Sanders.

(Deion loves him some Patrick Peterson. The man wore a Peterson jersey on TV when the NFL Network came to Arizona for Thursday Night Football last season, for goodness sake.)

I’ve had a chance to see that battle many, many times on the practice field. I think they both relish it, although practice is practice. This is a game after all, although how intense it will be can be argued. I’ve had people ask what it would mean if, God forbid, Fitz wrecked a knee when he was tackled by Peterson. Frankly, if Fitz tore an ACL in a Pro Bowl, whomever he was tackled by seems pretty irrelevant to me. Would you feel better if he had been tackled by Darrelle Revis?

Looking over the Pro Bowl rosters, there are a handful of possible teammate-on-teammate crime. Bears cornerback Tim Jennings I would guess will see some of Chicago wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Could Browns safety T.J. Ward come looking for Cleveland wideout Josh Gordon if he came across the middle? And then there are the real eyebrow-raisers: The possibility of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith being sacked by Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali or defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Or Colts defensive end Robert Mathis taking down Indy QB Andrew Luck.

Who am I kidding. There are no sacks in the Pro Bowl.

— The assault court case of linebacker Daryl Washington has been pushed to another later date. His next hearing is scheduled for April 23, which now comes after the large roster bonus he is scheduled to receive. Washington said at the end of the season he expected it to get worked out, and so do I. I don’t see the Cardinals letting Washington go, although at some point, he will need this case resolved so any further football-related details can be worked out (like possible further punishment if he is found guilty) and Washington can move on.


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10 Responses to “Fitz vs. Peterson, for real. Sort of.”

  1. By erik on Jan 23, 2014 | Reply

    Just stop the pro bowl. This is getting silly.

  2. By Travis on Jan 23, 2014 | Reply

    Sneaky trying to sneak in the D Wash update. Why do they keep pushing it out? Wouldn’t it be best for all parties involved if we could put this to rest early in the offseason?

    2ndly… What are the odds of Deion using PP on offense as well?! That’d be neat!

  3. By John The Draft Guy on Jan 23, 2014 | Reply

    I agree with erik.
    Just give them a trophy and say congrats but there is no need for a game.

    Injuries happen. Remember that RB for the Pats a few years ago who blew out his knee in the sand football flag game at the probowl? he never was the same.

    I think they have tried everything to make the game interesting. But lets face it, football is to be played hard and with emotion. A pro bowl will never have that.

  4. By T.Stone on Jan 23, 2014 | Reply

    Although I like this better than the old Pro Bowl. I think this game gets chippy, and someone will get hurt. This will be a great game because of the family on family crime and will end what we all know is a waste of time. Give them a trip and let them play an X box tourney or something.

  5. By Dr. G. on Jan 23, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG – Agreed – Give them the trip, free food and drinks and everyone gets a trophy… like they do in little kiddie soccer! This new stuff is simple gimmickry.! The old guys are craving attention.

    Some of the rules:
    • Intentional grounding is legal
    • No blitzing
    • Cannot rush a punt, PAT, or FG attempt – (just stand there?) Then, just the kicker and the holder could be on the field for PAT, huh?

    Hollywood at its worst…. just “people watching”…a red carpet event would be an appropriate replacement for this game… but Hawaii needs it.

  6. By kauaicardsfan on Jan 23, 2014 | Reply

    Aloha Darren,
    Off subject to this blog but just saw the post that they hired a new replacement for Licht. My question is how is the hierarchy of the management positions?

    VP of Player Personnel
    Head Coach

    Trying to see how it breaks down on the Corporate side of the ball?

  7. By Darren Urban on Jan 23, 2014 | Reply

    Kauai —

    RE: Breakdown

    If we are talking about in the organization, I’d say HC is above VP of player personnel, but they are more parallel than vertical.

  8. By tyman on Jan 23, 2014 | Reply

    Wish they would bring back a lot of skills comp. at the prow bowl. Old QB challenges are always a great watch on TV. They could come up with something more interesting than a draft.

  9. By Big Ken on Jan 23, 2014 | Reply

    I agree with Erik and John, why have it? Dumb.

  10. By Scott H on Jan 25, 2014 | Reply

    It is clearly time to put the Pro Bowl out of its – and OUR – misery. It is an absolute joke, the extent to which people – even the most devout football fans – find this game simply un-watchable. Enough. Pull the plug. Please!

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