Campbell, Dansby aren’t overlooked everywhere

Posted by Darren Urban on January 24, 2014 – 10:17 am

Defensive end Calais Campbell had a Pro Bowl year, although he didn’t make the team. (He was an alternate, but alas, no bump up.) Linebacker Karlos Dansby had a Pro Bowl year (yet, stunningly, he wasn’t even an alternate). But they haven’t been completely overlooked, with both showing up on a couple of more all-star-type postseason lists. did their all-NFC West team, and given the strengths of the defenses in the division, cracking that lineup is impressive. Campbell and Dansby did, along with cornerback Patrick Peterson (and there was also a mention of Daryl Washington as a strong candidate, too.) Offensively, the Cardinals got wide receiver Michael Floyd and running back Andre Ellington on the team, as well as special teamer Justin Bethel, whom PFF considers the best special teams player in the NFL.

Meanwhile, the USA Today has put out its annual “All-Joe” team, which is a nod to the under-appreciated around the league. Two Cards found their way on to that list: Campbell and Dansby.

The line on Campbell: “The best 3-4 end in the NFL not named J.J. Watt, Campbell posted a career-best nine sacks while crushing tailbacks for the NFL’s top run defense. He also excels at blocking kicks with his 6-8 frame.” The line on Dansby: “Returned to the desert after three years in Miami and turned in his best season. His career-high 114 solo tackles complemented 6.5 sacks. He also picked off four passes (returning two for scores) and broke up 19 passes, tied for most among linebackers.”


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6 Responses to “Campbell, Dansby aren’t overlooked everywhere”

  1. By D on Jan 24, 2014 | Reply

    Cards usually are not big in the free agent market, this upcoming year with the cap not really going up and having many of their own players to resign…doubtful they would sign many….somes names to watch in March..

    B. Albert Left Tackle
    A. Colins Left Tackle
    C. Clemons Safety
    D. McCluster WR/KR
    T Ginn WR/KR
    S. Shields CB
    N. Carroll CB

  2. By Mike G on Jan 24, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is good—I believe Campbell and Dansby were the 2 best defensive players for the Card’s this year. The Pro Bowl is just an agenda driven popularity contest for certain teams and players. Some players don’t even want to go to the game anymore. I think opposing players and coaches knew how good those 2 players were. Hey Darren–One thing that I thought Steve Keim did a great job with this year–was getting the Card’s more physical on both lines. With Cooper coming back for 2014 — Do you think Keim will still stress physicality in the upcoming draft and in free agency???

  3. By Darren Urban on Jan 24, 2014 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Physical

    No doubt.

  4. By Blake@ucla on Jan 24, 2014 | Reply

    Still can’t understand why Calais always gets overlooked as far as a pro bowl nod and Karlos not getting much love in that avenue is ridiculous , the guy played lights out ALL year , heck with all pro , the guy played ALL WORLD
    btw I am making these statements for other fans of the NFL , not us Cardinal fans that know better 🙂
    great year guys

  5. By Jim McFetridge on Jan 25, 2014 | Reply

    Darren- What do you see the Cardinals doing in free agency? No team did better in free agency in 2013 but we should not expect such good fortune this year. It would be nice to sign a more powerful running back & a stronger OT but I guess it depends on cap space & what we can get in the draft.

  6. By Darren Urban on Jan 25, 2014 | Reply

    Jim —

    RE: Free agency

    Let’s see who hits free agency first.

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