Inside the Mathieu rehab

Posted by Darren Urban on February 18, 2014 – 12:57 pm

Now posted is the second installment of the “Tenacious” video series (click here), which follows the rehab of safety Tyrann Mathieu. This episode is titled “No Room For Pity,” which is essentially Mathieu’s attitude toward many things in his life. A couple of interesting quotes:

— Mathieu said that, even at age 14, he “always believed” he’d be a star. “Even if it was (as) a garbageman or a teacher, I was going to be one hell of a garbageman.”

— Mathieu, on mentally dealing with the injury: “I don’t feel the need to cry. I haven’t reached that moment where I am depressed and bummed out. Hopefully I can stay intact mentally.”

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17 Responses to “Inside the Mathieu rehab”

  1. By Hammy on Feb 18, 2014 | Reply

    Great footage! I hope he really comes back stronger than ever, I know this has got to be the most difficult injury to come back from. Is it too early to compare his recovery to other players in the league that have had similar injuries? I know that Robert Griffin III had a similar injury and actually was ready by the start of the season.

    @DarrenUrban Have there been any setbacks to his recovery thus far?

  2. By Darren Urban on Feb 18, 2014 | Reply

    Hammy —

    RE: Setbacks

    None that I know of.

  3. By Shumway on Feb 18, 2014 | Reply

    Amazing player and a great job turning things around and focusing his life right. I hope he recovers fast and enjoys a long and great career…hopefully most of it with the Cardinals.
    He might want to reconsider the shirt. “The Sun will rise again” with the Japanese Rising Sun symbol isn’t something you really want to be wearing. I understand not everybody knows the history of Japan’s Rising Sun, so it might be something to inform him of, @DarrenUrban.

  4. By shooter28 on Feb 18, 2014 | Reply

    Tyrann Mathieu should of been defensive rookie of the year . As a rookie , in just his 1st year , with 68 combined tackles ( 65 solo ) , 2INTs, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack, and 9 pass’s defensed he had a pro-bowl type year as a rookie and if not for the injury , likely would of received a pro-bowl nod. Mathieu was probably the Cardinals most sound tackler and was make game impacting plays every single week. You cant compare Mathieu’s come back with RG3s because RG3 is a QB , and he had a entire defense every week chasing him. Mathieu will be back and ready to play in September I think and will be a very good defensive back at the FS/Nickel corner position for Arizona for the next 10+ years. Mathieu was easily the best rookie DB this past season. At FS I think Mathieu is very comparable to the Seahawks Earl Thomas, and will be just as good if not better by the time his rookie contract expires. Arizona has two of the best young DBs in the NFL on their roster in PP21 & TM32 , with CB J. Powers and SS/FS Rashad Johnson who is also a very good DB that is a above average safety, with a top notch SS brought in Via the draft , Arizona could end up having one of the NFLs top secondary’s for many years to come .

  5. By D on Feb 18, 2014 | Reply

    Pending Cuts-

    I think AZ will draft a TE in round 4-5 but I would think they will look at a few names that could be cut in free agency in case their own TE free or restricted players don’t come back. I think Zack Miller, former ASU standout will be released by the SeaChickens. A player who would be an upgrade for AZ and another name to watch is J. Gresham from the Bungals. Yes, they have alot of cap space but we have seen that owner do some wierd (cheap) things over the years…

  6. By ored on Feb 18, 2014 | Reply

    no injury is a good thing,but in his case at least rehab keeps him focused,hoping for an AP type recovery. tyrann healthy and a couple of upgrades,we could be right there among the best secondaries in the league.another edge rusher and staying healthy,we would be lites out.

    i don’t really think whiz was a bad coach,he was still learning…the hard way,but the difference between whiz/staff and BA/staff has been amazing,even having new players and scheme. i’m sure he took notes on our turn around and learned much,will be interesting when we meet the titans.

  7. By Andrew on Feb 18, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren, do you think when Mathieu returns he will be the same player? RG3 for example had an amazing rookie year, and then fell off this past year. Granted I don’t believe the knee was back to 100%, but do you think Mathieu will be as good if not better?

  8. By Darren Urban on Feb 18, 2014 | Reply

    Andrew —

    RE: Mathieu health

    No way to know.

  9. By clssylssy on Feb 18, 2014 | Reply

    Can’t wait to see Tyrann back in action next season and am confident that even though he missed being the rookie defensive player of the year because of his injury, he has a real shot next year at the defensive player of the year. As the slogan goes, “every setback is a chance to comeback and rise”,and I am sure that the Honeybadger will do just that and be a major force of the Cardinal defense for years to come. Best wishes to #32, your fans are behind you so stay tough! And, thanks Darren for the periodic updates.

  10. By Andy Kw on Feb 18, 2014 | Reply

    Forget about signing Free Agents until we restructured more contracts and make a few cuts:
    Restructure: DT D. Dockett, ILB D. Washington, QB C. Palmer
    -DT D. Dockett is playing well against the run but we need to see more pressure from our aging veteran. This will probably be his last season as an Arizona Cardinal and we could save $3-5 million if he restructures. Enjoy his time here while you can.

    -ILB D. Washington has been having those off the field issues. These issues are the reason we need to restructure his contract and that the Whisenhunt era caused all of these terrible big contracts.He is our future but we need more money to sign more players.

    -QB C. Palmer’s last season as an Arizona Cardinal. Reduce his contract and save $2-3 million.

    Cut: OG D. Colledge, ILB J. Brinkley, RB R. Williams
    -OG Earl Watford is our future and we already have nice depth in the Right Guard position. RG Paul Fanaika surprised us and LG Jonathan Cooper returns. D. Colledge basically has no future on this team now unless he wants to be paid low and be a backup to J. Cooper.

    -ILB J. Brinkley was always meant for depth.The two year contract he signed was just to preserve more cap space for the 2013 season. Now that that season is over, the money he would be earning in a backup role is not worth it. He is the second guy to leave but I feel he will have success elsewhere. We should save around $2 million with the cut.

    -My disappointing local dude RB Ryan Williams. Injury prone and terrible. He could surprise people with an NFL comeback but I doubt anyone is willing to give him a chance. He was like the injury prone RB Jahvid Best but not as productive. We cut him and we save $1 million.

  11. By D on Feb 19, 2014 | Reply

    If the Colts don’t resign Donald Brown, I think he could be a late sign in the offseason by Keim since he won’t command a big contract…I could see BA bring him in to replace Rashard and give some Vet presence for the other backs on the roster…

  12. By Darren Urban on Feb 19, 2014 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Donald Brown

    I don’t know if that will happen, but I do know the Cards liked Donald Brown coming out in 2009 and if he had lasted until their pick, I think there was a good chance they would have taken him instead of Beanie.

  13. By clssylssy on Feb 19, 2014 | Reply

    BA is a much better coach than Shanahan, who hasn’t always put the welfare of his players first and is a big reason he doesn’t have a job today. I’m sure the Honey Badger will have a first rate rehab and BA won’t take risks in putting him back on the field before he is ready. I think the Cardinal Organization recognizes the enormous talent we have with Tyrann and this year’s glimpse at the way he can impact the team is only a preview of things to come!

  14. By isaiah on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Tyrann I hope you not only come back stronger but faster and represent what the cardinals are made up of

  15. By steve on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Remember Winston Churchill ” Never, ever give up” We are with you and can’t wait till next fall. Stay strong!

  16. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Tyrann continues to impress. I haven’t been posting much but enjoy the Blog posts and comments. The Combine will be fun. Go Cards.

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