Keim: Working on Peterson’s focus, intensity

Posted by Darren Urban on October 13, 2014 – 8:13 am

In his weekly appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports, General Manager Steve Keim noted that while he still has “100 percent faith” in the physical tools of cornerback Patrick Peterson, he still sees Peterson losing focus and/or intensity at times during a game. “I promise you, that’s something (defensive coordinator) Todd Bowles and defensive backs coach Kevin Ross will clean up.”

Peterson got beat by DeSean Jackson for a 64-yard slant-and-run touchdown Sunday, although it looked like Peterson should’ve had safety help from Tyrann Mathieu to at least make it a much shorter gain. It looked like Peterson was on Pierre Garcon on the Redskins’ final TD pass to Garcon late in the game too. It’s impossible to be perfect as a cornerback in today’s NFL — every guy is going to give up scores — but Keim reiterated he thinks Peterson has just scratched the surface of his talent and can be much better.

“I know Pat is a competitor, I know he’s a pro and I know he’ll work at it,” Keim said. “I also have a tremendous amount of faith and respect for our coaching staff. … No one in the league has (Peterson’s) physical tools. Now it is up to Pat from a mental standpoint, and a focus and an intensity standpoint, to become the best. And that’s on him. I think he’s the kind of competitor, at 24 years of age, that he’s going to grow and continue to get better. But there are times when he has plays you’d like to have back.”

Keim also said Peterson isn’t 100 percent healthy either, dealing with a sore ankle. Plus, as Keim acknowledged, the lack of a great edge pass rush by the Cardinals also can leave the secondary out to dry at times. That too does not help Peterson, who is often going against the most talented receiver on the other team.

“If you play 70 snaps and 65 of them are excellent and five you get exposed, you can’t hide,” Keim said. “But we have high expectations out of of Pat and so do the fans. We expect him to play at a high level and I think he’ll get things cleaned up in the next few weeks.”

— Keim was happy with the win, although he said after watching the video, the Cardinals “didn’t play particularly well.”

— He, like most, were thrilled with the play of Carson Palmer considering the circumstances. Keim said he could tell Palmer didn’t have 100 percent velocity, but had a great pocket presence in his first game back.

— Keim was concerned with run defense coming into the game (he wasn’t the only one) but but felt the Cards “stepped up to the challenge.” The Redskins only had 72 rushing yards.

— He praised a few young players, linebacker Alex Okafor in particular, but also defensive lineman Ed Stinson and safety Deone Bucannon.


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34 Responses to “Keim: Working on Peterson’s focus, intensity”

  1. By Cardsfan1955 on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    I was great to see Carson back out there yestersday. He may not have been perfect as most have pointed out, but his leadership and command of the offense was evident in the win. Perhaps more importantly, our defense, despite all the doubt going into this game, stepped up and had a pretty monster day. It wasn’t all perfect either, but at the end of the day, it was enough for the win! Kudos to Carson, our O-Line, LARRY and MIKE FLOYD, JERRAUD POWERS, TYRANN, and especially…RASHAD JOHNSON for the awesome interception to seal the deal….and of course, the WHOLE TEAM! GREAT WIN…GO CARDS, on to the black hole!

  2. By straussyno1 on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Cardsfan1955 – What Denver game? On to Oakland!

  3. By D on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Did you all see the trouble B. Orakpo was giving to Veldheer yesterday? Dude is a beast, he will get big money on the Free agent market if he isn’t tagged by Washington. Imagine he or J. Hughes opposite of Okafor next year, this defense would be top 3 in the league.

  4. By clssylssy on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    That was one stressful game against a team that was SUPPOSE to be a gimme! Going into the game the Cards had the least number of penalties in the NFL and set about to play catch up; apparently that was due to having to cycle QBs in practice (according to the announcer)? Unlike many Cards fans who have jumped aboard the Peterson bashing bandwagon, I felt that his “tentativeness” or “lack of focus” was more a result of the new defensive “interference” rules that practically handcuffs defensive players than his effort. Tyrann Mathieu playing with a brace is going to be a different version than the Honey Badger we are used to seeing but he was much more aggressive with the defense and is working his way back in.
    We have to start using those turnovers to make TDs rather than FGs, otherwise we’re going to get shredded as our schedule gets tougher. The Raiders nearly beat the Chargers yesterday and are a trap game we can’t afford to lose…and we still have Cowboys, and Eagles and Seahawks(x2)…Oh my! (not to mention the 9ers, Rams (x2) Lions, Falcons, and Chiefs, i.e. miles to go before the postseason! Was REALLY happy to see somebody decided to get Fitz the ball and let him do what he does best, making plays! Jerraud Powers and Rashad Johnson continue to be aces at saving our bacon
    It seems that we lost a bit of our momentum after the bye which I expected to get back at home but, didn’t really see on a consistent basis. A win is always great but at some point we need a real blowout game–would be great if it were the Cowboys but I’ll settle for the Raiders to start with! Back to work fixing our mistakes and perfecting our execution. ON TO VICTORY-ONE GAME AT A TIME!

  5. By georgiebird on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Keim has done a great job as has BA.
    However, this article is very self serving. Keim’s big mistake was signing PP to a long term deal before this season had played out (that is before SK had to). And now, any comments about PP are empty.
    I have voiced my feelings about PP on many occasions. PP’s body has developed to a point where he can’t even be a very good NFL db. Sure he has most physical tools but his current body type is not conducive to being a top DB. .
    However, as has been stated on many occasions, there are two major flaws to PP’s game (and SK voiced one of them):
    1) PP’s concentration and awareness (focus) are not what they should be.
    2) PP’s first few steps from a standing start are way below the elite level.

  6. By georgiebird on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Any victory against the ‘Skins is an accomplishment. Being perfect against the Giants and ‘Skins in the same season may never have been done before.

  7. By georgiebird on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    From the Johnny Carson days there was a magician called “the Great Carsoni”.- he returned yesterday (except for the bootleg”. But Stanton is also an impressive option.

  8. By straussyno1 on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Great to bounce back with a win yesterday, even if we did make it hard for ourselves. I guess you can never underestimate a slump, and the last thing you want to be doing going into a so-called ‘easier’ stretch of games is to get into a slump. Glad we were able to pull out a W regardless of how we played.

    Offensively, we still see the same faults each week. I lost count how many times yesterday we were at 2nd and short and 3rd and short and failed to convert. We have to do a better job sustaining drives. I don’t want to be talking about the CatMan (even though he has been brilliant since starting). I want to talk about the touchdowns we are scoring from sustaining drives. The fact we have only scored 10 offensive touchdowns in 5 games is slightly worrying. The best news yesterday was getting Carson back out there. Yes, he was rusty and a few throws showed a guy who is not 100% and has yet to gain full velocity back, but seeing him manage the game for us offensively is always a good sign.

    The rushing game still underwhelms IMO. Ellington will get 10-15 yards one run and then pick up 1-3 yards the next two rushes. We seem to struggle to sustain the kind of gaps necessary for a strong run game. Not sure whether that’s a result of the scheme but we need to be opening more holes on a consistent basis. The passing game looked a touch disjointed, but it is fair to assume this with Palmer back and still finding his groove. Great to see Fitz back to his best, pulling defenders over the goal line.

    Defensively I thought, barring the two long plays to Jackson and a stupid lack of concentration at the end of the first half to allow them to get a field goal, we played solidly for a team missing 6 of our front 7 from last year. Most of the damage did indeed come in the second half and Bowles certainly gave the players a kick up the ass from the first half display. We need the defense to be on point because that’s the staple of this team. It has a great chance to pick up next week against an Oakland team lacking in playmakers, but as they showed against San Diego, if you’re not 100% up for a fight, they can cause an upset.

    Hopefully Palmer will keep healthy from now on so we can go on a bit of a run before some very hard fixtures but keep the faith – we’re 4-1 even without key playmakers on both sides of the ball.

  9. By BirdsSTC on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    There was definitely a lot not to like about this game. But Fitzy? Oh my did he look vintage. Great to see.

  10. By BeastMode on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    You know in all honesty I wouldn’t mind trading a second or even first round pick for an OLB, there are some young and proven pass rushers out there. I’d rather have that, than draft an unproven guy who might take a while to develop. The time for the Cardinals is now, perhaps (hopefully?) even this year. Brian Orakpo, Von Miller, Lavonte David, Justin Houston,there all young and proven, I would gladly give a first round pick for any of them.

  11. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Agree, Okafor was the obvious bright spot but Stinson was very good. Nice draft with Martin and Stinson inside.

    Read a few knocks of Acho but he looked better too on the “tape” when I got home 😉

    Patrick P had 2 bad plays… plus Garcons and Sean are faaast, so…but Keim has it right, PP needs to be better… its not about $$ or contract ( I mean, I have no criticism), its about him stepping up, yet hard with an ankle…

    Orakpo is simply a better athlete than almost all linemen on the field, very impressive and he is hurt. Thought Veldheer held up very well under the onslaught, plus the blocking scheme had the guards and tackles sliding and moving around and Orak was stunting, so Orak got free on that too.. but all in, he was contained..

    Unreal how well C. Palmer used the pocket to slide and step up… what a pro

  12. By Dr. G. on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Rarely, holding is a mandate… Veldheer did a very good job protecting Palmer as usual, but he was about to be beaten on one play…what to do? Grab the guy who is about to HAMMER your QB! I’m OK with that…a good decision…he gets a mulligan for that brilliant play.

    Peterson? Proving his contract was a bit ambitious; and we pay the ticket prices to be able to assess the play of our team. I will not accept criticism for observing truth. Peterson is not “Prime Time” as he has alluded to earlier in his dreams. He needs help with the better WR’s in the NFL. ((We have one other over-zealous contract to deal with soon))… He is a good CB; Deon? Not…

    Now, all about FITZ !!! Interestingly, his promo pix is proudly displayed on the front of the program from the Redskins game that we got yesterday. And fittingly, it appears the game plan included Fitz to be more involved. He did not disappoint, as he said to himself, “I’m going to SCORE” as he dragged a little CB into the end zone. That was stellar….!

  13. By Daniel Martín del Campo M/O on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    As always the team wins on my birthday!! 😀 Thats a sure bet!! But of course we have tons of things to work on, specially those red zone scoring; againts Oakland we should be better, it was a nice game for Johnson and Powers, and of course Palmer and Fitz… our elite coaching staff is doing a great job so, I´m sure we´ll get better and end with the NFC home field adventage!! GO CARDS!! BTW: The St. Louis Cardinals also won yesterday on my BD!! IM HAPPY!!

  14. By Andy Kw on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Patrick Peterson literally has all of the tools to become a great cornerback (Speed, size, strength) but something is wrong with him. Whether it is lack of focus, overconfidence, trying to do too much, or something else, he needs to get back on track. 1 pass deflection the past 5 games, unacceptable. With or without good pass rush, I have yet to see the Pro Bowl form of Patrick Peterson.

  15. By Dynosoar on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    After 5 games
    zero interceptions

    Points allowed per qtr
    first qtr = 14
    second = 44
    third = 24
    fourth = 24

    Minus the Denver game
    first = 7
    second = 30
    third = 21
    fourth = 7

    Our Defense is best in the first and fourth quarters. We’re worst in the second. If we tighten up the second quarter, we can’t lose. (Well, we need to tighten the pocket around Manning as well.)

  16. By iammattyoung on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    I said before and I’ll say it again, Peterson plays like someone saw him in a mall and hired him to play corner. He has ll the physical tools to match up with anyone, but he covers the routes that his man runs like he’s never played a day of football in his life. The reason smaller, less athletic corners can be pro bowlers (a la Brandon Flowers, Asante Samuel, Cortland Finnegan) is because they read an offense and stick to guys throughout their routes. Peterson just tries to use his strength to bully guys and his speed to stick with them, but any time they cut back, or make for a corner route, he’s got nothing. I know there aren’t any videos out there, but think about the TDs Peterson has given up: in my mind almost none them have been due to him getting beat on a speed route, but instead, it’s always the guy cutting back or across the field. That’s him not studying. Peterson needs to seriously focus on prepping for the receivers that he’s going to cover so that he’s not constantly getting beat.

  17. By Andy Kw on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Is there any chance we will sign the speedy NFL player Jeff Demps to our practice squad? He has blazing speed Arians loves

  18. By Darren Urban on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Demps

    No idea.

  19. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Some observations from the game;

    Great home win. We are 3-0 at home and 1-1 on the road. 8-0 at home and 4-4 on the road = 12-4.

    With Campbell out, I expected Martin to play. But he didn’t. I do not think he was in for one play. Stinson did a very good job. I also liked how Bowles moved Williams out at DE on a few plays. What happened to Martin?

    Peterson was beaten easily to the inside on the long TD. I get when a guy gets behind you, but at PP’s size, he should have jammed little Jackson at the line. That release was too easy.

    Palmer is a beast. No real practice time in a month and comes out and puts up that performance? Wow.

    I asked before the game if two guys would step up. Okafor and Minter.

    Okafor stepped up big and flashed. Looking back, it was only the 3rd NFL game he has been in. The guy needs to stay healthy and who knows what he could become.

    As for Minter, another disappointment. I doubt he was in there for 1/4 of the snaps. Can’t say I remember him making a play. For a second round pick, that is disappointing.

    Great to see Larry being part of the offense. It is amazing, if you just throw it to him, he will make a play.

    I also found it interesting that Jefferson sat while Honey Badger played SS. I thought Jefferson had been playing well. So I guess the starting safeties are HB and Johnson. Sure Jefferson came in on some packages, but he was not the SS.

    Bucannon played linebacker again. And while I like him, I think the ADub comparisons are done. He is not the hitter or tackler ADub was. But then again, who was?

    Our run game is bad. Ellington has no holes. We really need to upgrade our guards next year.

    Hats off to Massie. He went against Kerrigan (6 1/2 sacks) and did a good job. He yielded only a half of sack. Good rebound after Von Miller.

    Finally, after the game, (I sit 4 rows up behind the opponents bench at the 50 yd line) I asked Brian Orakpo , since you are a FA at the end of the year, you might as well come to AZ and join your two Texas teammates. He looked at me, then his teammate, then gave me a nod like I’m down with that. Orakpo and Okafor next year? would love that.

  20. By Dr. G. on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    geobird – – AndyKw – – PP’s 40 time in combine was fast. But, now a fair point is made that he may be beefier and tighter than necessary. Straight-line sprints and quicks are 2 differing things. A great CB needs serious quicks also to be able to react and hang with a good WR. Have you thought this may be PP’s problem? Someone may suggest that he might be better served to move to SS where he can COVER better that most. I’m not suggesting this, but we had a CB a few years ago who did just that, and is still playing in the NFL…. The $$$$ is a big issue for that, huh? …later

  21. By Robert on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    look not sure why we didn’t wait to pay PP all that $$$ calling him an elite CB is a joke..he is no where close to Sherman and now it looks like we over paid for him..i understand all the pass rush stiff etc etc, but he looks like he can’t stop anybody..i can’t recall any pass deflections, what a joke.

    Prediction..they are going to lose in OAKLAND if they play the same game next week….we need a first and second down running back..Ellington is a 3rd down back and should be used more like Harvin not like Lynch..too much pounding running in the interior.

    Very impressed with the Grit of Palmer, but if we don’t run the ball he is going to get killed. I think its time for COOPER to play..maybe he can improve the run..he is a top pick for us last year

  22. By clssylssy on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    To all the PP bashers…
    The talent is there, and Peterson has proven he has the skills, however, the new rules are pretty vague and inconsistent; both Cromartie and Peterson have been flagged for covering in much the same way they have in the past so PERHAPS, it’s the coaching. That’s what we pay the coaches the big bucks for, to teach these guys new technique when adjustments are needed.
    I have NEVER heard fans complain so much about paying players and all teams function under the same cap restrictions so it must be an Arizona thing. Look around the league at other teams–sometimes you get what you pay for and a team can be penny wise and pound foolish. The Rams have paid Bradford the last two years 14 mil/yr of a 78 mil contract (50 mil guaranteed) and he has’t hardly played.
    While some of these contracts SOUND big rarely does a franchise actually pay out what they committed to unless it is the Patriots, Giants, Steelers, 9ers,Broncos, Cowboys, but then maybe that’s why they have the rings!

  23. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    New rules don’t explain Peterson getting flat out burned or being completely out of position.

  24. By red bird of death! on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    Peterson has all the physical tools but lacks the mental abilities at times he’s close but he dosnt have that vet swagger yet he hasn’t earned it yet and he needs to play smarter it’s not the speed or athleticism it’s making the right decisions to position him self with the advantage he has all the God given stuff he must work harder than ever this year the NFL crowns no one who isn’t deserving. Ha go head and crown them! Anyone? No?

  25. By Dr. G. on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    clssy – – You are not getting that some disagree with you about Peterson’s abilities. Yes, he is a terrific athlete, but he is being questioned about how fast his reactions are, not just flat out speed…he is getting juked regularly. You must see that…? BA or Keim are not going to press with their assessments; they just want a fix.

    I think, at the risk of serious blow back, that he would be a really good safety who could cover. ((mentioned prior, a la Rolle)). His chest pounding and running around wearing a T-shirt with all the dollar signs has not helped his plight…comparative maturity to others on the team?

    He is not having consistent issues with “pass interference” as you suggest; he is simply getting juked out of his jock for big gains. It’s not the rules that are the problem. All DB’s have the same rules… Be well….

  26. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    Dr G,

    You are bringing up a topic I went round and round with in 2011 and 2012.

    Now I think PP is a good CB and would rank him in the top 5 with Sherman, Haden, and Revis.

    I also think the days of shutdown CBs are done.

    But, I thought PP could be a hall of fame safety or a good CB. I thought with his size and speed, he could cover a lot of area (ala Ed Reed). Back to my motto of Good, Better, Best.

    It would also make it more difficult for QBs to throw away from him.

    Obviously, that didn’t happen, but it is interesting you are now bringing it up.

  27. By Dr. G. on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG – – Kudos for seeing Peterson’s situation as I do. Just seems logical not to fight what is right there in front of us… I take that as complimentary… it’s the fight to justify the $$$$…

    Darren may not be able to inject his opinion…keeping the peace???

    And, we currently have other CB’s that can do as well…. G’day

  28. By Jon on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    I bet one big regret Keim must have is handing Peterson a giant payday that he hadn’t yet earned

  29. By clssylssy on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    Dr. G & JTDG…
    I don’t really care that people disagree with me; I’m just stating how I see it. I guess I have missed PP’s “running around in T-shirts emblazened with $$$ pounding his chest”…lol, whatever… This is the entertainment industry, afterall, and most people don’t even notice such things. I do believe that both he and Cromartie are playing tentative because they have been flagged for shadowing their man closely as they have done all along. Good players do not want to cost their team lost yards in penalties or be the cause of having a TD called back. And, I do believe that there is a problem with the new rules and ref’s erroring on the side of caution, leaving these defensive players frustrated. Even the commentators questions a lot of these plays and upon review later it is determined that there was a wrong call but, too late, no do overs after the game has been determined.
    Just say’n… perhaps there’s more to it than player focus or anything to do with a big contract?

  30. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    What is it with (some) fans calling this game a “gimme” or saying things like “it was supposed to be easier”? Washington is not a pushover, and is better than their record. It is rare than an NFL game has a spread of over a touchdown — looking at the early lines for Week 7, the only game with a wider spread is the Thursday game where the Pats are favored by 10. This isn’t college football where the good team just steamrolls the other team and wins by 30.

    Just this week, San Diego barely beat Oakland, St Louis was within a score of SF with a minute to go, Dallas went to Seattle and won… there are lots of surprises every week.

    We are better than Oakland but we’re only a 3 or 3 1/2 point favorite (depending on which book you use). If we win by a FG are people going to be saying why did we only win by a field goal?

  31. By Eazy E on Oct 15, 2014 | Reply

    Keim is like Bruce Keim! He talks as much as Bruce lol…

  32. By Dr. G. on Oct 15, 2014 | Reply

    Complaining about the rules is beating the metaphorical dead horse. As for PP or anyone else, they must learn to acclimate or hear the fair critique. PP may have suggested during his campaign for the big $$$ that he is a shut-down corner; that simply is not the case.

    His contract will remain too ambitious; and the money will not make him better than he is, though Keim says he has much room for improvement. It may have been prudent to give him the big tag money next year, or, re-sign him to a decent contract then. And his demo of immaturity will not position him to be a team leader. He is a good player that needs some polishing…still like to try him a Safety!

    Incidentally, a point here: we have not seen offensive stats skyrocket with the new rules, but we have taken care to put the head-hunters on notice….Be well

  33. By InterestedBystander on Oct 23, 2014 | Reply

    Funny how PP has never had any focus or intensity problems selling himself or pulling in the big bucks.

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