Before Beckham, there was Cro

Posted by Darren Urban on November 25, 2014 – 11:08 am

Sunday night, the NFL world went crazy for the one-handed catch of Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and rightfully so. It was an amazing catch. It may be hard to top for catch of the year. But some were suggesting it might have been the best ever, and to that, it’s always good to tap the brakes. There are dozens of great plays made in the NFL every year. There have been great one-handed catches made in the NFL every year. And sometimes, they aren’t even made by wide receivers.

Back in 2007, Antonio Cromartie was in his second NFL season. Amazingly, halfway through that year Cromartie still hadn’t started at cornerback until the Chargers put him out the for a game against the Colts and Peyton Manning. Cromartie picked off Manning three times that night, including a spectacular one-handed, leaning-back grab — in fact, one that looked a lot like Beckham’s.

These days, Cromartie is manning one of the cornerback spots for the Cardinals. He saw someone bring up his INT on social media after the Beckham play. He shrugged it off.

“I’m not worried about that,” Cromartie said with a small smile. “That’s seven years ago.”

Still, it’s a good reminder that for every unreal play, it’s usually not unique.

“It’s been done before,” Cromartie said.


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23 Responses to “Before Beckham, there was Cro”

  1. By jme on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    Cros looks alot cooler

  2. By Dynosoar on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    That’s two sweet catches. Cromartie is almost on his back.

  3. By Dynosoar on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply


    why do you think it would take a miracle to make it into this season’s Super Bowl? It will take just 5 – 7 more wins. With 4 or 5 more wins in regular season we have home field advantage, then two more wins and we’re in.

    Miracle not needed, just wins.

  4. By Mike G on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is cool! That certainly was a great catch by Beckham. It certainly is getting a lot of hype because it is NY against Dallas on Sunday Night Football. Interesting how Cromartie looks very similar as far as the form goes in the picture. That is a nice shot comparing the two above. Hey Darren– speaking of great catches as far as the Cardinal’s goes–Do you remember that one handed catch Fitz made at home against Seattle a few years back in the last regular season game in 2011—that was a beauty –snaring a bullet over the middle!!! Who threw that–Skelton???? That one sticks in my brain!!!!

  5. By Darren Urban on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Fitz one-handed

    It’s at the end of this video:

  6. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    Been watching vids, reading the site, couple notes to offer: Would like to hear more resolve from Drew. Can lead by play, mental determination and strength. Hope he shows that at practice. Neutral public comments by guy with his personality may not reflect his real determination. Personally, I think he’s got the ability and makeup to get us there…even as crappy as he played.

    Agree with Arians, should have planned better for Floyd (and Hughes and Housler and Massie help, imo… I did see a dubious holding call on Housler helping Massie, fwiw).

    Heard interesting interview with ADub. Points I took were that Cards missed Fitz more than anything on O, that the game did not change-his view that Cards are capable to go to SB, and that Cards simply need to treat every play of every game from now on as a do or die playoff elimination.. that was what was missing in Seattle…

  7. By georgiebird on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    First Cro, then Warner and then Beckham- Oh what a pair of velcro gloves will do for you.
    Pity the poor baseball players who batted in the cold without gloves (you were a sissy if you wore them) and all the great WRs who caught the passes with their bare hands in open air stadiums before the age of climate change.

    Question- will the ball stick in the velcro gloves even if you don’t wrap your hand around it.

  8. By Scott H on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    Not to be corny, but when you see plays like this…it just shows the beauty and grace that football has more so that any other sport. There have been some players in the NBA over the years that could certainly make dunking a beautiful work of art ( Julius Erving, aka Dr J ) but I still believe that football can have a beauty that no other sport ( of the “major” sports ) can match.

    Looking ahead to Sunday…Geez, I really haven’t paid much attention to Atlanta this season because there really hasn’t seemed to be a need to pay attention to them. But they have my attention now, only because that is where the Cardinals will be on Sunday. Easy enough to think this should be a win for the Cardinals. But nothing has been easy. This one probably won’t be easy, either.

    Hard to believe the Falcons don’t have a better record than they do. They clearly have some top level talent on offense and with the teams in THAT division…why haven’t they won more games than they have??? They have lost some REAL close ones, I know that. Against Detroit in London…last week against Cleveland…both probably should have been wins. So, they’re not a BAD team.

    Doesn’t seem like they are running the ball very well. And the Cardinals stop the run very well. Would seem to be a game where our defense should be able to turn up the heat coming after the QB. But how often do ya see games where nothing goes the way you expect? And where a team that doesn’t run the ball well suddenly goes off against a team that has one of the best run D’s in the league? This would SEEM to be a game that sets up perfectly for something like that.

    But…I doubt it will. I think the D will be just fine.

    The offense needs to get back on track this week. I want to see Stanton looking smooth and efficient and I want to see TWO of our WR’s go over 100 yds this week. One of them needs to have the name Floyd on his back. I don’t want to see a conservative game plan, just trying to be efficient and doing enough to win. I want to see an all-out assault whether we need one or not.

    I think it is also time to see some more of our other RB’s because we cannot go the rest of the way with just Ellington. I don’t even care who it is at this point. Just get them out there and give them some work, if for no other reason than to hopefully show future opponents that Ellington isn’t the only guy they will have to deal with. And why not this week? The Falcons are bad against the run. We NEED to know / show we can run the ball. And if we have to start by teeing off on a bad run defense, then so be it.

    I WOULD say I’d like to see Ginn get un-tracked and break off some nice returns but I don’t even have any hope of that anymore. He is useless and he can miss the damn flight to Atlanta for all I care. We could put Sendlein out there to return punts right now and get the same results we’re getting from Ginn. Some “specialist” he turned out to be. I sure hope we aren’t struggling with field position on Sunday because we already know our return game isn’t gonna help with that.

    We don’t need our special teams making things any harder for the offense OR the defense than they already have been. Hope BA is letting those coaches know that what has been is not acceptable going forward.

    BTW, have we tried out any other punters recently???? Is Butler REALLY the best we can find right now????

  9. By rod on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply


    I appreciate how positive you are and how positive the entire board has been this year…remember how many negative nancy’s there used to be? I hated that. But we have to admit, Stanton has what, 8 starts in his career? He might know a lot but as far as on the field he is a rookie, a rookie who doesn’t have the minimum skill at this point in time to make it all the way to the superbowl. It took Wilson two seasons with an awesome defense and a killer running game, this team has suffered waaaay too many loses to make it, losing Palmer was the last straw. A few games back I didn’t feel this way even when Patrick came up lame during a play and I thought, it figures, but still thought we could pull it off. I’m my humble opinion, Stanton gives us no chance because he is too new to carry this offense on his back, he just can’t do it yet. Remember how long it took Palmer to get right last year? And we have a weaker team with so many people out.

    I will be here cheering all the way but I don’t have that same feeling I had before. We’ll make the playoffs but won’t get very far.

    But next year and every year after that (baring tons of injuries or suspensions) the Arizona Cardinals have arrived and put the NFL on notice!!

  10. By Dr. G. on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    I just want to boast for “”The CRO”…. His humility added to his fantastic presence this year in our backfield is stupendous…!!!

    Brag…Brag…Boast…Boast…Brag…Boast…UDA MAN CRO…!!!

  11. By Chuck 1 on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    Arians didn’t have a big problem with the running game in Seattle, calling it “efficient, could’ve been better.”

    He is unwilling to “tell it like it is”.

    Until one is willing to acknowledge a problem, it will remain.

  12. By ryan on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply


    why would you ask rod anything? His next prediction will probably be about when the world is going to end!


  13. By Marlin on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    With the release of practice squader Palmer….do we have any other OT’s behind the starters….other than Sowell?

  14. By Darren Urban on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    Marlin —

    RE: Tackles

    Not right now.

  15. By D on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    My updated offseason plan for the Cards-

    Hopefully Bowles is the D. Coordinator

    1) Give a solid contract offer to CRO. Doubtful he stays and probably will get a larger deal in free agency (good for him)
    2) Resign T. Kelly and L. Foote to one year deals.
    3) Either keep M. Leach or find a cheaper LS
    4) Offer D. Williams a fair deal, but don’t overpay. He isn’t a 30 snap a game player.
    5) Restructure/ make huge decisions on Dockett and Fitz. Need to free up Cap space. Cards are deep on the DL and maybe Fitz would stay here because of the team’s success at a lower salary…

    Free Agency-

    Everyone would love for the Cards to sign a J. Houston, J. Worlds or C. Avril but those players won’t be free on the market. Now, T. Hali from KC probably would be available in a trade for a 4th round pick, but he is over 30 yrs old and is going to make 11 mil next year. Not sure that would be an option. One pass rusher who will be a free agent and most likely not be resigned by his current team is
    B. Orakpo– he is under 30yrs and I believe would do very well as a Pass Rusher in AZ Defense. He has made a lot of money in his career so he shouldn’t break the bank and has to be hungry to play on a winning team

    Rest of free agency would be support players/depth, probably replace T. Ginn with a better returner.

    Draft (assuming Cards will be drafting 26 or later)

    Top 3 Rounds (if a solid pass rusher is signed in free agency)

    Round 1–B. McKinney ILB–He would be the franchise replacement of DWash and could learn one year with L. Foote. This defense needs a LB that can cover.

    Round 2– H. Kikaha–OLB Pass rusher from WA, who along with Okafor and a free agent Pass Rusher would give this defense better pressure on the QB. Acho is a nice guy, but he doesn’t get to the QB.

    Round 3–J. Langford RB–Cards need a RB that is big enough to run in between the tackles.

    Depending on what happens with Fitz, I could see them use a later round pick on a WR plus a Corner and backup Tackle.

  16. By louis on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    please stop talking about the superbowl we have o long way to go to talk about a superbowl.

  17. By Matt on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply


    Will the Cardinals have interest in Shaun Phillips? He was cut today by the Titans. I still think we have a need at pass rusher eventhough Okafor is much improved. Maybe part with Marcus Bernard on the roster.

  18. By Darren Urban on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    Matt —

    REL Shaun Phillips

    Don’t see it with Okafor play, Shaughnessy return next week.

  19. By Scott H on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    D –

    Off-season?? Free agency?? Um, how ’bout RIGHT NOW??? Still have the best record in the NFL, we’re trying to win a division, got 5 more tough games left….and you want to look at the off-season and free agency??

    C’mon, man – FOCUS!

  20. By shannon robinson on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    There’s a reason we signed Matt Shaughnessy from Oakland – he’s a defensive end who is athletic enough and fast enough to become an outside linebacker. He’s so important to this team because he was one of the first free agents Mr. Keim signed and then he reupped him. Look at his extraordinary size and you understand that he has been programed in to stop a running QB like we have to beat in three out of our last five games. Shaughnessy may not catch you everytime but he will contain the QB and when he does get his hands on Wilson or Kaper he’ll hit them hard like a defensive end in space. What can you say about Cro – seven years ago in the Circus – there’s nothing that compares with a shut down CB, they’re greyhounds when they walk by; maybe we don’t know how good this defense is yet. Cutting Kelvin Palmer means they have 14 linemen to work practice – with three offensive lines that means someone’s doing double duty. A tip of the Cardinal wing to Mr.Bush and everybody who wanted a big back. let’s go get the Division.

  21. By Coach K on Nov 25, 2014 | Reply

    We are fine with our pass rush. The young guys are improving each week.

  22. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Nov 26, 2014 | Reply

    Dynosoar – patience, deep breathing in what we’re trying at home here, lol, might read my notes from ADubb interview above, the ride is not over bro!

  23. By Xeano321 on Nov 30, 2014 | Reply

    Why is everyone so negative? The Cardinals are setting history for us! I don’t care if we make the playoffs or not (Of course I want them to.) We need to realize that Arizona hasn’t had this much success in recent years, and we also need to realize that the Cardinals only went up against top Defenses in the past three games, so of course the porous O-Line showed it’s ugly head. We are literally only like two players away from offensive perfection. Stanton will lead a great win today, Ellington will get over 100 yards, and the offensive will get momentum going into the home stretch. We got this guys, keep the hope alive!

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