Peterson always on an island

Posted by Darren Urban on December 2, 2014 – 5:06 pm

You know the story at this point: Last week, on a conference call with Atlanta reporters, Patrick Peterson talked about matching up with Falcons receiver Julio Jones. During the game, Jones — covered almost always by Peterson — had 10 catches for a career-high 189 yards.

To Peterson’s credit, he talked about it afterward. Bruce Arians said he didn’t have an issue with Peterson saying things ahead of time, but that Peterson has to back it up.

Peterson’s key quotes from last week: “He won a couple battles, I won a couple battles. But I think for the most part I won the majority of those battles. (Jones is) an incredible athlete. Love the battle and the competition between us. It just brings out the best in both of us.”

Also: “Me feeling I’m the best corner in the league, I want the team’s No. 1 receiver, period. That’s where you get the opportunity to gain the respect from your peers and be recognized as one of the best and one of the greats after you are done with the game. That’s the kind of pressure I like to have for myself and as a team.”

Peterson wasn’t thrilled with how the game turned out. He clearly wasn’t happy with how his comments were portrayed when he talked about it Monday.

“Honestly, I say that every single week so I don’t know how they took it out of context,” Peterson said. “All I said was, by me considering myself the best, you want to go against the other’s team’s best receiver. My answer is not going to change week in, week out, because I am a competitor. That’s what I want. But if they took it out of context that I called him out, so be it. They wanted a little, I guess, George Foreman-Ali type thing going on but it was nothing like that. I respect Julio. I’ve been going against Julio since college so I would never call him out. I have that respect for him. For them to say I called him out, that’s totally baloney, but it is what it is.”

There are a couple of points to be made here. One, Peterson isn’t wrong. He consistently will talk about battling the other team’s best guy. He just did it with Calvin Johnson — “We’ll give the fans a great show and hopefully they’ll have their popcorn ready.” And he isn’t wrong in saying that earning respect from peers and being recognized as a good player comes from such matchups.

But he also has to know that everything he says and does, which was already dissected at a high level given his draft status and subsequent Pro Bowls, only carries more scrutiny once he signed his new contract. Bruce Arians even talked about it when Peterson inked the deal: “When you are a five-star player, you better play five-star. … He wants to be the best. And he’s going to be covering the best every week so he could get embarrassed real quick.”

Peterson could stop talking, but that isn’t Peterson either — he wants to be challenged, and that’s one way he does it, by challenging himself. Peterson is often on an island out on the field. He’s on an island off it too, that island where Richard Sherman lives, where people are paying attention. There’s no getting away from that.



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26 Responses to “Peterson always on an island”

  1. By Don on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    The difference being that Richard Sherman is out on that island drinking Pina Colada’s out of a coconut he just broke open, while Peterson looks like he needs to write SOS in the sand with sticks and wait for a rescue

  2. By Marlin on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    Love PP, but he’d better worry more about playing than talking right now….

  3. By shannon robinson on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    My favorite cornerback ever was Pat Fisher who was traded from the Cardinals to the Redskins. He was 5’9″ and would run down the field bobbing his head next to the receiver and hitting him in the chin with his helmet. Patrick would time his leap and punch the ball out of the receiver’s hands. He was always looking for the ball and running as close to the receiver as you could imagine. He and Roger Wherli were the last two great white corners in the league.Corners are high strung, they walk around like greyhounds, and they have an edge.They’re also a little bit goofy. They live or die on every play. We’ve got four good ones. Maybe we’ve forgotten our recent past.

  4. By Scott H on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    How ’bout a little “CAPTION THIS” here….

    Jones – “Better be ready for me ’cause I’m taking this one right to the house!”

    Peterson – “Damn, man…I was just countin’ my money and you made me lose count!”

    No, I’m not laughing, either. Not after Sunday.

    Darren – I know it’s early in the week but is there any sense of –

    1) If Larry is gonna be able to go Sunday?
    2) Where we are with Veldheer? Ellington?
    3) If we are going to see Bush and to what extent?

    Geez, I just realized how #3 sounds….maybe I should have said MICHAEL Bush?

    I feel like I can’t even wait 5 more days for this game. Because I feel like I NEED to see that they can bounce back against a good team and get back in the win column. Because –

    – the Lions have the Buccs at home. They’ll be 9-4′

    – the Cowboys have the Bears on the road. I don’t think the Bears can play well enough to win that one. Cowboys will be 9-4.

    – the 49ers have Oakland. Doesn’t matter where. They’ll be 8-5.

    – the Packers have Atlanta at home. Please. They’ll be 10-3.

    – Seattle goes to Philly. Someone has to win. Either Seattle goes to 9-4, taking the division lead because they already beat us.. Or, the Eagles go to 10-3. Bad news either way.

    Cards win, they stay afloat for a top seed. Cards lose, they can kiss being one of the top seeds good bye. The Packers probably don’t lose another game. If the Eagles WIN Sunday, they probably don’t lose another game, either. That means the roads to the SB go through Green Bay and Philly.

    Cards drop to 9-4, they still LOOK solid on paper because of the wins against the Lions and Cowboys. But the probability at that point is that they might ( barely ) hold on to be the 6 seed. The Lions have the most friendly schedule, maybe only 1 more loss ( Packers ). The 49ers probably don’t get enough wins to sneak in. That leaves Dallas. They probably go 2-2 the rest of the way to finish 10-6. The Cardinals have to implode completely to finish worse than that.

    For a division title, the Cards MUST win Sunday and the Seahawks MUST lose. And if the Cards lose, then…who really cares? At that point, we’ll really see where this is going.

    C’mon, guys – show us you’re for real.

  5. By DTL on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    His comments weren’t “portrayed” by Cards fans, most just want better play and less hubris.

  6. By robert on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    PP is playing the worst of all the cb’s on cardinals he didn’ even deflect not a single pass on sunday

  7. By Dr. G. on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    Well, Patrick, the Fans and coaches too have spoken into your deaf ear about you shutting your pie hole. Your adolescent immaturity just does not comprehend. A scintilla of leadership may come about if you can play until 2030, but there is doubt even then. Sherman is in the NFL…Where are you??

    Money is your life…I feel sorry for you. You need a life coach to provide common sense.

  8. By Sam on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    “To be the best, you have too beat the best”
    Peterson is not there yet, not even close!
    When the ball doesn’t come your way, that doesn’t mean your the best. Every time the ball comes Peterson’s way, he’s lost most of those battles.

  9. By Cardinal on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    40th season this year as a cards fan …been through ALOT of bad times . Favorite player since 2007 has been Dockett, wearing his jersey every sunday since 2008, when had to special order it cuz it wasnt even available . No longer after that BS today. Idiot …could care less if u dont return next year !!!! Looks like im ordering a #92 jersey

  10. By mal on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    Players like Smokey Brown, Fitz, Carson Palmer, Calais — they have more class and humility in their little finger than PP has in his whole body.

    You will often hear those guys say they “want to be the best” but they never say “I AM the best”, like PP always does. When he signed his contract, he said “I’ve done great things” (this after only 3 years in the league), and even when he ‘takes the blame’ he compares himself to a Cy Young winner giving up a homerun.

    I used to think PP was an egomaniac, but the more he talks, I just think he’s clueless. Not the sharpest tool. Just a tool.

  11. By georgiebird on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    PP has outgrown the position. He’s more the size of a fullback or a strong safety.
    He can become a decent cb but there is no way he will approach greatness.

    But the ire should not be directed toward PP but rather toward SK- he gave PP a contract that PP didn’t deserve based on his play.
    Yes, the change in the rules has contributed to PP’s fall from grace but the rules have affected all dbs.
    His legacy as a Cardinals’ player will be that he was an great PR in his rookie season.

  12. By Richard L on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    Champagne money for Schlitz results last week. Let’s hope PP plays this week like he talks.

  13. By BigRedRageFan84 on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    PP was playing better shutdown CB as a rookie and since has digressed! I am amazed Kiem would have given him his unjustifiable contract. Yes, PP plays well on the so called “island” every two or three games, but he is very inconsistent in his craft to be paid the money he is receiving. We will see this weekend if he is worthy when he is on the island with Duane Bowe! To make this more interesting is that Alex Smith can only throw between the hashes no more than 30yds downfield. If PP is doing his homework he will know this.

  14. By wonderingwhy on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    PP always looks like he is playing catchup. He is always behind the receiver instead of on him deflecting balls and intercepting. He looks like he is out on the practice field doing reps instead of playing full speed. I am not impressed with people who talk S&*t and cant do anything to back it up. Sherman is a douche. Be quiet PP and do your job period.

  15. By Dr. G. on Dec 2, 2014 | Reply

    Patrick… ON AN ISLAND?? Let’s see now…for 70,000,000 bones, aren’t you the guy that is supposed to help the others? Senior Solo should be your nick name, but no one can call you that, can they? You are a Safety disguised as a CB…

  16. By Red Dead Redemption on Dec 3, 2014 | Reply

    I’m sure Patrick “Cy Young” Peterson “feels” he is the best CB in the league.
    When I watched Captain America : The Winter Soldier? I was pumped and felt like I was Captain America too. I guess that makes me Captain America by his logic.

    I have seen the Peterson defenders a bunch over the years, they all claim the same thing, that it is a “Different game now.”, and “You can’t compare him to the great CBs of the past.”

    How about the current ones then? You compare, who does not measure up, “But he plays in a different defense!”

    Excuse after excuse, here is an idea Patrick, the only thing that does the talking is your PLAY ON THE FIELD. It says you are not the best in the league. You may be the third best corner – on this team only.

    Maybe just focus on your play and shut up? That may work better for you because the talking sure is not.

  17. By red bird of death! on Dec 3, 2014 | Reply

    We can win this week, I just hope it’s not the last win of the season because we could need another one. What the crap is going on people it’s like everyone is hurt or screwing up. Contain Jamaal Charles and that’s pretty much it, get rid of the ball fast and protect it.

  18. By rich on Dec 3, 2014 | Reply

    What made this guy popular was his punt returns back in his rookie days. He definitely is not the best like he claims. He gets burnt every other game and gives up career days to receivers. Hope he learns from that last game cause it wasn`t pretty. GO CARDS BEAT THEM CHIEFS!!!

  19. By Steve on Dec 3, 2014 | Reply

    Peterson hasn’t improved his coverage or tackling skills one iota since he came into the league. Matter of fact, they both have probably deteriorated. Some coach besides BA needs to get on his case. The only games he ever produces in are against back-up/scrub QBs. Sorry but two interceptions off of Austin Davis (who?) do not warrant a $70 Million Dollar Contract.

  20. By krehbieo14 on Dec 3, 2014 | Reply

    What’s it say in the Good Book? “Pride cometh before a fall.” Patrick, stay humble my friend.

  21. By jeffy1951 on Dec 3, 2014 | Reply

    There’s getting “burned” and there’s getting “torched”……the difference is simply that one is a multiple of the other – something like burn cubed.
    Patrick didn’t recover after the first 2 or 3 burns and THAT troubles me. It should trouble the Cards and Pat too. Beat the Chiefs!

  22. By Scott H on Dec 3, 2014 | Reply

    Yeah, he’s on an island. Unfortunately, that would be the island he BOUGHT with his new contract.

    Or, maybe he’s on Fantasy Island, where he really IS the best CB in the NFL….

  23. By jeffy1951 on Dec 3, 2014 | Reply

    There’s a difference between getting ‘burned’ and getting “torched”. P2 got torched and his inability to stop the bleeding should be cause for concern – to the fans, the organization and last but not least to P2. Should he allow a receiving TD to an anemic KC passing attack with a below average corp of receivers (at any time OTHER than garbage time), I believe our playoff participation will be in serious jeopardy.

  24. By jme on Dec 3, 2014 | Reply

    hope PP prooves you all wrong. I think he will. 4 plays beat but where was the other 10 guys, what about the 68 plays before that? what about the 9 games won already. PP will get it done!! Go Big Red!!!

  25. By cards62 on Dec 3, 2014 | Reply

    The plane the plane boss the plane oh some good stuff here.

    I admit I was pleased when we drafted Peterson and I disagree with several of you that his cover skills did not improve in year 2 and 3 from his rookie year, but this year he is even worse than any of his first 3 seasons.

    I just want someone to coach him up or make him more professional about doing his job. He should be a Captain and a leader of our defense instead of an island. He is being paid like a first ballot hall of famer and that is how he should be playing, but PP is not even playing like the 3rd alternate to the pro bowl this year.

    Me I would have him play some wide receiver to try and wake him up and the reason I said WR instead of fielding some punts is if you remember he also became bored with the return game and his average went from 16 to 8 to 6 yards per return in his 3 seasons of returning punts.

    Patrick is in the prime of his career and should be Primetime dominating and leading us into the playoffs and making Richard Sherman green with envy instead of making us all wonder what is wrong with him???????????

    Wake up PP and play the damn game like we know you can and lead our team into the playoffs.

    (Totally off subject but wake up Rob Housler sure we do not pay you that well and the only way you are getting into the Hall of Fame is purchasing an admission ticket like the rest of us, but you have 6 catches this year sssssssiiiiiiiixxxxxxxxx
    and you had 84 the past two seasons.)

    Okay I am done now and feeling better. Goodnight everyone and go Cards beat those Chiefs

  26. By CORMAC on Dec 4, 2014 | Reply

    As Deion Sanders said, poor technique. Watch some video, fix it….. It was clear early on that Pat needed some over the top help. I think it was a poor idea to continue to let Julio Beat us like that as a defense. It shouldn’t be a fair fight all the time. I think sticking in some over the top help would have been a good call. OR MAYBE NOT! That was my opinion from the couch.

    As for some good football, watch some prime time highlights of DEION SANDERS. Some good video.

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