A lonely Patrick Peterson, and reasons why

Posted by Darren Urban on December 29, 2015 – 11:40 am

Patrick Peterson has had some fun with the idea teams are throwing at him rarely this season. It’s popped up on the cornerback’s social media a few times, the most recent after he rendered Packers wideout Randall Cobb relatively useless last weekend.

Peterson isn’t going to have gaudy stats — he has two interceptions — because he hasn’t had a lot of chances to have the ball come his way. And while any analytics have to be seen with at least some caution (this is film breakdown without all the inside knowledge of what is going on each play), the folks at tally up the numbers of cornerbacks around the league, and with one game left, Peterson fares very well in any comparison.

There are, according to PFF, 49 cornerbacks this season that have played at least 75 percent of their team’s defensive snaps. (They include Tyrann Mathieu, for instance, because of how much nickel cornerback he played. Mathieu, in fact, earned PFF’s highest grade overall at CB by a large margin, and also the highest grade in coverage and as a blitzing CB. He was second in run defense.) Here is how Peterson stacks up:

— Fourth in lowest passer rating against (55.5)
— Second in lowest catch percentage allowed (46.8)
— Third in fewest times targeted (62)
— First (tied) for first in fewest receptions allowed (29)
— First in fewest reception yards allowed (335)

And that’s with the 48-yard touchdown scored by the Bears’ Josh Bellamy in Week 2, a play in which Bellamy ran down the field uncovered because Peterson got mixed up and didn’t realize he was supposed to cover Bellamy. That’s the only touchdown Peterson has allowed this season as well.

Again, the numbers might not be exact. Peterson himself noted on Twitter that he might have issue with a couple of catches PFF has put on him. Regardless, it puts something tangible toward the idea 1) Peterson deserves to be in the Defensive Player of the Year discussion and 2) this has unquestionably been Peterson’s finest season on defense. Of this there is no argument.


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19 Responses to “A lonely Patrick Peterson, and reasons why”

  1. By Dynosoar on Dec 29, 2015 | Reply

    To all my friends out there. Thanks for giving me thumbs up and thumbs down over the years, for giving me conversations to weigh in on and most especially thanks for sharing your insights/thoughts whether we agree or not.

    We’re all Cardinals fans and in this together and I love our association through this blog.


    thanks for all you do to facilitate these discussions and for writing all these articles.

    I have an anonymous friend here to thank especially. We’ll see if it all works, but thanks. Thanks.

    Happy New Year to all and to the Cardinals a new piece of hardware in a glass cabinet.

    lifelong member

  2. By Dynosoar on Dec 29, 2015 | Reply

    Last year these comment boards were lit up regularly regarding Peterson. Very few negatives this season, he’s playing lights out and is among the elite. Come to think of it, so are many. This may be Massie’s finest season as a Cardinals player as well.

    We have so much talent it’s incredibly delightful. As much as I enjoyed the playoffs of 08, the seasons of 09, 13 and 14…

    2015 has been my favorite season as a Cardinals fan. Period.

    Peterson’s Tweet = new computer wallpaper.

  3. By georgiebird on Dec 29, 2015 | Reply

    There is no doubt PP has made a big turnaround this year. I don’t need PFF to tell me that. All anyone has to say is PP has shed a lot of weight and PP is now focused on each play. No one ever doubted the talent level. Getting the diabetes under control seems to be the major factor.
    A logical question would be “how could the Cardinals let him get so bad in 2013 and 2014”. It was obvious to anyone watching the games that PP wasn’t right..
    Better late then never.

  4. By Travis on Dec 29, 2015 | Reply

    Darren, what is the best way to get playoff tickets?

  5. By Darren Urban on Dec 29, 2015 | Reply

    Travis —

    RE: Playoff tickets

    Have to wait until they go on sale, and call the Cards.

  6. By Havasu Tom on Dec 29, 2015 | Reply

    Hi Darren, Any idea when the left over playoff tickets will go up for sale. Thanks, Tom

  7. By Darren Urban on Dec 30, 2015 | Reply

    Havasu —

    RE: Playoff tickets

    I do not.

  8. By ROD on Dec 29, 2015 | Reply


    What is the link to your cardinals podcast please.


  9. By Darren Urban on Dec 30, 2015 | Reply

    Rod —

    RE: Underground—GBvsAZ-Preview/271ddc92-ea2b-4f70-be37-b2e1cb8751f3

  10. By hammerdon on Dec 30, 2015 | Reply

    PP’s playing like we were expecting last year .
    so 1 can only imagine what he was going through .thought he played well early .. but was getting some penalties .. think he’s adjusted to the officiating a bit .. also being targeted less . so his second half numbers must be amazing . i’m even more excited about the performance of Bethel . he’s been absolutely stellar in his first real extended time at corner he’s given up some great plays that few corners could’ve defended .. but been in great position nearly every time .. he drew a couple flags sunday .. but that’s been the exception . already great at face guarding , playing the rock .. he’ll be even better when he starts getting his head around faster .. . think powell , co. can do a better than decent job filling in for the badger the rest of the way .. but the no fly zone is looking to be amazing going forward . and it gets better with the way the front 7 are peaking at the perfect time.,,, there aren’t enough superlatives to describe the job Steve Kiem , crew are doing . B. Johnson’s crazy skilled , talented .. Golden’s being compared to a bigger James Harrison .. JJ has the tools , drive to be a very productive player . Gunter is a BEAST . i really can’t wait to see Riddick . we have to be 1 of the youngest teams in the league .. and just stacked . . can’t wait to see what we do against seattle . it doesn’t get a whole lot better than this ! ! !
    GO CARDS ! ! ! ! !

  11. By Scott H on Dec 30, 2015 | Reply

    I was very critical of PP last season. It seemed justified at the time. But that was before I knew anything about the diabetes issue. I felt bad after that and was glad to know he was pursuing proper treatment to get that undercontrol – not just for him as a player but him as a person.

    But this year? It would appear he is feeling better!! He has truly justified being the highest paid CB in the league because that is exactly what he has become. He is a BEAST.

  12. By Kevin S Mesa on Dec 30, 2015 | Reply

    Travis —

    If you want good tickets, you’ll have to buy them from a season ticket holder (whether that’s a broker or a regular fan).

    Sites like NFL Ticket Exchange and Stubhub already have tickets being offered by these folks (since they know they will have tickets, even if they don’t know the team we’re playing yet or the time).

    Tip: If you want to buy from these folks, buy NOW, before the opponent is known. No one from Minnesota/Green Bay/Seattle/Washington (our potential opponents) is going to buy tickets now, not knowing if they’re coming to AZ, so as of today, you’re only competing with other AZ fans for tickets. And the diehard fans are already season ticket holders so they have theirs.

    Prices are high now — they always are — but they will go up once our opponent is known. I got tickets for $325 yesterday in section 127, which I consider to be a good deal for a playoff game. I paid more for tickets to the Packers game.

  13. By DTL on Dec 30, 2015 | Reply

    PP: Howie Long has as defensive Player of Year, Mathieu right there too.

    He also called Cards receivers group like an assembly line, later, like a conveyor belt, endless talent… heady days

  14. By joe 67 on Dec 30, 2015 | Reply

    Really good corners don’t get really high career numbers because teams really don’t throw at them that much. In another era, it was the same thing for Roger Wehrli.
    Anyone want to comment on who was better between these two?

  15. By DTL on Dec 30, 2015 | Reply

    joe 67:

    Hard to know, w/o watching him. But what jumps out is 40 career INT, he was big 6′ 190lb, 7 Pro Bowls, HoF, or course. I watched Jim Hart teams (same time period) but don’t really remember Roger. You?

  16. By georgiebird on Dec 30, 2015 | Reply

    @Joe 67
    Wehrli vs PP-
    On physical talent alone there is no contest – PP has it all over Wehrli. (although Wehrli was a big corner with good speed.)
    For the mental side of the game, there is no contest- Wehrli has it all over PP.
    Wehrli didn’t make mistakes- he anticipated plays and covered HOF receivers.
    Wehrli,never won any signature games although he played on excellent Cardinals’ teams in the 70s.
    Today, Wehrli would probably be an excellent free safety.
    In his day Wehrli was better than PP is today (and for a longer period of time). That could all change if PP continues to improve and the Cards can win playoff games.
    Funny thing but I always thought the Cards’ Pat Fischer was a better corner than Wehrli but without the INTs- Fischer later became a SB winning corner with the Redskins.

  17. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 30, 2015 | Reply

    Peterson will see even less balls his way now.

    With Bethel out there, QBs are going to test him. Bethel held up pretty good. But, I expect teams will look at Bethel the rest of the way and PP will be even more lonely.

  18. By drblogubc on Jan 1, 2016 | Reply

    Like everyone else, I am very impressed with Peterson’s amazing performance this year. Congrats to him for a turnaround that has really helped this team. His primary enemy is his pride which at times borders on arrogance. He would do well to remember his dismal performance last year against the Falcons. After spouting off to the Atlanta media about how he usually got the best of Julio Jones, Jones recorded a then career-high 189 receiving yards (he exceeded that the following week) on 10 catches, including a 32-yard TD reception. Yes, Peterson is a different player this year. But pride has a way of blind-siding you when you least expect it, making you look foolish. Humility is so much sweeter.
    Go Cards!!

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