Honors begin for the Cardinals

Posted by Darren Urban on January 6, 2016 – 10:34 am

The Cardinals are hoping they still have weeks left in their season, but with the regular season completed, the postseason awards are going to start — and with the year the Cards have, they will be mentioned often (like when the Pro Bowl rosters were announced.)

Wednesday, Pro Football Focus unveiled it’s all-pro team. Not only were the Cardinals well represented, but Carson Palmer was named the quarterback, a significant nod in a year where Cam Newton and Tom Brady were excellent. A look at those picked by PFF, and what was said about the Cards:

Palmer: “What a year for Palmer, who not only came back from what many presumed to be a career-defining injury, but did so by playing better than he ever has. What made Palmer so impressive was his ability to destroy defenses deep, with an impressive 34 deep completions (10 of which went for touchdowns).”

Larry Fitzgerald, slot receiver: “Reinvented as a slot threat, Fitzgerald rolled back the years to show how productive—and dangerous—of a receiver he still is.”

Patrick Peterson, cornerback (beating out Carolina’s Josh Norman, it should be noted): “It isn’t easy tracking the top receivers in this league. Or, at least, it shouldn’t be, but clearly Peterson didn’t get that memo, because he’s had no difficulty doing so. His consistent, shutdown play is something we don’t often witness.”

Tyrann Mathieu, slot cornerback: “It’s a real shame that Mathieu had his season cut short, but he still put enough on tape that his inclusion as our slot corner was never really in doubt. He does it all from the spot, and his ability to contribute is every phase of the game is something to behold.”

Justin Bethel was named second team special teams, and the PFF guys even said it “feels like heresy” to not name Bethel first team, but that Miami’s Michael Thomas was that good.


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17 Responses to “Honors begin for the Cardinals”

  1. By kauaicardsfan on Jan 6, 2016 | Reply

    Aloha Darren,

    Dont forget to include Mike Iupati !!! CHEEHUUU!!

    What a great season! Now lets get this train going full speed into the Playoffs!!!

  2. By Travis on Jan 6, 2016 | Reply


  3. By Dr H on Jan 6, 2016 | Reply

    All well deserved. Proud of everyone on the Cards and glad the badger got a nod….Go Red angry birds!!!

  4. By Robert on Jan 6, 2016 | Reply

    not to early to remind/warn all the cardinal fans NOT to sell your tickets to opposing fans. Growing up in NY and going to Giant games, wearing a road teams jersey would make your like miserable in the stands. Seeing all those Viking, packer seahawks fans sucks. You know who you are and i am asking you to think about your home team and come out to support this cardinal team. Before ’09 is was 20 years or so since the last good team. This is such a competitive league so enjoy the run and cheer and support the cardinals

  5. By georgiebird on Jan 6, 2016 | Reply

    A 13-3 team should have a lot more players on the All Pro team. .Proves again that the biggest star on this team is BA.

  6. By Scott H on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply

    Darren –

    I wanted to ask you about the INT that Palmer threw on Sunday. Do you know – did the intended receiver run the wrong route on that play or did Palmer just make a VERY errant throw?

  7. By Darren Urban on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: INT

    Arians essentially blamed the fact Earl Thomas was grabbing Fitz as Fitz tried to get down the field. On replay, Thomas and Fitz definitely get … tangled. On a timing pattern, it could’ve made all the difference.

  8. By Scott H on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply

    Especially nice to see Palmer and Fitz recognized here as they are. Kinda like with Warner after the Giants ditched him to begin the Eli Manning era, I think most people just thought it was over for Carson Palmer after his exit from Cincy and his being exiled to Oakland. He could still throw for a bunch of yards, but…did anyone think he really had anything left? Didn’t seem like it. And now, at age 35-36, he is a legit MVP candidate and playing the best football of his career. That is NOT common.

    Speaking of un-common, people were also putting Fitz out to pasture ( = most people saying he was no longer an elite WR after his numbers declined for a few years ) as well. Then, at age 32, he is able to change his game, adapt to a new role in an offense where he was THE man for his entire career, he embraces it, and he is suddenly among the elite once again. Best damn blocking WR in the NFL, bar none, and STILL has the best damn hands in the NFL. Nothing short of amazing.

    Excellent choices. Nice to see that some people can still get it right and can look beyond Cam Newton and Tom Brady, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones.

  9. By Scott H on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply

    Darren –

    Thanks. I still wonder about that throw, then. Because the Seahawks had two defenders deep on that side of the field ( one of whom got the INT ) and it seems they were gonna be right where that throw was going anyway.

  10. By MikeFlorio on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply

    Why are we the only team that hasn’t made the tickets available to the General public?

  11. By Amir on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply

    Is DJ offensive player of the month or offensive rookie of the month? The article title says “player” but the text says “rookie”.

    Thanks for the clarification.

  12. By Darren Urban on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply

    Amir —

    RE: Award

    It is rookie. Thanks for the heads-up.

  13. By Scott H on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply

    To Whoever Gave My Last Post a Thumbs Down –

    Wow…regarding the post about Palmer and Fitz and how GLAD I was that these GREAT players were HONORED as they were….can ya give me a clue what you didn’t like about THAT one??

    I swear, I think we have some Seahawk fans hanging around here….

  14. By Austen on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply


    During the most recent Cards Daily, what was it that Andre Ellington said to John Brown?

  15. By Darren Urban on Jan 8, 2016 | Reply

    Austen —

    RE: Cards Daily

    Haven’t seen it. Would have to look.

  16. By Jon on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply

    Hi Darren, not to change the subject but do you know when the announcement will be made for when tickets for the playoff game will be ready for public sale? Thanks for your help!

  17. By Darren Urban on Jan 8, 2016 | Reply

    Jon —

    RE: Playoff tickets

    I do not.

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