Rucker, Jones earn PFWA awards

Posted by Darren Urban on December 28, 2017 – 2:27 pm

The Arizona chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association presented its annual Steve Schoenfeld Good Guy and Lloyd Herberg MVP awards today. The latter was not a huge surprise. Linebacker Chandler Jones has 15 sacks, leads the NFL in sacks and tackles for loss, and deserves to be in the conversation for defensive Player of the Year. Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson have also been excellent, but Jones was a clear-cut choice.

It is fortunate that this locker room has multiple options for a the Good Guy award. Fitz and Peterson are always good, and there are plenty of others — A.Q. Shipley and Antoine Bethea among them, although again, this locker room has a lot of options. That’s excellent for writers like myself. But in the end the award went to defensive lineman Frostee Rucker. Rucker not only was available but he is always thoughtful in his answers, and in a year where the Cardinals (and the NFL) had some bumpy times with some bumpy subjects, Rucker was a go-to quote.

The awards are named after two former Cardinals and NFL beat writers for The Arizona Republic.¬†Herberg was the team’s first beat writer, covering the Cards from the the time they moved to Arizona in 1988 until he died of cancer in 1994. Schoenfeld covered the NFL and the Cardinals from 1988 to the summer of 2000, when he moved to a national NFL writing job. Schoenfeld was killed by a hit-and-run driver in October of 2000. The awards were presented by current Republic beat writer Kent Somers.


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12 Responses to “Rucker, Jones earn PFWA awards”

  1. By Dr. G. on Dec 28, 2017 | Reply

    Well…It’s at the point where we can just post about the weather until we know what’s up with BA and Palmer… Some speculation about SK as well. Fitz will be here when the bell rings!

    Fair skies and mild temps with polution advisory.

    Now as for the the Cards giving a 2nd rounder for Jones, that has been the very best action since SK became the GM. The Pats did an additional favor by taking Cooper’s contract off our payroll.

    SK’s m/o is usually to trade down for a bunch of guys who contribute little if anything…more camp bodies and maybe the PS…lots of 1 year FAs.

    We need to see another move up now to try to get a QB that can play. Unfortunately, we don’t see any sure thing in the 2018 draft…but gotta TRY!

    The draft is always a crap shoot, but you can’t roll a 7 if you don’t throw the bones!

  2. By CARDS62 on Dec 28, 2017 | Reply

    Dr. G

    Lots of QB options in this draft. I think this is the year to do our homework and select our QB even if we need to trade up. We have extra picks and the other 3 teams in our division seem set at QB for many years to come.

    Hard to believe how much better San Fran is playing with Jimmy G., I do not see them selecting a QB in the draft unless in later rounds, but will not be surprise if they trade down to receive extra picks in the draft.

    Darren touched on this as have others that Jimmy G. and now Russell Wilson are not cheap QB, but Goff is dirt cheap and if we get our man he will also be cheap for 5 years so we can build our team.

    Read interesting story on this website that Honey Badger has played more snaps than any player in NFL this season. This could be part of the reason he has been off this year.Wish we would have played him and Dansby less snaps this year.

    GO Cards!

  3. By Patrick on Dec 29, 2017 | Reply

    Darren, If they were to name an award after you, what would you suggest it be? Please give your routine snarky answer and then a real one.

  4. By Darren Urban on Dec 29, 2017 | Reply

    Patrick —

    RE: Awards

    Truthfully, I’ll leave that to others. Obviously, the current awards are named after those with tragic ends, and I’d rather avoid that.

  5. By Dynosoar on Dec 29, 2017 | Reply

    The Darren Urban award could be –

    for the comment/question that elicits the best response from you for the 16 – 20 game season (you decide what constitutes best.) Or perhaps one award each week, month, whatever.

    Personally, I’d say best is the comment/question that has you roll your eyes or that makes you grin as you comment.

    And I agree, we don’t want a tragic end for you our loyal benefactor.

  6. By JTDG on Dec 29, 2017 | Reply


    I remember Steve Schoenfeld , but can you enlighten us on Lloyd Herberg. I don’t remember him.

  7. By Darren Urban on Dec 29, 2017 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Herberg

    To be fair, I did not know him. He was before my time (although I did write him in high school asking about colleges to attend and I still have that letter he sent back.) By all accounts he was a dogged and competitive reporter who was good at his job. One anecdote: He worked up until the end of his life, at times having a hard time sitting up because the cancer had gotten so bad but still typing out his stories.

  8. By Dr. G. on Dec 29, 2017 | Reply

    Cards62 ~ ~ Yeah, we know there are myriad options at QB….the draft, trades, and FA. Our best quest is to find the guy in the draft who is smart w/o baggage who can start asap with proper training and a chance to develop. The stop gap is the PROBLEM. I mentioned before that it would not surprise if Palmer returned, if only retiring mid-season…for less $$$. He would be a great mentor.

    Agree…we don’t want a pricey FA. In a perfect world, BA, Palmer, and Drew are gone, AND Gabbert turns out to be the stop gap some were wishing for. ((But now, at what price?))

    New coaching with straightforward schemes ((I think)) can bring Gabbert up to speed giving enough time to groom a new pick… Moving down will just keep the status quo continuing. There are only so many Wilsons and Bradys to go around.

    Darren ~ ~ your fans love the whipping sarcasm as they say, “”thank you sir, I’ll have another!”” Good job…your are ever present in your work. Happy New Year!

  9. By D on Dec 29, 2017 | Reply

    Let’s compare the 2012 NFL draft for AZ and Seattle

    Round 1. AZ M. Floyd WR
    Round 2. AZ no pick
    Round 3. AZ J. Flemming CB

    Round 1. Seattle B. Irving OLB
    Round 2. Seattle B. Wagner ILB
    Round 3. Seattle R. Wilson QB

    Russell has a chance to be the only NFL QB to get to the playoffs in his first 6 years.
    Until Keim and company fix their draft errors AZ will continue to play catch up with the rest of the division.

  10. By clssylssy on Dec 29, 2017 | Reply

    CARDS62, Dr. G;;
    Re: Lots of QB options…
    I have to assume you are looking at the lure of cheap labor ,and, how has that worked out for us so far? I believe JTDG & Mitch have both stated their view that there were probably three or four guys who have the ability to be difference makers and should be aggressively sought after, and I would agree. (Having talent and ability does not guarantee a good fit) We haven’t ever developed a QB in my 25 years as a Cards fan and with the likelihood of a staff change, that doesn’t look like much of a realistic probability.
    This team is going to have to bite the bullet and PAY if they expect to get a quality QB,letting Jimmy G slip through our hands was the epitome of a SK decision. While Blaine Gabbert may be a good guy he has had seven years to “get it” and has shown the best he will ever be is a third string backup; accuracy is not something that can be “fixed” and it’s not about “getting up to speed”. I’m not sure who you think will transform him?
    So much is up in the air, and if we don’t have a complete overhaul, we are going to be cellar dwellers until we get people who can competently evaaluate talent in positions to draft and build a competitive roster. OMG, I even read that the Cards were looking at Bill O’Brian if BA decides to retire…another bargain Black Monday acquisition?

  11. By Dr. G. on Dec 30, 2017 | Reply

    Clssy… Your quote, “I have to assume you are looking at the lure of cheap labor””

    I think your assumption needs some clarification. No one said “cheap” for a QB acquisition. There is a difference between a drafted rookie contract wage scale in comparison to a sometimes crazy veteran FA deal.

    If you need additional info, we can get you a link…lots to understand. Darren has highlighted this many times… Be well…

  12. By Darren Urban on Dec 31, 2017 | Reply

    Dr. G, clssy —

    RE: QB pay

    You are correct on the rookie QB, which is why Seattle was ahead of the game for so long and the Rams and Eagles now are, among others.

    As for the Cards being cheap, I tire of the lazy narrative. They did pay Palmer. He was one of the highest-paid QBs when he signed his current deal. The Cards have made mistakes, but this idea they are cheap — which, sorry Clssy, you like to bring up often — is simply not true.

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