Friday, January 24, 2014
Dansby, Campbell named to All-Joe team
By Josh Weinfuss
TEMPE, Ariz. -- They might not be winning as many postseason awards as they had hoped, but Karlos Dansby and Calais Campbell were honored Friday by USA Today.
The newspaper named both Dansby and Campbell to their All-Joe team, a collection of players who are relatively "unsung" around the league.
Dansby, who was snubbed by the Pro Bowl despite having a 2013 resume that was worthy of inclusion, was one of five inside linebackers chose. The paper wrote: "Returned to the desert after three years in Miami and turned in his best season. His career-high 114 solo tackles complemented 6.5 sacks. He also picked off four passes [returning two for scores] and broke up 19 passes, tied for most among linebackers."
For Campbell, who was one of eight defensive lineman selected, USA Today described him as: "The best 3-4 end in the NFL not named J.J. Watt, Campbell posted a career-best nine sacks while crushing tailbacks for the NFL's top run defense. He also excels at blocking kicks with his 6-8 frame."
This was the 22nd year of the All-Joe team, and despite neither being a Pro Bowler, this team provided some consolation and recognition.
SI REDRAFTED 2013 DRAFT: Sports Illustrated's Don Banks redrafted the first round of last April's NFL draft based on how the rookies performed during the season. Interesting idea and even more interesting results.
Instead of choosing left guard Jonathan Cooper at No. 7, the Cardinals chose tackle Lane Johnson, according to Banks. Because of his season-ending injury during training camp, Cooper wasn't part of the first round.
And Arizona's third-round pick, Tyrann Mathieu, was a first-round pick in Banks' redraft, going 14th to the Carolina Panthers. Mathieu's issues coming out of college have been well documented and yes, hindsight is 20/20, so most teams would've taken him higher than 69th but if the real NFL draft had taken place after the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, Mathieu would've been a top 5 pick.