Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Observed and heard in the locker room after the Cardinals’ 35-6 loss to Seattle:
  • Rucker
    Defensive tackle Frostee Rucker said he didn’t take offense to Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch grabbing his crotch as he dove into the end zone after a 79-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. “It’s childish,” Rucker said.
  • Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said running back Kerwynn Williams didn’t play much Sunday night because “he’s not the best pass blocker that we have.” Another reason was because the Cardinals didn’t run the ball as much as the previous two weeks and the packages in place better fit Marion Grice and Stepfan Taylor.
  • Cornerback Patrick Peterson said upon finding out that the Seahawks gained almost 600 yards of offense: “I almost passed out. That is unacceptable for us, especially for our standards.”
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- All was quiet between Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman this week -- until Sunday.

In an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas on “Football Night in America,” Sherman said he won’t be watching Peterson on Sunday night when the Seattle Seahawks visit the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“I really don’t care what happens in his game,” Sherman said. “I’m concerned about what we’re doing, the win-loss category, and what the scoreboard looks like. I think at the end of the day, the tape will speak for itself.

“I don’t know if everybody’s compared on an even scale, and I don’t know if he should be mentioned with us [the great CBs in the league]. You give up eight touchdowns in a year … it’s hard to put you in that discussion.”

Peterson has given up eight touchdowns in coverage this season, according to Pro Football Focus, the second most in the NFL. But Peterson has been targeted 88 times compared to 56 times for Sherman, according to PFF.

Peterson, who has three interceptions this season, including one returned for a touchdown, is the 74th ranked cornerback by PFF. Sherman, who also has three interceptions but doesn’t have a defensive touchdown, is No. 4.

Sherman then questioned Arizona’s coaching decision to keep Peterson on the field.

“At any point, if I gave up that many touchdowns, I think I would be benched on our team,” Sherman said. “We have a level of accountability and that’s what we strive for. You can’t give up big plays like that and still play.”

Arizona entered Sunday’s game 11-3 and in control of its postseason plans. A win over Seattle and the Cardinals clinch the NFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- With Pro Bowl voting closed to fans, the Arizona Cardinals have three players among the top 10 vote-getters at their respective positions.

Rashad Johnson was eighth among free safeties, garnering 62,182 votes.

The Cardinals’ two starting cornerbacks received more than 150,000 votes each. Patrick Peterson was No. 7 with 223,199 votes and Antonio Cromartie was ninth with 156,389.

Last season, Arizona sent four to the Pro Bowl: linebacker John Abraham, defensive back Justin Bethel for special teams, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and cornerback Patrick Peterson.

This year’s Pro Bowlers will be announced on Dec. 23. The game will be Jan. 25 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
[+] EnlargeBruce Arians WeinfussCardinals coach Bruce Arians shows his support for Chiefs safety Eric Berry before Sunday's game.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians led a contingent of Cardinals who showed their support of Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who was diagnosed with a mass in his chest two weeks ago that the Chiefs believe is lymphoma.

Arians, cornerback Patrick Peterson, defensive end Calais Campbell, nose tackles Dan Williams and Alameda Ta'amu, and safety Deone Bucannon wore the shirts during warm-ups.

The shirts are white with “Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Berry.” on the front and “Berry 29” on the back, like a jersey.

Arians wore the shirt over his game pull-over. The players had them on while going through pregame workouts.

Several Chiefs wore the shirts last Sunday before their game against the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs made the T-shirts available for sale this week. Proceeds go to the Eric Berry Foundation.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Regardless of how loud the Georgia Dome may get Sunday, it won’t be as loud as CenturyLink Field last weekend in Seattle -- that’s for certain.

“That’s probably the loudest stadium we’ll go into,” said left guard Ted Larsen, who played at Atlanta from 2010-2013 with Tampa Bay.

For the second straight week, however, the Cardinals’ offense will have to operate in a venue in which crowd noise will impact their ability to communicate. Arizona will again have to rely on hand signals and a silent snap count to combat the sound.

Instead of moving at the sound of quarterback Drew Stanton’s voice, the offense moves at sight of the ball being snapped from center Lyle Sendlein, which, Larsen said, slows the offense down a tick. Larsen also said communicating in the huddle becomes more important in loud stadiums because there are fewer verbal cues at the line of scrimmage.

The Cardinals have been working on a silent snap by using artificial crowd noise at practice, which has helped, Larsen said .

“It’s not a huge factor,” he added. “It’s not a home game, obviously. “You’d prefer to be on the center’s voice. But it is what it is and we try to make the best of it.”

Preparing for last week helped, left tackle Jared Veldheer said, because working in silent for two weeks is better than doing it for just one. But, at the same time, Veldheer didn’t think the noise was an issue for the Cardinals in Seattle when it came to executing on offense.

“I think it just reinforces how important all the non-verbal stuff is,” Veldheer said. “If you go out that week of practice, and it’s fresh in your mind what it’s like to be on the road and how important all that stuff is, you really know the urgency of how you need to work on that and that aspect of the game.”

While the Cardinals only been flagged for four false starts on the road -- one of the best signs that an opposing crowd is impacting an offense -- opponents have been flagged for eight false starts in the Georgia Dome this year.

Last week, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said on SiriusXM NFL Tadio that the Cardinals didn’t handle the noise “very well” in Seattle.

The easiest way for Arizona -- or any road team, for that matter -- to eliminate the impact of noise, is by quieting the crowd. To do that, Arizona has to jump out to an early lead and limit Atlanta, which, Arians has said, likes to start quickly, on offense.

“They’re a notoriously fast-starting offense, and we cannot let that happen,” he said.

The Falcons have scored 69 points in the first quarter this season, whereas Arizona has allowed 44, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Cornerback Patrick Peterson said the Georgia Dome is in the top five loudest stadiums he’s played in, right up there with CenturyLink Field, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, the Superdome in New Orleans and, of course, University of Phoenix Stadium.

“Obviously, domes tend to be a little bit louder, but I can’t imagine anything being much louder than up there in Seattle,” Stanton said. “At the same time, Atlanta, they can get that thing going pretty good. I’ve been in there a couple times and that places get rocking.

“You have to find a way to battle through it because it’s going to be there. You know it’s going to be there, especially in the beginning, but we have to do a good job.”
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Five Arizona Cardinals may have a pretty good backup plan should they not be playing in Super Bowl XLIX on their home field.

The Pro Bowl is at University of Phoenix Stadium a week before the Super Bowl this season and with almost two months to go before the game, votes are trickling in for a handful of Cardinals.

Cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie are seventh and 10th, respectively among cornerbacks.

Running back Andre Ellington is eighth at his position and defensive back Justin Bethel is eighth in special teams voting. Eleven games into his rookie season, kicker Chandler Catanzaro is ninth among kickers.

Two Cards, Peterson and Ellington, have each received more than 100,000 votes thus far.

Here’s a list of Arizona's five vote-getters among the top 10 at their respective positions:

Special teams: 8. Justin Bethel 28,705
Kickers: 9. Chandler Catanzaro 30,756
Cornerbacks: 7. Patrick Peterson 113,884. 10. Antonio Cromartie 83,452
Running backs: 8. Andre Ellington, 108,921

TEMPE, Ariz. – For the last two years when the Detroit Lions have come to Arizona, it’s been the Patrick and Calvin Show.

Despite a 4-inch height difference, the two put their natural athleticism and ability on display in 2012 and 2013 when Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson matched up against Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. Even though Johnson bested Peterson both times, Arizona won both games.

This year, however, the two might be a sideshow.

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Joe Sargent/Getty ImagesThe Lions' Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate create matchup nightmares for many teams.
During the three games Johnson missed in Weeks 6-8, first-year Lions receiver Golden Tate stepped in to fill Megatron-sized shoes in the offense, averaging 116.3 yards per game and catching two touchdown passes. As another 100-yard threat, Tate gives Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford a viable option when Johnson draws double-teams.

And that means Arizona’s defense can’t just devise a game plan around Johnson anymore. It has to play honest Sunday, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said.

“You can lean toward Calvin, but then that puts one-on-one matchups to Tate vs. someone else, and he’s playing extremely well,” safety Rashad Johnson said. “I think it helped Calvin to miss the games that he missed to allow Golden and Matthew to get on the schedule and the way that they are right now.”

Tate has gained more than 100 yards in five of his last six games, leading him to the top of the receiver stats. His 66 receptions are second in the NFL, his 454 yards after catch are tied for second, his 909 receiving yards are fourth and his 91 targets are fifth.

Last Sunday, he finished with 109 yards and Johnson had 113. It was the first time since 1999 that the Lions had two receivers catch at least seven passes with at least 100 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

But if there’s a game for Tate’s run to end, it’s Sunday. In six career games against Arizona -- all with Seattle -- he has 15 catches for 178 yards and no touchdowns.

Tate’s blossoming will make it tough for the Cardinals to double-team Johnson as much Sunday, but Arizona is better equipped to handle both receivers with Antonio Cromartie defending the side of the field opposite Peterson. He has 21 tackles and three interceptions this year, on pace for his best season since 2008. Last week against St. Louis, Cromartie and Peterson were targeted a combined seven times and allowed just six receiving yards, according to Pro Football Focus.

“We’re very equipped,” Peterson said. “Both of us are definitely capable of getting the job done, but we have a very, very special game plan. Can’t wait to see what’s going to happen.”

If Arizona gives Johnson single coverage, they have a 6-foot-5 receiver on a 6-1 cornerback. If they double Johnson over the top, Tate is single-covered and can explode for another 100-yard game.

Bowles has proven this season he has the personnel to adjust the game plan to stop specific threats -- see what they did against the Cowboys' DeMarco Murray. Sunday won’t be any different, except the Lions have more options in their passing game this season.

“They’ll be matchups in different situations,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “We never want them to know if we’re playing man or zone all the time. You never want to give a quarterback that opportunity. There'll be people in and out. There’ll certain matchups that we like, and we’ll have those on certain downs and distances.”
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals' defense got mad in the fourth quarter Sunday.

Then it got even.

For the first 45 minutes, Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie and Co. watched the St. Louis Rams' front seven invade the Cards’ backfield, making neighbors with Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer. according to ESPN Stats & Information he was pressured 14 a season-high times Sunday -- 35 percent of his drop-backs -- which equaled another season-high.

Under duress, Palmer was 6-for-11 for 59 yards and threw an interception.

All while the defense watched.

"As a defense, we were kind of watching it happen," Peterson said. "We felt that we came out flat. We didn’t play with any intensity. We didn’t match their intensity, because as a defense, we felt that, obviously, their offense can’t beat us, so we felt that we were playing against their defense."

When the Cardinals’ defense took the field for the first time in the fourth quarter, it was motivated by more than just the potential of being embarrassed by the Rams.

It wanted to get even for Palmer getting hurt. Even though, Peterson admitted, Palmer suffered a suspected ACL injury without contact, it infused energy into the defense.

"Honestly, as a defense, I don’t want to say (we were) playing pissed off, but we were playing kind of angry, because those guys were getting after our quarterback," Peterson said.

"As far as hitting our quarterback," he added, "we definitely took it personally."

As retribution, the Cardinals forced three turnovers and scored on two of them.

The first turnover was Peterson’s first interception of the season with 7:31 left in the game. On St. Louis’ next drive, Peterson intercepted Rams quarterback Austin Davis again and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.

But 75 seconds later, Cromartie returned a fumble caused by a Kareem Martin sack 14 yards for a touchdown. It was the second time this season a team has scored two defensive touchdowns in one game.

"Honestly, I just picked it up and I let the referees and everybody else figure it out," Cromartie said. "It ended up being a touchdown. It was a point of all of us trying to get to the ball and do what we were supposed to do."

Those two touchdowns, coupled with a 48-yard touchdown pass by backup quarterback Drew Stanton, helped Arizona outscore St. Louis 21-0 in the fourth quarter. For the season, Arizona has outscored opponents by 49 points in the fourth quarter of home games -- after being outscored by eight in the first three quarters, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Cardinals have outscored opponents in all games in the fourth quarter this season by 57 points, the most in the NFL, compared to being outscored by four in the first three quarters.

Arizona has forced 12 turnovers in the fourth quarter this season and has a turnover margin of plus-11 -- both tops in the NFL. In the first three quarters, their turnover margin is just plus-1.

But Cromartie wants the Cardinals to play the first three quarters like they do in the fourth.

"We have to put a complete game together, which is something we haven’t done yet," he said. "We have to come out and show who we are, not do it in the last 15 minutes or the second half, or we play hard in the first half and give up a touchdown at the end of the game."

One reason for the Cardinals’ fourth-quarter defensive success, coach Bruce Arians said, is the unit’s ability to recognize when offenses begin repeating plays. And, Arians added, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles saves blitzes for the fourth quarter.

Cromartie said Bowles added plays that allowed for him to get in the Rams’ backfield more Sunday than he has against other teams.

But when it comes to the fourth quarter, the Cardinals find their way to the ball and, subsequently, their way to a win -- whether or not it stresses out their coach.

"I’m as healthy as they get," Arians said with a laugh. "That’s one thing that will check your heart rate pretty good, and my blood pressure. I would not want to know what it was in the fourth quarter."

GLENDALE, Ariz. – When Carson Palmer went down early in the fourth quarter in Sunday’s 31-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams, the Cardinals didn’t have time to ponder the possibility of losing their quarterback.

They had a game to finish.

“In the game, you don’t have time to blink,” left tackle Jared Veldheer said. “I think coming in here [to the locker room] after the game, it sinks in a little more. Obviously, it’s a blow right when it happens, but the game moves so fast, you need to keep focused.

“It’s tough, as an offensive lineman it kinda makes you a little sick to your stomach when that stuff happens. Got a big win, but it doesn’t feel good when that kinda stuff happens. It’s like go to war, but you lose a brother.”

Coach Bruce Arians went to check on Palmer while he was on the turf, something Arians doesn’t do often. He said two weeks ago, after Patrick Peterson lay motionless for a few minutes after getting knocked out for a moment against Philadelphia, that it takes a serious injury for him to leave the sideline.

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AP Photo/Rick ScuteriWith an awkward twist to his left knee, Carson Palmer was out. But the Cardinals responded well Sunday against the Rams.
That’s when the potential impact of Palmer’s injury began to set in at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“Anytime your quarterback goes down and he gets hit like that, you think it’s going to be serious,” Arians said. “I wanted to go out and just see. It’s always different for your quarterback than it is for anybody else.

“It’s always next man up, but for me it’s a little bit different.”

Watching Palmer get helped off the field caused receiver Larry Fitzgerald to pause for a moment.

“Yeah, we’re human,” he said. “You see a guy, your captain on offense, one of your big leaders on the team, you see him lying down on the ground. We’re human. Long before Carson’s our quarterback, he’s our friend.

“You know his kids; you know his wife. Those types of things, you think about. You want him to be able to play and perform, to play with his kids every day. We understand the risks of playing football. Those things do come to mind, but then you look up there on the clock and you look at your teammates. You understand that we’re on a journey together and there’s going to be bumps on the road and you have to weather through those rough times.”

When Drew Stanton took over on Arizona’s next drive, he got in the huddle and told his charges what was next on their agenda: to score. Four plays later, they did.

“I got in there and said, ‘We need to go down there and get a touchdown. There’s no reason why we can’t,’” Stanton said.

Cornerback Patrick Peterson said the defense got angry after Palmer's injury.

“After Carson went down, obviously it was a non-contact injury, but after he went down, we just wanted to win this ballgame that much more and go out there and try to tee off on their quarterback as well,” Peterson said.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- This isn’t the type of prediction Arizona Cardinals fans want to see.

If a player makes the Pro Bowl, that means the Cardinals didn’t make the Super Bowl. I can’t predict the future. I can only project who’ll make the Pro Bowl should the Cardinals not become the first host team to play in the game.

The Pro Bowl will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium a week before Super Bowl XLIX.

After eight games, here are the Cardinals I think are having Pro Bowl-caliber seasons:
  • Dan Williams, NT -- In the wake of Calais Campbell’s injury, Williams showed his versatility and it led to the best game of his career and his second career sack Sunday.
  • Antonio Cromartie, CB -- With the exception of the Denver game, Cromartie has returned to his Pro Bowl form. He leads the NFL in percentage of passes caught against him for cornerbacks playing at least 50 percent of their team’s snaps, per Pro Football Focus.
  • Larry Foote, LB -- At 34, Foote is playing with the stamina of a linebacker 10 years younger. He may not be worthy of a starting role but having played every snap this season, Foote’s showing how valuable he is to one of the league's top defenses. That's worth a backup nod.
  • Justin Bethel, CB -- He blocked another kick on Sunday and he’s one of the most feared, if not the most feared, gunners in the game. He’s locked up a return trip at this point.
  • Chandler Catanzaro, K -- All the rookie kicker has done is stay perfect through eight games and set an NFL record in the process.

Potential Pro Bowls after strong second halves:
  • Tyrann Mathieu, S -- A big second half by the Honey Badger could lead to his first Pro Bowl nod. He had his first interception of the year at Dallas but he’s been playing better as of late with his knee brace on. A few more interceptions and some big plays could build a solid resume.
  • Carson Palmer, QB -- He’s on pace for 3,601 yards this season but if he can someway, somehow get to 4,000 again and Arizona finishes atop the NFC West, Palmer could have a good shot as a backup.
  • Larry Fitzgerald, WR -- If Fitzgerald can hit 1,000 yards -- which he’s on pace for -- with less targets and receptions than in 2013, he’s almost a lock. A few more touchdowns wouldn’t hurt.
  • Calais Campbell, DE -- Campbell would be a lock on this list had he not missed two games because of his knee injury. But if he returns to his pre-injury form and can up his sack numbers in the second half, he’ll have a good shot.
  • Andre Ellington, RB -- He may not be setting records like Dallas’ DeMarco Murray is, but Ellington is close to Pro Bowl levels. He needs to break 100 yards rushing a couple times in the second half of the season to earn the honor as a backup.
  • Patrick Peterson, CB -- A subpar first half puts Peterson’s three-year Pro Bowl run in jeopardy, but he claims he turned a corner in Dallas. If he can continue shutting down top-tier receivers, he’ll be back in the Pro Bowl.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Arizona Cardinals' 28-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
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    Until the final 1:55, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant didn’t have a catch against the Cardinals, leading coach Bruce Arians to heap some heavy praise on Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson. “I thought Pat, he just erased him for most of the game,” Arians said. “Up until the end, he was not a factor in the game.”
  • When nose tackle Dan Williams, who recorded the second sack of his career Sunday, was told that DeMarco Murray ran for 79 yards -- well short of his ninth straight 100-yard game, Williams said that was even too many yards for Arizona’s defense to give up.
  • Rookie safety Deone Bucannon said when the Cardinals ran their goal-line formation on fourth-and-1 with 9:41 left in the fourth quarter, they knew they were going to stop the league’s leading rusher before breaking the huddle.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson participated in a full practice on Thursday, basically assuring he’ll play Sunday in Dallas.

He was limited Wednesday, a day after passing the concussion protocol.

Safety Tony Jefferson was upgraded to limited after not practicing Wednesday because of a concussion suffered in Sunday’s win over Philadelphia but not diagnosed until Monday morning. During the open portion of practice, Jefferson worked on the kickoff coverage unit. He cleared the concussion protocol later Thursday.

Linebacker Kenny Demens (knee) was also upgraded from limited to full.

Running back Andre Ellington (foot) was limited, as was tight end Troy Niklas (ankle).

Defensive end Calais Campbell (knee), wide receiver Michael Floyd (knee) and safety Rashad Johnson (knee) were all full.
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- After his game-winning score Sunday against the Eagles, rookie receiver John Brown broke out his touchdown dance.

And on Wednesday, it was still a topic of discussion.

It’s the Peanut Butter Jelly. He learned it when he was 12, living outside Miami. It was made famous by the rapper Trick Daddy.

“I was good at it,” Brown said Wednesday. “I wanted to see if I still had it.”

His family in attendance on Sunday gave him a hard time about not knowing how to dance anymore.

He wanted to show them.

“That’s one of my best dance moves,” he said.

He didn’t prepare. He just broke out in dance on live TV. His quarterback didn’t see it until watching the game film Monday.

“He’s got some moves,” Carson Palmer said. “He didn’t learn those from me, that’s for sure. That must be a Florida thing. I think that’s where he learned it and he looked good doing it.”

In other news ...

Kent Somers of writes about Patrick Peterson being cleared.

Bob McManaman of writes about Tony Romo's injured back.

Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona writes about Peterson passing the concussion protocol and the Cowboys' success.

Chris Chase of USA Today dives into Arizona currently holding home-field advantage.

Darren Urban of writes that the Caridnals and Cowboys feed their backs.

Kyle Odegard of writes about Peterson returning to practice.
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Haynes wouldn't say who, but a younger player with a more recent career, once asked Haynes how many interceptions he had.

Haynes answered 46. The player seemed surprised and told Haynes his total, which, by how Haynes explained the story, was more than 46.

"And then he said, 'And you're in the Hall of Fame,'" said Haynes, who was in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Tuesday for a news conference announcing Super Bowl events. "I said, 'You can't compare your year to my year because I didn't get very many opportunities. I was lucky to get those. I didn't get like eight chances every game."

Haynes, the former Patriots and Raiders cornerback who starred at Arizona State University, said the criticism laid upon Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson this season for lower stats, most notably his zero interceptions, is more a product of the average fan not understanding what Peterson does.

"I think it's really hard for a lot of people to really understand what a good defensive back does," said Haynes, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. "You may not have any interceptions and you're doing your job; you're taking away a big part of the other team's offense or taking away one of their big players. A lot of people would say if he's great, whey doesn't he have 15 interceptions. He may go several games and they may throw one or two passes his way.

"It's something if you're not used to that, you have to get used to it because you can come off the field and you know you did a good job but everybody else is saying, 'Well, you didn't do anything today.'"

In other news...

Kent Somers of writes about the Cardinals being "survivors."

Bob McManaman of writes about Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein.

Dan Bickley of writes that the Cardinals need to rely on Larry Fitzgerald more.

Kyle Odegard of breaks down Rashad Johnson's last-second play.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Patrick Peterson left the Arizona Cardinals’ locker room after Sunday’s win in good spirits despite leaving the game in the second quarter with a concussion, general manager Steve Keim said Monday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7.

The three-time Pro Bowler will go for testing today, Keim said, and will follow the NFL’s concussion protocol. Keim said Peterson’s case is similar to that of backup quarterback Drew Stanton, who suffered a concussion in Week 5 against Denver.

“We’ll see where he’s at later today at some point,” Keim said.
  • Like the coaches and players, Keim gives himself a night to bask in the glow of a win. Then it’s on to work. “Once I get in the office early this morning and start watching the tape, it’s correct the issues and see where we need to improve and see where there’s any issues from a personnel standpoint, and it’s on to Dallas,” Keim said. “We all know it’s a one-week league. Any time there’s a win or a loss, you live or die by that win or loss that week.”
  • Keim was OK with Antonio Cromartie not taking a knee in the end zone on his first interception. “Now, I don’t know if I would’ve wanted him to hold the ball like it was a loaf of bread, but I do like the aggressive side of it that he was trying to make something happen,” Keim said.
  • Looking back on drafting receiver John Brown in the third round of May’s draft, Keim said he could’ve played it off like he knew Brown would become the type of player he has: “But if that was the case, I probably should’ve taken him at 20 not 91.”
  • Keim said the key for Arizona’s offense succeeding against Philadelphia’s defensive line was two-fold: Quarterback Carson Palmer had to get rid of the ball quickly and the offensive line needed to protect. The Cardinals’ offensive line didn’t allow one sack. “I knew they’d bring a lot of heat from a lot of places,” Keim said.
  • Arizona’s “next man up” mentality works, Keim said, because it’s not just “lip service.” “They have a tremendous belief in each other,” he said, “and they act like a family, and not only do they act like it, they believe in it. And I think that’s what’s key and important in this situation.”
  • Keim said it would’ve been difficult to give the game ball to just one player. “Yesterday’s win was such a collective team effort,” he said. “So many guys did step up and it was on each individual play.”
  • Keim enjoyed seeing Larry Fitzgerald finish with 160 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions. “He always had such great success against the Eagles and to see him at this point in his career have that type of success in such a big game was nice for me,” Keim said.