Peterson in white. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Peterson in white. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

A New Flavor in the Desert

Cornerback Patrick Peterson on getting to play both ways, his MVP aspirations and Bruce Arians' impact on the Cardinals

By
Robert Klemko
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1. I think my goal is to be an MVP of the league. I am the top cornerback in the game, and now that Bruce Arians is giving me the opportunity to play offense and special teams, I’ll have the best opportunity to capture that goal and dream of mine.

2. I think my second favorite sport is golf. My best score is a 78. I’ve been telling my wife I want to be a pro golfer after football, but who knows where life will take me. My agent left a set of clubs at my condo when I was living down in Miami before my rookie season two years ago. I went out and swung the clubs a little bit and the bug bit me.

3. I think I should be rated higher in Madden. I’m a 90 right now. I should be rated at least a 96. I think my speed is a 98, so they got that right. I’m thrilled that I get to see myself in the game without having to create myself like I did in college. It’s almost like a dream come true.

4. I think I owe a lot to my position coaches at LSU: Corey Raymond was a secondary assistant coach, and he always got on me about technique and how to be a professional. The other coach was Grady Brown. He thought top-notch guys should carry themselves as top-notch guys.

5. I think the best album of the big summer releases was J. Cole’s Born Sinner. It’s tough, but I have to go with the new guy. I thought he was rockin’, I thought he came with it this time around. He took a different angle with the singing, going deep into his raps, making you really feel what he was talking about.

6. I think I am extremely happy about playing offense for the first time since high school. I got in Coach Les Miles’s ear a couple times about it at LSU, but he has his own way of doing things. Lord bless his heart. Now I have to make the best of the opportunity.

7. I think the best thing about living in Phoenix is the weather that permits me to golf every day, especially in the offseason. Coming from Florida, where the weather is unpredictable, I love living in a place where it doesn’t rain.

8. I think being drafted far away from my family gave me an opportunity to grow and find myself. My wife and I were newlyweds, and it gave us an opportunity to branch out and get to know each other better.

9. I think Bruce Arians is a down-to-earth players’ coach. He’s a guy who loves to get opinions from his players, his captains, his leaders. I think he’s a straightforward guy. He doesn’t think second place is an option. He’s brought a winning flavor down to the desert. Having a guy who’s been in multiple Super Bowls is something that can definitely get us over the hump.

10. I think [former Cardinals and current Browns defensive coordinator] Ray Horton should be a head coach one day. I don’t know what it is about those Pittsburgh Steelers guys coming from the Bill Cowher era, but he’s another guy who has his game plans well organized. He’s a football brainiac. He’s a guy I wouldn’t mind leading my team. He’s qualified. Will he ever get a job? I don’t know, but I hope so.

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14 comments
ShaneInlosangeles
ShaneInlosangeles

Peterson is a versatile weapon but there are more than a handful of cornerback who are better at playing cornerback than he is right now. I think he will get there, heck, this year might even been the year. However, based on the past couple years of watching him (and I have watched every single Cardinals game), he is not the elite cornerback he thinks he is...maybe he has been hanging around Skip Bayless. That's always a possible explanation for crazy talk.

westcoastbias
westcoastbias

Few thoughts:

1. These articles are a lightweight assignment for a writer.  Why put Bedard or Klemko byline on something written by another?

2. Sometimes these lists are insightful [see Trask, Amy] and sometimes they are drivel.  This one is a combination of the two.  If one gets a chance for a nationally visible platform, you think they'd value the moment and have 10 important, or at least unique, things to comment on?  If the writers are getting a byline, can we AT LEAST make them responsible for producing some SUBSTANCE and drop contributions that don't measure up?  Earn your pay, writers!

Nathan2
Nathan2

Mike Crabtree owns this clown. Look it up.

luvfoozball
luvfoozball

@Nathan2 Don't forget Brandon Marshall. But Marshall has done that to most corners in this league.

ShaneInlosangeles
ShaneInlosangeles

@Nathan2 I'm a Cardinals fan and you are exactly right. Peterson might be the player that benefited the most from Crabtree's injury. Crabtree made him look silly last year, outright broke his ankles on a TD pass from around the 10.

danp1010
danp1010

Sorry Patrick but you are not 96 in Madden, maybe one day but not yet. Maybe 92, maybe...

DannyCarrao
DannyCarrao

Sigh, another "look at me" player... "I'm the best!"  I'd much rather hear about people like Manning, Larry Fitzgerald, Brady, Russell Wilson - all humble guys who will never, ever, ever say something arrogant like "I'm the best!"  They let other people say it for them. 

luvfoozball
luvfoozball

@DannyCarrao I agree with the general premise of your post. But I think there is room for the players to show their personality. It should not be all work and no fun. 

Its bad enough that NFL is cracking down on harmless touchdown celebrations with no taunting involved... we can't have every personality be bland.

tundey
tundey

@DannyCarrao Can you imagine how boring a league full of Brady, Fitzgerald and Wilson would be? Take this column, what do you think will be in the 10 things Tom Brady thinks?

1. Play good football

2. Be a good teammate

3. Coach knows best

4.  No I in team

5. Uggs are the best

And more deeply uninteresting things along those lines. I like the fact that Patrick Peterson thought it was cool to see himself in Madden; that he's not satisfied with is Madden rating....

DannyCarrao
DannyCarrao

@tundey @DannyCarrao Well, I just read the article in the latest SI, about Wes Welker, etc.  Super interesting read, no arrogance and "look at me" crap - just insights into football.  Great stuff.  We can agree to disagree (and I think things like "be a good teammate" are interesting, so it sounds like we do disagree Lol), but I'll take humble and quiet any day of the week.  And twice on Sunday. 

tundey
tundey

@DannyCarrao Yes Wes Welker...isn't that the guy still commenting (negatively I might add) about his head coach? There's a reason Ray Lewis is heading to the HOF while London Fletcher with similar stats and still playing will find it hard to get in. If am looking for a role model, London is my choice but if am building a franchise, you need a few Ray Lewis on your team. Certainly if you are building a league you don't want all choir boys...there's a reason the Catholic Football League did not take off :)

vasanth_n
vasanth_n

How many top Cornerbacks are there in this league? Sherman, Revis and now Peterson? I am losing count...

Shyzaboy
Shyzaboy

@vasanth_n Sherman is certainly in the discussion, but I'm not surprised that Peterson is putting himself on top. 


Revis, on the other hand, has a lot to show before we can put him in the top cornerback picture...

guest1560
guest1560

Joe Haden should be in the discussion too.

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