There’s some genuine excitement in Arizona after some new additions. Bruce Arians is the Cardinals’ new coach and last week the team traded for former Bengals and Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. The organization still believes Palmer has something left. Patrick Peterson checks in to give his take on a few topics. The Cardinals cornerback is surprisingly in favor of the new NFL rule changes.
Patrick Peterson joined ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas with Mitch Moss and Seat Williams to discuss the Arizona Cardinals trading for Carson Palmer, the Cardinals competing with the 49ers and Seahawks in the NFC West, being in favor of the new rule changes in the NFL and Tyrann Mathieu’s potential in the NFL.
The Cardinals traded for Carson Palmer. Have you talked to Carson or anything like that?
“Actually Carson has been working out all week. I’m just coming from Arizona and we have been working out all week. He’s been in there trying to get that chemistry down with the receivers and throwing the ball around a little bit. I think it’s a huge improvement for the Arizona Cardinals football team to have a quarterback that has established himself throughout his career and been a 4,000-yard passer eight out of the last 10 years, I believe. That’s definitely something we need and a guy that’s big on that and can stretch the field.”
The 49ers and Seahawks are the class of the NFC West. How close is this team to competing for a division title?
“I believe we are definitely close to where we want to be. We’re just missing a couple of pieces from last year and we had a lot of guys injured, especially on the offensive side of the ball. We didn’t get consistent play from our quarterbacks, and if you want to win ballgames that’s definitely something that you need to have consistent play –without turning over the ball, with clock management and things like that. So I believe this year we have a new face with our head coach and it’s definitely a good thing for a change here and there. I’m excited Bruce Arians definitely is going to bring a lot of excitement to the desert.”
How much is the NFL changing with the new rules put in place? Are we going to recognize the sport in a couple of years?
“The game has definitely changed, but I believe the commissioner is changing the game for the good. At the same time, these guys want to make the game as safe as possible, so us football players can have the longevity after our football careers. I think Roger Goodell is doing a great job trying to implement these rules and make the games as safe as possible. We don’t want to go out there spearing guys and running backs dropping their helmets and chests. I actually love the rule.”
Do you think Tyrann Mathieu is going to make it in the league?
“I think he is definitely going to make it in the league. He has a ton of potential to be the top guy in the league, as well. I just can’t wait to see what team is going to take a chance on him and pick him up in the 2013 draft.”