Well every time I think about our Offense I become depressed and pray - Please 2012 don´t be 2010 part 2. When I think about our Defense, I gain some hope. And by the time I think of our Special Teams, I even muster a small smile. Let's break down why....
The 2011 Arizona Cardinals dominated on Special Teams. With a ridiculous 4 Punt Return TDs by our stud Patrick Peterson. We also had the beast Calais Campbell block 3 kicks with his ridiculous reach. You can also toss in the extra 2 kicks PP blocked for good measure. CC and PP have been huge on special teams. Now invite in our 6th round selection out of Presbyterian - Justin Bethel - a physical freak from a small school.....
As we know, Bethel is still getting his head around our Defense (starting to look better back there) but he was a stud in Pres. at blocking kicks with 9 in his career, and looks like he's picked up right where he left off.....
Bethel blocked a FG in his first pre-season game as a Cardinal when the Cards took on the Saints in the HoF game. And he made an even strong impact friday in his first game at UofP Stadium - blocking a punt and taking it in for a TD. He also blocked an Extra Point in the same game, and has been flying all over the field as a gunner on punt coverage.
I can just imagine now. The Cards D has pinned the opponent deep in their territory. They're terrified of punting the ball to PP with room for the return but are freaked out of Bethel off the edge flying in to block the kick.... the result is the punter rushes it, kicks a wobbly line drive into the waiting arms of PP with a wide-open field in front of him....
With PP, CC and now JB, the Cardinal's look to have another strong year on Special Teams. My question to you is - in which phase of ST will the Cards be most solid?
In which phase of Special Teams will the Cards be strongest in 2012?
Kickoff Return (1 vote)
Punt Return (30 votes)
Punt / Kickoff Coverage (3 votes)
Field Goal (1 vote)
Field Goal Block (15 votes)
50 total votes