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Bruce Arians doesn't get into comparisons with Patrick Peterson, explains how Pro Bowl CB can improve

The head coach did a little bit of mocking of a well known analytics website.

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One thing that has gotten a lot of play this offseason has been talk of Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson and comparing him to another All-Pro corner in the NFC West -- Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.

There have been articles analyzing what they do and who does it better.

But Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians won't have anything to do with such comparisons and also poked fun at websites that try to do it when he was asked about it by reporters after the team's first mini-camp practice.

"I don't know that those people know a damn thing about our defense and what we're asking him to do," he said. "I have to laugh when I see all these comparisons.

"Guys are on defenses doing different things and they have no clue what the coach is asking and whether he's doing the right thing or the wrong thing. And all of sudden I see a grade. I don't even know what that +3 or +4 shit means."

He was obviously referring to Pro Football Focus, which does attempt to grade players each game based on what is perceived to be their assignments.

Arians did, though, explain how Peterson could improve in 2014.

He noted that Peterson could "play off-coverage a little bit better" and improve at "some of those things where he leans on his athleticism." He also said Patrick does well at it, but that he could do more studying and "get (his) hands on more balls."

Peterson, after picking off seven passes in 2012, only intercepted three in 2013, two in one game.

Oh, and if you were wondering, Pro Football Focus graded him a +8.9 last season.