In yet another offseason list, there is an offseason All-NFC West team, put together by NFL.com writer Dave Dameshek. As can be expected with a divisional list, and with a team like the Cardinals that made the postseason, there are a few from Arizona on this list. To be clear, this is a list based on the teams now and is based on talent, not necessarily performance.
Perhaps the most surprising is receiver Michael Floyd.
Floyd, guard Mike Iupati, tackle Jared Veldheer, defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback Patrick Peterson and kicker Chandler Catanzaro were the Cardinals on the all-division squad.
Why would Floyd be on the list?
"He might not rank among the game's best, but -- believe it or not -- he's the best at his position in this division," wrote Dameshek.
He is accompanied by Anquan Boldin and Doug Baldwin. Floyd has the tools, but his performance has been less than expected. The fact he shows up on the list indicates how weak the receivers are in the NFC West. Perhaps John Brown should be on the list.
Now, how satisfying is the fact the Cards have TWO offensive linemen considered the best at their position?
Veldheer is moved over to right tackle for this squad, as Joe Staley mans the left side and Dameshek writes "it is a good thing" quarterback Carson Palmer has Veldheer blocking his blind side. Iupati "could help further swing the pendulum south in the West (or at least help Arizona find a running game)."
The two defensive Cardinals are no surprise. Both Campbell and Peterson are Pro Bowlers. Writes Dameshek about Campbell, "In spite of injury, suspension and trade, the Cards' D was a force in 2014. Campbell was perhaps the key piece in making this so."
Peterson is paired with Seattle's Richard Sherman. How fun would that defensive backfield be?
As for Catanzaro, who good a pick was he? Arizona picked him up as an undrafted rookie. Now he is the best kicker in the toughest divsion in the NFL? Not bad.
Now, were any players left out? Will we look back on this season and wish Sea Weatherspoon were on it? What about Larry Fitzgerald or the speedy Brown? Could either Tyrann Mathieu or Deone Bucannon challenge the two Seattle safeties for one of the spots on this squad? Or was this list fair and well-thought out?