But Arizona still fields one powerful offense. It will always be with Larry Fitzgerald on the team. The league recognizes his abilities and voted him as a starter in the 2010 Pro Bowl. He's the Cardinals only offensive player to make the cut. Notably absent, Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin. While Warner is an alternative, it was surprising to see the likely future Hall of Famer absent from the roster. But one of the country's last looks at Warner was his dismal two-pick, four-sack performance on Monday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers. Earlier on in the season, it was a big-time Sunday night loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Arizona prevailed against the Minnesota Vikings on primetime 10 weeks later. But looks like that early Colts game stuck.
As for Boldin off the roster... He and Fitzgerald have often been referred to as the best receiving tandem in the league but injuries limited Boldin a couple times this year. While Fitzgerald and Boldin's stats aren't too far off (Fitzgerald sits at No. 16th in the league in receiving yards compared to Boldin's No. 22 position), it's Fitzgerald's popularity that soared in the Cardinals Super Bowl run, which landed him a Madden Cover and a Nike shoe.
Fitzgerald's talent is undeniable. He's arguably the best in the league. But Boldin showed his stripes last week against the Rams and is building steam toward the playoffs. Boldin's contract issues likely played a part in his Pro Bowl absence as well. He's gone to work all year and left table matters off the field, but it looks like that's in the mind of a lot of the voters.
In another surprise, tackle Levi Brown was named as an alternative to the roster. The former first rounder's protection has been shaky at best. Punter Ben Graham, kicker Neil Rackers, safety Antrel Rolle and special teamer Sean Morey were also named alternatives.
Darnell Dockett, who was once a Pro Bowl alternative who saw playing time in Hawaii, will start this year. He's been one of the biggest impact players on the Cardinals roster and has a motor that never quits. Dockett catches the eye of every future opponent and won't go underrated for long, as his roster spot suggests.
If another Pro Bowl appearance and a career season doesn't wrap up contract talks for Dockett this offseason, no telling what will.
Adrian Wilson is also a Cardinals secondary selection. He earned his second Pro Bowl selection. He is one of the most prolific and menacing safeties in the league and is beginning to get recognized for his leadership and overall contributions.
Wilson, the longest-tenured Cardinals player, rounds out the Pro Bowl selections. But no doubt all honored players would be happy to bow out to play in the Super Bowl the following week instead.