Missing Cards On Pro Bowl Roster?

Just call the Cardinals the NFL's USC. Both team's once high-powered offense has taken a back seat to a formidable defense. Well.. that's if the 2010 Pro Bowl roster told the whole story. While Kurt Warner was named as an alternative, there are two games that likely got in his way of a roster spot. For another notable absentee, there was a whole offseason that didn't yield votes his way.

The Arizona Cardinals defense continues to earn a stronger reputation across the league. The 2010 Pro Bowl ballot confirmed that notion, as three Cardinals defenders made the cut and just one offensive player.

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.

Kurt Warner
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Can't argue with Drew Brees as the starter for the NFC or Brett Favre on the roster. But Cardinals fans will get to see whether Aaron Rodgers was a debatable pick when the Packers arrive in Arizona this weekend.

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.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
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Also making the roster is Cardinals second-year cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who caught the attention of most of the league last season because of his pick-happy San Diego Chargers cousin. But he made a name for himself and has, arguably, the fastest wheels in the league. To prove it, he caught up to running back Chris Johnson when the Cardinals faced the Titans. It was too bad for the Cardinals that Johnson had already reached the end zone when DRC came racing from closer to the 50.

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.


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