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Bruce Arians on John Abraham: He’s a freak of nature

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Cardinals linebacker John Abraham set a big goal for himself last month.

Abraham said that he is shooting for 20 sacks this season, which would be both a career high for Abraham and one of the best totals since the league started using sacks as an official statistic. It would also be a pretty remarkable achievement for a player who turned 36 in May, but Cardinals coach Bruce Arians isn’t doubting the veteran pass rusher’s ability to get the job done.

“He did it last year and there’s no reason to think he’s going to slow down,” Arians said, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “He’s one of those freaks of nature. He just keeps getting it done. We are looking forward to another big year out of him.”

Abraham went from a part-time to full-time player as last year unfolded and his increased comfort level at linebacker led to 11.5 sacks from Week Seven through the end of the season. With Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington both gone from last year’s unit, the Cardinals will need at least that kind of production again this season if they are going to approach double-digit wins again.

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31 Responses to “Bruce Arians on John Abraham: He’s a freak of nature”
  1. cardsfann1 says: Jul 1, 2014 2:54 PM

    20 is an awful lot. Would LOVE 20 but really don’t see it happening. I can see 11 or 12 though if he stays healthy…

  2. newdayintampabay says: Jul 1, 2014 2:56 PM

    Define “Freak”

    - Pat Sims

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 1, 2014 2:57 PM

    If he puts up anything north of 10 this year I’m going to be a seriously pissed off Falcon’s fan. I’ll be happy for him, but I’ll be shaking my fist pretty furiously at Atlanta’s front office.

  4. p4hbiz says: Jul 1, 2014 2:58 PM

    K. Mack will be a better freak…

  5. drock36 says: Jul 1, 2014 2:58 PM

    The cardinals are the team to flop this year. Lost their two top LB’s & playing with old, error prone QB & playing in the toughest division.
    6-10

  6. aaronfraudgers says: Jul 1, 2014 3:00 PM

    Wow, another NFL player being labeled as a “freak”. What a shocker!

  7. dabears2485 says: Jul 1, 2014 3:01 PM

    Yeah, yeah. Everyone’s a “freak of nature” these days just like every corner thinks he’s the best in the league. Whatever happened to “he’s a helluva football player?” If everyone’s a “freak,” then really no one is.

  8. intelligent cement says: Jul 1, 2014 3:01 PM

    It’s official.
    As of this week, EVERYONE has been declared:
    A Beast.
    A Freak (of nature).
    The Greatest @ (insert position).

    The season can’t start soon enough.

  9. realguy says: Jul 1, 2014 3:02 PM

    Coach X on Player Y: “He’s a freak of nature!”

  10. MostlyRight says: Jul 1, 2014 3:05 PM

    Cardinals won’t need that kind of production from him again. He was starting due to numerous LB injuries, and all those guys are back plus a draft pick. And the Cards are about as close to a lock at over .500 as this league has, along with two of their division rivals.

  11. Marshawn Lunch says: Jul 1, 2014 3:06 PM

    everyone is a freak. We get it. now, just stop!

    - NFL fans.

  12. ravanator says: Jul 1, 2014 3:08 PM

    Guaranteed TSizzle will have more sacks than this clown in the upcoming season. Do they even play defense in the NFCW?

    #ravensdefenseownstheleague
    #raygodlewis

  13. rammmjammm says: Jul 1, 2014 3:10 PM

    Who’s NOT a “freak” or “beast” these days?

  14. guitarfreak21 says: Jul 1, 2014 3:25 PM

    Sounds exactly like another team getting a washed up former rockstar vet… I guess Abraham is getting his own “elephant” package too then, hmm?

  15. realnflmaster says: Jul 1, 2014 3:26 PM

    The NFL’s retirement home, Arizona. They’ll be lucky to win 4 games this year.

  16. deljzc says: Jul 1, 2014 3:38 PM

    Freaks of nature at age 35 normally mean PED’s.

  17. jjackwagon says: Jul 1, 2014 3:51 PM

    Do they even play defense in the NFCW?
    Peyton verses Ravens 49 points
    Peyton verses NFCW team 8 points.

    Now what was the question again?

  18. leatherface2012 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:24 PM

    manziel will have 60 sacks….by that i mean he will be sacked 60 times

  19. chinahand11 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:39 PM

    I’m freaking out due to all the freaks running around loose in the NFL.

  20. chinahand11 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:44 PM

    My ex-wife said I was a freak, too. We all know how that worked out.

  21. tangysizzl says: Jul 1, 2014 4:52 PM

    The original “Freak of Nature” Julius Peppers is only 34 so hes probably got another 3 seasons of double digit sacks in him.

  22. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 1, 2014 5:00 PM

    He may be a freak…but just don’t ask him to play hurt for you in the playoffs!

    -all Jets fans

  23. truths4all says: Jul 1, 2014 5:13 PM

    Why not?

    With Dansby and Washington gone, there will be lots of playing minutes he can fill when he is healthy and ready to go. Besides, make no mistake to assume the DC has not though about every way they can to get him mis-matches so they can play to his strengths.

    This is as long as he stays fairly healthy. As for the dummies who pan him for not playing well while hurt against the best the NFL has to offer, do you realize how stupid that sounds when many other players at their best health cannot produce even one sack during a season? What kind of ludicrous expectation is to dump on a player for not excelling while injured against the best players the NFL has?

  24. braddavery says: Jul 1, 2014 5:55 PM

    He did it last year? He had 11.5 sacks, not 20+. Not sure how that’s ‘doing it last year’.

  25. beardinals says: Jul 1, 2014 7:50 PM

    11.5 sacks while really only playing in 10 games full time. 15 would not be unheard of.

  26. kamthechancellor says: Jul 1, 2014 8:49 PM

    An extremely old freak of nature.

  27. bucsorbust says: Jul 1, 2014 9:53 PM

    Of course he’s a freak of nature. He’s 84 years old still playing.

  28. thereyougo2 says: Jul 1, 2014 10:40 PM

    Is this the same Bruce Arians who called Chip Kelly’s offense high school and coached Temple to about 3 wins in three years?

  29. mrwalterisgod says: Jul 1, 2014 10:44 PM

    Bruce Arians also stated he didn’t see “dominance” out of Seattle and SF when he took the AZ job.

    He’s a bit full of himself.

  30. thereyougo2 says: Jul 1, 2014 10:48 PM

    Sorry Bruce you had more than three wins at Temple but they (NCAA) did take your six wins in 86 away. You should have known who was eligible and who wasn’t . Watch him Phoenix he whines constantly.

  31. fumblenuts says: Jul 2, 2014 1:29 AM

    My stepmom is a friggin’ FREAK!

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