Cardinals GM: “Last night was obviously not Patrick Peterson’s best”

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Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim didn’t pull any punches in assessing the play of cornerback Patrick Peterson in Thursday night’s loss to the 49ers.

Keim said on 98.7 FM that the Cardinals’ front seven could have given the secondary more help, but that ultimately Peterson needs to play better than he did against the 49ers, when he appeared to struggle multiple times in coverage.

“There are a number of things that go into coverage, and that starts up front with pressure,” Keim said, via the team’s website. “If you’re not getting pressure, it’s going to reflect on those guys on the back end. I think there was some miscommunication on a number of snaps. But at the same time, the bottom line is for us to be able to compete and to win against teams like the 49ers, we need our best players to play at their best. Last night was obviously not Patrick Peterson’s best.”

Keim said there are still issues Peterson needs to work on after serving a suspension for the first six games of the season, and Keim hopes everything gets worked out before next week’s game against the Buccaneers.

“I think it’s a combination of communication, there are things technique-wise he is still trying to feel his way through, coming back off suspension,” Keim said. “I expect him to bounce back. That’s what big-time players do. He’ll have a great opportunity against Mike Evans in Tampa.”

Keim has turned down trade offers for Peterson, but with Peterson set to cost $13 million against the Cardinals’ salary cap next season, Keim may be tempted to revisit the topic in the offseason, if Peterson turns in more performances like he did against the 49ers.

31 responses to “Cardinals GM: “Last night was obviously not Patrick Peterson’s best”

  1. This guy is such a joke. Could have gotten a 1st for him 2 days ago. Now nobody will touch him. Typical Cardinals. Delusional about where they are in the rebuilding process.

  2. Oh Mr Keim you’ve got nerve to talk. No mention of how you’ve done that organization no favors by drafting poorly for many years. Having missed on every single first round pick. The hiring of Wilks and forcing a coordinator in Mike McCoy on him. Only to fire both of them within a year. (McCoy didn’t even get half the season). Or giving Bradford 20 million for 4 starts. And I haven’t even mentioned your off the field stuff. You e done that team no favors. Had you hit on only 25% of your first and second rounders over the last 8 years, the product on the field would be much better. YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED A SINGLE FIRST ROUND PICK TO A SECOND CONTRACT!!! Let that sink in.

  3. Wow, looks like KC dodged a bullet on that wanna make it happen trade. Thank you Arizona, maybe the Chiefs will offer you a 4th round pick and a signed #15 Jersey next spring.

  4. How can a player with Peterson’s experience need to “feel his way” through his technique?

    Dude just got burned all night by a guy coming off a achilles tear and has been with the team for 10 days.

    And guess what? This is not new. Crabtree owned this dude when he was with the 49ers.

  5. I thought Peterson had a good game against the Saints and a bit sluggish last night. Now I’m wondering if he couldn’t flip the switch.This was a short week. I doubt if he makes it an issue but I wonder if his meds for diabetes was recently adjusted or needs to be now that he’s active on the roster again. Just doesn’t add up coming off Sunday’s game.

  6. Where was Kiem’s remarks after PP first two games back? He balled out. For GM to say PP has issues to deal with coming back from suspension gives the impression that perhaps another suspension could be looming. He’s a joke.

  7. Saying they could have got a #1 for Peterson is a joke. They tried and were laughed out of the building 2 teams offered a 2 that were so deep they were almost a 3. That was the best they could do. Better to keep him and they did. He had an off night, better days to come.

  8. Peterson has been overrated for a while, but Meathead GM didn’t want to trade him. Throwing the D-Line under the bus to soften your critique of PP is ridiculous. Fire Keim already.

  9. The better team won. They need more than one player playing well to upset Frisco. Frisco has very good receivers like Kittle, Samuel, Sanders and Pettis. Patterson cannot cover them all at the same time. Frisco also did not use as many formations or trick plays last night, thinking that they can beat the Cardinals with a more plain vanilla game plan. Shanahan is saving something for their next game.

  10. There is no ROI in this GM’s statement. You bash him, his value goes down and you piss him off. You already passed on a #1, now you’re stuck with a guy that will resent you probably forever AND has low trade value. Good job.

    As for “revisiting” a trade. Unless he gets that time machine fixed that won’t be happening on his terms.

  11. GM ripping his star player to the media that he’s been trying to trade. Anyone see anything really counter productive to that? Yeah, me too….

  12. Considering how well the 49ers have been playing, I thought that Arizona did quite well. They got to within one score and had a chance to win at the end.

  13. I’m not sure who Peterson guarded against the Saints but Thomas caught Ike 12 balls, I believe. Make that 11.

  14. I’m sure he wishes he can go back in time because mr. Peterson would longer be there after that performance last night and the money he is still owed! Ouch

  15. Playing your first 3 games of the season over 11 days after serving a 6 game suspension is rough, making PP21 look old. 10 days off will make him better.

  16. Ugadogs21 says:
    November 1, 2019 at 12:53 pm
    I thought Peterson had a good game against the Saints and a bit sluggish last night.
    Peterson had a good game against the Giants. But, they are the Giants. He stunk against the Saints and Niners. Peterson is either (i) out of shape; (ii) missing the PEDs; or (iii) simply dogging it because he wants to be traded and is pouting. He is a shell of his former self from 2 years ago.

  17. B4 we single out one player like PP, there was enough bad tackling by the entire D! The defensive coordinator could not muster a defensive scheme for a potent pass rush and receivers were creating space which if you played football means open field tackling (not EZ)! IMHO the onus for the loss is on the coaching staff and their repeated blunders & Dont forget the corner Blitz won the Giants game!! Murray ran for his life while Garropolo was rarely touched allowing unheard of tight ends to get down the field! The defense MUST BE CHANGED they are pitching tents on the field and games lost on third downs; Peace

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