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first_imgArizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) intercepts a pass for a touchdown as San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) misses the catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals All-Pro defender Tyrann Mathieu has revolutionized the hybrid defensive back position.Mathieu is one of the most valuable defenders in the NFL, making him irreplaceable, according to’s Adam Schien who listed the top nine indispensable defenders.He’s the firepower, the attitude, the game changer for the nasty Cardinals’ defense. Mathieu is a true ballhawk. He’s a fierce and reliable tackler. He defends passes. Mathieu can line up as a safety or a corner. He’s a jack of all trades. And he alters what opposing offenses are trying to accomplish.You saw last year how the Cardinals’ defense was affected when Mathieu went down with a season-ending knee injury. My man Bucky Brooks pointed out the difference — 12-2 record, 19.2 points allowed per game with Mathieu; 2-2 record (including two playoff games), 28.2 points allowed without him — in a recent piece on the defensive back.For the Cardinals to reach their full championship potential in 2016, they need the Honey Badger back in action.Other members on Schien’s list include: J.J. Watt, Khalil Mack, Luke Keuchly, Von Miller, Fletcher Cox, Ndamukong Suh, Earl Thomas and Muhammad Wilkerson. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Despite having his season cut short, Mathieu was still named to the first-team All-Pro and was named a Pro Bowler for the first time in his career.Mathieu racked up 89 tackles, five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 17 passes defended, 11 tackles for loss and a forced fumble in 14 games last season before tearing his ACL for the second time.Mathieu tore his left ACL in 2013 and his right ACL last year. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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