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Daryl Washington Named Second Team NFL All-Pro

January 14th, 2013 at 6:37 AM
By Steve Smith

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Although he was disappointed he was not named to the Pro Bowl, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington knew what kind of season he had in 2012.

A superb one.

Washington was finally rewarded for his stellar play by being named to the Associated Press NFL All-Pro Second Team as an inside linebacker. San Francisco's Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman were selected as starters.

The TCU product led the Red Birds by a wide margin in tackles with 134, including 108 solo tackles. Washington also paced Arizona with nine sacks and added two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and four passes defended. He was the key cog in defensive coordinator Ray Horton's aggressive defensive unit.

Washington's play was one of the reasons the Cardinals ranked fifth in the league in pass defense (200.8 YPG). He was excellent in blitzing the quarterback, dropping back in pass coverage and was solid in stopping the run as well. Having just completed his third NFL campaign, Washington has 318 career tackles and 15 total interceptions. Barring injury, he should be named to many more All-Pro squads for years to come.

Veteran London Fletcher of the Washington Redskins was the other inside linebacker chosen for the All-Pro second team.

 

 

 

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Daryl Washington, Football, London Fletcher, NaVorro Bowman, NFL, Patrick Willis

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