As the newest member of the Cardinals, safety Kerry Rhodes‘ arrival in Arizona — or perhaps we should say his departure from New York — has not come without some controversy. Rhodes stopped by the NFL.com newsroom Thursday and was eager to address some of the things written about him in the New York media, as well as what fans can expect from him in Arizona.
You can read the full chat transcript, but here are a few highlights:
Mike Sap, NY: Kerry, huge fan, but what do you make of the New York media trying to turn you into the bad guy of this whole situation?
Rhodes: First of all, thanks for being a fan. I just think that comes with the territory of being in NYC. A lot of those guys wanted to interview me after the trade, but I didn’t want to do the interviews and say something bad. So they just heard the interview I did with ESPN and took out what they wanted to. But I got nothing but love for New York and the fans.
Austen, NY: Do you feel like you were misused in Rex Ryan’s defense, and that caused your benching mid-season? And do you think Arizona’s defense will be a better fit for your skill set?
Rhodes: I don’t think I was misused, it was just more of a new system. Trying to learn it and learning when to take my shots in the defense. It took a little a longer than I wanted, but once I got it down, at the end of the year you saw the playmaking again.
Rhodri Jones, Tredegar, Wales: Hi Kerry. How excited are you to play next to Adrian Wilson? What do you like about his game? Thanks.
Rhodes: I’m excited. As soon as Adrian heard he hit me up and let me know how excited he was. His excitement made me excited. Us two together are going to be the best safety tandem in the league.