10-18-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Fitz Says Don't Blame Whiz

Time for some links, including stuff about regrouping after the bye week, also an interesting comment from Fitz saying all of the blame shouldn't go on Whiz it should go on himself and the rest of the players, and one thing from Bovin where he mentioned that Whiz chewed out the players after the loss to the Vikings and then he asked them to get up and say what they think the team should change and do better.

Also, the Raiders are going to pull off a blockbuster trade for Carson Palmer that not even Mike Brown is inept enough to turn down.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Is Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt confident or stubborn?
Ken Whisenhunt respects you, fans. He likes you. He wants to win for you. But he is not making sweeping changes to his staff, personnel or philosophy, as much as that surely maddens you. "The thing is," the Cardinals coach said Monday, "if you know what you're doing and you trust that it works, you stay the course." Whisenhunt's confidence is admirable. Until this team turns things around, however, that trait will be perceived as stubbornness and inflexibility. It's the nature of this game.

Arizona Cardinals refreshed on practice field, Ken Whisenhunt says
The Cardinals returned to the practice field on Monday after a four-day hiatus because of the off week and head coach Ken Whisenhunt liked what he saw.

Cardinals' pass rush targeting Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger
How do you tackle a tree? That's what the Cardinals have to figure out on Sunday when they return after a week off and have to face Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. As difficult as it can be to bring down the 6-foot-5, 241-pound quarterback, it's not impossible. The Steelers' offensive line has proved to be penetrable and Roethlisberger's penchant for holding the ball to keep plays alive can make him extremely vulnerable. He's been sacked 18 times, tied for third most in the league behind the Rams' Sam Bradford (21 times) and the Bears' Jay Cutler (19).

Word From the Birds Blog - Fitz: Whiz has "taken too much of a bad rap"
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, unprompted, took the chance Monday to defend coach Ken Whisenhunt within the current context of the team.

The Plan To Play It Out
Dockett wants one game on the same page and then "let's just see."

Arizona Cardinals' Kevin Kolb under repair
The Cardinals have numerous problems to solve as they emerge from their off week. They need better pass protection from their two tackles. They need a pass rusher off the edge, or from anywhere. They need to reduce mental breakdowns in pass coverage, the two young corners need to tighten coverage and make plays on the ball, and strong safety Adrian Wilson needs to return to Pro Bowl form. But nothing is more important, or will have more impact on the final 11 games, than fixing whatever is wrong with quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Word From the Birds Blog - Second-half storylines
OK, so the Cards aren’t to the second-half of the season yet, but the bye not only gives the team a chance to recalibrate where it is heading into the rest of the year but also a chance to assess what will fall under the microscope for the balance of 2011.

Cardinals look to fix problems against Steelers - ArizonaSports.com
The Cardinals are coming off a much needed bye week, but now must re-focus on Sunday's opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dockett says talent isn't everything - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals returned to practice today after four days off for the bye week. Veteran defensive tackle Darnell Dockett was in a chatty mood as he stood next to his locker and assessed the team's four game losing streak.

Back from bye, Cardinals turn focus to themselves - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals are 1-4 while the San Francisco 49ers are 5-1. While media and fans alike may be paying close attention to the standings, the Cardinals say they're not really concerned with what's happening by the bay.

Fitzgerald says it's not right to blame Whisenhunt - ArizonaSports.com
The Cardinals' slow 1-4 start on the heels of last year's 5-11 season has fans starting to question head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Cards Daily - Fresh Perspective Following Bye
The Cardinals returned to the practice field with a new mindset following the bye week.

Fitz and Roy Green Share Special Bond - Part II
Larry Fitzgerald has developed a special relationship with legendary Cardinals receiver Roy Green. Part two of Paul Calvisi's interview with the most prolific wide receivers in franchise history.

Arizona Sports News:

ASU vs. Colorado college football game to be on Fox Sports Arizona
Arizona State's conference game against Colorado on Oct. 29 will be televised after all.

NFL News:

Blockbuster Trade Complete: Bengals Send Carson Palmer To Raiders For Two Picks - SBNation.com
Carson Palmer has gotten his wish. The former Bengals QB was traded to the Raiders for a 2012 first round pick and a conditional first rounder in 2013.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Packers Continue Rolling While 49ers Make A Leap - SBNation.com
SB Nation's NFL power rankings return for Week 7 and a familiar name sits at the top as the Packers continue to prove they're far and away the best team in the league.

Mike Sims-Walker Released After Brandon Lloyd Trade - SBNation.com
Monday, Brandon Lloyd was traded from the Denver Broncos to the St. Louis Rams for a sixth round pick. To make room for Lloyd, the Rams waived the once-heralded Mike Sims-Walker.

Vikings Starting QB Will Be Announced On Wednesday - SBNation.com
Christian Ponder replaced Donovan McNabb in Sunday's game but the Vikings aren't saying yet who will be the starter from here on out.

Jason Campbell Says Injury May Only Keep Him Out Six Weeks - SBNation.com
Oakland Raiders QB Jason Campbell suffered a broken collarbone on Sunday and the NFL trade rumors started swirling that the Raiders would be acquiring another quarterback in his absence. Those rumors came about because many figured Campbell could be out for the entire season.

John Beck Or Rex Grossman? Redskins Aren't Naming Starter Yet - SBNation.com
John Beck replaced Rex Grossman in Week 6 leading to questions over who will be the team's starting quarterback moving forward.

Sam Bradford Injury: Rams QB Reportedly Has High Ankle Sprain - SBNation.com
More bad news for the Rams as Steve Spagnuolo announced that QB Sam Bradford has a high ankle sprain.

Brett Favre Suggested As Possible Candidate For Raiders' Quarterback Position - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
After breaking his collarbone Saturday, Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell will likely be lost for the season. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio suggests that the Raiders should look into replacing him with Brett Favre.

David Garrard Having Surgery On Injured Back - SBNation.com
It's been reported that the Oakland Raiders reached out to free agent David Garrard following an injury to Jason Campbell on Sunday. A move like that would make sense considering the Raiders have just Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor on the roster after Campbell's injury, which could keep him out for nearly the entire season (or more). Apparently you can scratch Garrard off Oakland's list. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that Garrard is undergoing immediate surgery on a herniated disc in his back.

Broncos' Ryan McBean Arrested For Stalking - SBNation.com
Denver Broncos defensive tackle Ryan McBean was arrested on stalking charges on October 14.

A few notes on Rams' newest receiver - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few Brandon Lloyd-related notes from John McTigue of ESPN Stats & Information after the St. Louis Rams acquired the veteran receiver from Denver:

Thoughts on Rams' trade for Brandon Lloyd - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Adding receiver Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos does not instantly transform the St. Louis Rams' offense. It has to help, though.

Week Six Monday 10-pack | ProFootballTalk
Every week, the NFL gives us something rare or unprecedented. On Sunday, the post-game altercation between 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Lions coach Jim Schwartz was unprecedented. But now that something like that has happened, will it happen again? The league’s reaction could go a long way toward deciding that. Before going much farther with this, let’s shift from introduction to topic No. 1 in our 10-item look at the Sunday that was.

Jim Schwartz, Jim Harbaugh, And Your NFL Head Coach Deathmatch Power Rankings - SBNation.com
Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz sparked a controversy with their post-game scuffle after Sunday's 49ers-Lions game, but the two coaches also got us thinking about a far more important question. In a battle of NFL head coaches, who wins?

49ers' Anthony Davis Provides Season's Worth Of Bulletin Board Material On Twitter - Pride Of Detroit
Following his team's win over the Lions on Sunday, 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis posted a couple of vulgar tweets about the game. He also got into it with Lions defensive end Cliff Avril on Twitter after apparently getting into it with him on the field during the game. Davis deleted all of the tweets he posted, but that doesn't mean they are completely erased. Below is a rundown of screen caps of the tweets and a recap of the exchange with Avril:

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