2-14-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Mailbag: Potentially scary offseason - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Matt from Phoenix writes: Without a collective bargaining agreement, the Arizona Cardinals can't trade for Kevin Kolb, sign Marc Bulger or improve their quarterback situation in any way. If there isn't a new CBA in place before the draft, can the Cardinals really pass on taking a quarterback in the first two rounds?

2011 Offseason Assessment – Arizona Cardinals | Welcome to GridironGuru.net - football's voice of reason
We begin our offseason assessment series with the Arizona Cardinals: a franchise that saw its window of opportunity slam shut last season, but may not be as far away from prominence as is widely believed.

ProFootballWeekly.com - NFC West 2010 season-in-review team reports
Overview: Coming off successive division titles, the Cardinals hit the skids big-time, dropping into the NFC West basement in their first losing season in four years under head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The offense finished last both in rushing and third-down efficiency and next to last in total yards. The defense, which often looked like it was going through the motions, finished 30th in both scoring and rushing and 29th in total yards allowed.

For now, business as usual — mostly
Last week, the scouts for the Cardinals all came to Tempe for their normal pre-combine meetings. The pro personnel department still is meeting daily to talk about potential free agents, and coaches are prepping as if there will be a minicamp after the April draft. At this point, they can’t do anything else.

NFL.com news: Eagles' Kolb hopes Cards' 'name comes up' if trade talks occur
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb told WIP AM last week that he was flattered to discover that Arizona Pro Bowl wideout Larry Fitzgerald suggested Kolb as the Cardinals' next starting quarterback, according to the Philly.com on Sunday.

Could Kurt Warner run for Senate? - ArizonaSports.com
The second John Kyl announced he would not run for another term in the Senate, questions about who would replace him started to pop up. According to Politico, former Arizona Governor Fife Symington, himself considering the possibility, said former Cardinals star Kurt Warner would be a good candidate.

Phoenix Coyotes' Ilya Bryzgalov stops Chicago Blackhawks in shootout for win
Defeating the defending Stanley Cup champions, regardless of their current position in the standings, can do wonders for a hockey team. The Phoenix Coyotes did it Saturday night, battling to a 3-2 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks in front of 17,125, the second sellout crowd of the season at Jobing.com Arena.

Phoenix Suns rally from halftime deficit to beat Utah Jazz
The Suns walked into a hornet's nest of emotion in Utah and came away buzzing about another season-turning victory. The Jazz's first night without Jerry Sloan coaching in 23 years started with some boos for Deron Williams during introductions and ended with some boos for the entire team, except for a happy group of 250 BYU students who were Suns fans from the Valley and chanted "This is our house" after the rally was over.

Phoenix Suns give up fourth-quarter lead in loss to Sacramento Kings
The Suns returned to .500 and Earth by blowing a fourth-quarter lead and losing 113-108 on Sunday night at US Airways Center to Sacramento, a team coming off a night of travel and tumult after star rookie DeMarcus Cousins had been left home after a reported postgame fight Saturday night with teammate Donte Greene.

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Top 5 Defensive Touchdowns of 2010

Franchise tags and the NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
As promised, a look at the franchise and transition tags in relation to the NFC West in 2011:

ASU running back Deantre Lewis in hospital, in stable condition after hometown shooting
Arizona State running back Deantre Lewis was injured in a random shooting Saturday in his hometown of Norco, Calif. According to Facebook posts from teammates, Lewis was shot in the buttocks. His injuries are not considered life threatening, and Lewis is recovering in a local hospital.

By default, Arizona won Super Bowl XLV
Super Bowl XLV in the Dallas area was a debacle from start to finish. That can only help Arizona's chances in hosting the big game.

Kevin Kolb hopes Cardinals take a look at him | ProFootballTalk
A report surfaced before the Super Bowl that Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald gave the team’s front office some advice about the quarterback position in Arizona, and suggested Kevin Kolb as a possible target. Kolb was flattered by the attention.

Jay Feely: Jerry Richardson insults intelligence of players | ProFootballTalk
Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are considered two of the smarter NFL quarterbacks alive. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson reportedly still treated them like children in a CBA negotiating session last Saturday. Speaking on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio in New York, Cardinals kicker Jay Feely passed along a story from last week’s brief bargaining session in Dallas that Brees and Manning attended.

Mailbag: Rams cannot just fax it in - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Randy from Peoria, Ariz., writes: With respect to the recent mailbag posting, I'd like to comment. If the Cardinals cannot acquire a veteran quarterback because of the labor situation, I don't think they ought to devote any draft choices to quarterback this time around. We've got two post-rookies in John Skelton and Max Hall. Push comes to shove, we can deal with those two as our quarterbacks. What has been the stand-out problem since Denny Green has to be the habitual poor play of the defense. With a good -- no an excellent -- defense working at all times, even an average offense can look pretty good. Theoretically, you can win a game 2-0 or 3-0. Something quite similar played out in the 60's and early 70's when Bud Grant coached the Vikings. Although that is an extreme example, it's not unrealistic. It will likely take about three years before the Cardinals are fully "back" as a contender. Without a bona fide defense, they won't prove to be serious competition to any opposing team.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
If free agency ever happens, one player who could draw multiple suitors is Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor. He showed his consistency in the Steelers’ playoff run, and big corners like Taylor are difficult to find. His old position coach Ray Horton now is running the Cardinals defense, so the cornerback-deficient Cardinals are a likely suitor.

Espo: When it comes to Arizona sports, love is truly blind - ArizonaSports.com
It's Valentines Day and the bosses here at ArizonaSports.com forced me asked me to get in the loving mood. They didn't coerce me into sending Mrs. Espo flowers -- marriage took care of that for them -- nor did they put us in a ‘circle of power' and make me say nice things about Gambo or Burnsy. (Fear of losing my job makes me do that on my own.) No, they asked me to write a column about the most beloved athletes ever to grace the field, court or ice in the Valley.

Pro Football Hall of Fame committee under attack, per usual - Peter King - SI.com
The supposed power some have in Hall of Fame voting room is way overstated Stories of fans having terrible experiences at Super Bowl continue to pour in Quotes of the Week, Stat of the Week, plus 10 Things I Think I Think

Brandon Banks of Washington Redskins in hospital after stabbing - ESPN
Washington Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks and a close friend were stabbed early Saturday during an altercation outside a downtown D.C. nightclub.

One of the 850 displaced fans calls Super Bowl Sunday "a nightmare" | ProFootballTalk
The NFL claimed on Super Bowl Sunday that 850 of the 1,250 Super Bowl ticket holders whose temporary seats weren’t available were well taken care of and received comparable or better seats. But members of that club of 850 keep coming forward to dispute that claim.

A simple solution to the rookie wage scale problem | ProFootballTalk
The various issues to be resolved in the current labor dispute include an effort by the NFL to reel in the windfalls paid to unproven rookies at the top of the draft. The problem is real, though the causes of it are subject to debate.

Arlington officials prevented Cowboys from assuming risk of incomplete seats | ProFootballTalk
As bad as the Super Bowl ticket fiasco ended up being for the NFL, it could have been much, much worse. Documents released by the City of Arlington on Friday indicate a concern by at least one Arlington official that the Cowboys were willing to roll the dice and take their chances that seats not cleared by the local officials wouldn’t, you know, collapse.

Ten things to know, right now, about the labor situation | ProFootballTalk
Last month, we slapped together a snapshot of 10 things to know, as of the day on last month when we slapped it together, about the labor situation. Much has happened since January 12, so it’s time to look as 10 things to know right now, now that we’ve slapped together 10 things to know.

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