2-16-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals lays on the field after getting hit by the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 19 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


Arizona Cardinals promote Mike Miller to offensive coordinator
The Arizona Cardinals have promoted Mike Miller to offensive coordinator. Miller served as the Cardinals passing game coordinator for the last two seasons after two years as the team's wide receivers coach.

Miller Promoted To Offensive Coordinator
Passing game coordinator elevated in final staff restructuring

Thoughts on Cards' offensive coordinator - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' decision to name Mike Miller offensive coordinator strikes me as one of those good-news, bad-news developments.

Arizona Cardinals name Louie Cioffi defensive backs coach
Arizona Cardinals name Louie Cioffi defensive backs coach, Louie Cioffi spent the past 14 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Immortalizing Cards
While the main reason receiver Steve Breaston wanted to meet comic book icon Todd McFarlane a couple weeks ago was Breaston’s love of comics, there was a side benefit Breaston didn’t know about much before he headed over — McFarlane’s company also produces SportsPicks figures, the six-inch replicas of many sports stars. Breaston got a brief talk about how the figures are made (photo to the right) and got a chance to see examples of almost all the figures the company has created (each sport’s figures are hanging on walls inside the McFarlane offices).

Cardinals' Horton: In players we trust - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Pittsburgh Steelers allowed an NFL-low one run covering at least 20 yards last season. The Arizona Cardinals allowed 19, more than every team but Denver (23). Former Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton, the Cardinals' new defensive coordinator, knew the first stat. He cited a variation of it Tuesday during a Sirius radio interview. It's unclear whether Horton knew the second stat, but if the Cardinals had no problems on defense, they wouldn't have hired Horton in the first place.

Feely goes into labor
Cardinals kicker Jay Feely, the team’s player representative, has been part of some of the talks thus far this offseason regarding the NFL’s labor issues (including an NFLPA press conference at the Super Bowl pictured below; that’s Feely in the back row just over the left shoulder of Kevin Mawae — sorry Jay, it’s the only picture out there that included you). Some of Feely’s comments about the talks and, specifically, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to a New York radio station, grabbed headlines. But his theme has been fairly straight-forward, a hope that reasonable minds on both sides will eventually help complete a new CBA.

Kiper mock 2.0: Thoughts on Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mel Kiper's second mock draft for 2011 serves as a good conversation starter for NFC West fans looking forward to April. I'll conclude with a look at his plans for the Arizona Cardinals, who hold the No. 5 overall choice.

Phoenix Suns defeat Utah Jazz for season sweep
The Suns did not fix the whole fourth-quarter problem, but they took care of how to finish it this time.

Phoenix Coyotes beat Washington Capitals for fifth straight win
OK, it's a broken record - but it's one the Coyotes would like to keep hearing because it's stuck on the phrase "Bryzgalov does it again."

Cioffi officially hired as DB coach
In news that had been expected, the Cardinals have hired long-time Bengals assistant Sigismondo "Louie" Cioffi as defensive backs coach to join last week’s hire, Deshea Townsend, as the team’s new secondary bosses. Cioffi and Townsend replace Donnie Henderson and Rick Courtright, who were let go. Cioffi doesn’t turn 38 until September, but he has already coached in the NFL for 16 seasons, including with the Bengals since 1997. He spent time coaching both with new defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Dick LeBeau, so those ties remain strong. I don’t expect the Cards to make any further hires on the coaching staff either.

How franchise moves affect NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Quick thoughts on how NFL teams' decisions regarding the franchise tag could affect the most glamorous division:

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Latest Projections Include Cam Newton, Pass Rusher For Cardinals - SB Nation Arizona
The 2011 NFL Draft is yet approaching and soon upon us is the NFL Combine, where draft-eligible players will show off their stuff and NFL team scouts and officials observe, interview and probe potential contributors to their football teams. Players like Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Von Miller and Nick Fairley are all expected to go early, but draft experts keep changintg their projections for the top of the draft.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - What new hires mean
Throughout 2010, the Cardinals blamed many of their defensive problems on communications breakdowns, a category so broad that it encompassed most any mistake.

The Kevin Kolb Crush
Here at The Heat Index, we are fascinated by this budding man-romance involving Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb.

NFL Rumors: 10 Reasons Kevin Kolb Would Be Great For The Arizona Cardinals | Bleacher Report
ESPN analyst John Clayton said Tuesday that the Eagles could get a first and third round pick from the Arizona Cardinals for Kevin Kolb. With that said, it looks as if Kevin Kolb will be heading to the desert.

The promotion of Mike Miller
Coach Ken Whisenhunt will be talking to the media later today about his restructured coaching staff now that the Cards are done moving around pieces, but the news Mike Miller has been promoted to offensive coordinator — I’m sure — comes as a relief to many fans. What does it mean?

Money rules football, and greed isn't far behind
Football is a mirror for America. Are you afraid? Can you live without it?

Kiper mock 2.0: Thoughts on Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mel Kiper's second mock draft for 2011 serves as a good conversation starter for NFC West fans looking forward to April. I'll begin with a look at his plans for the Seattle Seahawks, who hold the No. 25 overall choice.

Kiper mock 2.0: Thoughts on Rams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mel Kiper's second mock draft Insider for 2011 serves as a good conversation starter for NFC West fans looking forward to April. I'll continue with a look at his plans for the St. Louis Rams, who hold the No. 14 overall choice.

Kiper mock 2.0: Thoughts on 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mel Kiper's second mock draft for 2011 serves as a good conversation starter for NFC West fans looking forward to April. I'll continue with a look at his plans for the San Francisco 49ers, who hold the No. 7 overall choice.

Source: LaMarr Woodley expected to receiver Pittsburgh Steelers' franchise tag - ESPN
The Pittsburgh Steelers will place its franchise tag on linebacker LaMarr Woodley, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Source: QB Peyton Manning receives franchise tag from Indianapolis Colts - ESPN
The Indianapolis Colts have designated quarterback Peyton Manning as their franchise, a source told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says labor talks must 'accelerate' - ESPN
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicates the 2011 regular season could be in jeopardy if the league and its players' union don't start serious negotiations toward a new labor deal soon.

Dick LeBeau says he'll be back to run Steelers' D - ESPN
Dick LeBeau said Tuesday he will be back for a 10th season as the Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive coordinator.

NFL.com news: Combine could be extremely important for 2011 QB class
The 2011 quarterback class features several intriguing possibilities, but lacks a definitive franchise player. Although Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett are possible first-round hopefuls, the leader of the pack has yet to be defined.

NFL.com news: Expect teams to study, copy Packers' plan of attack vs. Steelers
Every Super Bowl has an impact on the following season.

Haynesworth accused of sexual assault | ProFootballTalk
It never ends.

Philadelphia Eagles franchise Michael Vick, give David Akers transition tag - ESPN
The Eagles placed their franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick on Tuesday.

San Diego Chargers place franchise tag on WR Vincent Jackson - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers placed their franchise tag on wide receiver Vincent Jackson, the team announced Tuesday.

WR Legedu Naanee of San Diego Chargers arrested on intoxication charge - ESPN
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Legedu Naanee faces charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest after police say he ignored officers' orders to stay away from a weekend homicide scene in Indianapolis.

Ex-Baltimore Ravens assistant Jim Zorn to coach Kansas City Chiefs' QBs - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs have hired Jim Zorn as quarterbacks coach.

Baltimore Ravens sign coach John Harbaugh to 3-year extension - ESPN
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has signed a three-year extension that will keep him under contract through 2014.

Plenty of time for Carson Palmer to change his mind | ProFootballTalk
At the moment, Carson Palmer seems like a man who’s ready to leave Cincinnati for good. Palmer says he feels strongly that a separation is needed, he’s selling his house in Cincinnati, and he’s stating emphatically that he wants to be traded. But that doesn’t mean Palmer won’t be a Bengal in 2011.

The NFL Lockout Needs A Villain, And Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson Looks Perfect - SBNation.com
A potential NFL lockout is a few weeks away but if we're going to stay sane through all this, we'll need someone to take the blame. And for that job, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has all the credentials we're looking for.

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