2-2-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Keeping Larry Fitzgerald could be tough - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The past 13 months have given Larry Fitzgerald plenty to think about heading into the final year of his contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals, Steelers and Keith Butler - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Keith Butler didn't want to say much, at least initially, about his prospects as a candidate to become the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator. "I'm Sergeant Schultz -- I know nothing," the Pittsburgh Steelers' linebackers coach joked during Super Bowl media day Tuesday.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Finding a pass rusher
One of the Cardinals' unfulfilled goals the last four years has been to develop young outside linebackers who can rush the passer. Injuries have played a part, as have mistakes in the draft (Cody Brown). Making a transition from a college defensive end to an NFL outside linebacker is not easy. Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler provided some insight on that at media day on Tuesday.

Arizona Cardinals' next coordinator could be at Super Bowl
Good thing the NFL held Super Bowl XLV media day at Cowboys Stadium on Tuesday. Otherwise, you wouldn't have been able to twirl a Terrible Towel or don a Cheesehead without hitting a candidate for the Cardinals' vacant defensive coordinator's job.

Props for Fitz, Feely, Campbell — and Warner’s place
Profootballfocus.com — a site that breaks down statistics (like footballoutsiders.com) to try and get some perspective on players and teams — put together an all-NFC West team. Only three Cardinals were chosen: wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, defensive end Calais Campbell and kicker Jay Feely. (It’s not to be confused with Sando’s all-NFC West team, where he had Fitz and guard Deuce Lutui on offense, safety Adrian Wilson on defense, and Feely as his kicker). The most interesting part on the PFF article was the note that only 55.38 percent of the passes thrown to Fitzgerald (who had 90 receptions) were even rated as catchable (This is where I insert a *smh*).

Phoenix Coyotes allow San Jose Sharks to rally from 3-goal deficit
Patrick Marleau provided a fitting ending to a night that began with a pregame ceremony honoring his 1,000th career game last month.

Cheerleaders Heading To Japan
Cheerleaders Heading To Japan

2010 Year In Review - Part II
2010 Year In Review - Part II

Espo: What The Bachelor can teach us about the Arizona Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
Monday nights in my house have gone from a night of football and sarcastic comedies to something slightly less manly. When I say slightly less manly, I mean a complete man card violation. I've found myself relegated to sitting on the couch while Mrs. Espo watches The Bachelor. As much as I act like I hate it and file protests to the household commissioner, who also happens to be Mrs. Espo, I have a confession: it's actually a semi-enjoyable show. By enjoyable I mean, it has an element of sport to it, like the NFL games that have so cruelly left me with this reality TV, that leaves me yelling at the television more than the Arizona Cardinals did this fall.

Super Bowl QBs a stark contrast
One quarterback is known for patience and class. The other has a history of recklessness and bad manners. Whom do you like?

Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger hug it out | ProFootballTalk
The tired Ben Roethlisberger redemption train has rolled into Dallas, with Roethlisberger surprisingly unwilling to reflect much on his personal journey over the last year. The Steelers quarterback is willing to open up to the right source, though. Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote a revealing piece last week, and Big Ben spent part of his Tuesday making up with Terry Bradshaw of FOX.

Donovan McNabb hasn’t heard from the Redskins | ProFootballTalk
A month after the 2010 season ended, Donovan McNabb has no idea where he’ll be playing whenever the 2011 season starts.

Super Bowl XLV: James Harrison tackles safety issue on media day - ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison used the biggest media stage -- the Super Bowl -- to make a statement to the NFL about its increased amount of fines and issues with player safety.

Tom Brady of New England Patriots named AP Offensive Player of the Year - ESPN Boston
Tom Brady has won The Associated Press 2010 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award for the second time in four seasons.

Super Bowl XLV: Maurkice Pouncey off crutches, hopes to play Sunday - ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey says he still hopes to play in the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers despite dealing with a high left ankle sprain.

Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger tells Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler to 'keep his head up' - ESPN Chicago
No stranger to controversy -- albeit for much different reasons -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger offered advice to embattled Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Tuesday at Super Bowl media day.

NFL playoffs: Jerry Jones: NFL won't turn cold shoulder for Super Bowl - ESPN Dallas
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn't worried that the NFL will turn a cold shoulder to his billion-dollar showplace after the first Super Bowl week in Dallas-Fort Worth arrived with a big chill.

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