2-25-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Understanding Underclassmen
Teams have small window to learn about non-seniors

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Combine plan
Things are underway at the NFL Combine here in Indianapolis. The city is flooded with guys wearing NFL apparel, and many of them will be making appearances here in the press room at Lucas Oil Field.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Furloughs and paycuts
Negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement continue, and most NFL teams already have made plans for cutbacks in the event of a lockout.

Arizona Cardinals' offensive line may not be a concern
There is no need to crunch the numbers to prove the Cardinals should have concerns about their offensive line. A little tickle and they will tell all you need to know.

Considering Kolb
General manager Rod Graves couldn’t talk about it today and realistically, nothing can happen unless/until the new CBA is finalized. But floating around the NFL combine Thursday — not surprisingly — was talk of Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb, and his possible availability on the trade market. Let’s say he is available. What would the cost be? The general feeling here is those teams at the top of the draft — many of whom need a quarterback — probably wouldn’t deal a No. 1 pick.

With plenty of needs, Cards turn an eye toward draft
Cardinals fans don't need an offseason to evaluate the team's greatest need. Sixteen games with Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton at quarterback took care of that.

Some combine tidbits
It’s been a slow start today (which is usual for the first day in Indy). Few players have come by yet, but there have been a bunch of coaches and GMs. So there have been a few things to chew on:

Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns hold off short-handed Atlanta Hawks
The Suns need some breaks to help them make the playoffs. They got some this week, with Utah and Denver trading All-Stars and an All-Star break that suited them well. The Suns began their post-break playoff chase by making their own breaks Wednesday night in a 105-97 win against the Atlanta Hawks at US Airways Center.

Teddy Purcell, Tampa Bay Lightning end Phoenix Coyotes win streak
Teddy Purcell had his first career hat trick, Vincent Lecavalier added a goal and four assists and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended Phoenix's eight-game winning streak with an 8-3 victory.

ASU quarterback Steven Threet gives up football
Quarterback Steven Threet, who has suffered four concussions in the past five years, has decided to end his football career at Arizona State.

Phoenix Suns trading Goran Dragic for Aaron Brooks from Houston Rockets
The Suns traded backup point guard Goran Dragic and a lottery-protected first-round pick to Houston for point guard Aaron Brooks.

NFL Videos: Dockett dishes on Total Access
Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett gives Warren Sapp the lowdown on the offseason, his team and combine advice for the young guns.

Combine Chat With Rod Graves and Steve Keim

Blaine Gabbert's combine decision could hurt him
Five years ago, two highly rated college quarterbacks took different approaches to the NFL combine. One, fearing backlash about his arm strength, opted not to work out for scouts. The other, hoping to raise his stock, did everything that was asked. Guess which one was Matt Leinart. The decision might have nothing to do with why the Leinart-Cardinals marriage never reached its potential, but at the very least, it should serve as a cautionary tale as the Cardinals continue their preparation for the NFL draft.

Is Kevin Kolb the next Aaron Rodgers?
The similarities between quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and Aaron Rodgers can’t be denied, something the Cardinals need to recognize.

Denver Broncos call Kyle Orton their starting quarterback
Broncos coach John Fox called Kyle Orton his starting quarterback on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine, but probably didn't diffuse speculation that Orton could play in a different uniform this season. Orton has been a subject of trade rumors, with the Cardinals named as one of his potential future employers. Asked whether Orton, the starter, could be on the trade block, Fox replied: "I think it'd be pretty hard to be both."

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - No pants on the ground
It's early in Jim Harbaugh's tenure as 49ers coach, but my first impression is that other teams in the NFC West, like the Cardinals, should be worried. Under former coach Mike Singletary, there was always a feeling that the 49ers would implode at some point during a season. And that feeling often proved true. Harbaugh gives off a different vibe. He talked for 15 minutes today at the NFL Combine. And while he said little that was newsworthy, Harbaugh was in control throughout. That was not always the case with Singletary.

NFL: Labor woes mean QB-needy teams must focus on draft - ESPN
Kevin Kolb could be had for a first-round choice and something else. A second-round pick could net Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton. Carson Palmer continues to campaign for a trade that isn't being considered by Bengals ownership. At some point, Donovan McNabb will be released or traded by the Washington Redskins. The quarterback trade market could be hot and heavy, but all those plans are on hold until owners and players see whether they can hash out a labor agreement. No agreement means no trades, so, for now, teams have to take a close look at the quarterbacks in the draft, starting at the scouting combine this week.

Joe Flacco led the league in holding on to the ball | ProFootballTalk
You hear announcers say it all the time: "That sack was on the quarterback." So which quarterbacks hold on to the ball the most? According to a report by J.J. Cooper of Fanhouse, Joe Flacco was the biggest culprit in terms of self-inflicted sacks in 2010, with Ben Roethlisberger an unsurprising second.

NFL Videos: Deion on big-name QBs
Deion Sanders takes a look at some of the storylines for big name QBs in the off-season.

John Fox: Kyle Orton, not Tim Tebow, is Denver Broncos' starting QB - ESPN
Kyle Orton didn't want to return to Denver next season as Tim Tebow's backup. He's getting his wish: his name will be atop the Broncos depth chart at quarterback whenever players reconvene following the league's labor negotiations.

Mediator: NFL labor talks to resume Tuesday - ESPN
The federal mediator overseeing the NFL's labor talks with the players' union says some progress was made, but very strong differences remain.

Pacman Jones gets probation for 2007 strip club melee - ESPN
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Pacman Jones has been sentenced to probation and 200 hours of community service under a plea deal for his role in a 2007 strip club melee in Las Vegas.

Dallas Cowboys to interview Heisman winner Cam Newton at NFL scouting combine - ESPN Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys are going to interview Heisman winner Cam Newton at NFL scouting combine.

Cam Newton to Cowboys talk heating up | ProFootballTalk
Cowboys owner and G.M. Jerry Jones always wants to create a buzz with his team’s first-round draft pick. Now there’s talk that he’s looking at drafting the player who’s generating the most buzz of any prospect in this year’s draft: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

NFL.com news: Is it football stardom or Hollywood fame Newton seeks?
Being a top-of-the-draft player, particularly if you're a quarterback, is going to lead to inspection into the person as much as the athlete, and it can be invasive. So when Cam Newton serves something up like he did to Sports Illustrated's Peter King earlier this week -- "I see myself not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon." -- it's going to make waves. Cue the red flags. Or just wave them, because guess what? Those were already there.

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