3-18-11: Bird Droppings - QB options, Gabberts Pro Day, Potential of 2010 Draft Class

GLENDALE AZ - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Troy Smith #1 of the San Francisco 49ers scrambles with the football under pressure from Dan Williams #92 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Links, including stuff on Warner's thoughts on possible QBs, Gabbert's Pro Day, the potential of Dan Williams and other previous Draft Classes, the struggles of the Pass Defense, a nice win by the Coyotes, and more NFL labor talk along with more stuff.

Bulger, Palmer, Newton as QB options - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kurt Warner offered a few thoughts on Marc Bulger, Carson Palmer and Cam Newton as potential quarterback candidates for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, courtesy of The Fan 1060 in Phoenix.

Word From the Birds Blog " The time to consider Gabbert "
Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert had his pro day today, a slightly more impactful event than, say, Cam Newton’s because Gabbert didn’t throw at the combine. Reports from the workout say Gabbert generally threw well; ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said scouts are telling him he has good arm strength but not great arm strength. SI’s Don Banks tweeted the consensus he is getting is that Gabbert indeed can be a franchise QB. The Cards were represented at the Missouri pro day by a scout and offensive coordinator Mike Miller. Some combination of team officials will meet with Gabbert again either next week or soon after.

 

Secret Superstar: Dan Williams, Arizona Cardinals | ProFootballFocus.com
When you have a glaring deficiency like the Cardinals did at the nose tackle spot, there could be a temptation to rush your rookie into the starting lineup. So, in some respect, you credit the Cardinals for resisting this urge, opting to use Williams from the bench and even deactivating him when he couldn’t reach his weight target. In other respects, however, you can’t help but feel they were trying too hard to make a point. The end result being: they kept one of their best players off the field.

Scout.com: Cardinals' 2010 draft class shows promise
The Cardinals are coming off a disappointing 5-11 campaign, but the 2010 draft class shows promise for the future.

A couple of votes for the Cardinals preferring Gabbert to Newton | ProFootballTalk

At this point, it would be a surprise if the Cardinals even had the choice whether to select Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert. If they do have that choice, a couple of close Cardinals watchers believe they will take Gabbert.

Chat wrap: Serious draft considerations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Shane (Los Angeles, CA): Who would you pick at #5 for the Cards? Assume that your pick is in play at No. 5. If PP7 [Patrick Peterson] is there and they don't want him, there would be NO shortage of teams looking to trade up (Eagles, Cowboys, maybe Pats for starters). What do you think about the Cards trading down?

Health clubs can't beat these incentives - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The price NFL players pay in the weight room can pay off in more ways than one. As ESPN's Adam Schefter notes, a long list of NFL players stand to collect substantial sums for participating in most of their team's offseason workouts -- provided the lockout ends in time for them to participate.

NFC West players, alumni lead labor charge - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Lately, it's tough following the NFL labor dispute without hearing from players linked to current NFC West franchises. Receiver Sean Morey, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals and briefly the Seattle Seahawks, is on the attack after the league proposed new safety-related rules.

2011 NFL Draft: Cardinals' pass defense - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals allowed 12 touchdown passes last season on attempts that traveled at least 15 yards past the line of scrimmage. No team allowed more, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Kurt Warner: Marc Bulger would be great fit in Arizona | ProFootballTalk
A year ago at this time, there was a widespread belief that the Cardinals were interested in bringing Marc Bulger to town should he become available. A certain expert on the Cardinals offense thinks Bulger would be a great fit.

They Know Their Video
Coaches, scouts, players reap benefits of technology

Scout.com: Cardinals: Top draft picks not performing
Since 2008, the Cardinals top draft picks have underperformed, a trend they’ll look to end this April.

Ray Whitney, Radim Vrbata lift Phoenix Coyotes past Edmonton Oilers
Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist Thursday and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 for their fourth victory in a row.

Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash pressing teammates to 'fight for each other'
With 16 games remaining in the regular season, the Suns, who have lost four games in a row, face an uphill battle for a playoff spot. The final stretch, Steve Nash says, will be challenging. The margin for error is slim, and he knows the team is "in a really tough spot."

Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye did 'everything' to work ahead of rehab
Healing is more than a matter of time. Just because Channing Frye's dislocated right shoulder was slapped with a two-to-three-week healing label didn't mean he would disappear to bed rest until the door to a return swung open this weekend.

Report: Meriweather was the shooter | ProFootballTalk
Last week, an attorney in Florida claimed publicly that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather pulled the trigger on a gun that fired a bullet that grazed one man and struck another in the head.

Roger Goodell says game, shared economics at risk in letter to NFL players - ESPN
Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote NFL players Thursday, outlining the league's last proposal to the union and cautioning that "each passing day puts our game and our shared economics further at risk."

Kevin Burnett of San Diego Chargers calls Roger Goodell 'blatant liar' - ESPN
San Diego Chargers linebacker Kevin Burnett delivered a verbal hit to Roger Goodell earlier this week, calling the commissioner a "blatant liar" in an interview with a San Diego radio station.

Chester Pitts on Goodell letter: "We’re not that stupid" | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a letter to all players summarizing the terms of last Friday’s offer to the NFLPA*, and urging the players to ask the NFLPA* to continue negotiations. The early reaction to the letter isn’t good.

Former NFL player Sean Morey: New rule changes don't address real problems - ESPN
A member of the NFLPA's executive committee says the league tries to blame players for how violent the game has become.

John Elway, NFL coaches at QB Blaine Gabbert's pro day - ESPN
Six head coaches, several general managers and a Hall of Fame passer turned front-office executive joined scouts from each of the 32 NFL teams to watch former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert as he worked out with a chance to be the No. 1 selection in April's draft.

Eagles fans rated as worst in America | ProFootballTalk
This one comes from our "stuff we’re writing about in an attempt to find anything not related to the lockout" department: A new ranking of the worst sports fans in America ranks Philadelphia Eagles fans at the top of the list, which is to say the bottom of the barrel.

Exclusive: SB Nation Interviews NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Negotiator Jeff Pash - SBNation.com
Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL negotiator Jeff Pash spoke exclusively with SB Nation on Thursday covering a range of topics including the NFL lockout and the fans' role in the labor negotiations.

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