5-5-11: Bird Droppings - Who Will The Quarterback Be? Crowded Running Back Stable

More links for today, again a lot of them are related to our amazing QB situation and who the next guy in could be, also an update on Fitz holding some workouts for his teammates.

The thing I started earlier this week by posting pictures of possible Quarterbacks for the Cardinals to go with these articles continues with one of our favorite neckbeard, Kyle Orton.

Also, let me know if the new way I am sorting the links is a good way to go from now on. Since I try to get a lot of stuff in here, I am adding bolded text saying if it is Cardinals News, Arizona Sports News, or NFL News.

Cardinals News:

Five reasons why Ryan Williams was drafted by the Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
When the Arizona Cardinals selected Ryan Williams with the 38th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft it seemed like a bit of a shock. With Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells already on the roster and other positions seeming to be bigger "needs" for the team, one can understand why there was questioning right when the pick was made. I've come up with five reasons for why Williams being drafted by the Cardinals makes sense.

Scouts think Marc Bulger may be washed up - ArizonaSports.com
Is Marc Bulger done? Apparently many scouts around the NFL believe so. In an NFL.com column Jason La Canfora says this offseason could be the ‘worst crop of free agents in modern-era system', and he includes Bulger as one of them.

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald organizes workout
Soon after being drafted last Saturday by the Cardinals last Saturday, receiver DeMarco Sampson received a phone call from "an anonymous player" inviting him to Phoenix to attend off-season workouts organized by receiver Larry Fitzgerald. So Sampson caught a flight from San Diego and is staying at the home of Fitzgerald. It doesn't take CSI-Phoenix to figure out who made the phone call. "I'm not trying to blow him up or toot his horn," Sampson said. "I feel like ever since I met him, he's a real humble guy. He doesn't live the typical life of an athlete." Sampson and Fitzgerald were among about 20 quarterbacks and receivers who threw and caught during a session Wednesday morning. Many other Cardinals players were there, including quarterbacks John Skelton and Rich Bartel, and receivers Steve Breaston, and Stephen Williams.

azcentral.com blogs - Bob Young - Cardinals still getting no love
The folks at Bodog.com, the web-based sports book, have released adjusted odds for the upcoming NFL season after seeing what teams got in the draft. Sorry to say the Cardinals are still not getting any love from the Wise Guys. The Cardinals are a 75-1 shot to win the Super Bowl. Of course, not having a quarterback will do that to you. Only the Seahawks, Bills and Panthers are given worse odds than the Big Red.

Former scout gives Cardinals' draft high marks - ArizonaSports.com
Most NFL draft grades are fairly meaningless. They come from ‘experts' who haven't been around the team or who don't have a background in talent evaluation. That is until now. Dave Razzano, a former Arizona Cardinals scout who now writes for Playmakermobile.com, had nothing but praise for his previous employers' draft.

Chat wrap: Reaching for quarterbacks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Derrik (AZ): If I were the Cardinals' general manager, I'd trade a 2012 first-round pick along with Beanie Wells for Kevin Kolb. If Philly wanted Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie instead of Wells, then I might call Denver to see if Orton could be had for a second-round pick.

Bidwill Reunites With "Lombardi"
Cardinals owner takes in play about former coach, friend

Darnell Dockett is one of the most influential athletes on Twitter - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett sure likes to tweet a lot. To date he's sent out over 10,000 of them. While some have gotten him in trouble, it looks like they're finally paying off. Kind of. On Thursday Dockett was named by Ad.ly as one of the most influential athletes on Twitter. He shouldn't get overly excited though. According to PopEater.com, the list only includes athletes who are in the Ad.ly network.

Wolf: 'Cardinals are players in the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes' - ArizonaSports.com
We've heard national analysts like ESPN's Adam Schefter say the Arizona Cardinals in heavy pursuit of Kevin Kolb but we've yet to hear any local experts weigh in. That is until now. Sports 620 KTAR host and Arizona Cardinals color analyst Ron Wolfley says he's been told that Kolb is indeed on the team's radar.

Word From the Birds Blog - Considering the crowded backfield
Last year, the Cardinals had four running backs: Tim Hightower, Beanie Wells, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Jason Wright. One time, in Kansas City, both LSH and Wright were out with injuries. Stephens-Howling missed two other games. Beanie missed three games himself (Hightower played in all 16 games). In all, there were 10 games in which the Cards had and used all four backs. It can work and, given how much practice was missed during the season as one or more of them had nagging aliments, all four were needed.

Let’s all say it together: McNabb isn’t going to the Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb has a home in Arizona, and the Cardinals need a quarterback. But McNabb isn’t going to the Cardinals.

Post-Draft Live Chat
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Arizona Sports News:

Colorado Rockies use big innings to defeat Arizona Diamondbacks
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson turned over his lineup card and flashed it quickly to reporters, revealing a hand-written list of what he said was a six-pack of mistakes perpetrated by his club in a 6-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. In his typically coy fashion, Gibson wouldn't say which six miscues he had highlighted. Nor would he answer the other tough question of the night: Does right-hander Barry Enright, who gave up six runs in struggling for the fifth time in six starts this season, deserve to retain his spot in the starting rotation? Gibson sidestepped both topics, leaving onlookers to speculate.

azcentral.com blogs - RichardObertRattlers Blog - RichardObertRattlers - Rattlers fall from top spot in coaches' poll
The Rattlers lost their grip on the No.1 spot in the Arena Football League coaches' poll, after holding onto it for five weeks.

Two-year battle for Phoenix Coyotes drags on in Glendale
It was two years ago this week that Jerry Moyes, then-owner of the Phoenix Coyotes, dropped a bombshell on Glendale. He was putting the team into bankruptcy. Everybody knew the professional hockey franchise was in dire financial trouble.

Pac-12 takes a big step forward
How appropriate that the official announcement came in a banquet hall with an 18-karat gold leaf ceiling, in a hotel inspired by one of this country's finer architects. Thanks to a monster media deal with ESPN and Fox, Commissioner Larry Scott has transformed the soon-to-be Pac-12 into a skyscraper on the college athletics landscape. "From a competitive standpoint, we're no longer the stepchild," Oregon State men's basketball coach Craig Robinson said. And you, the fan, will benefit.

Phoenix Mercury announce TV broadcast schedule
The Mercury will have 14 televised contests in the 2011 season, including eight home games and six road games, between local FOX Sports Arizona channels and WNBA national broadcasts, the team announced Thursday. Fans can also watch every Mercury game via LiveAccess on phoenixmercury.com, with the exception of nationally televised games and potential ESPN blackouts, which will be archived for later viewing.

Glendale putting together new financing deal for Coyotes - ArizonaSports.com
Roughly two years after the Phoenix Coyotes' ownership saga began there might finally be light at the end of the tunnel. That is if a political group doesn't try to block it.

NFL News:

NFL.com news: 2011 could offer worst crop of free agents in modern-era system
Vonta Leach might be one of the true anomalies in the NFL right now -- a Pro Bowl free-agent-to-be, still yet to turn 30. In this distorted labor situation, that alone will put you in some pretty exclusive company. Teams and agents, operating under the awkward backdrop of an on-again, off-again, on-again lockout, still do not know when the 2011 league year will begin and what it will look like. Some clarity is expected when the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals makes a decision on whether or not to stay Judge Susan Nelson's decision to enjoin the lockout. The possibility exists that the NFL will have to impose rules for the 2011 season at some point, and if it does, general managers expect those rules to look an awful lot like those used in the 2010 season. That included players needing six years of accrued seasons to become unrestricted free agents (rather than four, the norm during the past CBA).

More and more players speak out against Goodell | ProFootballTalk
A couple of weeks ago, Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco swooned like a ’62 Beatles teeny bopper after spending an hour on the phone with Commissioner Roger Goodell. But Chad is in the distinct minority when it comes to warm and fuzzies for the man who currently presides over pro football.

On Mendenhall, Ryan Clark says "social media is ruining the world" | ProFootballTalk
Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall created a storm of controversy with a string of Twitter messages posted Monday. His first teammate to publicly address the situation was safety Ryan Clark. Clark joined Jason Horowitz and Steve Phillips of SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio on Wednesday to discuss the controversy. Clark’s message? "My first reaction to it really is that social media is ruining the world."

Hines Ward of Pittsburgh Steelers detained at gunpoint in mix-up - ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and Dancing With the Stars contestant Hines Ward was briefly detained at gunpoint Thursday in a mix-up over a reported stolen car, but he was released without being arrested, police said.

Poll: Which owner best in NFC West? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The next ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings go straight to the top. Who are the best team owners in the league? We'll break out the results Tuesday. First, I'd like to count your votes on the best owners in the NFC West.

NFL.com news: 'Thursday Night Football' broadcast welcomes Mayock, Nessler
Viewers will be greeted by some new faces on "Thursday Night Football" telecasts this season.

NFL.com news: Five things I liked about draft, making sense of what I didn't
With a few days now to reflect on what happened in the 2011 NFL Draft, it's a perfect time to review it in its totality. Some things I loved, hated, am not too sure about, and some things I think need explaining.

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