12/8 Arizona Cardinals news: Dockett's fine and other gameday prep stuff

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

The links to start your day

The Cardinals are in Seattle getting ready for their Sunday afternoon game. Here are the stories to start your Saturday.

Cardinals:

Word From the Birds Blog | Friday before the Seahawks
"It’s never to the point where you can’t improve and get better," Fitzgerald said. "That’s top to bottom, I don’t care about your position on the team. It teaches all of us how to deal with adversity. It’s a microcosm of life. Sometimes it doesn’t go your way and you have to continue to battle."

Rookie Tackles Take On CenturyLink
Notebook: Seahawks' Wilson makes great strides since Cards last saw him

Word From the Birds Blog | Considering a kickoff change

Born out of the constant discussion to make the NFL safer and prevent some of the dreaded concussions that have obviously become one of the league’s top topics, there has been talk about changing the kickoff rule again — this time, taking kickoffs out of the game altogether.

Reports: Cardinals fine Dockett $200K

Cardinals reportedly hit Darnell Dockett with huge fine over incident late in loss to Jets.

QB play has NFC West (except Cards) on rise

Wilson, Seahawks indicative of why NFC West is pulling away from Cardinals: It's all about the QBs.

Huard: 'Would feel better' if QB Lindley started - ArizonaSports.com

"I don't like the fact as a Seahawk rooting desperately for the Seahawks on Sunday to keep this thing going. I don't like the fact that Skelton is getting another lease on life," Huard said on Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo.

Whisenhunt: 'No question' Daryl Washington's a Pro Bowler - ArizonaSports.com

"I think so," Whisenhunt said when asked if Washington should be headed to Hawaii at season's end. "I don't think there's any question about that. I think about how lucky we were to get his contract extended with the way he's played."

NFL:

REPORT: Chargers Will Fire Norv Turner and A.J. Smith at the End of the Season - Bolts From The Blue

A report from Kevin Acee says that Dean Spanos has already set the wheels in motion for the firing of both the Chargers Head Coach and General Manager. Dean Spanos disagrees.

The NFL Playoff Race - Week 14 Edition - Windy City Gridiron

The NFL Playoff Race is super tight, particularly in the NFC. Taking a look at some of the things that can come out of Week 14.

Ben Roethlisberger to wear custom-made military-grade protective vest against Chargers in Week 14 - Behind the Steel Curtain

The same technology James Harrison and Ryan Clark use in their helmets is being used on a special vest to protect Ben Roethlisberger's injured right shoulder against San Diego when he makes his first start since Week 10.

Cecil Shorts injury: Jaguars WR ruled out Week 14 - Big Cat Country

The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out wide receiver Cecil Shorts for their Week 14 matchup with the New York Jets.

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