Time for some links, and not much going on right now besides the wait for the Draft and listening to Whiz and the rest of the gang talk about their plan while not revealing anything specific.
In other AZ Sports news, the Coyotes only need one more win to win the series against the Blackhawks. And on a personal note, I turned 21 today. Might as well mention it here.
Arizona Cardinals examining NFL draft possibilities
Cardinals General Manager Rod Graves and coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't end every sentence with "or vice versa" in a news conference on Thursday, but they probably could have. Following a long-standing NFL tradition, their 30-minute meeting with reporters about the draft was long on generalities and short on specifics. Asked what positions the team would like to address in next week's draft, Graves smiled and said, "You know we're going to say all of them." Whisenhunt, sitting to Graves' left, chimed in: "Kicker, but don't tell Jay (Feely) I said that." "Now that's misinformation," Graves responded.
Draft Discussions Come Now
April meetings done so draft day decisions should be easier
Chat wrap: No shortage of pre-draft smoke - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Rahim from Hackensack, N.J., thinks the Cardinals should get a "decent No. 2 receiver" for quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. He asks why teams expect their quarterbacks to succeed with limited talent. He put the word "limited" in caps and asked why Arizona hasn't addressed "the receiver problem" in free agency.
Word From the Birds Blog | A draft presser without specifics
Of course, it isn’t a surprise, but the press conference of general manager Rod Graves and coach Ken Whisenhunt was devoid of many specifics. The biggest thing, and again, not a surprise, was Whisenhunt’s comment about "needing" to take a tackle. "What we don’t want to do is draft a lineman just to draft a lineman," Whisenhunt said. "Just because you think that’s what you have to do." I don’t think that’s smokescreen either — the Cards aren’t going to take a tackle in the first round because of need. It’ll depend on the draft grades and who is left available.
Word From the Birds Blog | Fan Fest and Fitz’s swing for charity
In the past, the Cardinals have held Fan Fest the Saturday of minicamp, which always came one of the first couple of weekends in May. Minicamp no longer can be on the weekend — new CBA rules — and so Fan Fest has moved as well. It will still be held on the middle minicamp day. Now, that’s a Wednesday, June 13, and because of the time of year, it will be part of an evening practice at University of Phoenix Stadium. More details to come.
azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Some notes from pre-draft press conference
I've covered many press conferences in the months and days before the draft, and Dennis Green is the only coach I've ever heard tip his hand about his team's plans. If you listened carefully to Green, he would give you some pretty strong indications about the direction the Cardinals were going. As expected, General Manager Rod Graves and coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't provide any specifics in their press conference on Thursday. Graves smiled and chuckled near the end when I asked both of them what positions they would like to address in this draft. Whisenhunt jokingly said, "kicker." As usual, Graves and Whisenhunt said they are open to trades, up or down. They will evaluate all opportunities. Whisenhunt did say the team is not going to draft an offensive lineman just to draft one. The Cardinals will have to really like the player.
Report: Cardinals visit with Notre Dame WR Floyd - ArizonaSports.com
The NFL Draft is about a week away, and the Arizona Cardinals may be narrowing down their list of potential picks. And, according to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson, Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd may be on their short list.
Cardinals QB Kolb ready to move on and lead Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
Having gone through a season filled with an injuries and an offseason that nearly saw him lose his job, it would be understandable if Kevin Kolb's outlook going forward was not particularly positive. But, as he told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Wednesday, all is not lost. "I'm just glad I'm the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals," he said.
XTRA910 audio: Rating Cards' offseason - NFC West Blog - ESPN
An Arizona Cardinals fan or two has noted in the comments of recent items an apparent shortage of "positive" blog entries regarding the team. We've had this conversation before, leading to the list of things to like (and dislike) about the Cardinals heading toward the 2012 season. The subject came to mind again Wednesday when discussing with XTRA Sports 910 AM's Mike Jurecki various NFC West subjects, including the Cardinals' offseason trajectory, during our latest conversation.
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Phoenix Coyotes win in overtime again, build 3-1 series lead on Chicago Blackhawks
It was exactly the style of game the Coyotes are not only familiar with but thrive at executing. Play was tight, bonafide chances were slim, and the greasy areas on the ice revealed the difference makers. That's Dave Tippett hockey, and that apparently also is winning hockey, as the Coyotes combined a steady defensive approach with timely offense to orchestrate a 3-2 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game4 to earn a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Phoenix Suns pull out big victory over Los Angeles Clippers
The Suns had to hold their breath but they are still breathing playoff life. On the feistiest night of the season, the Suns came up with two key defensive stops in crunch time thanks to Sebastian Telfair being substituted on Chris Paul and Phoenix beat the Los Angeles Clippers 93-90 on Thursday night at US Airways Center. The Suns (33-30) moved back into an eighth-place tie with the Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot with three games left for each team to play. Houston fell a game back of both with its sixth consecutive loss, putting the Suns in a situation to clinch a playoff spot if they can win at home Saturday against Denver and at Utah on Tuesday. If Utah wins its final three games at home against Orlando, Phoenix and Portland, it will make the playoffs.
Atlanta Braves rough up Arizona Diamondbacks in series opener
It was not a "win-or-else" scenario for Josh Collmenter, but the Diamondbacks pitcher had to be feeling a little heat before taking the mound Thursday night. In his previous two outings, he struggled mightily and entered the game against the Braves with an ERA of 12.86, having been roughed up for 10 earned runs in seven innings. In short, he needed a quality outing. He did not get it. Collmenter fared somewhat better against Atlanta, but it likely still was not enough to get the target off his back. He gave up two first-inning runs, then was victimized by some bad luck - about the only kind he has had this season - and the Diamondbacks were flattened 10-2, their third loss in a row, in front of 18,110 at Chase Field.
Which teams can maximzing trading down - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Trading down in an NFL draft to acquire additional picks sounds good in theory. Sometimes, it's tough finding a trading partner. Other times, sacrificing quality for quantity hurts a team's prospects. But in every case, making an effort to trade down requires a team to trust its ability to find quality players later in a draft -- often in the middle rounds.
Colts Tell Andrew Luck He'll Be No. 1 Pick, According To Report - SBNation.com
I can't remember a time when news of this caliber isn't even the slightest surprise but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Indianapolis Colts have told Stanford's Andrew Luck that he will be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Colts said just this week that they've decided on who the No. 1 pick will be but did not disclose the name.
Here Come The Robert Griffin III Criticisms - SBNation.com
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has been marked for the Washington Redskins since they traded up to the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Griffin has been one of the more personable and seemingly marketable players to come out in the NFL Draft in quite some time. There has been tons of praise heaped on Griffin for his personality, intelligence, work ethic, and character - so it was just a matter of time before criticism sprang up. According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn, two scouts noted that Griffin's personality leaves a bit to be desired.
VIDEO: LaMarr Woodley Can Pull Off A Good Prank - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley has a very impressive prank on a few of his fellow NFL buddies, including Chiefs WR Steve Breaston, Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis and Falcons RB Michael Turner. I don't want to totally ruin it for you, but the prank involves the three players thinking they're entering a photo shoot and, as it turns out, the photographers want the players to look like a blend between a man and woman -- "It's really in right now" -- and Breaston at one point is referred to as a "colonial prostitute."
Goodell tells Minnesota governor failure to pass stadium bill will trigger "serious consequences" | ProFootballTalk
After years of tiptoeing through the tulips in the Twin Cities, the Vikings and the NFL have brought out the wrecking ball.