6-17-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Offseason Stuff

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Time for todays links, with the main feature being something about Ray Horton, our awesome Defensive Coordinator.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals' Ray Horton rapidly approaching next level
Enjoy Ray Horton's encore in Arizona. It might be his last. That's not a bad thing. It means the Cardinals defense lives up to lofty expectations in 2012. It means they improve upon last season, when Horton's crew led the team to seven wins in their final nine games. It means the franchise is actually developing a coaching tree, one of the truer measures of respect in the NFL. Best of all, it means the Cardinals will have a fighting chance of reaching the postseason after a two-year absence. "Usually a top-10 defense is in the playoffs," Horton said. "And that's where we want to be." Entering his second year with the Cardinals, Horton is one of the hotter coordinators in the business. He started with a pedigree and by talking a great game. He backed it up over the second half of last season. By the time it was over, Horton earned a five-hour interview for the Rams' head-coaching vacancy, where he reportedly wowed his audience. Talk to him for five minutes, and you'll understand why.

Coaching As Father And Son
Russ and Chad Grimm carry out relationship working together

Arizona Sports News:

Los Angeles Angels' Ervin Santana nearly perfect in win over Arizona Diamondbacks
Ervin Santana took a perfect game into the seventh inning before finishing with a one-hitter, and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the Los Angeles Angels' 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Santana (4-7) bounced back from several rough outings by retiring Arizona's first 20 hitters before Justin Upton's two-out single to center in the seventh.

(Get five runs off of Dan Haren, then you do that. Really guys?)

Arizona Wildcats basketball coach Sean Miller receives contract extension
Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller will lead the Wildcats at least through the 2016-17 season.

Phoenix Mercury fall big to unbeaten Minnesota Lynx
Mercury's poor shooting leads to a lopsided 78-60 home loss to the Minnesota Lynx Friday night.

NFL News:

Another member of Colt McCoy’s family questions the Browns | ProFootballTalk
When the Browns allowed quarterback Colt McCoy to keep playing after suffering a concussion last season, his father Brad McCoy blasted the team for its treatment of his son. Now another member of McCoy’s family has taken a shot at the Browns — and all over a misunderstanding. Colt’s little brother Case McCoy, a quarterback for the Texas Longhorns, fell for a Twitter hoax saying that Colt had been traded, and responded to it by saying the Browns are "going downhill."

Colt McCoy, Brad Paisley Duet 'I'm Still A Guy' - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has had a rough go of it in the NFL, from nearly having his head detached from his body by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison to seeing the Browns draft quarterback Brandon Weeden in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Luckily McCoy knows he's still a guy, as he shows us in this video of him trying to sing "I'm Still A Guy" with country singer Brad Paisley.

Adam 'Pacman' Jones Ordered To Pay $11.6 Million, 'Devastating Amount' - SBNation.com
Adam 'Pacman' Jones has been ordered to pay $11.6 million to two security guards who were shot at Minxx strip club in 2007, but his lawyer says it is "a devastating amount for him financially".

Charles 'Peanut' Tillman Foils Packers Math Problem - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
For those who follow the NFL, and in particular the NFC North, you will know that the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers have a heated rivalry. The Bears' Pro-Bowl cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman has been a part of that rivalry for his entire NFL career, so it's no wonder he didn't appreciate a certain math problem with a Packers and Bears theme.

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