9-8-12 Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings: One More Day!

On the eve of the Cardinals/Seahawks season opener, please continue reading and pick from the daily links to start your day with. There is Cardinals news and NFL news, that being the big news about the suspensions of the players involved in Bountygate.

Cardinals news:

Word From the Birds Blog | Friday before the Seahawks
Coach Ken Whisenhunt noted "there is a lot more unknown with our team," between how the new offensive line will hold up to John Skelton as cemented starter for the first time (remember last year, when Kevin Kolb was healthy, he was put back in the lineup). But Whiz did say "I think everyone is always optimistic going into the first game," and I think that’s true. There is going to be a sense of us-against-the-world right now in the locker room. A lot of teams go down that road (even good teams that aren’t criticized much) but the Cards can definitely find bulletin-board material if they so choose.

Word From the Birds Blog | Sherman won’t bait Floyd
When Michael Floyd, ex of Notre Dame, was drafted back in April, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, ex of Stanford, decided to comment on Floyd’s arrival in the division. To be fair, Sherman was answering a question from a fan, but he tweeted "I’m going to wear him out again." It was a reference to the yearly Stanford-Notre Dame games. When the two teams met in 2010, Floyd had eight catches for 110 yards but Stanford won handily.

Schofield's Mental Leap
If O’Brien Schofield remembers correctly – and the linebacker is pretty sure that he does – he came out of training camp and the preseason with exactly one mental error.

Desire for title could eventually lead Larry Fitzgerald out of Valley -- unless the Arizona Cardinals find franchise QB
Larry Fitzgerald is Arizona's hood ornament. He's a nationally acclaimed superstar with great aura and manners. He is friendly and consistent, a leader of men and a role model to children. He has also played for 12 quarterbacks since joining the Cardinals, and if that situation doesn't get fixed in the near future, you can start worrying about those exit signs all over again. I give the Cardinals two more years.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Ray Horton discusses his defense, Seattle's offense and the Cardinals' corners
Defensive coordinator Ray Horton will meet with reporters every Friday this season. Those sessions are usually entertaining and informative. Here are a few highlights from Friday's session:

Cardinals vs. Seahawks preview - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals kick off the 2012 season in front of their home fans against a familiar foe. The Cards will battle NL West rival Seattle Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. These two teams split two games last year, each winning on their own turf.

Cards special teams coach excited about group - ArizonaSports.com
"I really do think we have a heck of a crew of guys, especially some of our guys that grew up from last year," Spencer told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf. "I think we could be a real exceptional group this year."

Too many uncertainties with Wilson, Seahawks' offense - ArizonaSports.com
For several reasons, the Seahawks are favored over the Cardinals by 2 1/2 points.

The John Skelton-Key - ArizonaSports.com
There are things I'll be looking for when the Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday. The usual suspects like turnovers, penalties, mental errors and red zone conversions will always be integral components to winning football games, but the dynamic of this game has a trend that intrigues me more than the others.

Setting expectations for questionable Wells - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' Beanie Wells was a surprise addition to the team's injury report Friday. The Cardinals listed the running back as questionable, citing a hamstring injury.

NFL News:

NFL Sends Memo To Executives About Saints Bounty Ruling - SBNation.com

The NFL has circulated a memo to NFL executives with its reaction to the reinstatement of four players suspended in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

NFL Sends Memo To Executives About Saints Bounty Ruling - SBNation.com

The NFL has circulated a memo to NFL executives with its reaction to the reinstatement of four players suspended in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

NFLPA 'Pleased' With Saints Player Suspension Ruling - SBNation.com

The NFLPA released a statement on Friday in reaction to a ruling to lift the suspensions of the four players suspended for involvement in an NFL bounty scandal.

Saints Bounty Players Are Reinstated, NFL Confirms - SBNation.com

The NFL has confirmed that those players suspended in the alleged New Orleans Saints bounty case are reinstated for the time being. This comes after the players had their suspensions vacated by an appeals panel.

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