5/25 Arizona Cardinals news: Acho mentors Okafor, Ryan Williams playing scared

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So the Arizona Cardinals offense hasn't been Super Bowl worthy. No one expected that, right? Right?! But let's look on the bright side, the Cardinals defense is also looking to get better.

Cardinals:

Sam Acho Reprises Role As Alex Okafor Advisor
Former Texas DL teammates working together as Cardinals linebacker.

Arizona Cardinals: Who Will Step Up on the Defensive Line?
Horton's 2012 defense allowed linebackers like Daryl Washington to shine, but pushed aside Cardinal gems, Darnell Dockett and David Carter.

Who Should Start at Middle Linebacker For the Arizona Cardinals?
Despite losing Daryl Washington, Dansby, Brinkley and Minter all seem prepared to step up and lead the Cardinals defense.

Arizona Cardinals' Ryan Williams says he was playing scared
Professional athletes don’t give in to their fear. They ignore it, rationalize it or pretend it doesn’t exist. Playing scared is a sign of weakness, and the weak get devoured, particularly in the NFL.

Arizona Cardinals: Breaking Down Why Carson Palmer is Being Judged Unjustly
A quarterback lives and dies on his play, but the blame doesn't rest on his shoulders alone. Cardinal fans know the offensive line, running backs, wide receivers and defense all affect the QB play.

Cardinals' Daryn Colledge adjusting to life on the right side ArizonaSports.com
"It's a big move for me physically, not mentally," he said. "It's just about switching the plays, but physically I've got to kind of undo some technical stuff.

NFL:

Roman Harper contract: Saints S reportedly signs extension - SBNation.com
New Orleans is keeping the veteran safety around for a few more seasons, according to reports.

Eagles work on transitioning to 3-4 defensive scheme - SBNation.com
Philadelphia, under new defensive coordinator Bill Davis, is working towards becoming a more dynamic defense by switching to a 3-4 scheme this offseason.

Mike Goodson will join Jets practice next week, according to report - SBNation.com
After pleading not guilty to drug and weapons charges, Goodson will reportedly take the practice field with the Jets next week.

Anthony McCoy tears achilles, will likely miss 2013 season - Field Gulls
Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy, carted off the field with what was called an ankle injury at OTAs earlier this week, has a torn achilles tendon and will now miss six to nine months. He had surgery on Thursday.

Bears will retire Mike Ditka's No. 89 on Dec. 9 - SBNation.com
Mike Ditka will become the 14th Chicago Bear to have his number retired, as the team looks to make amends with their legendary coach and five-time Pro Bowl tight end.

Brian Urlacher Wanted To Be A Dallas Cowboy - Blogging The Boys
Brian Urlacher recently retired, but he's making it crystal clear that Dallas would've been a good fit for him.

Richard Seymour rumors: 'Nothing serious' with Falcons right now, according to report - SBNation.com
The Falcons may eventually make a run at Richard Seymour, but right now there is nothing serious going on between the two sides.

Ron Jaworski believes Chip Kelly's offense won't work in the NFL - SBNation.com
Will Chip Kelly's offense succeed in the NFL? Ron Jaworski doesn't think so.

Rob Gronkowski injury: Patriots unsure how bad TE's back is - SBNation.com
Rob Gronkowski's forearm looks like it will be fine after four surgeries, but now the Patriots are worried about his nagging back.

Former NFL GM says Urlacher is not a Hall of Famer - Windy City Gridiron
According to one former NFL executive, Brian Urlacher is far from a slam dunk for Canton.

Report: Jared Allen Not Interested In Pay Cut - Daily Norseman
If you were holding your breath hoping that one of the NFL's best pass rushers would be taking a pay cut for 2013. . .well, you should probably stop. You're going to pass out.

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