Arizona Cardinals news 1/2: Offseason things, playoff picks and coaching news

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Your morning stories about the Cards and the NFL.

The new year began and the only thing that there is in the way of news is the rumor that Larry Fitzgerald will not take a pay cut. There are some small things, but most of the news is about he league in general because of the playoffs and coaching news.

Cardinals:

12-4 might be needed for Arizona Cardinals to make playoffs in NFC
"You know, 10-6 feels pretty good," Williams said, "but going 12-4, that’s what it seems like it may take now. Ten wins obviously doesn’t guarantee you a playoff spot.

Off-season won’t be quiet for Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim

The Cardinals aren’t yet well-positioned for the future when it comes to length and value of players’ contracts and salary-cap management.

Who the Cards get back from IR in ‘14 - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Arizona lost 10 players to injuries during before or during the 2013 season.

PFT’s defensive rookie of the year | ProFootballTalk

Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson recently declared himself to be the defensive rookie of the year. We're not inclined to tell him he's wrong. And so Richardson is the 2013 PFT defensive rookie of the year.

NFL:

Buccaneers hire Lovie Smith to replace Greg Schiano, per report - SBNation.com

The Buccaneers have hired former Bears head coach Lovie Smith in hopes of making their way back to the postseason.

Buccaneers to hire Jeff Tedford as offensive coordinator under Lovie Smith, per report - SBNation.com

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hire Jeff Tedford to serve as offensive coordinator under Lovie Smith, according to a report.

Jim Schwartz tenure among worst ever for an NFL coach - SBNation.com

The ex-head coach of the Detroit Lions didn't do enough winning to keep his job, and not many have ever won fewer over a five-year span.

NFL wild card weekend picks: Expert predictions for all four games - SBNation.com

The postseason is right around the corner, presenting our experts with four tough contests to make a call on.

Teddy Bridgewater 'strongly considering' Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports - SBNation.com

Teddy Bridgewater is considering signing with Roc Nation Sports after reportedly deciding to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, potentially adding to the fledgling agency's impressive clientele.

Redskins request to interview Giants DC Perry Fewell - SBNation.com

The Redskins are reportedly showing interest in Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to replace fired head coach Mike Shanahan.

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