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10-10-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Gameday, it is time to see if Max Hall will help solve the Cardinals offensive woes, and if the Defense can get it together. Last night there were some good college games too, ASU beat Washington 24-14 in Washington, U of A lost to Oregon State in Tucson, and a few top ranked teams like #1 ranked Alabama lost.

Predicting QB success in NFL an inexact science
When Max Hall participated in the 2010 NFL combine, he couldn't do enough to convince league teams to draft him. No one cared that his 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame is almost identical to that of quarterback Drew Brees, who had won the Super Bowl weeks earlier. No one cared that he led Brigham Young to a school-record 32 victories. And no one seemed to notice that he had posted the third-highest Wonderlic score among the 300-plus competitors, an uber-impressive 38. None of this means Hall will thrive in his new role as Cardinals starting quarterback Sunday against New Orleans, but it does say something about the head-scratching process of quarterback talent evaluation in the NFL.

(Just highlighting the Wonderlic part so everyone can see it)

Arizona Cardinals hope changes lead to better result against New Orleans Saints
Asked this week about the Cardinals' "problems," running back Tim Hightower paused, then chose his own words to describe the team's predicament. "We've got football issues," Hightower said. "I wouldn't call them problems." - Brees, Saints face second rookie QB in a row
One week after getting a Carolina Panthers team led by rookie Jimmy Clausen, it will be undrafted former BYU star Max Hall who will get the nod behind center for Arizona this time around.

Paul Calvisi Looks At Max Hall's Mental Toughness

Arizona Wildcats get upset by Oregon State Beavers
Add Ryan Katz to the list of impressive Pac-10 quarterbacks. Oregon State coaches kept things somewhat conservative early in his first season as a starter, then unleashed his strong, accurate arm, along with his elusive scrambling against No. 9 Arizona.

Arizona State keeps bowl hopes alive with 24-14 win over Washington
Arizona State finally stopped helping out its opponent with penalties and turnovers Saturday night, instead giving itself a season-salvaging 24-14 win over Washington.

No shock if NFC West fares well Sunday - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Yes, the Arizona Cardinals have issues, but it's hardly a shock if they beat the Saints at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday. More broadly, it's no shock if the NFC West posts a 2-1 or 3-0 record outside the division in Week 5. The St. Louis Rams have a legitimate shot at Detroit, the only place they won last season, and the 49ers are beyond due for a breakthrough when Philadelphia visits Candlestick Park in the Sunday night game.

The night ahead: Bound for Arizona - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Covering Arizona against the New Orleans Saints in Week 5 was the plan even before Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt named Max Hall his starting quarterback. Hall's emergence makes the trip more interesting (I'll be boarding a plane for Phoenix momentarily).

Are the walls closing in on Brett Favre? - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
In the last three years, the Brett Favre we used to know has changed. He was the most recent (and perhaps all-time best) name on that list of gunslingers we love so well. From Bobby Layne to Joe Namath to Terry Bradshaw to Ken Stabler to John Elway, there are few things the NFL community respects more than a guy who will pull himself up out of the muck and throw a 60-yard bomb for the winning score. There's a certain mentality to it that transcends the game, and Favre showed enough of it though his career in Green Bay to build up a big bank account of media love.

Mailbag: Re-evaluating the NFC West race - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kelphelper from Anchorage writes: The Niners were your pick to win the division, and they are not only in last place at 0-4, but seem ready to implode. The Cardinals were your pick to be the runner-up, and there may not be a worse 2-2 club in the history of time. Your assessment of the mediocre Seahawks seems like your only correct pick, as they have indeed been tough at home while struggling mightily on the road. The Rams have defied everyone's predictions, including yours. They are no longer the weakest link, and in fact look to be the most complete team in the division. Four games into the season, and the division is almost turned upside down. Are you ready to concede that the landscape is changing much quicker than you anticipated?

Personnel report: Which teams mix it up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The chart shows NFC West teams' passing stats when using four wide receivers at a time. I've been surprised to see the Cardinals stick with four-receiver groupings even with injuries and Anquan Boldin's departure diminishing the talent at receiver this season. That included nine snaps in a close game against St. Louis and four in a close game against Oakland.

Report: Moss, Brady had to be separated in locker room |
Charley Casserly of CBS reports that Moss and Brady went toe-to-toe on a recent occasion, and that they had to be separated. Brady reportedly told Moss to cut his beard. Moss responded by telling Brady to cut his hair, because he looks like a girl.

Q.C. victory secondary to injured McClintock player | VarsityXtra - Arizona High School Sports
While Queen Creek walked off the field with a 43-16 victory Friday at McClintock, the game took a backseat to several scary minutes. For onlookers who left the stadium, a harrowing scene reared itself in the third quarter when a Charger player was taken off the field in an ambulance.


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