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10-14-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Not much to report right now since it is the Bye Week right now. It would be nice if everyone votes for Max Hall so he can win the rookie of the week thing...

There is also a video of Favre being hit in the crotch with a football if anyone wants to see that.

Max Belief
The Cardinals will follow Max Hall. That already is obvious. Understanding why they will follow the quarterback is more nebulous. blogs - Kent Somers - Merriman not expected to be a Cardinal
It was a quiet day at the team facility on Wednesday. It was the only practice of the week for veterans, many of whom were anxious to leave after a mandatory lifeskills program at noon. There is no injury report today. The Cardinals don't have to issue one during the bye and Ken Whisenhunt declined to address injuries.

Cardinals report (10.13): A well-earned respite
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt makes good on his promise of a light week of practice in exchange for a victory over the Saints.

Arizona Cardinals defense needs a strong encore
Arizona Cardinals defense needs a strong encore, The Cardinals defense did its job last Sunday. Can they follow it up with another solid performance?

Chat wrap: QB questions dominate - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mike (Costa Mesa): The Cardinals have been exceeding expectations consistently since Ken Whisenhunt took over the team. Although they have, admittedly, performed extremely poorly at times, they have also performed over and above expectations in big games. What is it going to take for the Cardinals to start getting a little respect. After five weeks, they are in first place and yet supposed NFL "experts" are picking the 0-5 49ers to win the division. After the 2008 season, Cris Collinsworth also said famously that the Cardinals were "the worst playoff team in the history of the NFL", and we know how that came out. - Bye week gives Cardinals time to get healthy
The Cardinals enter their bye week with an opportunity to not only work out some kinks on offense, but also get healthy. - Ex-Jet Rhodes finding rebirth in Arizona
Kerry Rhodes has found a rebirth in Arizona, where his off-the-field Hollywood interests have taken a back seat to his fast start with the Cardinals.

Good Times At The Kingpin Challenge
Charity begins at home. And the Cardinals made sure their charity event this week – Tuesday night’s Kingpin Challenge bowling event at Brunswick Kyrene Lanes in Tempe – went even better because their annual bye week effort came after taking care of their own business, with a big win Sunday against the Saints.

NFL Videos: Week 6 Official Review
Carl Johnson, V.P. of Officiating, explains two calls from Week 5, including a helmet-less fumble in Arizona.

Coach Whiz on Gambo and Ash

Warner and Chris Rose talk after the Cardinals win over the Saints

Whisenhunt, Hall On Practice And Getting Healthy

Madden 11 Roster Update #8 Details |
The post NFL week five roster update for Madden 11 includes three high profile players losing their coveted 99 rating. Drew Brees, Patrick Willis, and Jared Allen all fall a single point which seems to be in part representative of their respective team’s struggles. Other notable changes include the trade of Deion Branch to the Patriots, several team overall ratings shifting from one to three points, and Colt McCoy taking the reigns as the starting QB of the Browns due to injuries.

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: The Cardinals practiced Wednesday during their bye week. Most players will be off until Monday. Quarterback Max Hall reported some ankle soreness, but no significant injuries following his first NFL start. Receivers Steve Breaston and Early Doucet expect to return from injuries in time to face the Seahawks in Week 7. Their presence dramatically upgrades the talent at receiver while restoring flexibility to the return game. The Cardinals know they can trust Breaston to field punts in a hostile environment such as Qwest Field if they're in a pinch. Arizona's best receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, was coming off a sprained knee early in the season and it showed. He looked closer to full speed in Week 5 and the bye should restore him all the way. Inside linebacker Gerald Hayes could return after missing the first five games. Rules have prevented him from practicing while on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Hayes gets clearance next week. Arizona has lacked depth at that position and the run defense has suffered at times. Backup linebacker Reggie Walker suffered a hamstring injury against New Orleans, but as coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters Wednesday, "Well, since we don’t have to have an injury report out this week, everybody is doing great."

The Cardinals Want To Destroy Tailgating In Favor Of Money - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
The Bidwell family has approval from the City of Glendale to end tailgating as we know it.

Bizarre sexual assault suit against Eric Green is re-filed |
In January, we shared with you news of a lawsuit claiming that former Cardinals cornerback Eric Green forcibly sodomized a transgender New York resident in 2009.

A Hall push and the Rage
Pretty quiet around here, as expected. The Big Red Rage will still go on as planned tonight, however, taping at 6 p.m. at Majerle’s in Chandler. Regular host Adrian Wilson is out because of the bye week, so it’ll be a local flavor, with two Mesa boys — quarterback Max Hall (Mesa Mountain View High School) and guard Deuce Lutui (Mesa High School) — as guests. If you can’t make it live, listen on Sports 620 KTAR, although it will be tape-delayed until after the Suns game.

Whisenhunt continues to defy odds, statistics
Sometimes, statistics just don’t matter. That appears to be the case with the 2010 Arizona Cardinals.

Your friendly neighborhood Spiderman
Watch Kerry Rhodes on game days. You’ll notice an unusual celebration. Cardinals: Hall Continues to Gain Respect
QB Max Hall continues to gain respect in the Cardinals' locker room, even from the team's most tentured players.

Saints vs. Cardinals: 10 Things We Learned | Bleacher Report
I was in my car when I got the text message. "FWD: Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returns Drew Brees pass for TD." I rolled down the windows and shouted. It was definitely the best ending I could've asked for as a Cardinals fan. news: Jobs might be safe for now, but coaching turnover is inevitable
Coaches are hired to be fired. This we know. Blogs " Blog Archive Playbook picks: Patriots can’t handle Ravens "
Without further ado, take a look at all of their Week 6 picks: news: Hair-raising blast: Pop singer Bieber mocks Brady's moptop
Even Justin Bieber is making fun of Tom Brady's hair. news: Rise of returners warrants special attention for coverage units
In case you haven't noticed, there is a special-teams coverage crisis in the NFL. Kick returns aren't just routinely going for long gains. They are routinely going the distance. news: Ravens-Patriots showdown one of many key Week 6 matchups
I'm liking the look of this schedule after a few less interesting weeks. Having some flawed teams on the bye -- Carolina, Buffalo, Cincy and Arizona -- definitely helps. And some of the league's surprise upstarts face a stern test, as well. Plus we have some juicy QB subplots. Good stuff.

The Hot Read: Anticipating The Madness Surrounding Ben Roethlisberger's Return To The Steelers -
Tired of all the Brett Favre coverage? Well, Ben Roethlisberger returns to the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, a story line sure to be pursued from every possible angle by any journalist with a microphone or keyboard.

PFT's Week Six picks |
Through four weeks, Rosenthal and I both were doing well in the game-by-game picks contest. He had nailed 43 of 62, and I'd picked correctly 41 of them. In Week Five, the bottom dropped out.

Vikings-Cowboys is NFL playoff game in October - Don Banks -
Typically when my editors and I hash out which game I should cover on any given NFL weekend, a matchup of sub-.500 teams doesn't make the radar screen or get even token consideration. But Sunday's Dallas at Minnesota showdown is no typical meeting of 1-3 teams. And off the top of my head, here are 10 reasons why:

NFL Week 6 predictions by Peter King - Peter King -

Spread the blame when examining bad O-line play - NFL - Football
Sitting in my hotel room two Sundays ago watching Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler taking a beating at the hands of the New York Giants, it hit me how bad the offensive line play has become in the NFL. Hit after hit, one that knocked Cutler woozy, I couldn't help but think that the poor offensive line play in the NFL wasn't just a Bears problem, but rather a league-wide issue. Can anybody block anymore?

Yahoo! Sports - NFL - Expert Picks Week 6

NFL Picks and Predictions for Week 6 - National Football League - ESPN
Each week on, the brain trust of Bristol University convenes and our experts offer their predictions for the upcoming slate of NFL games. A green border indicates a correct answer, and a red border indicates a wrong answer.

Rams' blowout loss beginning of slide? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The St. Louis Rams' 2010 season has played out pretty much as expected, except for that 38-point defeat at Detroit in Week 5. Was the 44-6 margin an aberration? Might it have been an indicator the Rams have peaked in October?

Jay Cutler's Latest Concussion Was 5th of Career, Report Indicates -- NFL FanHouse
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler may be facing a serious problem with concussions.

NFL Week 6 Picks: Desperate Times for Cowboys, Vikings -- NFL FanHouse

What They're Saying About Brett Favre's ***** Today
As the league's investigation rolls on, it's time for the media to hammer all the angles and the pundits to weigh in. Whose coverage hits it on the head, and whose comes up short?

Smith, Singletary and the 49ers' players - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Alex Smith has in some ways become a sympathetic figure. To some, he's the good-guy quarterback trying his best to overcome odds stacked against him by fate and an unstable San Francisco 49ers organization. To others, he's the quarterback for which too many excuses have already been made, a player whose time has passed.

NFL Picks, Week 6: Don't Mess With The Intern (Or Coin Flip) - SB Nation Arizona
The Cardinals have the week off, but our morons are right back at it picking all the NFL games for Week 6.

Sources: Vincent Jackson, Logan Mankins to report to Chargers, Patriots on advice of National Football Players Association - ESPN
Restricted free agents Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins both will report this season to their respective teams, the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots, upon recommendation from the National Football Players Association, according to several sources.

Palmer a lost cause for Bengals
Max Hall gets the win for the Cards in a stunning upset over the Saints?? I’ve seen it all. Hall showed amazing toughness and grit. What a great story, with the undrafted free agent starting and winning in Week 5 against the world champs! Kerry Rhodes and the Cards’ defense did a phenomenal job against the New Orleans offense. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie sealed the deal with a pick of Drew Brees to ice it.

Saints lacking swagger, red-zone efficiency - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Standing at his University of Phoenix stadium locker long after Sunday’s 30-20 upset of the Saints, Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes was talking about the "complete game" his team had played for the first time in 2010. When I reminded him that good fortune had also played a role – twice rookie quarterback Max Hall fumbled forward and had teammates recover, with one play resulting in a second-quarter touchdown for tackle Levi Brown – Rhodes didn’t feel particularly apologetic. "That’s part of the game," he said. "Bounces like that happen. Those guys should know – they got a lot of bounces on the way to winning a championship last year."


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