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10-5-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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The big news in Cardinal Land right now, Beanie is mad about the limited number of carries he is getting, and Max Hall could be our starting Quarterback next week.

Also, I was looking up videos of Max Hall in college last night on YouTube, and I found out that the team Oklahoma was playing against when Bradford messed up his shoulder was BYU. The same BYU that Max Hall played on that year and lead them to the Las Vegas Bowl. Could be interesting if Hall is the starter for the next Rams game...

On to the links.

Bigger Than The QB
As Whisenhunt mulls decision, Cards know issues run deeper than one position

Wilson needs accountability from Wilson
After bad games, Adrian Wilson often goes into a dark place. Sometimes, that makes interview sessions short and, frankly, pretty pointless, because A-Dub doesn’t have much to say. But Monday, while the Pro Bowl safety was more expansive, he beat himself down pretty well. Asked if he was angry, Wilson – in that deep voice – responded quickly, "Yeah." About what, it was also simple. "My play. I just have to play better, I have to play better for my team. And I will."

Arizona Cardinals' Beanie Wells mad about role, vows to meet with Whisenhunt
Not only do the Cardinals have a full-fledged quarterback controversy, but now they have a potential star running back who is upset about his own role. - Cardinals' QB situation remains in limbo
Still reeling from his team's dreadfully ugly 41-10 loss to the Chargers in Week Four, Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that he wants to look at more reels of film and have more discussions behind closed doors with his staff before deciding on his starting quarterback this Sunday against the defending Super Bowl-champion Saints.

Cardinals once-potent offense on life support, team struggles to 2-2 record - Phoenix arizona cardinals |
So just how bad is the Arizona Cardinals' offense? Well, let's just say that Kurt Warner scored more points on Dancing with the Stars Monday night than the Cardinal offense put on the board Sunday in their 41-10 debacle against the San Diego Chargers. - Beanie Wells: I hate sitting on the sideline watching
Nineteen carries for 94 yards. That is Beanie Wells' stat line for the 2010 season. Granted, Wells missed the first two games of the season with what was ultimately a torn meniscus. And sure, the Cardinals ran the ball just 14 times in Sunday's loss to the Chargers. But, for the second-year pro who was expected to have a breakout season, something isn't right. - Arizona Cardinals searching for answers
When a team loses 41-10 just two weeks after getting blasted 41-7, odds are it will spend some time searching for answers. For the Cardinals, that process began Monday. - Breaston watched Sunday's game with disappointment
Injured Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston could only watch with disappointment as his offense struggled Sunday against the Chargers. The fourth-year player out of Michigan saw multiple mistakes that he could do nothing about.

Arizona Cardinals' QB controversy? There's a defensive controversy, too
It's official: The defense can't hide in the shadows of a quarterback controversy anymore. The stink bomb at Qualcomm Stadium confirmed that, spotlighting a unit that is crippling the Cardinals' progress this season as much as anything.

NFL Videos: Cardinals defense, fumble recovery, TD
The only good moment from Sunday.

Whisenhunt's Monday Presser

Madden 11 Week Four Ratings Change Suggestions |
With week four of the NFL season complete some clear trends can be spotted as to player performance with plenty of games now to evaluate from. There are some names that stand out prominently as outperforming expectations through this week such as Sam Bradford, Brandon Lloyd, Shaun Hill, Mike Tolbert, Rashard Mendenhall, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Kyle Orton (especially with no semblance of a running game). Chris Johnson may lose his 99 rating and the Bears offensive line should take a huge hit across the board.

Seven NFC West thoughts from the skies - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts on NFC West happenings from somewhere high above the central United States during the flight home from St. Louis

Arizona Cardinals Max Hall And Beanie Wells Can't Stop The Gathering Storm Clouds - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Undrafted rookie Max Hall could be the starter for the Arizona Cardinals when they take on the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Let that sink in.

Cardinals Vs. Chargers: San Diego Field Report - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Creating an NFL schedule requires deftly negotiating the chicanes of stadium calendars, travel needs, strength of schedule, and two dozen other idiosyncrasies. Attempting to arrange any tomfoolery within that delicate latticework can only lead to heartache.

In the midst of team’s offensive woes, Cardinals RB Beanie Wells upset - Phoenix arizona cardinals |
Monday was a day of reflection for the struggling Arizona Cardinals. On top of all the issues the team is facing (a quarterback controversy, an ineffective offense and a pourous defense that has yielded 41 points to opponents two of the last three weeks), now comes word that second year running back Beanie Wells is upset about his role in the team's offense.

Cardinals ponder move to undrafted rookie QB Max Hall - NFL - Sporting News
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt played two quarterbacks over two halves in Sunday's 41-10 loss at San Diego but hasn't decided which one will start this week vs. New Orleans. Whisenhunt is expected to wait until Wednesday to make the call between incumbent Derek Anderson and undrafted rookie Max Hall. blogs - Bruce Cooper Blog - BruceCooper - Car( )inals, where's the
"Same old Cardinals" was a phrase that Cardinals fans used, seemingly forever, to describe another 3-13 or 4-12 Cardinals football team. And I have to admit it's been awfully nice, the last three years, not to hear those annoying three words. But oh my, what I've seen from this 2010 Cardinals football team reminds me so very much of the "same old Cardinals." Embarrassing and uninspired play on both sides of the ball. It is way too easy to point the finger solely at the quarterback position. And no doubt, Derek Anderson's play at the position has been less than average. blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - Beanie complains about his role
Running back Beanie Wells expressed frustration today at his limited role in Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Chargers.

Beanie Wells not happy with playing time |
Don't talk to Cardinals running back Beanie Wells about Max Hall and Derek Anderson.

Oh Kurt, Your Foxtrot Brightens A Rainy Day - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Once upon a time, there was a charming quarterback with a winning grin and hands the size of frying pans. This quarterback retired from his day job, leaving his team in shambles the capable hands of Matt Leinart Derek Anderson Max Hall and went on to more fame and spray tans fortune on an overly dramatic dance show starring marginally famous people.

Whisenhunt mum on who will start at QB
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt could be on the brink of casting his struggling team's fate into the hands of undrafted rookie quarterback Max Hall.

Cardinals report (10.04): Few positives to take away from blowout loss
The Cardinals suffered their second blowout loss in four games Sunday and are now left searching for ways to salvage a season on the rocks. Arizona put forth a dismal effort on the road in San Diego, accumulating just 124 yards of total offense while allowing 419 yards in a 41-10 defeat.

Where's Leinart when the Cards need him?
This is why Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt should have kept Matt Leinart on the roster. Because he knew quarterback Derek Anderson would play himself out of the lineup at some point this season.

Max Hall Could Replace Derek Anderson as Cardinals' Starting QB -- NFL FanHouse
Matt Leinart had his shot. So did Derek Anderson. Now it appears Max Hall will get a chance to replace retired Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.

The five Most Valuable Players of Week 4 - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Comprehensive National Football League news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumors, and more

The five Least Valuable Players of Week 4 - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Comprehensive National Football League news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumors, and more

Cutler beating a reminder of Martz's system flaws - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
• Arizona Cardinals offensive line It surrendered a ridiculous nine sacks to the Chargers and has generally been awful in pass protection. Derek Anderson’s lack of mobility and Max Hall’s general inexperience didn’t help against the Chargers. It’s simply amazing how this offense has fallen apart without Kurt Warner. It went from a playoff team to an expansion team.

Sam Bradford has defensive help in St. Louis; Tom Brady has New England Patriots flying high - Peter King -
Three points on a very busy football Tuesday: the Rams legitimately turning it around, the Patriots going back to the future, and why you should care about the legacy of George Blanda.

The Designed Rush Redux: Even After Their Big Win, Patriots Still Need To Shore Up Defense -
The New England Patriots won big with splash plays from the defense and special teams, but those aren't necessarily things an NFL team can expect to happen on a week-to-week basis. Their defense still showed signs of vulnerability in Miami.

Sam Bradford talks up the Rams as NFC West contenders |
The Rams were the worst team in the league last year, which earned them the opportunity to select Sam Bradford with the first pick in the draft. Now Bradford thinks the Rams are heading toward the playoffs.

Dolphins special teams coach loses his job |
Monday night's special teams meltdown in Miami cost special teams coach John Bonamego his job. news: Valuable lesson: Eagles learn Vick is only answer at QB
When you make a critical mistake in offseason planning, it destroys your season. The Cardinals believed that Matt Leinart was the answer to replace Kurt Warner, but that evaluation was wrong and, unlike the Eagles, the Cardinals did not have the right player on the roster if Leinart failed. Now, you wonder why they did not get involved in the Donavan McNabb sweepstakes. This is going to be a long year in Arizona and I believe we are about to enter the Max Hall era at quarterback.

Tennessee Titans coordinator Chuck Cecil fined $40,000 for middle finger
Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil has been fined $40,000 by the NFL for an obscene gesture at game officials.

Chicago linebacker Julius Peppers my early favorite for Defensive Player of Year in NFL - Jerome Bettis -
The 0-4 49ers are still the best team in the NFC West. I don't particularly like anybody in that division, so I'll stick with the preseason favorite. After firing their offensive coordinator last week, the Niners still have problems, but I do think they're headed in the right direction. Their last-minute loss at Atlanta was a positive sign. They're playing with a sense of urgency. Let me make it clear that Mike Singletary is the right coach to lead them back. He's dealt with this team underachieving in the past and has put a shock into its system before. He's prepared. The Rams (2-2) have the best chance to capitalize if the 49ers can't turn it around. I've been watching Sam Bradford and I can't really find any faults in the No. 1 pick. I wasn't sold on his arm strength coming out of college, but he's proven me wrong. He's limiting turnovers, too. The Seahawks (2-2) and Cardinals (0-4) are without identities. In Seattle, they're still trying to figure out what kind of coach they have in Pete Carroll. In Arizona, the quarterback situation is in the air. These are major hurdles that should have been resolved in the preseason.

Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets rise in AFC, New Orleans Saints look sloppy, more Snaps - Don Banks -
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take stock of a bevy of hotly contested Week 4 games while watching the unfolding McNabb Bowl at Lincoln Financial Field ...

Donovan McNabb, LaDainian Tomlinson getting last laugh - Peter King -
Five very preliminary things I think news: As Bradford proves worth, other QBs in jeopardy of losing jobs
There was plenty to take away from a Sunday that saw one rookie excel and a happy homecoming for a veteran looking for redemption. Here are six observations from Week 4:

Patriots vs. Dolphins - Recap - October 4, 2010 - NFL - Football -
The New England Patriots rang up another big score, this time with little input from the offense.

(HD) BYU vs. Oklahoma extended highlights (9.5.09) (via rusty98um11)