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10-6-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 3:  Quarterback Max Hall #6 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3 2010 in San Diego California.  The Chargers won 41-10.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 3: Quarterback Max Hall #6 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3 2010 in San Diego California. The Chargers won 41-10. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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I'm guessing that we will find out if Max Hall or Derek Anderson will be under center on Sunday when the Saints come to University of Phoenix Stadium sometime this afternoon. Other than that, and the fact that Kurt Warner will call the game (part of me wants to snatch him up from the broadcasting booth and throw him on the field so we can get one more game out of him, but the other part of me would hate to see him getting killed behind the O-Line) there isn't much I feel like mentioning now.

On to the links.

Arizona Cardinals must settle QB issue to retain Larry Fitzgerald
There is a reason football coaches keep their heads down during the season and avoid looking at the horizon. If they look too far ahead, they won't see the delivery truck that just turned in front of them. But sometimes a decision made with short-term interests in mind also can pay long-term dividends.

Arizona Cardinals' Lyle Sendlein discusses his life in sports
Each week, The Republic spotlights a Cardinals player for a series of on-the-spot, offbeat questions.

Beanie Wells Angry About His Lack of Playing Time -- NFL FanHouse
Beanie Wells wants to know why, now that he's healthy, he's getting playing time as if he was still hurt.

The Genesis Of Leadership
If the Cards start playing better, it's easier to follow - Soaring around the NFC West after Week 4
A quarter of the way through the NFL season and the NFC West is just as was predicted throughout the preseason previews. A giant mediocre mess.

Beanie Wells Should Be Mad About Being Dis'd By Whisenhunt - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Beanie Wells spoke his mind and now we are in the inevitable "He should keep his damn mouth closed" reaction phase. Well, no actually, he shouldn't.

Breaking down NFC West QB situations - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Sam Bradford is the NFC West quarterback forcing analysts to reevaluate criticisms raised before and since the 2010 NFL draft. One of those analysts, ESPN's Trent Dilfer, recently came clean.

Bringing back Gant to practice squad
Now that his four-game suspension is over, the Cardinals have re-signed wide receiver Ed Gant to the practice squad. They had a spot when linebacker Cyril Obiozor was signed to the 53-man roster of the San Diego Chargers. Gant served his suspension after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

The Way I See It - Kenny Iwebema

Jerry Jones Facing Sexual Assault Suit -- NFL FanHouse
Jerry Jones is facing a very bizarre lawsuit that includes allegations of sexual assault; theft; false imprisonment, violation of privacy; obstruction of justice and stalking. The lawsuit was filed by Patricia Gavin, a former captain in the U.S. Air Force.

New England Patriots trade WR Randy Moss to Minnesota Vikings - ESPN Boston
Randy Moss' improbable return to Minnesota has become reality. The Patriots have completed a blockbuster trade sending the Pro Bowl wide receiver back to Minnesota.

NFL Power Rankings Week 5 - National Football League - ESPN
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost a Week 4 slugfest with the Baltimore Ravens but still reign atop the latest NFL Power Rankings.

Power Rankings: How the voters voted - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Let the debate begin after three NFL teams received first-place votes in's NFL Power Rankings for Week 5. The man standing alone on a limb this week, John Clayton, moved the New York Jets into the top spot on his ballot.

NFL Power Rankings - Top 32 NFL Football Teams - FOX Sports on MSN
Finding a clear choice for the top spot after four weeks wasn't easy. I still think Pittsburgh is the NFL's best team, but they lost a close game against the Ravens. The one noticeable trend from the top three teams is that they can run the ball. The issues for the teams lower as we move lower in rankings are starting to get exposed. The offensive line issues for the Bears finally got exposed and in a big way against the Giants. But how good are the Giants? Can the Ravens ride the momentum off of such a huge win? Did the bye help the Vikings? We're at the quarter point in the season, and, as usual, the competitive balance in the NFL is evident, but is that really a good thing? Where have the dominant teams gone?

NFL Power Rankings, Week 5: Patriots Surge After Statement Win -
SB Nation's newest edition of NFL power rankings have been released with the Patriots taking the top spot. The Steelers and Colts take big tumbles after their losses on Sunday. And the Chiefs slowly creep into the top 10.

NFL Power Rankings Week 5: Scroll Down For NFC West - SB Nation Arizona
Week 5 Power Rankings -- the NFC West is this awesome.

Week Four power rankings |
Week Four is in the books, so our Week Four power rankings are fresh off the presses. Come to think of it, does anyone uses presses anymore?

NFL Power Rankings: Hello, any greatness out there? - NFL - Football
As the scores came trickling in from the late games Sunday afternoon, I looked to one of my media buddies in the Heinz Field press box and asked an obvious question: Are there any good teams in this league? The NFL loves parity. They must be full of love then today.

NFP Power Rankings - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Every week, the National Football Post brings you our weekly power rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the league.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 5: J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets -- NFL FanHouse
After a season-opening loss to the Ravens, there probably isn't a better team in the NFL than the New York Jets. Rex Ryan's bunch has beaten division rivals New England, Miami, and Buffalo on consecutive Sundays, and they played well in all three games.

NFL Players Union: Football A Possible No-Go In 2011 -
NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith sees signs that league owners are gearing up for a lockout in 2011.

Mediocrity abounds in 2010 NFL season, Chad Henne's woes and more - Don Banks -
As the guy responsible for's NFL Power Rankings, someone asked me Monday afternoon what constitutes the NFL's elite class this season. As I gave it some thought, I realized Week 4 was when it started to dawn on us that we don't really have one of those yet in the 2010 NFL season.

Audio: Who is favored to win NFC West? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
KNBR was kind enough to make available audio from my latest NFC West conversation with Damon Bruce. A few thoughts I shared:

The wild, weird NFC West |
Four weeks in, the NFC West continues to be the weakest division in football. But the team that wins the NFC West gets a home playoff game. And if the team wins that home playoff game, the team goes on the road with a boost of momentum to play a team that was on a bye week, and that possibly will be caught flat-footed in the divisional round.

Mike Sando's MVP Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Any quarterback on pace for 32 touchdowns, no interceptions and a 12-4 starting record deserves at least some consideration in the MVP race. That's why Mark Sanchez makes his MVP Watch debut at No. 10 even though the New York Jets have sometimes used game plans designed to minimize the young quarterback's impact on games.

DISH Network, NFL Blackout Rules -- Why Doesn't Anyone Want Us To Watch Sports? - SB Nation Arizona
Blackouts, regionalization, carriage battles: just another weekend in sports you didn't see.

Ben Roethlisberger looks sharp, strong in first practice - NFL -
Ten seconds were all Ben Roethlisberger needed to prove to the Pittsburgh Steelers he wasn't affected by his month away from the NFL.

Where teams rank in turnover differential - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Teams with hard-hitting, opportunistic defenses and ball-control offenses can use turnover differential to keep games close. Luck also plays a role in turnovers, and sometimes that luck can run out.

Rams continue surge in 30-plus club - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The St. Louis Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks' defense for 34 yards on a pass to Mark Clayton and 49 yards on a screen to Steven Jackson. Those plays helped St. Louis match the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins for the most passes gaining at least 30 yards through Week 4, according to ESPN Stats & Information. As noted, the Rams had only six such plays all last season.

This Week In Schadenfreude: The Worst Game Ever Played -
The ending of LSU-Tennessee sends UT fans into emo funks and LSU fans into lathers, Rutgers looks forward to basketball season, Texas congratulates Oklahoma for being the less uncouth squadron, and Lane Kiffin is called "goatboy." It's time to play the 'freude.

Union head DeMaurice Smith: Owners set for no football in 2011 - NFL -
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith sees new signs that owners are preparing for a football-free 2011. With support from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, he asked fans to take the players' side.

Panthers release Dwayne Jarrett after second DWI arrest - NFL -
The Carolina Panthers released receiver Dwayne Jarrett on Tuesday, hours after his second arrest on a charge of driving while impaired in less than three years.

Randy Moss Returns To The Vikings, And The Circle Of Life Is Complete -
It's official: Randy Moss is a Minnesota Viking, heading back to the place where America first fell in love with him. It's refreshing. One of those moments that just feels right. Why is Randy Moss in a Vikings uniform so special? Well, it began in 1998...