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11-16-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Normally, I would have a comment related to the Cardinals in here. But what Vick did last night was just amazing, it was like what you could do with the guy in Madden 04.

Also, looking at some of the links about the McNabb deal, there is still a chance he could come here....

A-Dub at his most blunt
Adrian Wilson passed on talking to the media after the game, so he did so today. Today’s topic, among other things? His play. So, Adrian, how would you assess how you’ve played this season? "Like s***."

Keeping It Real
Players try to fend off negative thoughts while searching for win

Arizona Cardinals' Adrian Wilson critical of his own performance
Adrian Wilson chose not to speak to reporters in the Cardinals' locker room after Sunday's 36-18 loss to the Seahawks. A day later, though, the strong safety had plenty to say. And when it came to assessing his performance, it wasn't pretty. - Rhodes disagrees with coach and players on team's effort level
Cardinals' coach Ken Whisenhunt spent the majority of Monday defending the effort level of his team's embarrassing 36-18 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks. Safety Kerry Rhodes disagrees with his coach's assessment of the team. - Adrian Wilson's brutally honest about himself and team
Adrian Wilson has a ‘case of the Mondays'. At least that's the way it seemed when he talked to the media the day after the Arizona Cardinals' 36-18 loss to the NFC West leading Seattle Seahawks. The Cards' safety sounded more than a little depressed about his team's current situation and his own play.

Where NFC West teams rank: Week 10 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few highlights regarding where NFC West teams rank in various statistical categories through Week 10: - Cardinals going straight downhill in a hurry
After their fourth consecutive loss — a new phenomenon in the Ken Whisenhunt regime — the Cardinals officially now qualify as an equal-opportunity disappointment. While the team’s offensive shortcomings have consistently created short fuses in Cardinals Nation this season, with neither Derek Anderson nor Max Hall being able to light a fire in a unit that has declined dramatically with Kurt Warner no longer under center, the team’s defense had at least occasionally risen to the occasion.

Larry Fitzgerald Goes From Stud To Dud: Has Fitz Really Fallen From Glory? | Bleacher Report
With someone as prodigiously talented as Larry Fitzgerald, it shouldn't matter who is throwing him the ball. If the commentators and statistician were to be believed, all a QB needed to do was get it somewhere near him, and he'll find a way to catch it. Alas, if only that was the case.

About those long gains through the air - NFC West Blog - ESPN
For all the Arizona Cardinals' troubles recently, the team leads the NFL in 30-plus pass plays for Weeks 7-10. Getting receiver Steve Breaston back from injury has helped. Breaston ranks tied for fourth in the league with six such plays -- same as the San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis -- despite missing Weeks 4-7. He has five such plays in the Cardinals' last three games.

Video Gallery
Whisenhunt's Monday Presser

Phoenix Suns find answer late, top Denver Nuggets
For teams both coming off wins against the Los Angeles Lakers, there was a lot of ugliness in how the Suns and Denver Nuggets shot for most of Monday night's game at US Airways Center. It was not looking pretty for the Suns, playing for a second consecutive night, when the Nuggets, playing on three days' rest, led by 15 before halftime. And the Suns followed their game with 22 3-pointers Sunday night by making two of their first 18 3-point tries Monday. But Suns coach Alvin Gentry gave his team an instant makeover, finding yet another combination to extend their most-attractive stretch of the season with a 100-94 victory.

Donovan McNabb gets contract extension with Washington Redskins
Washington quarterback Donovan McNabb has gone from getting benched to getting a contract extension from the Redskins, his agent says. Fletcher Smith said Monday that the 33-year-old McNabb has agreed to a five-year, $78 million contract extension with the Redskins, with $40 million of the deal guaranteed.

Source: Donovan McNabb due just $3.75M if cut after '10 - ESPN
One of the contract's most significant points is a payment due this offseason, when the Redskins must decide whether or not to pay McNabb a $10 million option bonus. If they do, it would trigger the rest of the contract and make Washington liable for McNabb's $2.5 million base salary in 2011. So in essence, the Redskins paid McNabb $3.75 million in 2010 for the right to pay him $12.5 million in 2011 and control his rights. If the Redskins cut him after this season or trade him, they are only on the hook for the $3.75 million. Boiled down, the deal's real guarantee is $3.5 million, though if McNabb suffered a catastrophic injury this season and never played again, he would receive $25 more million.

Madden 11 Week 10 Ratings Change Suggestions. Should Vick be 99? |
After a huge week 10 the question now arises as to whether Michael Vick actually deserves to be a 99 overall in Madden 11 and the argument can certainly be made that he should be. It would be an unprecedented leap to go from starting the year at a 73 and getting incremental upgrades through roster updates only to reach the pinnacle by the end of week 10.

NFL Videos: Week 10: Michael Vick highlights
Michael Vick finishes the day with 4 passing TDs and 2 rushing TDs in the Eagles 59-28 victory over the Redskins.

The Designed Rush Redux: With Michael Vick And The Eagles, We May Finally Have A Favorite -
It took an eye-opening onslaught over a division rival, but the Philadelphia Eagles behind Michael Vick made a resounding statement that they will be a powerhouse and presumptive Super Bowl favorite in the NFC.

McNabb’s real guarantee? $3.5 million | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, ESPN’s Michael Smith reported that McNabb and the Redskins "have agreed to a five year extension, worth 78 million, 40 guaranteed." No one believed that McNabb was getting $40 million guaranteed. But since Smith and ESPN wanted to be first to report the news of the extension, they passed along the phony contract numbers on a don’t ask/don’t tell basis. Now, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that McNabb’s deal includes only $3.5 million in guaranteed money.

Kurt Warner retired from the NFL on his own terms - Sportsman of the Year -
Kurt Warner had one of the more remarkable careers in recent NFL history. He won two NFL MVP awards in 1999 and 2001. Warner led Arizona to its first ever Super Bowl appearance, in 2008

Steelers boot Jeff Reed, sign Shaun Suisham | ProFootballTalk
On Sunday night, Steelers kicker Jeff Reed said he hopes to retire as a member of the Steelers. If so, he’d better retire now.

Vick's reclamation story deserves MVP applause - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
This is unprecedented, really – a thought too preposterous for even a movie. How can Michael Vick walk from prison back into the NFL and become the best player in the league two years after wondering if he would ever play again?

Michael Vick just broke some all-time fantasy records - Roto Arcade - Fantasy  - Yahoo! Sports
At halftime on Monday night, the Eagles held a 31-point lead over the Redskins. The Mercy Rule, had one existed, would have been triggered in the first quarter.

Philadelphia QB Michael Vick plays watershed role in Eagles' record-breaking night - Jim Trotter -
On a night when Donovan McNabb signed a potential $78 million extension with the Redskins, Eagles counterpart Michael Vick played like the quarterback more deserving of a megadeal.

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson gets second speeding ticket in 14 months - NFL -
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is fast on the field and behind the wheel. Eden Prairie police issued Peterson a speeding ticket on Monday for going 53 mph in a 35 mph zone not far from the Vikings headquarters.

Chad Pennington Reportedly Done for Season With Shoulder Injury -- NFL FanHouse
Miami Dolphins' veteran quarterback Chad Pennington is done for the season after injuring his right shoulder on the first play of Sunday's 29-17 home victory over the Tennessee Titans, according to a report by ESPN's Tim Graham,

Jason Campbell Named Raiders Starting Quarterback Going Forward -- NFL FanHouse
Raiders coach Tom Cable hinted at the possibility a week ago. On Monday, he left no doubt, naming Jason Campbell as the starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh over a healthy Bruce Gradkowski.

Troy Smith earns another start for 49ers in Week 11 - NFL -
The San Francisco 49ers are 2-0 during the Troy Smith era, and coach Mike Singletary isn't about to mess with a good thing.

From start to finish, Vick was a revelation - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
It was a thorough domination - an absolute embarrassment for the Redskins' defense - and Vick was at the center of it all. While Washington was busy celebrating the five-year contract extension given to Donovan McNabb Vick - who is making $3.75 million plus a $1.5 million roster bonus in 2010 - totally outperformed his longtime friend. Vick finished the game with 20 completions and four passing touchdowns in 28 attempts for 333 yards and the aforementioned two rushing scores.

Michael Vick Is Finally What We Dreamed, And The Philadelphia Eagles Are A Nightmare -
Against the Washington Redskins Monday night, Michael Vick ran like we always knew he could, and threw the way we always dreamed. His talent was a fairy tale, a cautionary tale, and now... Michael Vick's Future is finally our present.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Rise Of The NFC - SB Nation Arizona
With a convincing win over the Steelers, the Patriots are back on top. But it's the NFC that made a big move this week.

Mike Singletary confirms the obvious; Troy Smith is the guy | ProFootballTalk
Mike Singletary started his press conference with a little joke after being asked who his starting quarterback would be this week. "As of right now, Smith will be the starter," Singletary said to much laughter. (Jim Rome is right; a media room is an easy target for laughs.)

Report: Redskins sign McNabb to five-year extension | ProFootballTalk
Donovan McNabb has secured another financial apology.

Young’s maturity issues take center stage with Kerry Collins out | ProFootballTalk
Jeff Fisher has lost his security blanket for a while. The Titans coach revealed that Kerry Collins could be out "several weeks" because of his ankle injury. Vince Young has battled an ankle injury of his own, although he looked very spry on Sunday after replacing Collins at halftime.

Todd Haley says he’s sorry | ProFootballTalk
Let’s give Chiefs coach Todd Haley some credit for not making a silly situation any worse on Monday. Given the opportunity to address his finger shaking snub towards Josh McDaniels, Haley apologized for the situation.

Eagles vs. Redskins - Recap - November 15, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Michael Vick , not Donovan McNabb , played like a $78 million quarterback, accounting for six touchdowns all by himself. And his Philadelphia Eagles marched down the field in one big chunk after another, doing enough times to put new entries in the various record books.