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11-2-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Quick note, I'll try to write up the gamethread highlight thing tomorrow morning. Now, on to the links.

Keeping The Faith
Whisenhunt needs Cards to cut mistakes, regardless of QB

Ken Whisenhunt: Not naming Cardinals starting QB yet
Well, we know it's not going to be John Skelton. blogs - Kent Somers - Monday notebook
Kicker Jay Feely broke the news to reporters in the locker room this afternoon: the Vikings had released Randy Moss. Feely was among the first to see it on Twitter and the word quickly spread. Safety Kerry Rhodes couldn't help but smile as he read the various tweets carrying the news. - Beanie the starter should be fantasy joy
It took nearly half the season, but Beanie Wells has finally taken hold of the Cardinals' featured back job — and the fantasy value that goes with it.

Now, Cards won’t see Moss Sunday
The Cardinals were in the middle of their locker room media session/lunch time when the news (first pointed out by kicker Jay Feely, at least to me) broke of the Vikings releasing wide receiver Randy Moss. It’d be stunning news anyway, but the Cardinals go to Minnesota Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback fiasco hurting Ken Whisenhunt's credibility
Benched for the first time in his NFL career, Max Hall tried to act tough. It didn't work.

Fleshing out Beanie Ball
Beanie Wells was talking about running lower. "Sometimes at the end of my runs, I finish them a little high," the running back said. "For the run’s sake and to protect myself’s sake. The lower you run, the more leverage you have and the more yards you get."

In the Red Zone with Ken Whisenhunt - TB Review
Coach Whisenhunt reviews the Cardinals loss against Tampa Bay with Doug and Wolf on Sports 620 KTAR

Whisenhunt's Monday Presser

McNabb, Hill and current NFC West QBs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Heard on ESPN Radio during my drive home from the airport Monday night: analyst Trent Dilfer explaining why he thought Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan benched Donovan McNabb in Week 8. Dilfer pointed to what he calls "critical situations" for quarterbacks, including third down, and suggested Shanahan might be discovering McNabb's relative shortcomings in these areas.

Where NFC West teams rank: Week 8 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few highlights in looking at where NFC West teams rank in various statistical categories through Week 8: - Soaring around the NFC West after Week 8
The race for the NFC West got a little more complex in Week 8 as the division leading Seattle Seahawks barley avoided a shutout in their 33-3 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 9: Back To The Top For The Patriots - SB Nation Arizona
Call them all the names you want, but you're again going to have to call New England the top dog.

Dancing With The Stars Recap: Kurt Warner Tangos, Cha-Cha-Chas With Abandon - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Larry Fitzgerald offered to take Judge Len out, while Cards fans cried softly into their Super Bowl XLIII t-shirts at the sight of a perfectly healthy Kurt and Larry on the television screen at the same time.

2010 NFL Rankings: The NFL's Top 10 Head-Scratchers | Bleacher Report
Just before each NFL season, fans and analysts everywhere wait in angst for the madness to begin. They sit discussing and stewing over their favorite teams. They debate about the newly added players, which games are an "easy win" and which games are a tough match-up. Ultimately, even though they can't help themselves from thinking about every possible outcome and scenario, they know there will be unforeseen chaos that interrupts the ride to the end of the season. Perhaps this is why we watch.

Cardinals report (11.01): Cutting down on turnovers a necessity
Arizona has lost back-to-back games for the first time since December 2008 and is now third in the NFC West standings behind Seattle and St. Louis. The division remains up for grabs, but the Cardinals’ current quarterback play would seem to give them little chance to come out on top for the third consecutive year.

Whisenhunt delays decision on QB
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt has two choices for starting quarterback, neither of them attractive

The Designed Rush Redux: Peyton Manning Excels Even With Colts' 'Replacement Players' -
The Designed Rush Redux takes a look at what exactly Peyton Manning has to work with on the Colts, who easily handled the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 9: Patriots Push To No. 1; Packers Are Top NFC Team -
NFL power rankings for Week 9 are out, and the Patriots have overtaken the Jets for the top spot. Speaking of the Jets, their loss to the Packers propels Green Bay into the top five.

If Rams are in the Moss hunt, Spagnuolo isn't saying |
Several reports have suggested that the St. Louis Rams are among the teams interested in putting in a waiver claim for Randy Moss. But coach Steve Spagnuolo won't address the subject.

Return of Santonio Holmes hasn't helped Mark Sanchez |
When Jets receiver Santonio Holmes returned to the team in Week 5 after serving a four-game suspension, it was supposed to make a good team even better. It hasn't worked out that way.

Vikings fans want Brad Childress fired now |
A whole lot of people think it's time for heads to roll in Minnesota, and one poll of Vikings fans shows an overwhelming number saying head coach Brad Childress should be fired right now.

NFL Power Rankings Week 9 - National Football League - ESPN
Take a look at's Week 9 Power Rankings to see which teams reigned supreme in the NFL

Power Rankings: How the voters voted - NFC West Blog - ESPN
It was a rough week for the incumbent from Pennsylvania when's NFL Power Rankings voters went to the polls early Tuesday.

Aaron Rodgers: Jets crowd surprisingly quiet |
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers expected a hostile environment when they traveled to the drab, gray new monolith that is the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Week Eight power rankings |
We interrupt the ongoing Moss-and-McNabb mania to do what we do every week at this time. Provide a meaningless ranking of all NFL teams from top to bottom.

The Designed Rush, Week 8: In Which We Are Left Searching For A Clear Frontrunner -
"Parity" is a word that has been overused in NFL circles the last few years. But unlike last year, this season it really does apply. Who is the favorite to win the Super Bowl? The clear answer is no one, and the list of contenders is about six teams deep.

Why the Rams should claim Randy Moss - NFC West Blog - ESPN
I hope they don't.

Randy Moss, Seattle and the NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Randy Moss' agent told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins quickly reached out to him upon learning of the Minnesota Vikings' plans to release the veteran receiver.

Moss 2.0: An inexcusable lapse of judgment - NFC North Blog - ESPN
Near the end of what was a lost season in 2006, Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress cut his leading receiver a few days after some comments critical of the team's approach appeared in a local newspaper. Childress was so incensed, in fact, that he released receiver Marcus Robinson on Christmas Eve.

We're Calling Him Ben Roethlis-Whatnow? - From Our Editors -
Say what you will be about the Internet but at least the dirty, unwashed bloggers are upfront about the sleaze on their minds. We don't bottle it up, push it way down and try to bury it only to see it pop up when we least expect it.

Redskins will meet with JaMarcus Russell |
The Shanahan-McNabb feud has gone to a new level.

Texans vs. Colts - Recap - November 1, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Peyton Manning got Indianapolis' makeshift offense chugging like its old self Monday night.