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12-15-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Well what do you know, it looked like Brett Favre was going to retire, but the guy still wants to play. Just let it end, don't let yourself get banged up more than you already have been this year.

Hello! You Play To Win The Game
Losing for draft status makes no sense to Cards

Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald won't tolerate losing
Larry Fitzgerald has hungry eyes. He has visited 36 countries. The world is his playground. And the only place he wants to work is in Arizona. With a caveat

Arizona Cardinals' Jay Feely named NFC Special Teams Player of Week
Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Sunday's 43-13 victory over the Denver Broncos. Feely scored 25 points against the Broncos by connecting on five field goals, four extra points and by scoring his first career touchdown on a 5-yard run on a fake field-goal attempt in the second quarter. His touchdown was the first by a Cardinals kicker and first in the NFL since Dallas' Tim Seder in 2001.

Arizona Cardinals' Kerry Rhodes outside the huddle
Arizona Cardinals' Kerry Rhodes outside the huddle, Cardinals safety Rhodes dicusses kicker Jay Feely's game, trick plays and more.

Arizona Cardinals' John Skelton had weeks of starting-QB preparation
When starting a rookie quarterback, a coach's worries begin well before the ball is snapped. Does the kid understand the play just sent in? Can he communicate it correctly in the huddle so everyone understands where he should be and what he should be doing? Those things cannot be taken for granted, and the Cardinals' John Skelton seems to have done a decent job at them Sunday during his first NFL start. - Skelton's on the job training continues
Learning on the job can be difficult for anyone. Understanding strategies, getting to know your co-workers and learning company procedures can be overwhelming and cause issues for even the best of us. Now imagine having 60,000 people watching your every move and letting their displeasure be known by screaming and yelling at you. Think you could handle it? How about you at the age of 22? That's the task that faced Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton last Sunday and will again in hostile North Carolina this week.

Glendale council OKs Phoenix Coyotes lease agreement
After a marathon meeting that stretched late into Tuesday night, the Glendale City Council approved a $197 million deal to keep the financially struggling Phoenix Coyotes at the city's arena.

Video Gallery
The Way I See It - Stephen Williams

Hightower nominated, Feely signs, Fitz photos
Some tidbits I need to pass along:

Mike Sando's MVP Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Some pushed back against my claim last week that Tom Brady could "take a knee on the rest of the season" and still emerge as MVP. Ben from Lynchburg, Va., dedicated more than 1,100 words to his dissenting opinion.

How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Adrian Wilson, Cardinals SS. Arizona coaches credited Wilson with 13 tackles, putting him over 100 in a season for the third time in his career and the first time since 2005. Rookie linebacker Daryl Washington would have earned a spot on the list if he hadn't fumbled short of the end zone while celebrating an interception return.

Tim Hightower, Cardinals RB. The 49ers' Westbrook deserves a mention here, too, after coming through with a 62-yard scoring catch and key contributions as a pass protector. Hightower trumped him for the third and final spot on the list by finishing with 18 carries for 148 yards and two scores.

Who else? Feely wins special-teams award - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL has named the Arizona Cardinals' Jay Feely its top special-teams player from the NFC in Week 14.

About that draft position …
The subject grew in debate as the Cardinals’ losing streak grew — Wouldn’t it be better for the Cards just to lose out and nab the highest draft pick possible? Andrew Luck, for goodness sake!. Well, we’ve heard coach Ken Whisenhunt keeps planning on winning. Players have their own reasons, but none point to losing as a good thing. Plus there is the schedule, which not only included the hapless Broncos visiting last weekend but a trip to reeling, one-win Carolina this weekend (I told you the Cards wouldn’t lose out).

Feely Earns NFC Honor
He nearly broke the NFL record for points from a kicker in a game and for a while, was the only scoring any points for either side – so much so that CBS put up a graphic at one point declaring the score "Jay Feely 22, Denver 3."

NFL Fantasy Football Predictions: Arizona Cardinals Vs. Carolina Panthers Provide Intriguing Options - SB Nation Arizona
A look at how to play in your fantasy football playoff match up from this week's Cards-Panthers game

Mailbag: QBs and the NFC West race - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Willy from Gilbert, Ariz., writes: I am a Cardinals season-ticket holder and I am trying to find the scenario that puts the Cardinals in the playoffs. Obviously, the Cards have to win out, but the Rams and Seahawks still play each other, meaning one of them will win seven games. Wouldn't we lose a tie breaker against either team?

Brett Favre won't go on IR yet; Minnesota Vikings hopeful of 2010 return - ESPN
Brett Favre's career isn't quite over yet. Minnesota Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier says the team is hoping to have Favre back this season -- and possibly this week.

Michael Vick of Philadelphia Eagles says he'd like to own a dog someday - ESPN
Michael Vick, who was banned by the judge who sentenced him on dogfighting charges from ever owning another dog, says he misses being a dog owner and would like to have one as a pet someday.

Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy to take first-team snaps - ESPN
Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will take snaps with Cleveland's starting offense in practice and could start Sunday in Cincinnati. news: Eagles' Vick leads Pro Bowl voting with two weeks to go
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, with 981,687 votes, leads all NFL all-stars and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, with 947,194 votes, leads all AFC players in balloting for the 2011 Pro Bowl, announced Wednesday.

Cris Carter: Randy Moss "full of regret" he’s not a Patriot | ProFootballTalk
In the weeks since Randy Moss was traded out of New England, the Patriots have become the best team in the league while Moss has become irrelevant. Moss’s old teammate and mentor says Moss now wishes he could go back.

Not benched yet, McNabb booed at basketball game | ProFootballTalk
FOX’s Jay Glazer, who first raised the possibility that Rex Grossman could supplant Donovan McNabb as starting quarterback of the Redskins, reports that, for now, the Redskins are sticking with McNabb, for now. And the fans may not be too happy about that.

Video: Giants defender unleashes 'best sack dance ever' - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Presenting "The Tase," the newest sack-dance craze by Barry Cofield of the New York Giants.