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Today, it is time for the Territorial Cup, so if you are a fan of ASU or U of A make sure to watch that tonight. Should be a good game.

Standing Behind Anderson
Quarterback apologizes, but teammates already backing him

Anderson apologizes
Wednesday is quarterback Derek Anderson’s day to speak to the media, and obviously it was his first time doing so since the high-intensity press conference he gave Monday night. So he climbed up on the riser to speak to everyone and said, "OK, let’s try this in a manner that doesn’t end up on YouTube." It seemed like the right level of levity given the situation and the way his presser ended Monday, when he abruptly walked out. - Espo: Whisenhunt a broken record
Ken Whisenhunt is starting to sound like Tom Cruise's agent. A man who conceived a plan, saw it work for a time and is now perplexed why the same steps aren't yielding similar results. For weeks we've heard the head coach talk about continuing to prepare and practice the same way they have the last two years because it has worked. The only problem is, it's not working anymore.

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: Calais Campbell (ankle) was the only Cardinals player to miss practice Wednesday. Fellow defensive end Darnell Dockett (shoulder) is hurting, though. Having two-thirds of the Cardinals' defensive front hurting has exposed an already shaky situation at linebacker. Campbell and cornerback Greg Toler (toe) could return this week. Linebackers Paris Lenon (knee) and Clark Haggans (groin) are also less than full strength. The team is healthier on offense now that receiver Steve Breaston, running back Beanie Wells and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling are participating fully.

Cardinals helping Kurt Warner's HOF case - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The St. Louis Rams suffered through nine consecutive losing seasons before Kurt Warner posted a 35-8 starting record over a three-year period beginning in 1998. The Rams remained competitive for a while once Marc Bulger replaced Warner, but they haven't been back to a Super Bowl. The franchise steadily declined until bouncing back part of the way this season. The New York Giants were 5-4 with Warner starting and 1-6 without him starting in 2004, his lone season with the team. Warner was sometimes more effective in relief than as a starter during his first three seasons with Arizona, but he led the team to back-to-back NFC West titles and a 4-2 postseason record when the team committed to him as its starter. The Cardinals' 3-8 record in their first 11 games following Warner's retirement only enhances perceptions that Warner rescued two franchises. His Hall of Fame credentials look better now than when he retired.

Arizona Cardinals look back to plan ahead
To prepare for Sunday's game against the Rams, the Cardinals this week watched video of their victory in St. Louis in the season opener. Like classmates looking at the yearbook at a 20-year reunion, the defense was amazed at how different it looked in its prime. "We all had what Coach calls 'the swagger' that we came into the year with," free safety Kerry Rhodes said. "Right now, that swagger has taken a big hit. Where we are defensively as a unit, not good." That defense made the difference in that 17-13 victory over the Rams in Week 1. The Cardinals limited the Rams to 325 yards of offense, sacked Sam Bradford twice and hit him on numerous other occasions, and came up with four turnovers. But it has turned out to be one of the unit's few good games this season. The Cardinals rank 29th in yardage and 31st in points allowed and run defense.

Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson apologizes for rant
Quarterback Derek Anderson apologized for his Monday night rant when he yelled at a reporter and stormed out of the interview room after the Cardinals' 27-6 loss to the visiting San Francisco 49ers. Cameras showed Anderson laughing on the sideline with right guard Deuce Lutui when the Cardinals were trailing by 18 points in the fourth quarter. When Anderson was asked about it, he lost his cool. Videos of his Monday-night meltdown sizzled the Internet and became a national story. He made it clear he didn't want that to happen again. blogs - Kent Somers - Job insecurity for assistant
Defensive coordinator Bill Davis has been around the NFL since he was a kid. His dad worked for the Eagles, Dolphins and Browns, and Davis served as a ball boy for some of those seasons. So he knows how the league works. Teams lose, coaches get fired. Davis' defense has been a disappointment this season, and he is "fully aware" that some fans are calling for him to be fired.

Whiz keeps his cool
With all the talk about Derek Anderson and his emotions, coach Ken Whisenhunt was asked about his emotions – or, more specifically, his lack of it. At least publicly. "I think maybe it’s a little bit the way I am personality-wise," Whisenhunt said. "I think it’s important that you try to stay even and that you don’t lose your temper. Trust me, I get upset. Our players have seen that from me." When it was suggested that some fans sometimes might want to see him lose his temper/show some emotion (and I have heard from some of them), Whisenhunt said he hadn’t heard such things.

Adrian Wilson: It's the communication - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals allowed 325 points in 16 games last season. They have allowed 319 through 11 games this season. That's a problem. What's the solution, beyond adding better players? Pro Bowl strong safety Adrian Wilson offered a few thoughts during a conference call Wednesday with reporters in St. Louis.

Cardinals Underground Podcast (STL Preview)
Paul Calvisi, Darren Urban, and Ron Wolfley take a look at the upcoming match-up with St. Louis and more!

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Anderson apologizes for postgame outburst

Scottie Upshall's 2 goals help Phoenix Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild
Scottie Upshall scored twice and Ed Jovanovski had a goal for Phoenix, enough for the Coyotes to hang and beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Wednesday night. news: Anderson apologizes, hopes to avoid more YouTube face time
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson has apologized for his Monday night postgame tirade. "My mom and dad didn't raise me to act like that in times of adversity," he said Wednesday. - Anderson apolgizes, hopes it doesn't wind up on YouTube
They say any publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right. The Arizona Cardinals and Derek Anderson might disagree.

Where QBs rank against stacked fronts - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Following up an earlier item, I've put together charts showing where NFL quarterbacks rate when throwing against eight-man boxes and loaded boxes (those where potential rushers outnumber blockers).

Broncos' Kenny McKinley was deep in debt before suicide - NFL -
Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley had a gambling problem and was deep in debt when he committed suicide on Sept. 21, friends and family told authorities during a probe into his death.

Video: Andre Johnson was mic'd up while fighting Finnegan - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
The NFL Network's "Sound FX" show happened to have Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson mic'd up during his fight against Cortland Finnegan. The resulting five-minute clip is as excellent as you'd imagine.

Terrell Suggs says league favors Tom Brady and Peyton Manning | ProFootballTalk
According to Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, there are rules for two well known quarterbacks and rules for everyone else.

Hines Ward of Pittsburgh Steelers calls out at NFL over safety - ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward lashed out Wednesday at the NFL for what he calls its hypocritical stance on player safety, arguing the league recently toughened its stance only because it wants to expand to an 18-game season.

Brian Urlacher: NFL's discipline process is 'outrageous' - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL -
Brian Urlacher became the latest player to complain about the NFL's discipline process on Wednesday when he blasted the system of fines that have been levied against players for on-field violations this season.

Mike Martz changes his stripes | ProFootballTalk
The Bears coaching staff entered their bye week at 4-3, faced with one inescapable fact: The team simply couldn’t pass protect. So they did what good coaches should do and they fit their scheme to their talent, rather than the other way around. Chicago’s offense since the bye has gone from wildly pass-heavy to run-heavy. Their passing game has focused more on quick throws than offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s preferred bombs down the field.

Is it time for McDaniels to play Tim Tebow? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Can quarterback Tim Tebow be Broncos coach Josh McDaniels' savior? We may never know. news: Favre taken aback by questions about life after football
Brett Favre has faced demanding questions from the media for 20 years, never more so than this season while he has been embroiled in a messy NFL investigation and struggled mightily on the field for the Minnesota Vikings. When he finally does decide to hang up the pads, which he insisted Wednesday will happen for good at the end of this long and trying season, the 41-year-old quarterback said he could look to turn the tables. "Might be a reporter," Favre quipped. "Ask some tough questions." He answered a few more of them Wednesday.

I'm not sure all guys today want to be Tom Brady - Page 2: Humor, columns, commentary, lists and analysis from’s Page 2 - ESPN
Despite being married to a supermodel, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and a multimillionaire, Brady has somehow managed to make himself a punchline. A punchline, that is, to everyone outside of Angel Martinez's circle of friends and people who don't sound like extras from a Mark Wahlberg movie.