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9-15-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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The only real big story in Cardinal land today is that our Pro Bowl Safety Adrian Wilson has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his dominant performance against the Rams where he had 2 Picks, a Sack, and a blocked Field Goal. If he keeps playing like this, we could see A-Dub in the 30-30 club before he retires, and possibly in Canton. Congrats for the award A-Dub.

Wilson Wins NFC Defensive Honor
Safety's big game against Rams nets him fourth career selection

Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson named NFC Defensive Player of the Week
Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Sunday's 17-13 victory against the St. Louis Rams.

Kurt Warner Named Fiesta Bowl Grand Marshall - SB Nation Arizona
Kurt Warner is certainly keeping busy with his post-football time. Dancing With The Stars. TV analyst. And now Fiesta Bowl Grand Marshall.

Adrian Wilson's dominance rewarded - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson had to be an easy choice for NFL defensive player of the week. The award, announced by the NFL on Tuesday, comes after Wilson picked off two passes, sacked St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford on an impeccably timed blitz and blocked a field-goal attempt. This is the fourth time Wilson has won the honor. - Warner doesn't miss football; talks Cardinals QBs
The Arizona Cardinals started their season-opener without Kurt Warner taking the snaps in the backfield and won their first game without him as the signal caller in more than two seasons. - Cardinals injury updates; Komar might lose punt returner job
The Arizona Cardinals third-round pick Andre Roberts will get a closer look this week after being inactive against the Rams.

Arizona Cardinals' receiver depth tested
A year ago, Max Komar was a Vandal, Stephen Williams was a Rocket and Anquan Boldin was still a Cardinal. blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - A last look at last Sunday (maybe)
The Cardinals were accused of living in the past when they signed guard Alan Faneca last spring. The conventional wisdom was that Faneca , a 12-year veteran, was not the same player he was with the Steelers when Ken Whisenhunt and assistant head coach Russ Grimm were there. While Faneca might not be the player he once was, he showed last Sunday in St. Louis why Whisenhunt and Grimm were anxious to bring him to Arizona.

NFL Week 2 Preview: Arizona Cardinals (1-0) At Atlanta Falcons (0-1) - SB Nation Arizona
The Atlanta Falcons' quest to reach the playoffs after a one-year hiatus got off to a stumbling start in Pittsburgh last week, as Matt Ryan and company failed to find the end zone in a disconcerting 15-9 overtime loss to the Steelers. In Sunday's home opener, which will bring native son Ken Whisenhunt and recent playoff foe the Arizona Cardinals to the Georgia Dome, the Falcons will be attempting to reassure their fans - and perhaps themselves - that all is still well.

Cheering Up The Troops
Some Cardinals cheerleaders are doing their part to cheer up the troops.

Darnell Dockett Weighs In On Ines Sainz Sexual Harassment Kerfuffle - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Darnell Dockett's Twitter is single-handedly keeping 90 percent of the local sports media employed ... or least busy ... OK, more like entertained.

Heavy Underdog Cardinals Look To Pick It Up Against Falcons, Sunday 10 A.M. AZT - SB Nation Arizona
The Arizona Cardinals are a 6.5-point underdog going into Atlanta for Week 2 against the Falcons, who lost their season opener to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Darnell Dockett Twitter Could Earn NFL Fine - SB Nation Arizona
It was only a matter of time before Nine-0 got in hot water for his Tweets.

Forte, Wilson, Crosby named NFC players of the week |
Bears running back Matt Forte, Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson and Packers kicker Mason Crosby have been named the NFC players of the week.

The Way I See It - Early Doucet

Not a DB — Breaston is a Backpack Boy
Steve Breaston hasn’t played defense since high school. He’d rather not now, although he twice was turned into tackler Sunday in St. Louis after the Cardinals lost fumbles. Of course, one of the plays was the ginormous strip of Rams defensive lineman Clifton Ryan, who would have scored a touchdown I believe would have crushed the Cards’ spirits the way the game was going (maybe not – I’d expect coach Ken Whisenhunt would argue the point).

Mike Sando's MVP Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Let's be real here. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson are not going to win MVP honors in the NFL this season. Both appear on the MVP Watch list following Week 1 because they produced so exceptionally well for their teams. The Chicago Bears' Matt Forte and others deserved some consideration, too, but the list would have felt incomplete without including more legitimate longer-term candidates coming off less-spectacular opening weeks (Brett Favre among them).

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston reveals talents off field
Each week, The Republic spotlights a Cardinals player for a series of on-the-spot, offbeat questions.

NFP Power Rankings | National Football Post
Every week, the National Football Post will bring you our NFL Power Rankings: a rundown of how we stack up the league. news: Six from Sunday: Eagles face QB dilemma, Steelers have a plan
Every week in the NFL season brings intrigue ... and a little controversy. Week 1 was no exception. | Expert Rankings

NFL Power Rankings, Week 1: Saints Still Dominant, Raiders Still The Raiders -
Because this is the first set of NFL power rankings since our preseason rankings, there's more movement than you would normally see. Some teams that we thought were good, struggled in Week 1 (looking at you, 49ers) and some teams that we thought weren't very good, played very well (looking at you, Redskins).

Raheem Morris wants NFL to change blackout policy |
The Bucs were the only NFL home team in Week One to play in a stadium where the non-premium seats had not been sold out. And so the game was not televised locally. Coach Raheem Morris thinks that the policy compelling a blackout under those circumstances should change.

Roger Staubach thinks rules changes make NFL "a wussy game" |
Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach played in a different NFL, a 1970s league where men were men, quarterbacks didn't whine to the refs every time they got knocked down, and wide receivers weren't calling for flags every time they got touched downfield.

Delhomme dons a walking boot |
Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme was wearing a walking boot on Tuesday, according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Delhomme injured the ankle during the Browns' Week One loss to the Buccaneers.

Rams fans don't come out for Bradford's debut |
It looks like the Rams have found a franchise quarterback. Sam Bradford's presence changes everything about the organization. He gives the team hope and ultimately he'll win games and sell tickets. But for now Rams fans have been beaten down too much to vigorously support the home team.

Kawakami: 49ers offense is a long way from fixed - San Jose Mercury News
Something is very wrong, and the 49ers can't just cross their fingers, make rationalizations and hope everything turns out happily ever after.

Three injuries in 11 starts for Detroit QB* - NFC North Blog - ESPN
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford won't need surgery to repair his injured right shoulder, coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. That's the good news. The bad news is that for the third time in the past 17 games, a Stafford injury has left the Lions in nebulous uncertainty about when he will be in position to help them on the field.

Lions' Matthew Stafford isn't injury-prone, coach insists | | Detroit Free Press
Matthew Stafford has suffered four injuries in 11 career starts, but Lions coach Jim Schwartz won't call his $72-million quarterback injury-prone.