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9-17-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Another day, another batch of links.

And two videos of Steve Breaston.

KTAR.com - Crowder: Fitzgerald's recovery
Larry Fitzgerald has a strained Medial Collateral Ligament injury. He has the same injury as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie but not nearly as severe.

KTAR.com - Trust key for Cardinals quarterback and receivers
Trust has been the big word thrown around in the Cardinals locker room after the narrow win over the Rams on Sunday. The receiver core of Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston have started to believe in their new quarterback after Derek Anderson continued to battle to the end of the game, even after taking some big hits.

KTAR.com - Cardinals WR Early Doucet out with sports hernia
Arizona wide receiver Early Doucet will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia and is expected to be sidelined three to six weeks.

The Defense (Finally) Rests
Coming together for 81 snaps shows unit its possibilities

Arizona Cardinals' rookie Stephen Williams has a big chance
Receiver Stephen Williams will receive a prime chance over the next month to prove that his superlative performance in the preseason was no fluke.

NFL Week 2: Which Bird Will Fly? - SB Nation Arizona
Will the Cardinals be able to stop the Falcons dynamic twosome?

Arizona Cardinals not alone in seeking more offensive firepower
Few things provide as much solace in challenging times as knowing that you are not alone.

Arizona Cardinals' Steve Breaston never drops the ball
In football, temperament comes in two flavors. There are guys who play to the bitter end, and there are guys who can't wait to celebrate.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - Anderson proves his toughness
When quarterback Derek Anderson stayed in the game after taking a shot to the chest last Sunday in St. Louis, it reminded me of Kurt Warner in 2007.

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Derek Anderson in perspective. The Arizona Cardinals' trip to Atlanta marks homecomings for coach Ken Whisenhunt and defensive lineman Darnell Dockett. The challenge is clear. Arizona finds itself on the wrong end of another team's home opener for the second week in a row, this time against a better opponent. Quarterback Derek Anderson probably needs to show more consistent accuracy for the Cardinals to defeat the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. The rest of us could also use a little more accuracy at times. For as erratic as Anderson appeared when throwing eight consecutive incomplete passes in Week 1, his 85.1 passer rating for the game was better than eight of the 17 regular-season and postseason ratings posted by a certain now-retired Cardinals quarterback last season. Kurt Warner posted eight ratings between 100.8 and 154.1 last season. His ratings in the remaining eight games ranged between 44.9 and 79.2. Anderson might never play like Warner when Warner was hot. He could potentially be more consistent from game to game. At the very least, we shouldn't measure him against the very best Warner offered without giving at least some consideration to those other eight games.

Dockett’s plans for the ATL
Darnell Dockett is going home. Dockett is originally from Decatur, Georgia, close enough to Atlanta. He came from tragedy, having walked in to see his murdered mother when he was 13. He tweeted earlier this week he was dedicating this game to his mom, and said he may cry before the game.

DRC Focused While Waiting
Pro Bowl cornerback knows teams might not throw his way

PFT's Week Two picks | ProFootballTalk.com
[Editor's note: Each week, Rosenthal and I will go head to head, picking the winner of each game. The guy who does worse each week gets to be the one to copy and paste together the text the next week. Last week, we tied. The NBC Competition Committee decided that I should have to copy and paste it all together again. And so I'll take the high road and accept the ruling. In three days, after everyone applauds me for taking the high road, I'll bitch about it on the radio.] [UPDATE: As it turns out, we didn't tie. Rosenthal won. And I should have kept my damn mouth shut when I realized that he'd counted his victories incorrectly.]

Yahoo! Sports - NFL - Expert Picks Week 2

NFL Week 2 picks and predictions - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
The biggest takeaway from Week 1? Any given Sunday.

NFL Picks, Grades - CBSSports.com Football
CBSSports.com's NFL staff picks against the spread on every game every Wednesday for the upcoming week's games. Picks are based not on which team actually wins the game, but covers the spread. Spreads are subject to adjustment based on unforeseen factors. As such, picks are subject to change prior to games.

NFL.com news: Battle of Manning brothers highlights Week 2 slate
Should be another fun week of NFL games. We get the Manning brothers battle for familial supremacy and Rex Ryan renewing the Ring Kissing Bowl with Bill Belichick. The schedule is light on divisional matchups overall, but as always you can expect the unexpected.

KTAR.com - QB Anderson earns respect of coaches, teammates
Any doubt whether Derek Anderson would have the respect of his Arizona coaches and teammates ended late in the third quarter of the season opener in St. Louis.

KTAR.com - Burns: Depth perception of Cardinals receivers
It's the reason they don't put diving boards in the shallow end of the pool. Or why they remind you on your rear view mirrors that "Objects are closer than they appear."

KTAR.com - Cardinals vs. Falcons - Quick facts
The Arizona Cardinals, fresh off a 17-13 win over the Rams, take on a former playoff foe as they head to Atlanta to play a Falcons team looking to notch its first win in the home opener

KTAR.com - Hightower guarantees improvement with fumbles
Running back Tim Hightower has become a bigger part of the Cardinals offense already in his 3rd NFL season with the Cardinals, but if there is one thing still holding him back from becoming an elite back it's his tendency to fumble the ball.

Do You Remember When The Games Stopped? Lessons Learned From 9-11 - SB Nation Arizona
Kevin Ray reflects on the anniversary of the attacks on 9-11 and the importance of sports in our country.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - Breaking down Tim Hightower's fumbles
Arizona Cardinals running back Tim Hightower sat in front of his locker Thursday and patiently answered questions about the two fumbles he lost last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

The Big Red Rage with guest Steve Breaston
Cards WR joins the Big Red Rage with Adrian Wilson to talk about his career day at St. Louis, poetry, and the Falcons.

Beanie a game-day decision
With the Cardinals set to fly out to Atlanta soon, RB Beanie Wells will end up as a game-day decision again this week. He had some swelling on his knee after Thursday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said, and that left him fairly limited Friday. But the Cards will work him out Sunday and see where he is. "He really wants to play," Whisenhunt said, although I would think the Cards would want to be careful with him.

Rams 'D' makes mark unleashing the blitz
Spagnuolo and Flajole inherited a defensive unit that was thin in talent: The 2008 Rams finished 28th in total defense and 31st in scoring (29.1 ppg). Things didn't improve significantly last year: the Rams slipped to 29th in total defense, cutting their points-per-game yield slightly, to 27.2. But things have changed, evidenced Sunday during the season-opening 17-13 loss to Arizona. Spagnuolo and Flajole unveiled a defensive game plan that was more aggressive than any in the '09 season. The Rams blitzed on 30 of the Cardinals' 64 plays. Conversely, the Big Red defenders, renowned as aggressive blitzers, brought extra rushers on just 25 of the Rams' 81 snaps. Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson absorbed a nasty beating. He was sacked only twice but was whacked about 10 other times. Defensive end Chris Long alone was credited with three quarterback hits.

NFL Videos: Week 2: Cardinals vs. Falcons Preview
Matt Ryan looks to get his Falcons back on track as they host the Cardinals in their home opener.

azcentral.com blogs - Dan Bickley - DanBickley - Snack bites from the Cardinals
After an extremely hot and muggy practice on Thursday, here's what we know about the Cardinals:

Whisenhunt On Injuries and Falcons

Jim Brown: NFL denies injuries at cost of winning - NFL - SI.com
Jim Brown isn't surprised by the rise in diagnosed concussions among NFL players and says the league and the union need to do more to protect those players.

Cardinals still trying to be cautious with Fitzgerald | ProFootballTalk.com
Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald caught the game-winning touchdown Sunday, but he didn't quite look like himself for most of the game. (Luckily they had Steve Breaston.)

Jon Gruden still hates officials | ProFootballTalk.com
You can take Jon Gruden out of the NFL, but you can't take disgust towards football officials out of Jon Gruden.

Report: Black Eyed Peas will play at halftime of the Super Bowl - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
I gotta feeling that the Super Bowl halftime show is going to be even more unwatchable than usual.

Mike Singletary and those blasted rats - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mike Singletary's harsh words for the sources behind the Yahoo! Sports story about the San Francisco 49ers' play-calling problems point to a broader issue -- one Singletary inherited when the team named him head coach. "To me, that's a rat," Singletary told reporters Thursday. "That's a coward and a rat."

NFL Videos: Inside the NFL: Week 1 roundtable
The "Inside the NFL" crew discuss which teams already appear overrated following Week 1.

49ers' system can put QB in a bind - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arlan from San Francisco writes: Hi Mike, I was wondering why Alex Smith wasnt wearing a wristband with plays on it sooner. I thought all teams quarterbacks wore one. It seems that with all the circumstances in the NFL -- limited time that headsets are active, time it takes to pick a play, length of the average play call, crowd noise, etc. -- common sense would dictate the QB wear a wristband with plays on it. In fact, I don't see any reason why all players wouldn't wear one with the same plays and their individual assignments. Is this another example of the inexperience/inability to adapt to the times by this coaching staff? The prime example would obviously be our offensive philosophy, which belongs in the 1950s/1960s and lacks even a hint of creativity.

49ers' Brooks, Spencer Exchange Blows
Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks did not have to wait until his return to the playing field to experience his first big hit in six weeks. Cornerback Shawntae Spencer leveled Brooks on Thursday with a shoulder to his left side during a routine ball-security drill at the start of Thursday’s practice when cameras are allowed to film the 49ers’ warm-up drills.

Steve Breaston Highlights 2009 (via TheVikingsworld)


Steve Breaston Cardinals Punt Return (via 97Alumni)