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9-22-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Not much I want to say about the news that is out there right now, except that I hope the Cards bounce back against Oakland, and I want to see Beanie play.

Arizona Cardinals staying patient with Derek Anderson, for now
In the NFL, two games can be both an eternity and an instant, especially for coaches and quarterbacks. Six teams already have made mid-game changes at quarterback based on performance. And in Minnesota, Brett Favre looks like he could have helped the Vikings more by staying retired than playing.

Arizona Cardinals' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie talks food, fun
Each week, The Republic spotlights a Cardinals player for a series of on-the-spot, offbeat questions.

Arizona Cardinals sign linebacker Alex Hall
The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent outside linebacker Alex Hall to a contract Tuesday. Terms were not released. The Cardinals also released linebacker Cyril Oboizor (SEER-uhl, OH-bee-AH-zor) and also released linebacker Curtis Gatewood from the practice squad. The 6-foot-5 Hall was cut by the New York Giants on Sept. 4. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles last April after playing two seasons with Cleveland. In 30 games with the Browns, Hall had 30 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

NFC West Report: Week 2 - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Since Justin Burning is taking care of a good/bad report from each Cardinals game, I've decided I needed to get my own pound of flesh from the NFL week that was.

Derek Anderson and Steven Threet: At Least One Arizona Quarterback Decision Has Paid Off - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Both the Arizona Cardinals and ASU Sun Devil football teams had important quarterback decisions to make over the summer. Both Ken Whisenhunt and Dennis Erickson made decisions late. But so far, only Erickson's call to make Steven Threet ASU's starting signal caller has shown to be clearly the right choice.

That's The Business
Davis is the young linebacker who stuck, while his friend wasn't

Is anyone worthy of winning the West?
Mike Singletary is a little different, hardly your typical NFL head coach. Last Sunday, he thanked Pete Carroll for kicking "our tails" after the Seahawks embarrassed his San Francisco 49ers. We can all imagine how he’ll thank Sean Payton for repeating the favor later tonight when the Saints drop the 49ers to 0-2. We all knew months ago that the NFC West had the makings of the NFL’s worst division. And nothing we've seen so far has changed that assessment. The Buffalo Bills may be the league’s worst team, but the West as a whole might possibly produce a champion without a winning record.

Shuffling in a new linebacker
The Cardinals have made a move in search of an outside linebacker, releasing Cyril Obiozor — who had been claimed on waivers after preseason cutdowns and was active only for the Atlanta game — and signing linebacker Alex Hall.

Schofield thinks he’ll play
O’Brien Schofield almost sounded, well, giddy. "Oh, I’m playing," the rookie linebacker said without hestitation. Not yet, of course. Schofield, who blew out his knee in Senior Bowl workouts in January, is on the reserve/non-football injury list (and of course it was football, but it wasn’t NFL football – hence the list). That, like the PUP list, means Schofield can’t play the first six weeks of the regular season and has until nine weeks to figure out if he moves on to the active roster or to injured reserve.

Madden 11 Week Two Ratings Change Suggestions |
After the opening week in which offenses tended to struggle week two brought more in the way of high scoring games and big offensive performances from players. It was also a weekend which saw quite a bit of shifting at quarterback as coaches lost their patience with starters and looked to backups for a spark.

NFL Power Rankings Week 3 - National Football League - ESPN
The Top 5 of the Week 3 ladder has two new residents. One of them is a team that's never been ranked in the Top 5 before this season.

Power Rankings: How the voters voted - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Minnesota Vikings, so close to knocking off New Orleans with a Super Bowl berth on the line last season, appeared closer to nodding off in Week 2.

Plenty of NFL teams searching for much-needed QB relief - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Mike Vick is back, but for how long? The Cowboys and Vikings can’t win, as we predicted. The Steelers and Bucs can’t lose, as we, well ... Coaches are panicking with their quarterbacks. Brandon Jacobs is clueless. Refs are making more mistakes. We hit you with the Week 2 SCHEINERS, SCHEIN 9 style. - 2 matchups of unbeaten teams
Just three weeks into the NFL season and it takes some searching to find matchups between unbeaten teams. - Soaring around the NFC West after Week 2
The NFC West came into the season being referred to as the worst division in the NFL by many people throughout the NFL world. After two weeks it's fair to say they've lived up to their hype (or un-hype in this case).

Where NFC West teams rank: Week 2 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Monday night game has thrown off the schedule for a few items that generally run earlier in the week. This is one of them.

Mike Sando's MVP Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Six sacks in two games should be enough for the Green Bay PackersClay Matthews to earn a spot on the MVP Watch list.

How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Tim Hightower, Cardinals RB. Hightower ranks sixth among NFL players in rushing yardage after collecting a career-long 80-yard scoring run during an otherwise forgettable game against Atlanta. Hightower is averaging 7.0 yards per carry, putting more distance between himself and injured challenger Beanie Wells.

Quick QB hooks can produce negative long-term effects - ESPN
Vince Young got the hook in Tennessee. So did Jason Campbell in Oakland. Matt Moore was yanked on Sunday, as well, and the Carolina Panthers have already said they are going to start rookie Jimmy Clausen in Week 3.

On Kenny McKinley's Suicide, The Tragedy Of Depression, And Gratitude -
Kenny McKinley was just 23 years old, an NFL player, and someone with a bright future. He committed suicide on Monday, reportedly succumbing to a battle with depression. And his death leaves questions. How did this happen? Who do we blame? How do we react?

A little of this, little of that
Stuff I wanted to touch on: blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - Wednesday morning thoughts
Just a few thoughts off the top of my retracting dome this morning. news: QB controversies aside, goal is to put team in best spot to win
It's Week 3, so naturally quarterback controversies are front and center. Four coaches in particular are dealing with the fallout from such controversies.

Reid has soft spot for Vick's redemption - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
23. Arizona Cardinals: Did Joey Porter really hear teammates laughing in the showers after Sunday’s drubbing at the Georgia Dome, or was he confused by the sound of Cardinals players coughing at the behest of Falcons defenders?

Power Rankings: Critics have to lay off Cutler now - NFL - Football
21 Cardinals: You want proof of the value of the quarterback position? Take a look at this team compared to last season. Expert's Rankings

Poole: Quarterback switch now for Oakland Raiders would reek of panic - Inside Bay Area
Bruce Gradkowski is earnest and attentive, a scrappy underdog and designated backup who can come off the bench like a shot of adrenaline. news: Vick must capitalize on starting job for Eagles, himself
Wow. Eagles Coach Andy Reid just did a dazzling Michael Vick impersonation the way he changed direction.

Police report: McKinley was depressed |
It's been an emotional 24 hours in Denver, and the contents of a police report concerning wide receiver Kenny McKinley's death only makes the story tougher to swallow.

Examining Oakland's QB dilemma - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Oakland coach Tom Cable isn’t saying yet whether Bruce Gradkowski or Jason Campbell will start Sunday at Arizona.

The Way I See It - Matt Ware

Denver Broncos say no signs Kenny McKinley was suicidal
Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, who is thought to have killed himself with a gunshot to the head, had made previous statements about committing suicide, according to a sheriff's investigative report released Tuesday.

Andy Reid: "Michael Vick is playing out of his mind right now" |
Like so many football junkies, Andy Reid was a huge Michael Vick fan before he ever heard about Bad Newz Kennels. The thought of coaching Vick reportedly had Reid "salivating" once Vick got out of prison.

NFL Videos: Best receiver in the NFL?
Is Andre Johnson the best wide receiver in the National Football League? NFL Total Access debates.

Giants safety Antrel Rolle voices concerns about New York Giants - ESPN New York
New York Giants defensive back Antrel Rolle found plenty of things that went wrong against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. Blogs " Blog Archive Week 2 power rankings: Steelers make statement "
30. Cardinals – Do they have a discernible strength after two weeks?

Michael Vick named Philadelphia Eagles' starting QB - ESPN
Eagles coach Andy Reid says Michael Vick will be the team's starting quarterback. Reid made the decision Tuesday, a day after saying Kevin Kolb would start Sunday at Jacksonville. Kolb missed the last six quarters because of a concussion, and Vick played well in his absence.

Week Three power rankings - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
23. Arizona Cardinals: Derek Anderson far from the only one to point fingers at.

The five Most Valuable Players of Week 2 - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports

The five Least Valuable Players of Week 2 - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports

The Week Two hot seat barometer |
Every Tuesday during the season (except for last Tuesday) we'll devote a PFT Daily segment to identifying and ranking five coaches on the hot seat.

More Jets pile on Braylon Edwards |
Former Jets safety Kerry Rhodes, now in Arizona, heard that Edwards has caught flak. "Typical coming from that locker room for quote 'someone' to say something bad about him rather than be on his side!" Rhodes tweeted. "But wen scored they were prolly the first one to celebrate with him.#anonymous lol"

Vikings should panic at 0-2; Texans, Dolphins are for real at 2-0 - Jerome Bettis -
Throughout the 2010 NFL season,'s Nick Zaccardi will work with Jerome Bettis to get the six-time Pro Bowl running back's observations about the latest happenings in the league. Bettis retired from the NFL in 2006 after a 13-year career.

NFL quarterback carousel's already spinning out of control - Don Banks -
Ten teams -- about one third of the league -- already have quarterback questions

Braylon Edwards' troubles; Alex Smith, Mark Sanchez impressive - Peter King -
I took a couple of things out of Saints 25, 49ers 22 Monday night.