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9-28-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Getting this one up earlier than I normally do, but I just felt like doing it this way today. And now, after the Bears defeated the Packers on Monday Night to become the only 3-0 team remaining in the NFC (By the way, the Chiefs, Steelers, and Bears are the only 3-0 teams left right now. Who would have expected them to be there after week 3?) its time to move on to the week 4 matchup between the Cardinals and the Chargers who are coming off a tough loss to the Seahawks.

Lets get on to the links now.

Welcome back Onrea Jones
The Cardinals have brought back, yet again, wide receiver Onrea Jones. Jones, who has been with the Cards on and off since 2008, is a little insurance for a banged-up wide receiving corps. Early Doucet (hernia) is still out and Steve Breaston was limping around Monday with his bruised knee. If Breaston is troubled on game day, at least the Cards will have another veteran besides Larry Fitzgerald to lean upon. - Kurt Warner finally misses football
Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has insisted through the first two months of football that he doesn't miss it. On Monday he admitted being at the practice facility and around his former teammates was the first time he has actually missed the game since the season started.

NFC West Week 3 decisive moment - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Week 3 was filled with decisive moments for NFC West teams.

Week 2: Kurt Reporting To Sequin-Studded Army To Dance Jive - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Kurt Warner continued his charming takeover of Dancing With The Stars. This week, according to judge Carrie Ann Inaba, he channeled the crazy uncle at a wedding that drank too much and proceeds to get his dance on, and get it on well.

Cardinals V Raiders: 10 Things We Learned | Bleacher Report
I really can't keep doing this. I'm seriously going to have a heart attack when I'm 30. blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - The Cardinals-Bills connection
The Bills' decision to release former starting quarterback Trent Edwards on Monday serves as a reminder of just how thin the line is between winning and losing in the NFL.

Arizona Cardinals need to try their hand at another quarterback
Once, the whole operation seemed cursed. Now, NFL insiders are wondering where the Cardinals are hiding the horseshoe.

Arizona Cardinals tough to beat at home and following a loss
As the Cardinals continue to try to establish their identity, it's important to remember that even through their inconsistencies, they already have built an identity. They are a team that always seems to play well at home, and rarely do they string together losses. - Cardinals running backs ready to carry the load
With the Arizona Cardinals offense struggling to find rhythm at times throughout the first three weeks of the season it is the running backs that are ready to get them on track. - Wolf: The anatomy of identity
The Arizona Cardinals have been looking for an identity on the offensive side of the football for the better part of 7-months. When Kurt Warner stepped to the microphone and said "no more," the Cardinals had to rethink how they were going to move the ball, score points and win games.

Working After A Win
After relief from Sunday's victory, Cards turn to issues that need fixing

Whisenhunt's Monday Presser

Arizona Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt not giving up on rookie punt returner
Upon further review, Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt isn't ready to give up on rookie punter returner Andre Roberts despite two gaffes in Sunday's 24-23 squeaker over the Oakland Raiders. blogs - Paola Boivin - PaolaBoivin - Beanie Wells: ' A lot of black and silver in there'
Sunday's game was the first time in a while I've heard so many Cardinals player comment on the amount of fans from the opposing team in attendance.

Week Three power rankings |
Three weeks are in the books, so it's time to put together the meaningless but, based on the numbers, indispensable look at how the 32 teams currently stack up.

(Rams are 21st, Cards are 25th... Oh Florio....)

NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Steelers Slide Into Top Spot After Perfect Start -
Week 3 of the NFL season has come and gone and here's how all 32 NFL teams are shaking out.

NFL Power Rankings: No Ben, no worries for Steelers - NFL - Football
The Steelers were supposed to be in survival mode until their franchise quarterback returned from the NFL halfway house. But Dick LeBeau's D is more than answering the call, Pete Prisco says. news: 49ers could be next landing spot for former Bills QB Edwards
If the San Francisco 49ers put in a waiver claim for free-agent quarterback Trent Edwards, they will be awarded him, according to league sources.

Tommie Harris Wants Out of Chicago - Daily Chicago Sports Tab
Last night, Tommie Harris was not in uniform for the Chicago Bears. The question now is whether or not he will wear the orange and blue ever again.

Week 3 Judgements: Coughlin's tough approach isn't enough - NFL - Football
So, the Giants are bristling under coach Tom Coughlin's control? Clark Judge says wake up. After a mistake-filled, undisciplined embarrassment against the Titans, more control is exactly what New York needs.

Week 3 post game notebook | National Football Post
Let’s take a look back at the Sunday action in the NFL. Ten things that stood out, some X’s and O’s, plus game balls to hand out and some quick extra points.

Manning showcases newest project vs. Denver - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The undrafted rookie wideout who’d been plucked off the practice squad a day earlier had a suggestion for Peyton Manning at a key stage of Sunday’s game, and the NFL’s most exacting quarterback rightfully could have rolled his eyes and told the kid to shut up and block somebody.

Pat Tillman's brother wishes Pat Tillman had shot first |
From time to time, we've delved into matters of religion in this space. We know it's always a dangerous proposition, and we believe that religion is an intensely personal matter that is manipulated all too often by people who have, for whatever reason, obtained a public platform. That's why my initial instinct after seeing the remarks from Richard Tillman, the brother of the late Pat Tillman, on the most recent episode of Bill Maher's show was to ignore them. Apart from Richard Tillman's headline grabbing sound bite -- "I wish he would've just lit these f--king idiots up with his own gun" -- the discussion included Richard Tillman's belief that Pat is "f--king dead" and not with God.

Despite resources, players reluctant to seek help - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
From the great blocks that once made Barret Robbins a Pro Bowler to the awful binges of alcohol and drugs that led to him being shot in the chest by police, agent Drew Pittman has had a front-row seat to the issues that have impacted his friend and client, and kept Robbins in a correctional or treatment facility for much of the past seven years.

Chiefs' quick rise silences GM's critics - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
When will Scott Pioli fall flat on his face? In some NFL circles one year ago, that wasn’t so much a question as it was a certainty.

Where NFC West teams rank: Week 3 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few things stand out when looking at where NFC West teams rank among their NFL peers in nine statistical categories I reference each week:

The Designed Rush Redux: Green Bay Gaffes And Chicago Hope -
The Bears have good fortune to thank for their 3-0 start. With a relatively easy five-game stretch to come, Chicago can parlay their luck into a playoff run. Letting Devin Hester return kicks is just one thing they can do to help themselves along the way.

NFC West deserves 'some' respect - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The headline is a play on the post-Week 1 item about the division deserving no respect. I'm upgrading "no" to "some" after Bill Simmons' favorite division posted a 3-1 record in Week 3.

Hall of Fame quarterback George Blanda dies at age 83 - NFL -
George Blanda, who played longer than anyone in pro football history and racked up the most points in a career that spanned four decades, mostly with the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders, died Monday. He was 83.

Bears' 3-0 start shows Chicago's more lucky than good - Don Banks -
Five things we learned from watching the Bears pull out a rather-improbable win over the error-prone Packers at Solider Field ...

Week Three Monday 10-pack |
The third week of the 2010 season provided plenty of memorable highlights and outcomes.

Audio: Discussing Raye and the NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
710ESPN Seattle has made available audio from my latest NFC West conversation with hosts Mike Salk and Brock Huard. We discussed the Jimmy Raye firing in San Francisco, issues facing the Arizona Cardinals and the Week 4 matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams. My thoughts on the Seattle-St. Louis game:

Report: Nick Collins attacks fan after loss - NFL-
Packers FS Nick Collins was seen throwing an unknown object at a Bears' fan while leaving the field following the Packers' 20-17 loss

It's no surprise that Jimmy Raye didn't improve 49ers offense - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
The winless San Francisco 49ers fired offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye on Monday, another bump in a disappointing season that began with playoff expectations but has devolved into a mess defined by tantrums, confrontation and ineptitude.

Bill Polian calls 18-game schedule a done deal |
Colts president Bill Polian, an influential member of the Competition Committee, addressed in his weekly radio show on Monday night the question of whether the NFL will "enhance" (a marketing buzzword which presumes more is better) the regular season from 16 to 18 games. Per the Associated Press, Polian said that enhancement is a done deal.


Jimmy Raye was overmatched in role as 49ers offensive coordinator - Don Banks -
Story Highlights: The 49ers had no choice but to fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, The team's play-calling was bland and archaic by today's NFL standards, Whether the front office forced Singletary's hand is immaterial.

Packers vs. Bears - Recap - September 27, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Still doubting the Bears? Jay Cutler threw for 221 yards, Brian Urlacher forced a key fumble and Chicago took advantage of a team-record-tying 17 penalties by the Packers to beat Green Bay 20-17 on Monday night.