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1-12-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Manusky gets an interview
The Cardinals and coach Ken Whisenhunt spent Tuesday doing their first interview for the defensive coordinator spot, talking to Greg Manusky — who was the DC for the 49ers the past four seasons. The 49ers were ranked 13th overall as a defense and 16th in scoring defense this past season. Manusky went to college at Colgate and then spent more than a decade (1988-99) as a linebacker in the NFL. He was teammates with Russ Grimm and Ken Whisenhunt with the Redskins in 1989 and 1990. As a linebackers coach in San Diego and then his stint in San Francisco, he oversaw Pro Bowlers like Donnie Edwards, Shawne Merriman, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis. He is also reportedly going to interview for defensive coordinator positions with both the Chargers and the Cowboys.

To QB and not QB
Obviously, quarterback is going to be a hot topic, probably all offseason. This isn’t the last time I am going to address it on the blog. But it will be the entry I link back to – over and over – whenever someone asks me about one of the popular names floating out there, whether it is a current NFL player or a potential draftee. So expect to see the URL often in the blog comment section.

NFC West Penalty Watch: 2010 leaders - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Almost forgot to pass along end-of-season penalty totals for NFC West teams and players. The Arizona Cardinals' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie led the division and ranked tied for the NFL lead in most penalties this season. He had 15, counting declined penalties.

The Manusky file: 49ers vs. Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers' defense gave Arizona problems even when Kurt Warner was playing at a Pro Bowl level for the Cardinals. Count that among the reasons Arizona is interviewing Manusky as a candidate to replace the recently fired Bill Davis as defensive coordinator. Another: Manusky and the 49ers have posted a 6-2 record against the Cardinals, sweeping them three times in four seasons since Ken Whisenhunt became Arizona's coach.

Greg Manusky Is First Candidate For Cardinals Defensive Coordinator - SB Nation Arizona
Ken Whisenhunt began interviewing for the open defensive coordinator position for the Arizona Cardinals, which became available when Bill Davis was let go last week. The first interview went to San Francisco 49er defensive cooordinator Greg Manusky, who coached the 16th ranked defense this past year with Patrick Willis, Takeo Spikes and Nate Clements. Manusky also has interviews lined up with the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers news: With several teams in need, slim QB market could be competitive
These playoffs, young as they still are, have already affirmed a football truism: To succeed in January, for the most part, you must have an accomplished quarterback.

Derek Morris caps comeback, Phoenix Coyotes beat Columbus Blue Jackets
Derek Morris caps comeback, Phoenix Coyotes beat Columbus Blue Jackets, Derek Morris' slap shot with 9:16 left went in off goalie Mathieu Garon's back, giving the Phoenix Coyotes a 4-3 victory over the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

Phoenix Suns dismantled by Denver Nuggets
Phoenix Suns dismantled by Denver Nuggets, Denver had a 52-point in-game turnaround at one point of its 132-98 demolition of the Suns at Pepsi Center, the Suns' third loss by at least 30 points this season and the ninth worst margin on defeat in Suns history. blogs - Bruce Cooper Blog - BruceCooper - The Suns future does not look too bright
Wow, reflecting back it happened so fast. Six years! That's the length of time it took Suns owner, Robert Sarver, to reduce an elite team with top-notch talent into a woeful team with no real future. Joe Johnson, now a perennial eastern conference all-star, gone. Five, count them five, first round draft picks sold and or traded. And finally, the franchise and foundation, Amar'e Stoudemire gone.

Score to settle: Seahawks vs. Bears - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears needed 130 offensive plays, 18 punts and more than three hours to decide their Week 6 matchup at Soldier Field. Sizing up their impending divisional-round playoff rematch shouldn't require so much trouble.

Reggie Bush faces reality | ProFootballTalk
Last year, Saints running back Reggie Bush reportedly wasn’t inclined to reduce his $8 million base salary in the wake of a Super Bowl season. And the Saints opted to pay him that much money for 2010. They’d probably like to have a Mulligan. Bush suffered a fractured fibula after muffing a punt in Week Two against the 49ers, and he ultimately appeared in only eight games. He rushed for 150 yards and generated 208 receiving. That’ $22,346.36 for each yard from scrimmage.