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1-15-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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The Plays That Shaped The Season
In 2010, the Cardinals took part in 2,345 plays during the regular season. Plenty were memorable – both good and bad. During the marathon of 16 games and the resulting roller-coaster of emotions, it’s easy to have a bunch of instances stick in the brain.

Chat wrap: Seahawks, Shurmur in focus - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Frank (Phoenix): The Cards are seemingly rebuilding now. What could they get for Larry Fitzgerald? Why keep him around if there are no quarterbacks here to throw to him. How likely is it that he gets traded?

Manusky appears to be choice as Chargers defensive coordinator -
Greg Manusky is due back at Chargers Park on Friday morning, and while no deal is done, indications are that he is close to being named to run the Chargers defense.

Cards bring back Ali
The Cardinals have re-signed fullback Charles Ali for 2011. Ali was with the team over the offseason, but got hurt early in training camp while trying to battle for the lone fullback slot and was waived. So he will give it another shot. He’s the lone fullback under contract for 2011 at this point. Nehemiah Broughton, who continues to show up daily to rehab the knee he blew out in the preseason, and 2010 starter Reagan Maui’a both are free agents heading into the offseason. blogs - Kent Somers - The Offensive Staff
One of the top three targets of speculation for Cardinals fans this off-season is the idea that Ken Whisenhunt needs to hire an offensive coordinator. (I'd say QB, defensive coordinator were the top two). Whisenhunt has shown no inclination to make a change on his offensive staff, yet I've had a lot of questions/suggestions about Whisenhunt's plans. I don't get the sense the coach is planning any changes.

Five reasons the Arizona Cardinals should say ’no’ to Auburn’s Cam Newton - Phoenix Arizona Cardinals |
The Arizona Cardinals, with the fifth overall pick after a dismal 5-11 season, are looking for a quarterback. Many will hope the Cardinals will take a serious look at Newton, but here's five reasons the Cardinals should say 'no' to the Heisman Trophy winner and look elsewhere in the draft. - Cardinals defensive coordinator options dwindling
A list of defensive coordinator candidates quickly emerged after the Arizona Cardinals fired Bill Davis last week. That list has just as quickly diminished over the last few days.

Mailbag: Bradford, Fitzgerald and more - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Jim from San Francisco writes: Hi Mike, love the blog. Do you think cutting Matt Leinart effectively cost the Cardinals any shot at the playoffs in what turned out to be a weak NFC West season? Also, are any QB-needy teams looking at him as an option? How did his star fade so quickly? Thanks.

Phoenix Suns overcome double-digit deficit, beat Portland Trail Blazers 115-111
Phoenix Suns overcome double-digit deficit, beat Portland Trail Blazers 115-111, The Suns shook off a double-digit deficit to Portland at home Friday and pulled out a 115-111 victory.

Phoenix Coyotes pull away in third period, beat Toronto Maple Leafs
Phoenix Coyotes pull away in third period, beat Toronto Maple Leafs, The Phoenix Coyotes scored four third-period goals to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 Thursday in Glendale.

Source: Dallas Cowboys working on deal to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator - ESPN Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys are working on a deal to make Rob Ryan the team's new defensive coordinator, according to a source.

NFL Videos: What's his name, Joe?
Find out what Joe Theisman comment has Deion Sanders, Mike Mayock and Steve Mariucci rolling on the floor.

Madden 11 Roster Update #18 Details |
After a few weeks off there is a new Madden 11 roster update set for release tomorrow. This update takes a wider look at developments of the whole year instead of just the end of the season and the playoffs. That also means some players are being reinserted onto rosters that had previously been removed due to injuries, though some other players on the IR won’t return to active placement until the final update that comes following the Super Bowl. There are also plenty of depth chart changes and a few equipment changes thrown in.