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1-22-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

The Conference Championship games are tomorrow, and I am excited. Larry Fitzgerald will be signing autographs in Glendale today and I have to be at class instead. Now I am angry.

Let the "Bulger to Arizona" speculation begin | ProFootballTalk
The Arizona Cardinals’ complete inability to find a competent replacement for Kurt Warner led to them going from first to worst in the NFC West, and so the search for a new quarterback will be the biggest issue facing the team in 2011. And that new quarterback may be an old quarterback, Marc Bulger.

Mailbag: Troubling reality on QB front - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Chris from Houston writes: What free-agent quarterbacks do you expect Arizona to be looking at this offseason? I know of Marc Bulger, but who else is there for them to even consider that wouldn't require a trade? Thanks! Love the blog! Thanks for helping keep us all sane until next season.

Special teams coach weighs in on Cards coordinator search - ArizonaSports.com
Arizona Cardinals special teams coordinator Kevin Spencer joined Sports 620 KTAR's Doug and Wolf show Friday morning to discuss candidates for the team's defensive coordinator position and the pressure Coach Whisenhunt is under to hire someone quickly.

Arizona Cardinals Face Critical Draft And Quarterback Decisions, But The Defense Is The Real Problem - SB Nation Arizona
As bad as the quarterback situation was with the Cardinals, the years of below-average defensive performance under Ken Whisenhunt are the real are of concern.

Phoenix Suns' second-half surge leads to win vs. Washington Wizards
Halfway through the season's journey, the Suns are starting to play like they know the way. They still may have a losing record at the season's midpoint (20-21) but they have found their winning ways to look halfway decent again.

How far back are the Cardinals from the NFL's final four? - ArizonaSports.com
The final four is set. The New York Jets will battle the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears, the winners reaching Super Bowl XLV. Of course, it was not long ago when the Cardinals were getting ready to host the Philadelphia Eagles, a thrilling game that the home team won 32-25, securing the beleaguered franchise's first trip to the Super Bowl. We won't get into what happened in Tampa, but suffice to say that was probably the most exciting month for the entire franchise and its fans.

Gambo: Drafting a QB the answer for Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
What's that old saying? If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. I think that's it. That is truly the motto that the Arizona Cardinals should take when it comes to the 2011 draft.

On the bright side: San Francisco 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The premise: We spend much of the offseason focusing on teams' problems. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. and I discussed some of those Friday during a wide-ranging conversation on the NFC West, but there were also some positives. I'm breaking out one for each team, continuing here with the San Francisco 49ers.

On the bright side: St. Louis Rams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The premise: We spend much of the offseason focusing on teams' problems. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. and I discussed some of those Friday during a wide-ranging conversation on the NFC West, but there were also some positives. I'm breaking out one for each team, continuing with the St. Louis Rams.

On the bright side: Seattle Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The premise: We spend much of the offseason focusing on teams' problems. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. and I discussed some of those Friday during a wide-ranging conversation on the NFC West, but there were also some positives. I'm breaking out one for each team, concluding with the Seattle Seahawks.