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1-26-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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More links, including some news on the Defensive Coordinator front.

Source: Todd Bowles impresses Ken Whisenhunt in interview | National Football Post
Miami Dolphins assistant head coach and secondary coach Todd Bowles wowed Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt during an interview for the defensive coordinator vacancy, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.

Todd Bowles has ties to Cardinals' staff - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Heath asks via Facebook for more information on Miami Dolphins assistant head coach/secondary Todd Bowles, reportedly a candidate to become the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator. - Whisenhunt's choice for D-coordinator doubtful
While Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt would love for Steelers LB coach and close friend Keith Butler to become his new defensive coordinator, we hear that Butler is the heir apparent to Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. As a result, Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton is a better bet to replace the ousted Billy Davis in Arizona. "Whiz knows him well," one team insider said of Horton. "He's not on a lot of people's radar, but he's very well-respected."

Solving the Adrian Wilson riddle - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Even Adrian Wilson was "shocked" to learn his 2010 season produced a Pro Bowl berth -- as a starter, no less. This was a down season for the Arizona Cardinals and for Wilson in particular. The hard-hitting strong safety appeared miscast in coverage, sometimes to an alarming degree. - NFC West tired of being 'NFC Worst'
Put simply, the NFC West is as bad as hell — but it really does appear as if it's not going to take it anymore.

What's up with Niel Lomax
What's up with Niel Lomax

Pictures worth 1,000 words
Before this postseason, the Cardinals were the last team each of the current Super Bowl participants played in the playoffs. Perhaps you remember the games?

Fitzgerald makes Pro Bowl, treats fans | Phoenix Business Journal
Talk about some good PR and defining the words 'fan favorite'. Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald learned Monday he would be playing in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. So, Fitzgerald announced an impromptu contest on Twitter giving away two free tickets, air fare and hotel to Honolulu for the first two fans that showed up at a Scottsdale restaurant in Cards jerseys.

Phoenix Coyotes lose to Edmonton Oilers at home
Dave Tippett preaches the compete factor. blogs - Kent Somers - Whiz "wowed" by Bowles, report says
Coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed Dolphins assistant head coach/secondary Todd Bowles at the Senior Bowl, and The National Football Post reported that Bowles was impressive.

Mailbag: Cutler criticism pure hypocrisy? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mike writes via Facebook: I read Sando's column on my question and can see his point [regarding Carson Palmer and the Cardinals]. Of course, if a second-rounder gets him, then I'm find with that. But my point here is that if keeping Larry Fitzgerald hinges on getting a great quarterback, is there anyone better out there than Palmer? And while I think the questions on Palmer's health are valid, are you really going to debate that at the risk of losing Fitzgerald? I think not. With what Palmer has gone through in Cincinnati, I think he'd love a move to Arizona to start for a couple of years while grooming John Skelton or another young guy and finishing out his career as respected and loved by Arizona fans as Warner is and always will be. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

What is toughness? -
In the wake of the Jay Cutler injury, his toughness/heart/desire/passion/tolerance/choice of stairs or elevators has been put into question.

Wolf: Hall pass for Jay Cutler -
I will admit my eyebrows rose when I saw Jay Cutler on the sideline in the second-half of the NFC Championship game against the dreaded Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. My brow furrowed even more when I saw the flaccid look on Cutler's face; his slumped shoulders and laissez faire attitude made me think of a defeated man. And that's what he was.

Josh McCown could've led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl
Josh McCown won't lie. He feels waves of regret, dumber than your average Bear.

Saints' Brees empathizes with, defends Cutler - Chicago Breaking Sports
Saints quarterback Drew Brees played through the same type of injury this season that knocked the Bears' Jay Cutler out of Sunday's NFC Championship Game, according to multiple reports. Blogs " Blog Archive Cutler drama is both unprecedented and fascinating "
Over the last 48 hours since Jay Cutler disappointed the world, I’ve been completely fascinated by the reaction, overreaction, and reaction to the overreaction brought on by the most talked-about sprained MCL in NFL history. I have half a mind to tap out midway through this blog post due to a lingering hangnail to see if I get blasted on Twitter. Blogs " Blog Archive Cutler should have been given benefit of the doubt "
If anyone should be given the benefit of the doubt about playing through adversity of a physical nature, it should be Jay Cutler. news: Ochocinco vows to switch last name back to Johnson
Chad Ochocinco is no more. Welcome back, Chad Johnson. news: Injured Packers initially irked they won't be in Super Bowl photo
Linebacker Nick Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finley can't play for the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl, but they at least want to be included in the team photo.

Aaron Rodgers avoids concussion on Julius Peppers hit - Peter King -
Aaron Rodgers credits new helmet for saving him from third concussion. Arguments for and against 18-game schedule could be found in playoffs. More mailbag questions on Packers history, all-pros and Ben Roethlisberger.

Body believed to be Ed Reed's brother found - ESPN
A search team recovered a body believed to be the brother of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed from the Mississippi River on Tuesday. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday to confirm the identity of the body.

Follett's shot at Cutler worse than Stafford - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
By now, you probably know that Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett -- whose career might be over following a serious neck injury -- referred to quarterback Matthew Stafford as a "china doll" during a radio interview in Fresno, Calif.

Cutler criticism could have been contained by better P.R. effort | ProFootballTalk
As to the Jay Cutler conundrum, which still has legs (and both MCLs) more than two days later, we outlined our views on the matter during Monday’s PFT Live.

Titus Young turning heads at Senior Bowl | ProFootballTalk
Each year, a handful of players help boost their draft stock with an exceptional week at the Senior Bowl. While it’s early in the process, Boise State wide receiver Titus Young looks like one of those players this season.