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1-27-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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For today, all I know is that Dick LeBeau is out. Not that it is really a surprise...

Fitz Says Aloha To Lucky Fans
The initial meeting was long over, the part when Raoul Encinas and Monique Connor first found Larry Fitzgerald in the parking lot of a Scottsdale restaurant and their Cardinals jerseys earned them an all-expenses trip to Hawaii from the Cards’ Pro Bowl wide receiver. That had been the part Fitzgerald and his brother, Marcus, had been expecting. About an hour later came the surprise.

Dick LeBeau rules out Arizona switch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Looks like I wasn't the only one wondering why defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau would consider leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Arizona Cardinals. LeBeau told NFL Network he'll be back with Pittsburgh if he does decide to continue coaching.

Can Kurt Warner help beat Steelers? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kurt Warner knows something about playing his best when it matters most. The former St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals quarterback owns the three highest totals for passing yards in Super Bowl history. He's the only player in NFL history with six 300-yard passing games in the postseason. Only Bart Starr has a higher playoff passer rating. No wonder Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers wants to know what Warner is thinking.

LeBeau says he wouldn’t go anywhere
It’s the up and down of the news cycle.

Kiper: Good luck with rookie QB starting - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With as many as three NFC West teams seeking quarterbacks this offseason, I joined Mel Kiper Jr.'s media conference call Wednesday with added interest. One point Mel drove home hard: We tend to have unrealistic expectations for rookie quarterbacks.

Bowles latest name in DC search
The National Football Post reported that coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed Dolphins assistant head coach/secondary coach Todd Bowles for the vacant defensive coordinator job while both are in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl. Bowles has a history with Whisenhunt — they were teammates on the Redskins in 1989 and 1990. Bowles was a defensive back for eight seasons in the league. He was also part of Bill Parcells’ staff in Dallas (and Whisenhunt has Parcells’ ties from his time coaching the Jets; remember coaches from his initial staff — like Todd Haley and Maurice Carthon — are from the Parcells’ tree and coached with Bowles in Dallas).

2011 Senior Bowl: 10 Players Arizona Cardinals Fans Should Watch | Bleacher Report
It's funny how little attention is given to what basically is college football's all-star game. But for those of you Cardinals fans reading this, you will want to pay attention this year.

Phoenix Coyotes led to victory by Ilya Bryzgalov, Eric Belanger
The Coyotes are making a habit of silencing crowds on the road.

Phoenix Suns drop third straight, lose to Charlotte Bobcats
Before tipoff Wednesday night at US Airways Center, Suns coach Alvin Gentry was lamenting his team's struggles and pointed out that the Suns had fixed their rebounding deficiencies only to start turning over the ball.

Arizona Cardinals' Five Biggest Player Decisions: Free Agency Starts at Home | Bleacher Report
Assuming they get a new collective bargaining agreement done, NFL Free Agency is scheduled to begin on March 3, 2011. I'm going to go through every team between now and then and identify their top five free agents and try to determine what should be done with each player, be it re-sign them or let them walk. I've been going team by team in draft order and am at the team with the fifth pick in the draft, the Arizona Cardinals.

Carson Palmer: 5 Reasons Why He's a Good Fit for the Arizona Cardinals | Bleacher Report
Carson Palmer has asked the Cincinnati Bengals to trade him. The Arizona Cardinals would be wise to make an offer for Palmer.

Dick LeBeau, the Cardinals and percentages - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A big "thanks" to ESPN's Chris Mortensen for keeping alive a subject of great interest to Arizona Cardinals fans and, to a degree, NFC West fans in general. The subject: Dick LeBeau to Arizona as the Cardinals' defensive coordinator.

Ray Lewis, Darnell Dockett call out Antonio Cromartie for comments - ESPN New York
After Antonio Cromartie called out the leaders of the NFL and the NFL Players Association, Baltimore's Ray Lewis and Arizona's Darnell Dockett wanted people to know the New York Jets cornerback doesn't speak for all players.

Lot wants $900 for parking spot for Super Bowl - ESPN Dallas
If you're lucky enough to have a ticket to Super Bowl XLV between Pittsburgh and Green Bay, then the next step is to find parking near Cowboys Stadium. And that might be more expensive than the ticket.

Gary Fencik: Chicago Bears slow to react in wake of Jay Cutler injury - ESPN Chicago
Much of the criticism of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler might have been avoided if the team had gotten the word out about his injury sooner, said former Bears safety Gary Fencik.

Roger Goodell to cut pay to $1 in event of lockout - ESPN
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he will cut his salary to $1 if there is a work stoppage after the collective bargaining agreement expires in March. news: Winners and losers: Big Ben heads playoff success stories
Everything gets magnified in the playoffs.

Cutler’s Sunday night stair climb is meaningless | ProFootballTalk
We’ve resisted even acknowledging the widespread reports that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was spotted (drum roll, please) walking up steps on Sunday night, after he was unable to finish the Bears-Packers game due to a knee injury.

Super Bowl XLV: Aaron Rodgers denies concussion, says Jay Cutler criticism 'disrespectful' - ESPN
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is aware that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is having his toughness questioned this week. And Rodgers says the criticism of Cutler is very inappropriate and disrespectful.

Chris Johnson still talking about 2,500 yards | ProFootballTalk
After rushing for 2,006 yards in 2009, Titans running back Chris Johnson started boasting that he could go for 2,500 in 2010. In reality, Johnson ended up with 1,364 yards last season. But coming up short by 1,136 yards hasn’t shut Johnson up.