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1-28-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator search continues
Coach Ken Whisenhunt wants to interview assistant coaches on both Super Bowl teams before hiring a defensive coordinator, he said on Thursday.

Early tea leaves point to Steelers-Cardinals in Ireland | ProFootballTalk
As the Steelers prepare to play in Super Bowl XLV, intrigue already has arisen regarding the possibility that the team will be playing a neutral-site game during the 2011 season. From the Irish Echo comes word that the Steelers could be heading to Ireland to play a regular-season game next season.

Chat wrap: Cardinals' DC options - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Northwest FAN (Gig Harbor WA): Sando, with the coaching changes already made this offseason, who is the biggest winner? Have these moves improved each organization? Also, with Dick LeBeau apparently not interested in the Cardinals DC position, any idea who they're looking at now?

Cardinals should reject taking a home game to Ireland -
Interesting article on Thursday in regards to the Pittsburgh Steelers playing a game in Ireland next season. Interesting because it says the Arizona Cardinals could be a prime candidate to sacrifice a home game and be the Steelers opponent. The article even says the Cardinals "are in a down cycle and who could be destined for a blackout or two in 2011."

Bowles leads D-coordinator search; Bulger likely quarterback replacement -
It's no secret that change is coming to the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. After last season's quarterback merry-go-round and the firing of defensive coordinator Bill Davis, ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton believes he has the answers to the important personnel and player decisions that Ken Whisenhunt faces this offseason.

25 NFC West free agents to watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
I've put together an initial list of 25 projected NFC West free agents to watch. These are not necessarily ranked in order of abilities. A couple "name" players did not make the list.

Defense goes early, often in mock draft
With the coming and going of the early-entrant deadline, the entire crop of 2011 NFL draft prospects is now set.

2010 Year in Review - Part 1
2010 Year in Review - Part 1

2011 NFL Mock Draft #1 |
5. Arizona Cardinals – Robert Quinn, OLB, North Carolina Most will assume that the Cardinals will take their choice of quarterbacks at this spot and no one would fault them for that. There is a sense though that the team will sign a free agent and continue to try and groom one of their young picks from last year. Should that be the case the team needs a pass rusher at OLB (Joey Porter was not the answer) and Quinn could be the guy. There are certainly concerns as Quinn was suspended all of last season but his potential makes him intriguing. Prior to the season he was pegged as a guy to watch for the #1 pick.

(Note: the Bills took Von Miller at No. 3 in this draft)

No DC until after Super Bowl
Even with all the scuttlebutt about who Ken Whisenhunt might hire for defensive coordinator, no news is coming anytime soon. Whisenhunt, who was back in Tempe today after returning from the Senior Bowl, said he wants to wait until after the Super Bowl because he is hoping to talk to candidates from both Super Bowl teams. Obviously, that means the idea that Dolphins assistant Todd Bowles was "expected" to be the choice — as was reported this morning out in Florida — is probably off-base, since there are other possibilities (I’m not saying Bowles doesn’t get it, but if there are interviews to come and Whisenhunt is waiting, a decision clearly hasn’t been made yet).

Sources: Larry Fitzgerald Could Be Available Via Trade, But Only for 'Right Price' - NFL -
For the right price, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald could be available in a trade, according to league sources, but that doesn't mean the Cards are actively trying to unload him. In fact, no one polled for this story had any direct knowledge of whether the Cardinals have had any legitimate discussions about trading their star receiver, so take that for what it's worth.

Texas A&M’s Von Miller creates Senior Bowl stir | ProFootballTalk
Texas A&M pass rusher Von Miller led the nation in sacks in 2009, so it made sense that he’d forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL draft. Instead, Miller stayed in College Station to iron out kinks in his game such as cover skills and run defense. news: South roster shows there's quality depth on offensive line
As I pointed out Tuesday, the North team is blessed with several good offensive tackle prospects. In looking at the South squad, I see several more promising offensive linemen. Teams in need of help up front are going to be happy they came to the Senior Bowl.

Jeff Fisher out as Tennessee Titans coach after 16 seasons - ESPN
Jeff Fisher, the longest tenured coach in the league, may soon be parting way with the Tennessee Titans, reported Thursday afternoon. news: Miller time: Texas A&M 'backer cementing lofty draft status
Here are some of my observations from the second day of workouts at the Senior Bowl:

Thursday Senior Bowl Notes -- Morning Practice - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
While some will tell you that the late-week practices aren't as interesting because the contact lessens and many of the NFL personnel people have left town by Thursday morning, there's still a lot to be revealed around the special teams practices. Specifically, on Thursday morning, the goal-line practice scenarios allowed a different level of evaluation for many of the players on hand.

Thursday Senior Bowl Notes - Afternoon Practice - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
As it was on Thursday morning, the last afternoon practice of the Senior Bowl week was all about special teams and quick situational football with less contact. Kick returns and goal-line situations were the orders of the day on both teams, and while the special teams stuff wasn't particularly transfixing, the goal-line stuff was - you get to see how players handle themselves in tight windows with slightly elevated blood pressure.

Ranking the Senior Bowl quarterbacks - College Football News | FOX Sports on MSN
It all starts with the quarterback. It is the cornerstone of the franchise.

Super Bowl XLV: Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey misses second day of practice - ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey did not practice again Thursday because of the left ankle injury he sustained during Sunday's AFC championship game victory over the New York Jets Sunday.

Cecil Newton schedules media workout for son Cam Newton - ESPN
Cecil Newton is scheduling his son, Heisman Trophy-winning QB Cam Newton to have a workout in front of the media in San Diego, Feb. 10, his QB coach George Whitfield told ESPN

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher sees bright spot in Jay Cutler controversy - ESPN Chicago
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher believes the Jay Cutler controversy could pull the team together next season as it attempts to build off its NFC Championship Game berth.

Super Bowl XLV ticket prices going through the roof - ESPN Dallas
NFL fans are steadily buying tickets for Super Bowl XLV, with one fan spending as much as $70,000 for a suite inside Cowboys Stadium

Bomb squad checks out suspicious package at Cowboys Stadium | ProFootballTalk
Here’s a start to Super Bowl week that no one really wanted.

Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher says split is best for him and franchise - ESPN
Jeff Fisher says he and the Tennessee Titans have reached a point where it is time to move on and part ways with each other after 16 full seasons.