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Some links for you guys. Also, the Broncos are willing to trade Kyle Orton for a 2nd round Draft Pick, so if anyone here likes him is that an acceptable payment for him?

Whisenhunt: Honesty could hurt for Cards - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Suffering through the type of season Arizona endured in 2010, punctuated by a blowout defeat at San Francisco, reduces the opportunities for self-delusion That theme came through Monday when coach Ken Whisenhunt had this to say during his end-of-season news conference

Cards need help in 2011
The Cardinals season mercifully comes to an end with a 38-7 loss to San Francisco. The Cards now hold the distinction of the worst team in the worst division in football. Here are 5 things that can change the Cardinals' luck in 2011 and turn things around.

Silver linings: Cardinals vs. 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The Cardinals finished the season with a 5-11 record following a 38-7 road defeat to San Francisco in Week 17.

Free Agents Wait
Labor talks slow process; The Leinart question

KTAR.com - Cardinals will have the fifth pick but what can be expected?
For the last month of the NFL season the biggest debate in Arizona was whether or not the Cardinals should lose games in order to gain better draft positioning. The season ended Sunday and while the team won two of their final four games, they did wind up with a 5-11 record and the fifth pick in the 2011 draft.

KTAR.com - Whisenhunt: You're frustrated, you're disappointed, you're angry
Since arriving as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals Ken Whisenhunt has seen his team win eight, nine and 10 games. Competitive, division titles and playoff appearances became the norm. That's what makes this season's 5-11 record such a bitter pill to follow.

Cardinals quarterback John Skelton wants a shot next season
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said the team would do whatever it can to find the right quarterback in time for next season. Rookie John Skelton, who went 2-2 as a starter down the stretch, indicated Monday he deserves to be in the mix when it's all said and done.

Cardinals assistant Russ Grimm may be candidate elsewhere
Speculation persists that Arizona Cardinals associate head coach Russ Grimm may interview for a vacant head coaching job elsewhere, perhaps with the Carolina Panthers. Cardinals veteran guard Alan Faneca said Grimm would make an ideal candidate anywhere.

Arizona Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt holds 'candid' exit interviews
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt began conducting exit interviews with his players Monday, and like many games in the team's 5-11 season, they were not going to be easy to sit through.

Choosing the Play Of The Year
Of course, the wish was that the Cardinals would still be playing right now. Then they would still be compiling plays, and we wouldn’t be able to put together a final list of Play Of The Year nominees.

Cards bring back seven from PS
The Cardinals are bringing back seven of their eight practice squad players, signing them to "futures" contracts today (meaning they will be on the offseason roster once current deals expire March 4).

Breaking down the roster
That change coach Ken Whisenhunt was talking about? It’ll come. How fast? That’s TBD.

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Plays of the Year - 2010

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Cards talk about 2010 season

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Coach Whisenhunt wraps up the 2010 season

NFL.com news: Broncos reportedly would deal QB Orton for 2nd-round pick
The Denver Broncos will ask for a second-round draft choice from any team that wants to acquire quarterback Kyle Orton, The Denver Post reported Tuesday.

NFL Power Rankings: Playoff Time - SB Nation Arizona
The regular season is over, but it's not too late for some resolutions for all the teams of the NFL.

Arizona Cardinals Will Shake Things Up, But Who Will Get Axed To Leave? - SB Nation Arizona
The 2010-2011 Arizona Cardinals have been mercifully put to rest. Now Ken Whisenhunt, Rod Graves and the Bidwills must set about the messy task of ripping this team apart and putting together a less bad one.

Reasons For Arizona Sports Fans To Stay Positive In 2011 - SB Nation Arizona
Get happy, Arizona. There's still a few reasons to look forward to 2011.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Warner: Favre hurt his legacy "
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name Brett Favre? Is it the graying veteran who waffled (and waffled and waffled) on retirement, held dramatic news conferences and had reporters camped on his lawn in Mississippi? Or the fresh-faced, strong-armed three-time league MVP running of the field at the Superdome as a Super Bowl winner?

NFL Videos: Warner's wild-card picks
Kurt Warner and Charles Davis make their in the wild-card matchups.

Arizona Cardinals rewind: What we learned in 38-7 loss to San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals rewind: What we learned in 38-7 loss to San Francisco 49ers, Lack of tight ends, turnovers make for a dismal end to a dismal season.

Cardinals’ 2011 NFL Schedule Released: Will Face AFC North, NFC East - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
The loss the Arizona Cardinals suffered to the San Francisco 49ers not only established their draft position, giving them the fifth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, it also locked in their 2011 schedule. They will as always face the rest of the NFC West twice each, but they will play the NFC East and AFC North as their other cross-conference games. Their loss to the 49ers also locked in a game against the Carolina Panthers and, combined with the Vikings loss to the Lions, matched them with the Vikings for nest season.

Where NFC West teams rank: 2010 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few highlights regarding where NFC West teams ranked in various statistical categories for the 2010 regular season:

Arizona Cardinals' Deuce Lutui 'checks' his motivation
Deuce Lutui hasn't cashed a paycheck from the Arizona Cardinals in months. It isn't because he is saving up money in case there is a lockout by NFL owners, either, he said.

NFC West QB rankings through Week 17 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
My weekly look at where NFC West quarterbacks stand (trending arrows indicate general direction, not necessarily a change in ranking from the previous week):

NFL playoff schedule
The matchups are set for the NFL playoffs, which start this weekend with the Wild Card games. New England (14-2) and Pittsburgh (12-4) are the top seeds in the AFC, while Atlanta (13-3) and Chicago (11-5) are tops in the NFC. All four teams get the coveted first-round bye. Here are this week's games

Brett Favre sued by two former New York Jets masseuses - ESPN
Two massage therapists say in a lawsuit that complaining about sexually suggestive text messages from Brett Favre cost them their part-time jobs with the New York Jets.

Sources: Carolina Panthers to pick Andrew Luck if Stanford QB is in NFL draft - ESPN
If Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck decides to enter the 2011 draft, the Panthers will take him, two high-ranking team officials said Tuesday.

Wade Phillips interested in coaching Houston Texans' defense - ESPN
The Houston Texans have identified former Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips as a candidate for their now-vacant defensive coordinator's post. Phillips on Monday, said if the Texans want him, he's interested.

Source: San Francisco 49ers want to interview New York Giants' Perry Fewell - ESPN New York
The Niners have asked the Giants for permission to talk to Perry Fewell about their coaching vacancy, a source said on Tuesday.

Ranking NFL starting QBs: Out with the old, in with the new - ESPN
Michael Vick has earned elite status among starting quarterbacks as Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb and Carson Palmer have faded, John Clayton writes.

NFL.com news: Seahawks anomaly is no reason to change playoff format
Stop the hysteria, please.

No surprise: It’s Fisher or Young in Tennessee | ProFootballTalk
It’s judgment time in Tennessee.

Houston Texans keep Gary Kubiak but fire D-coordinator Frank Bush - ESPN
Texans coach Gary Kubiak will return next season, but defensive coordinator Frank Bush has been fired.

Jack Del Rio will return as Jacksonville Jaguars' coach, owner says - ESPN
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver says coach Jack Del Rio's job is safe.

Minnesota Vikings take interim tag off coach Leslie Frazier's title - ESPN
The Minnesota Vikings announced interim coach Leslie Frazier has reached an agreement to become the full-time coach of the team.

Vernon Davis says the 49ers were scared of Singletary | ProFootballTalk
The stories surrounding San Francisco’s blowout win Sunday largely focused on the loose atmosphere record holding interim head coach Jim Tonsula brought to the team. That was in direct contrast to the culture Mike Singletary brought to the table.

Roger Goodell hopeful about CBA talks in letter to fans - ESPN
With the NFL playoffs set to begin this weekend, commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to the league's fans, assuring them that the owners and players will be able to come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.