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Cardinals regular-season wrap-up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Despite a revolving door at quarterback, Larry Fitzgerald still recorded 90 receptions.

Arizona Cardinals' Darnell Dockett comments on Chandler mall shooting
Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett was walking another fine line on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. He re-tweeted and then had comments on the Chandler mall shooting.

Arizona Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt mulling changes to his staff
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is expected to finish meeting with his assistants this afternoon, and possible staffing changes could come soon after. It's uncertain if Whisenhunt will make any changes, but there has been much speculation about the future of defensive coordinator Bill Davis, who has held the job for two years. The Cardinals defense finished the 2010 season ranked 29th out of 32 teams in total defense and last in points allowed. - Cardinals could make major changes at linebacker
With the exception of quarterback, where a new starter is expected via free agency, trade or the draft, the position that could change the most for the Cardinals is linebacker, where we hear it's possible only one of the four LBs who began the season as a starter (Paris Lenon) might return to the team. OLBs Joey Porter and Clark Haggans are both age 33 (Haggans turns 34 on Jan. 10), and Porter, a noteworthy free-agent addition whose salary will jump to $5.7 million if he sticks around, was a big disappointment. Inside, veteran Gerald Hayes couldn't stay healthy and was ineffective when he was able to play. Rookies Daryl Washington and O'Brien Schofield had their moments inside and outside, respectively. "But neither of them wowed anybody," one daily team observer said "There really is a big need for outside pass rushers. Schofield is about the only young guy they've got right now at the position."

10 stories that shaped the Cardinals' season
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was asked Monday what led to the Arizona Cardinals' 5-11 season. "Shoot, I don't know. I'm trying to figure that out," he said. "I thought you knew." We have our ideas, but to list them all would risk carpal tunnel syndrome. So here are our top 10 stories that defined this forgettable year.

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Phoenix Suns fall just short against Los Angeles Lakers
Just like in last season's Western Conference finals, the Suns gave the Los Angeles Lakers everything they wanted Wednesday night, used some magic zone defense and watched Ron Artest make plays that slayed their hope. In the West finals, those kind of plays ended their postseason. These kinds of losses now are making it harder to envision a postseason.

49ers regular-season wrap-up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
It is unlikely that Alex Smith or Troy Smith will be the starter in San Francisco next season.

Seahawks regular-season wrap-up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Chris Clemons had the best season of his career and led the team with 11 sacks.

Rams regular-season wrap-up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Sam Bradford proved to be more durable than analysts predicted.

Tennessee Titans announce Vince Young won't return next season - ESPN
The Tennessee Titans announced Wednesday that quarterback Vince Young will not return to the team next season.

2011 NFL Draft: Andrew Luck Up, Ryan Mallett Down After BCS Bowl Performances -
These five potential first-round picks in the 2011 NFL Draft either helped or hurt their draft stock with their performances in BCS bowl games.

Miami Dolphins fly out to convince Jim Harbaugh to become coach, sources say - ESPN
Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross has traveled to the West Coast in an urgent effort to convince Stanford's Jim Harbaugh to become his next coach, according to two sources.

Sources: Dallas Cowboys decide on Jason Garrett as coach - ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys will have decided to name Jason Garrett their next coach, a source said on Thursday.