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10-11-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Rhodes Injured, Bye Week

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As the Bye Week continues and the Cardinals try to figure out how to rebuild their season, here are some links.

Arizona Cardinals News:

"We Have To Show It On The Field"
Whisenhunt, Cards begin process of regrouping at the bye

Word From the Birds Blog - A Super Return To UoP?
Tuesday the NFL will decide on where Super Bowl XLIX will be played after the 2014 season (so February of 2015) and Arizona — and the University of Phoenix Stadium — has a good chance of getting the nod.

Cardinals' safety Kerry Rhodes suffers broken foot
Free safety Kerry Rhodes suffered a broken bone in his left foot during Sunday's 34-10 loss at Minnesota and although the injury isn't thought to be season-ending, he could be sidelined for several weeks.

Ken Whisenhunt accepts blame for Cardinals' 1-4 start
A day after his team dropped its fourth consecutive game - this time a 34-10 debacle to the previously winless Minnesota Vikings - Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said it's fair to put the blame squarely on his shoulders. However, that doesn't mean he's going to change anything about the way he goes about his business.

Arizona seen as top pick for Super Bowl XLIX in 2015
The National Football League on Tuesday could give Arizona a boost of optimism as the state works to get past the recession and political strife. The football league's 32 team owners will decide whether Arizona will host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.

Cardinals' skid hits 4 in a row with ugly loss -
No close call this time. The Arizona Cardinals' fourth consecutive loss, a 34-10 drubbing by previously winless Minnesota, was the team's worst performance of the season.

Heap says Cardinals need to focus on the little things -
Arizona Cardinals tight end Todd Heap didn't play on Sunday, but he was on the sideline. Heap, who was out with a hamstring injury, believes the team needs to stress attention to detail.

Cardinals working hard, just not showing results -
Does the picture look familiar? The one just to the left of this copy. Well it should. The Arizona Cardinals dropped their fourth straight game Sunday, this time to the formally winless Vikings. The picture of players dropping their heads in disappointment has become all to familiar for fans.

Word From the Birds Blog - About the bye-week work
The new rules of the collective bargaining agreement will make for a short week of practice. Because players must get four consecutive days off, it means the best way to get two days in is Tuesday and Wednesday work, which is what the Cards will begin today. As for what they can accomplish in those two days, coach Ken Whisenhunt was specific.

Silver linings: Cardinals at Vikings - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The Cardinals fell to 1-4 after suffering a 34-10 road defeat to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5.

Word From the Birds Blog - Rhodes out for "weeks" with a broken foot
The Cardinals have lost starting free safety Kerry Rhodes "a number of weeks" with a broken left foot, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Rashad Johnson will be his replacement, and the Cards will look to see about adding a defensive back. Rhodes could have surgery, Whisenhunt added, but regardless, Rhodes is expected to return this season. blogs - Kent Somers - Whiz the morning after
Some notes from Ken Whisenhunt's press conference on Monday morning:

Problems for the Cardinals? Kolb's not even in the top three -
Without question, the rumors about where Kevin Kolb would land to play quarterback in 2011 were the most prevalent during the offseason and NFL lockout. Of course, most people knew that Kolb would end up in Arizona, and he did. We know that the Cardinals gave up a lot to get him. We also know that the Cardinals rewarded Kolb with a hefty contract that guarantees him $21 million. This decision split Cardinal fans into two different categories; those who though Kolb was the answer, and those who thought the price the Cardinals paid in the trade and the contract was entirely too steep for a player who had seven career NFL starts heading into the season.

Rhodes' broken foot leaves Cards' secondary thinner -
The Arizona Cardinals got bad news on Monday concerning free safety Kerry Rhodes.

Whisenhunt on what Kolb really meant - NFC West Blog - ESPN
There's a gap between public comments from the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback and head coach.

Cards Daily - Hitting Refresh During the Bye Week
The Cardinals view their bye week as a chance to regroup as a team after an unexpected start. Coach Whisenhunt talks about what the team needs to do to correct their mistakes and start winning games.

In the Red Zone with Ken Whisenhunt - MIN Review
Coach Ken Whisenhunt joined the Doug and Wolf Show on Arizona Sports 620 to review the loss against the Minnesota Vikings.

Arizona Sports News:

Mike Ribeiro lifts Dallas Stars to shootout win over Phoenix Coyotes
Mike Ribeiro beat Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith with the final shot of the first shootout round, giving the Dallas Stars a 2-1 victory Monday night.

Arizona fires head football coach Mike Stoops
The University of Arizona has fired head football coach Mike Stoops. The official announcement came at 6 p.m. Athletic director Greg Byrne addressed the media at a news conference minutes after releasing a statement. Defensive coordinator Tim Kish will take over as interim coach. Kish has been with Stoops at Arizona since the beginning, coaching in a variety of roles. Stoops named him co-coordinator in 2009 and he became sole coordinator this year. Stoops was 41-50 in his eighth season at Arizona.

Phoenix Suns name Brad Casper new president
When Brad Casper arrived in the Valley in 2005 to run Dial Corp., he wound up at his second NBA basketball game in two decades and was hooked.

Nash criticizes owners and league over lockout -
Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash isn't happy over the NBA's announcement that the first two weeks of the regular season will be canceled. And the star player has taken to Twitter to vent his frustrations over the stalemate between the players and the league's owners.

NBA cancels first two weeks of season
NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the season Monday after owners and players were unable to reach a new labor deal and end the lockout. "The gap is so significant that we just can't bridge it at this time," said Stern, who added it's doubtful a full 82-game season can be played.

NFL News:

NFL Week 5, Best And Worst Plays: Dwayne Bowe's Circus Catch To Roman Harper's Cheap Shot -
From Dwayne Bowe's circus touchdown catch to Roman Harper's cheap shot on Steve Smith, here are the five best and worst plays from NFL Week 5.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: Packers, Lions Sit At Top While Eagles Continue Freefall -
SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 6 keep the Packers up top, move the Lions up to No. 2 and continue to watch the Eagles plummet.

Tim Tebow Will Be Denver Broncos Starting QB, John Fox Reportedly Tells Team -
As expected, Denver Broncos head coach John Fox told his team on Tuesday morning that Tim Tebow has been named the team's new starting quarterback, according to Jay Glazer of This was the move most people expected Fox to make.

The pitchforks are out in Philadelphia | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles haven’t fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo or brought in a defensive consultant. Yet. The Philadelphia media is looking for the housecleaning to start higher up in the food chain anyhow. Here are some actual headlines from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News about the team’s head coach.

Start Tim Tebow! Or, The Biggest Practical Joke In NFL History -
Tim Tebow has been named the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, and just like that, the most polarizing player in the NFL takes center stage. But the Meaning of Tebow is a punchline that will only get funnier as the years pass.

Bears False Starts Getting Ridiculous - From Our Editors -
Does Jay Cutler ever take his offensive line out to dinner? They seem to hate him.

Mike Shanahan once ordered Elvis Grbac to throw at Al Davis’ head - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The list of folks who butted heads with Al Davis during the 50 years the late Oakland Raiders owner spent in professional football is as long as his list of accolades and accomplishments. All right, it's probably much longer. One of his most bitter conflicts was with current Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who spent one season working as Raiders head coach before a dispute with Davis led to his ousting.

Terrell Owens Hospitalized Last Week, According To Report -
Free agent WR Terrell Owens took a trip to the hospital last week for reasons unknown, according to a report.