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10-13-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Cards Hold Players Only Meeting

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Time for this mornings links, including one update on how the Cardinals held a players only meeting to discuss what needs to be fixed up.

Also, the Seahawks have shipped Aaron Curry to Oakland for a 7th round pick and a conditional pick. I'm sure that one of the Seahawks fans we talked too a few weeks ago will be happy about that.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb using off week to regroup
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb said all the expected things on Wednesday when asked about enjoying the upcoming weekend without a football game to play. Yes, the Cardinals (1-4) could use "a rest and a regroup" and some time to "catch our breath." But when you've grown up following your dad, a football coach, to games and weekend film sessions, the game isn't easy to keep at arm's length. That's especially true these days, because it's so convenient to grab the iPad and watch video of the next opponent.

Ken Whisenhunt: "You’re damn right I’m angry" | ProFootballTalk
With the Arizona Cardinals at 1-4 and coming off a bad loss to the previously winless Vikings, coach Ken Whisenhunt is in a foul mood.

Cardinals hold players only meeting -
Understatement alert: things have not gone according to plan for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011.

Bidwill expects better return on investment - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals were riding high after adding Kevin Kolb, Daryn Colledge, Stewart Bradley, Todd Heap and others veteran players during the lockout-shortened offseason.

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: The Cardinals' bye week helps more from a practice standpoint than an injury standpoint. Arizona needs the work without having to focus on the next opponent so much. Free safety Kerry Rhodes is expected to miss several weeks with a broken foot suffered at Minnesota. Left guard Daryn Colledge suffered a concussion against the Vikings. The bye week should help Beanie Wells (hamstring), Brandon Keith (knee), Todd Heap (hamstring) and others get through injuries that have bothered them recently.

Arizona Cardinals' Lyle Sendlein doesn't care for microphones
Center Lyle Sendlein doesn't say much until he's on the field, and even then, he doesn't want a big audience. But he's had one the past two weeks at the direction of the NFL.

Kolb's Kind Of Rest
Notebook: Given recent slide, QB isn't sure how much time he'll take

Word From the Birds Blog - And then four days off
The Cardinals are done with practice for the bye week. The player will get their CBA-mandated four straight off days, and, while the coaches aren’t going to be off four straight days, they will take some time away. blogs - Kent Somers - Mike Bidwill's take on 1-4 start
Ownership and management believe the franchise executed a bold game plan in the short time after the lockout, and team President Michael Bidwill made it clear on Tuesday that he's not happy with the 1-4 start.

Wolf: Kolb must back words up with play -
Kevin Kolb is saying all the right things. He talks about taking charge, playing as a group and believing in yourself. But it only matters if he can do those things and then turn them into victories.

Bidwill: Time for Super Bowl to come back -
Third time's the charm right? After losing out in two previous years to Indianapolis and New Orleans, the Cardinals put together a presentation that will bring the Super Bowl to the state of Arizona for a third time.

Kolb clarifies comments -
Frustration boiled after the Arizona Cardinals' 34-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday to the point that head coach Ken Whisenhunt delivered a post-game speech that indicated that sloppiness would no longer be tolerated for his 1-4 Cardinals. That prompted quarterback Kevin Kolb to agree with his coach while talking to reporters on Sunday.

Veteran LB Joey Porter thinks bye came at right time -
It was a short week for the Arizona Cardinals as they head into the bye week with a 1-4 record. Wednesday was their second and last day of practice for the week. Veteran linebacker Joey Porter thinks the bye came at a good time.

For the Cardinals accountability is key -
The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up their final practice of the week Wednesday, and there's one central theme coming from Tempe: accountability.

Kevin Kolb to Arizona a bad decision? -
It's no secret that Kevin Kolb has struggled in his first season with the Arizona Cardinals. So far this season Kolb has led the team to a 1-4 record and has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. According to Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News, trading for Kolb was one of the worst offseason moves.

Cards Daily - 2011 Kingpin Challenge
Cardinals Charities host the 4th annual Kingpin Challenge bowling event held at Brunswick Lanes. Fans got a chance to bowl and mingle with their favorite Cardinal players and coaches. All proceeds go to benefit underprivileged families all around the state of Arizona.

NFL News:

Aaron Curry Traded To Oakland Raiders For Two Draft Picks, According To Report -
The Seattle media reported on Wednesday that Aaron Curry wasn't at practice and that his teammates say he said he'd been traded. Jay Glazer of tracked down the details and reports that the Seahawks have traded Curry to the Oakland Raiders.

Pete Carroll Unintentionally Creates The Greatest eBay Item Ever - From Our Editors -
We all had a good laugh when LeBron James tweeted at John Clayton about NFL teams signing free agents, and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll tweeted back showing some apparent mock interest. It was hilarious, and some much-needed comic relief during the depressing time that is the NBA lockout.

Can defenses come back from comebacks? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Greg Garber's piece on proliferating NFL comebacks carries special interest in the NFC West. The San Francisco 49ers lost a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in falling to Dallas. They overcame a 20-point third-quarter deficit to beat Philadelphia. The Arizona Cardinals blew a 10-point lead in the final five minutes of a defeat to the New York Giants. The Seattle Seahawks nearly overcame a 20-point second-half deficit to Atlanta, falling 30-28.

Andrew Luck Sweepstakes: Indianapolis Colts Doing Just Enough To Keep Fate On Their Side -
After five weeks of the NFL season, the race for the number one pick is heating up as teams look to add franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. We break down all the contenders.

2011 Seahawks Week 5: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things I noticed while watching the Seattle Seahawks' 36-25 road victory over the New York Giants in Week 5:

Aaron Curry and that 2009 draft class - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Aaron Curry, apparently headed for Oakland, has plenty of company among 2009 NFL draft choices failing to meet expectations with their original teams. The player Seattle's previous leadership drafted fourth overall was part of a draft featuring quite a few underwhelming players near the top. Thirteen NFC West choices from the 2009 draft remain with their teams: Max Unger, Deon Butler and Cameron Morrah in Seattle; Beanie Wells, Rashad Johnson, Greg Toler and LaRod Stephens-Howling in Arizona; Jason Smith, James Laurinaitis, Bradley Fletcher and Darell Scott in St. Louis; and two players in San Francisco, Michael Crabtree and Ricky-Jean Francois.

Five thoughts on Aaron Curry's departure - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five thoughts on Aaron Curry's departure from the Seattle Seahawks via trade to the Oakland Raiders, pending NFL approval: