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10-14-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Off Day

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He isn't calling a play, he is muttering curse words about the league mandated off-day, and he doesn't want to get fined by Goodell for it. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
He isn't calling a play, he is muttering curse words about the league mandated off-day, and he doesn't want to get fined by Goodell for it. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Time for some links as the Cardinals are taking a break on this bye week when I wish everyone was still in the building getting more work in after the loss last weekend.

In this one, Warner gives his opinion on what is wrong with Kolb right now.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Kurt Warner: Cardinals' can't make a play - NFC West Blog - ESPN
One day after Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill gave his assessment of the team, former quarterback Kurt Warner weighed in Thursday with Arizona Sports 620 radio. Warner's basic take: The Cardinals are lacking in the playmaking department. He's right. Injuries and personnel changes have hurt Arizona in an area where the team was once quite strong, the ability to score touchdowns from just about anywhere on the field.

Kolb conversation isn't about yes and no, it's about being fair -
Maybe we're all too quick to judge Kevin Kolb. "When you talk about Kevin Kolb or really anybody else who has done good things at a pro level, but hasn't had that sample size you need, the really about being fair," said Ron Wolfley, co-host of Arizona Sports 620's Doug & Wolf Show. While Wolfley did not shy away from the fact that Kolb could turn out to be the "world's worst acquisition of all time", he said it's not fair to judge Kolb on so few starts.


An Early Belief
Wide receiver, after long road, evolving into top target

Daryn Colledge sees similarities between Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers
Cardinals left guard Daryn Colledge was eating a healthy cut of filet mignon off a paper plate with a plastic knife and fork. The image was a bit ironic, given that he was just asked to explain the difference between the 5-0 Green Bay Packers, his former team, and the 1-4 Cardinals, his new team. "I'm happy for those guys, I really am," Colledge said. "They're a great bunch of guys with obviously a great system and a great set of coaches and they can go as far as they want this year, maybe all the way just like we did last season." Colledge ate another bite of steak and looked up from his plate. "But you know what?" he said. "I see a lot of us in them. I really do. When I look back on it, this team reminds me exactly of the Packers team I was on three years ago. We were coming off a 6-10 season, similar to what this team did a year ago.

Chat wrap: About that Lebron James idea - NFC West Blog - ESPN
tacowrecker from parts unknown asks whether or not the Cardinals should abandon their 3-4 scheme in an effort to make better use of their existing personnel, notably Darnell Dockett.

The Arizona Cardinals have a culture problem? -
Culture is a funny thing with regards to sports. Like chemistry, a winning team tends to have it good while a losing team tends to struggle. One of the greatest clichés in all of sports, part of the Cardinals' resurgence was attributed to the change in culture brought by Ken Whisenhunt.

Joey Porter, a trade that should happen? -
Veteran linebacker Joey Porter has 14 tackles and one sack for the Arizona Cardinals this season, but with a team struggling to a 1-4 record the 34-year-old may be a better fit for a team looking to win now. The Cardinals, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole, should entertain trading the pass rusher before Tuesday's deadline.

The real reason for Bradley's struggles? -
It was considered a coup back in July when the Arizona Cardinals signed free agent inside linebacker Stewart Bradley, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, to a five- year, $30 million contract. Bradley was a stalwart in the middle of the Eagles' defense in 2008, registering a team-high 108 tackles. He missed the entire 2009 season after tearing an ACL during training camp, but he bounced back to play in 12 games during the 2010 season in Philly. So far in the desert, Bradley has yet to make his mark, still running second-string behind Paris Lenon at one inside linebacker spot, and one notable NFL Insider thinks he knows why.

Warner says Kolb doesn't seem comfortable -
Kevin Kolb has not thrown a touchdown since Week 3, and has not gone a game without tossing an interception since Week 1. He's completing 58.7 percent of his passes and has fumbled six times. And the Cardinals are 1-4. Questions and criticism have been piling up for the Cardinals QB, as he was expected to come in and lead the team back to respectability, not the NFC West basement. Kurt Warner, who knows a thing or two about the quarterback position as well as playing in Arizona, told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Kolb is not in an easy situation.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Coyotes beat Nashville Predators for 1st win of season
The Phoenix Coyotes are heading home winners, even if it took them to the third game of their season-opening road trip to get that first one. David Schlemko, Ray Whitney and Lauri Korpikoski each scored in the first period, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat Nashville 5-2 Thursday night, ruining the Predators' big party for their home opener.

ASU football running back Deantre Lewis to redshirt this season
Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson announced Thursday that sophomore running back Deantre Lewis will redshirt this season.

NFL News:

NFL Trade Rumors: Brandon Lloyd On Trading Block, According To Report -
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is on the trading block, according to a report.

Brandon Marshall Says He'll Probably Get Ejected From Dolphins-Jets Game - From Our Editors -
I don't even know how to respond to Brandon Marshall's latest.

Phil Costa calls Vince Wilfork a "speed bump" | ProFootballTalk
Cowboys center Phil Costa has gained notoriety this season for his creative timing on snaps to Tony Romo. Costa has his hands full Sunday against Vince Wilfork, but doesn’t sound overly concerned.

Pioli denies that Haley would have been fired if Chiefs had lost | ProFootballTalk
The Kansas City Chiefs headed into the fourth quarter in Indianapolis on Sunday trailing 24-21, but they escaped with a 28-24 win. And coach Todd Haley escaped with his job.

Eight years later, NFL Network still isn’t national | ProFootballTalk
The NFL is the most powerful television property in the country. Tens of millions of people will watch any game that is aired, even if Curtis Painter starts at quarterback. Yet when NFL Network broadcasts its Thursday Night Schedule this year, the games likely won’t be available to the entire country.