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10-19-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Preparing For The Steelers

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Time for some links as this week rolls on, including stuff on the impact of the Bye Week, and how the price the Bengals paid for Palmer makes the Kolb deal look better.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Impact Of The Bye
New rules may take advantage from extra week

Cardinals paying the price for not protecting Larry Fitzgerald
Six weeks into a new era, Larry Fitzgerald is defending his head coach and quoting Winston Churchill. More than anything, he's missing a wingman, a legitimate No. 2 wide receiver.

Palmer's price makes Kolb deal appealing - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Carson Palmer is heading to Oakland for a 2012 first-round pick and a 2013 choice in the first or second round, depending on whether the Raiders win a playoff game. I can see why the Raiders acted boldly after Jason Campbell's season-ending injury threatened to ruin their 4-2 start. Palmer is probably at least as good as Campbell at this point. Best-case scenario, he's the Raiders' next Jim Plunkett -- an older, immobile quarterback with a big arm and the savvy to win. But he also might be a declining player unlikely to put the Raiders or any team over the top. Given how much the Raiders are giving up for a 31-year-old passer with a questionable future, the price Arizona paid for Kevin Kolb, 27, appears more agreeable.

NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Falling: Lockout grace periods: It's tough for the San Francisco 49ers' division rivals -- and other teams -- to complain too loudly about the lockout setting them back. The 49ers have gotten to 5-1 despite changing over just about all of their coaching staff and installing new schemes. As Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said following his team's 1-4 start, "A lot of guys are making mistakes. Can you say, 'Well, gee, that is lack of offseason?' We're now into October. We now should be able to clean up those things. These are professional athletes and they have to rise to the occasion. And none of the other 31 teams had an offseason, either. We shouldn't be at that much of a disadvantage where we've only won one game."

Word From the Birds Blog - A quarterback’s value
The news the Raiders are about to trade for quarterback Carson Palmer is stunning in itself — I didn’t think the Bengals would let him go this season — but also speaks to the importance of the position and underscores how, in trades, overpaying for a QB is always possible and apparently necessary.

Cardinals ready for physical Steelers -
It's always an attraction when the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town.

Cardinals meeting with players and coaches was about accountability -
Arizona Sports 620's Ron Wolfley shared some insight on the Cardinals players only meeting that wasn't in fact a players only meeting.

Fitz definitely on Tomlin's radar -
Every team that is preparing to play the Arizona Cardinals devises a plan to contain Larry Fitzgerald. Few accomplish this.

Todd Heap knows Steelers present great challenge -
Todd Heap knows the Pittsburgh Steelers. A Baltimore Raven for the first 10 years of his NFL career, Heap has faced the Black and Gold 16 times, tallying 54 catches for 602 yards and four touchdowns. The Cardinals' next opponent, the tight end certainly has some insight he can share.

Ken Whisenhunt hasn't fared well after the bye -
When a team is struggling, the bye week is generally greeted with open arms as an opportunity to get things back on track. At least, it should be?

Wells says Steelers or not, Cardinals just need a win -
Ken Whisenhunt used to coach for the Steelers, as did much of his staff. Combine that with a handful of players who also have ties to Pittsburgh and the fact that these teams met in the Super Bowl just a few years ago and it would make sense that Sunday's game brings a little extra importance. Maybe not. "We just need to win," running back Beanie Wells told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf. "It doesn't matter who we're playing against." Fair enough.

Arizona Cardinals outside the huddle: Beanie Wells
Each week, The Republic spotlights a Cardinals player for a series of on-the-spot, off-beat questions. This week: running back Beanie Wells.

San Francisco 49ers taking control of NFC West
When it comes to division standings, many of the Cardinals don visors that prevent them from looking up. "Can't worry about that," coach Ken Whisenhunt said of the 49ers. "All I can worry about is where we are and what we've got to do. Take care of our business first and all that stuff will take care of itself.

Arizona Sports News:

Coyotes' offense struggles in loss to Blackhawks
A hundred different scenarios probably filtered through the Coyotes' minds on the type of game they would play against the Chicago Blackhawks. Coach Dave Tippett, too, knew what he was looking for - and what he saw was light years away from what he envisioned. The Coyotes had a multitude of shortcomings Tuesday night, dropping a 5-2 decision in front of 11,051 at Arena.

NFL News:

Christian Ponder Named Vikings Starting QB, According To Report -
Christian Ponder replaced Donovan McNabb in Sunday's game and Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told the team this week that Ponder is the new starting quarterback.

Carson Palmer Will Start For Raiders In Week 7, According To Report -
The Oakland Raiders have apparently made their decision on the question of who will be the starting quarterback this weekend and the answer is Carson Palmer. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that the Raiders are expected to start Palmer this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs.

John Beck Named Starting QB For Redskins Over Rex Grossman -
The Washington Redskins were one of several teams expected to have a possible quarterback change on their hands and they went ahead and pulled the trigger. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it'll be John Beck starting at quarterback for the Redskins this weekend when they play the Carolina Panthers.

Terrell Owens Could Make Comeback With Tennessee Titans, According To Mike Munchak -
Terrell Owens has had quite an interesting off-season as the All-Pro wide receiver went to Korea for knee surgery, pretended he retired during an interview with ESPN and was recently rushed to the hospital for reasons unbeknownst to the general public. After all of that, however, the Tennessee Titans are still considering adding Owens once he is healthy according to head coach Mike Munchak.

Sam Bradford Injury: Rams QB Expected To Play Vs. Cowboys -
The St. Louis Rams haven't gotten much good news this season as they're off to an 0-5 start but one good piece of information is that they're expected to have their quarterback this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys. Sam Bradford suffered a high ankle sprain last weekend but is expected to start on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Darrelle Revis, Rookie QBs And Five Things That Made NFL Week 6 Awesome -
From the Bengals and Packers to Christian Ponder getting the starting nod, here's five things that made the sixth week of the 2011 NFL season awesome.

Troy Polamalu Passes Concussion Test, Could Still Face Fine -
Troy Polamalu passed a concussion test and expects to practice this week and play on Sunday for the Steelers.

Eagles Trade Ronnie Brown To Lions For Jerome Harrison, Seventh Round Pick -
The Eagles and Lions made a deal before the NFL trade deadline as Philly traded Ronnie Brown to Detroit for Jerome Harrison and a 2013 seventh round pick.

Cedric Benson Suspension: Bengals RB Will Miss Week 8 -
Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson has had his 3-game suspension reduced to one game. This sent many Bengals fans and fantasy owners into a bit of a panic as to what week Benson would be suspended. The Bengals are on a bye week this week, so naturally many would assume it would be the Bengals Week 8 match up with the Seattle Seahawks. That assumption would be correct, according to John Clayton of ESPN. Clayton confirmed on his twitter account that Benson would miss the Week 8 match up with Seahawks.

Carson Palmer On Trade Demand: 'I Knew It Was A Selfish Decision' -
The Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday did what they said they wouldn't do -- trade Carson Palmer. The QB was sent to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a 2012 first round pick and a conditional first round pick in 2013. I find it fascinating that the trade finally went down because hardly anyone thought the Bengals would actually trade Palmer. Team owner Mike Brown is known for holding his ground in situations like this and publicly indicated that he wouldn't let Palmer leave because he signed a contract and needs to stick to it. Palmer says he understands Brown's stance -- to a point.

NFL power rankings - Week 7
Here is an updated version of NFL Power Rankings as we get ready for Week 7. I'll update them every Tuesday throughout the season. Previous rankings in parenthesis:

Where NFC West teams rank: Week 6 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few notes on where NFC West teams rank in various statistical categories through Week 6:

NFL Trade Deadline 2011: Recapping Moves That Were Made And Ones That Weren't -
The 2011 NFL trade deadline has come and gone with several deals completed on the final day. Here's a recap of this year's trade deadline.

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler's frustration caught on camera, microphone -
The Bears were all smiles after a 39-10 whipping of the Vikings on Sunday night at Soldier Field, but even a blowout victory came with some of the communication issues that have plagued the offense through six games. An NBC camera and microphone captured quarterback Jay Cutler sharing some of his frustration at the end of the first half. Looking toward the Bears' sideline as he went from the huddle to the line of scrimmage, Cutler yelled, "Tell him I said (blank) you."