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10-22-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - One More Day

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The Cards play the Steelers tomorrow, and here are some links to get you ready, including something on how Horton feels about how much of a feel the guys have for his defense now.

Arizona Cardinals News:

The Turnover Ratio
Notebook: Cards hope Steelers' drought continues; Peterson's family ties

Special teams could be a family feud in Cardinals-Steelers
NFL kickoffs hold less intrigue this season given the rising number of touchbacks, but Sunday's game between the Cardinals and Steelers could prove to be an exception. Cardinals nose tackle David Carter is part of the return team's wedge blockers. His brother, Chris, is a member of the Steelers kickoff team. So there is a chance the two brothers could meet somewhere in Cardinals territory on Sunday. "I hope that goes on, I'll have to put him on his back," David joked earlier this week. Although David is 14 months older, he redshirted a year at UCLA, which placed him in the same 2011 rookie class as Chris, a linebacker from Fresno State. blogs - Kent Somers - Some Friday notes
After watching the Cardinals defense struggle in the first two games, coach Ken Whisenhunt and coordinator Ray Horton scaled back. Currently, the Cardinals are using about 30 percent of the play book. Horton added more to this week's game plan and looks to return to the full scheme next week, he said. Asked why he didn't do it this week, Horton said it's because of Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, one of the faster players in the NFL.

Word From the Birds Blog - Friday before the Steelers
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was asked earlier this week on his conference call about how long ago that Cards-Steelers Super Bowl seemed. His answer was succinct: "Eons." I can’t disagree. So much has happened in the two-and-a-half seasons since the last time the Cardinals and Steelers played a game that counted, which will happen again Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Steelers have been back to another Super Bowl, losing this time. The Cards have undergone a huge metamorphosis, losing one way or another many of key figures that played on that team in 2008. Not only does the Super Bowl seem like eons ago, so too does that playoff game against Green Bay a year later, when the Cards lit up the scoreboard like a pinball machine. Now they have – at this moment in time – a chance to beat the Steelers, which in no way would make up for the Super Bowl loss but would be certainly welcome nonetheless, given their dire straits.

Word From the Birds Blog - Horton close to going 100 percent with defense
Defensive coordinator Ray Horton said he’s using 30 percent of his scheme in right now, obviously a low number and something he plans to ramp up quickly. The Cardinals did have a good chunk of the defense available earlier this season but Horton scaled it back after early-season issues. "This week was the first week I really felt like we could put some new stuff in and next week I am putting everything back in," Horton said. With the bye week, he could have put more back in now, but Horton said that was in deference to explosive Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace. "He’s a special guy and you have to respect what he does," Horton said. "I don’t want a bad matchup with (No.) 17, who is averaging 20 yards a catch, running deep on us." Players have been asking for Horton to put more back in but "I didn’t think they were ready. That’s kind of my job."

Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - scouting report
Kent Somers breaks down Sunday's Week 7 matchup between the Cardinals and Steelers at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Ray Horton is doing the right thing -
The Cardinals scaled back their defense after a week three loss to Seattle and the team is chomping at the bit to put more back into the scheme. But defensive coordinator Ray Horton is doing what he's supposed to do as a coach, and he's telling them they're not ready.

Cardinals and Steelers met at UofP Stadium before -
In the Ken Whisenhunt era the Arizona Cardinals have played the Pittsburgh Steelers twice. All Cardinals fans should remember one of those occasions was in Super Bowl XLIII, which the Cardinals lost in the final seconds. But before that the teams met at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2007, where Whisenhunt picked up his second as a head coach.

Cards Daily - Battling Big Ben
The Cardinals are aware of the challenges presented by Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, including his knack for extending plays.

Arizona Sports News:

Identity Of Arizona-UCLA Field-Stormer Revealed - From Our Editors -
In case you missed the glorious spectacle: during Thursday night's Arizona-UCLA game, a gentleman dressed in a referee's uniform ran on the field, whistled a play dead, took most of his clothes off, ran around for a while, and helped to incite a giant bench-clearing brawl.

Pac-12 suspends 10 players from Arizona-UCLA fight
The Pac-12 Conference suspended 10 players Friday for their involvment in a fight that occurred during the first half of the UCLA-Arizona football game Thursday night.

NFL News:

Kyle Boller Over Carson Palmer For Raiders, According To Reports -
The mysterious Oakland Raiders continue. At the beginning of this week, it looked like Kyle Boller would be starting for the Raiders against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend after Jason Campbell went down with a broken collarbone last week.

Sam Bradford Injury: Status In Question For Rams QB -
The St. Louis Rams may be without Sam Bradford when they take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7. Bradford suffered a high ankle sprain last week against the Green Bay Packers but stayed in to finish the game. He hasn't practiced at all this week, including Friday, and has been wearing a protective boot on his ankle.

Troy Polamalu Fined For Using Cell Phone On Sidelines -
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin's hope that common sense would prevail in the case of Troy Polamalu using a cell phone on the sidelines did not happen. An NFL spokesman confirmed that Polamalu has been fined for using a cell phone on the sidelines.

Chiefs WR Breaston settling in -
Over the past few weeks, Chiefs fans have begun to see why coach Todd Haley was so excited about the free agent acquisition of wide receiver Steve Breaston. Breaston's slow start mirrored that of the Chiefs, who were outscored by a combined 89-10 in blowout losses to the Bills and Lions. Breaston had three catches for just 33 yards in those games. But Breaston has emerged in the last three games as a potent complement to Dwayne Bowe.

Video: 49ers' Patrick Willis on E60 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
This is an amazing video about Patrick Willis and how he became the great linebacker and man that he is today.

Dez Bryant: "It may sound crazy, I think we are unbeatable" | ProFootballTalk
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has a very high opinion of his team. According to the Dallas Morning News, Bryant said this week that he does not believe the Cowboys can be defeated.

VIDEO: Bills Fans Dig Through Buffalo Poop For Tickets - From Our Editors -
What would you do for Bills tickets? These fans dug through Buffalo crap.