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10-4-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Looking Back At The Loss

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Time for some links which mostly look back at the loss.

Also, something on how Steelers Linebacker James Harrison has to have surgery after an eye injury, and he will be out for a couple weeks.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Realistic expectations for Cards' Kevin Kolb - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Two months ago Tuesday, Kevin Kolb took his first practice snap with the Arizona Cardinals, cramming to learn a new offense with only seven regular-season starts on his resume. Factoring only for those variables, no reasonable person would expect Kolb to rank among the top quarterbacks in the NFL after Week 4. But there are more variables, including one that is difficult to overlook: the statement Arizona made in acquiring Kolb and signing him to a five-year contract averaging $12.6 million annually.

Silver linings: Cardinals vs. Giants - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The Cardinals fell to 1-3 after suffering a 31-27 home defeat to the New York Giants in Week 4.

Without Closing, Cards Just Close
Team fights frustration of three-game losing streak

Did Peterson get lazy with his technique vs. Nicks? | National Football Post
Using video to breakdown the Giants' game winning TD

Arizona Cardinals line establishes run
For the past few years, the Cardinals' offensive linemen have been yearning to do more run blocking and less pass blocking. It's a way to unleash some aggression, they say, when you can drive an opponent back with some meanness and attitude as opposed to always dropping back and trying to fend off a potential pass rusher. They finally got their wish Sunday against the New York Giants, as the Cardinals rushed for 156 yards - including a career-high 138 and three touchdowns by third-year back Beanie Wells, who was supposed to be nursing a hamstring injury. The Cardinals lost because they couldn't hang on to a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead, but at least there was some reason for optimism at the team's Tempe training facility Monday.

Word From the Birds Blog - Whiz wrap, featuring the fumble that wasn’t
Coach Ken Whisenhunt was philosophical about the Victor Cruz fumble-that-was-called-"given up," saying it shouldn’t have mattered and that his opinion doesn’t matter either.

Arizona Cardinals: A closer look at the sacks allowed vs. New York Giants
The offensive line takes considerable heat for allowing pressure on quarterback Kevin Kolb, so I decided to take a closer look at the four times Kevin Kolb was sacked on Sunday against the Giants. The results were revealing, I thought.

Arizona Cardinals looking to put end to skid, get back on track
It was the eclectic artist Andy Warhol who said everyone eventually gets their 15 minutes of fame. He obviously didn't take into account the Cardinals, because when it comes to 15 minutes - especially in the fourth quarter of games - they've experienced only shame. Failing to finish has cost this team dearly and it did so again for the third consecutive week, this time by failing to protect a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead and eventually succumbing at home to the Giants 31-27. At 1-3, the Cardinals can't afford any more late-game collapses. Even in the weak NFC West, where every game counts.

Whisenhunt and Kolb relationship still growing -
The anticipation that was brought with the offseason acquisition of Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb may have over shadowed the fact it will take time for the new quarterback to live up to the hype. "We're asking him to do some things in our offense that he hasn't done before," coach Whisenhunt told reporters after practice on Monday. "I don't know to the degree of what he did in Philly, but I know it's different." Learning the new system will take time; this has become not necessarily an excuse for the new quarterback, but a constant reminder following each game during the team's current three game slide.

Cardinals must stay the course, continue to improve -
Another close game, another missed opportunity. This seems to be the theme for the Cardinals 2011 season, but at 1-3 and in a weak division, there is still hope that they can turn things around to salvage a season.

Cardinals rookie Peterson can't be a rookie anymore -
The number five pick in the draft, Patrick Peterson was expected to come in and be a part of a secondary featuring Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie and Greg Toler, among others. The offseason saw the team part with DRC and sign veteran Richard Marshall, but Peterson was still expected to be brought along slowly, probably as a nickelback to start. But then Toler went down in the team's third preseason game, lost for the season, and Peterson ascended to a starting role. The former LSU star would not point to his inexperience as an excuse.

NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Rising: Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals RB. It's still a mystery how the Cardinals could lose with Wells carrying 27 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns. Wells' physical running played a huge role in Arizona's ability to build a 27-17 fourth-quarter lead over the New York Giants. He's averaging 107 yards rushing per game, second to Darren McFadden among players with at least 20 carries this season. He's also leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns with five. Give some credit to the Cardinals' offensive line as well. news: Cruz control: Which was worse, the call or the rule?
The most controversial play of Week 4 took place in Arizona, where Giants WR Victor Cruz apparently fumbled late in the fourth quarter, which would have stalled New York's game-winning touchdown drive. However, the officials ruled Cruz was down. What did you think of the call?

Hungry? Let Larry Fitzgerald serve you -
If you have an appetite and an extra $500 laying around, you could be served by the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Nash and Ken Whisenhunt at Morton's on Monday night.

Anyone getting nervous yet? -
We are through the first quarter of the NFL season and our beloved Arizona Cardinals are 1-3. If we were sending out report cards on the first four games, a lot of the players would have to race home to make sure they got the mail before their parents did. It's been that bad!

Painful 10 minutes in Arizona sports -
The Arizona Cardinals took a nice 20-10 lead into the fourth quarter after a pair of third quarter Beanie Wells touchdown runs. The Giants offense wasn't doing much and the Cardinals offense was moving. The Arizona Diamondbacks had just gotten exactly what they needed. Momentum. Justin Upton blasted a pitch over the left field wall to tie Game 2 of their NLDS matchup with the Brewers. Arizona sports fans were feeling pretty good about things.

Cards Daily - Believing They'll Turn the Corner
The Cardinals have had the chance to win the last three games including this past Sunday against the Giants yet have not been able to close those games. That does not deter this team from believing that it can and will continue to grow and win games.

In the Red Zone with Ken Whisenhunt - NYG Review
Coach Ken Whisenhunt joined the Doug and Wolf Show on Arizona Sports 620 to review the loss against the New York Giants.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan looking to stay with franchise
It is the perfect recipe for a trade rumor. A star player in the final year of his contract. An unstable franchise. Already, national publications have speculated on the scenario: Shane Doan will be bait at the trade deadline. Not so fast, hockey fans. Coyotes forward Doan said Saturday his goal is to finish his career in Arizona, an idea that has the unequivocal support of General Manager Don Maloney.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson not fazed by criticism
The second-guessing doesn't surprise Kirk Gibson, nor, he says, does it bother him. Would you believe he gets a small measure of enjoyment out of it? The edgy, defiant kind, of course.

NFL News:

NFL Week 4 Injury Report: Andre Johnson Terrifies Texans; Steelers Banged Up -
SB Nation's medical expert recaps the key injuries from NFL Week 4, which includes several Pittsburgh Steelers along with Houston's biggest weapon, Andre Johnson.

Silver linings: Rams vs. Redskins - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 0-4 with a 17-10 home defeat to the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Silver linings: Seahawks vs. Falcons - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The Seattle Seahawks fell to 1-3 with a 30-28 home defeat against the Atlanta Falcons.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 5: Packers Remain On Top, Lions Inching Closer -
SB Nation's 2011 NFL power rankings for Week 5 keep the Packers at the No. 1 spot while the Lions break the top five for the first time all season.

Andre Johnson Injury Update: Gary Kubiak Unsure Of How Much Time Receiver Will Miss -
The big news on the fantasy football front comes out of Houston as Texans head coach Gary Kubiak stated in his Monday press conference that wide receiver Andre Johnson could miss some time, although the exact length is undetermined. He will get a second opinion this week, but the odds seem high that he will be inactive this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Eric Foster Injury: Colts DT To Have Season-Ending Surgery -
Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster, hospitalized overnight after dislocating his right ankle during Monday Night Football against the Bucs, will undergo surgery, coach Jim Caldwell confirmed after the game. The operation is expected to end his season.

Ben Roethlisberger Injury Update: Steelers QB Expected To Play Vs. Titans -
Ben Roethlisberger's foot injury is not expected to keep him out of Pittsburgh's game the Titans this Sunday. An MRI on Monday revealed that injury to the Steelers quarterback was a sprained foot, and not a fracture.

James Harrison's Eye Injury Will Require Surgery, Out Several Weeks -
The Pittsburgh Steelers exited Sunday's game against the Houston Texans with injuries to several players: Ben Roethlisberger sprained his foot, Rashard Mendenhall left with a hamstring injury and Aaron Smith was carted off with a foot injury. One player, James Harrison, left briefly with an eye injury, but later returned to the game. Based on the latest information, the injury is a little more serious: Harrison will be out several weeks, the Steelers said.

ANIMATED: Peyton Manning Can't Hide His Disgust - From Our Editors -
If you think it's killing Peyton Manning to watch the Colts helplessly from the coach's booth, well, you're right. Just watch his reaction to Curtis Painter's drive-killing sack in the fourth quarter:

Rashard Mendenhall Injury Doesn't Sound Serious -
Breathe, Pittsburgh Steelers fans. It doesn't sound like Rashard Mendenhall's injury is serious. The Steelers RB exited Sunday's game against the Houston Texans with a hamstring injury and didn't return but NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports the injury doesn't appear to be serious.

Danny Amendola Injury: Surgery Possible For Rams WR -
Danny Amendola suffered a gruesome looking elbow injury in the first week of the season and some thought it would end his season. The St. Louis Rams didn't place him on IR after it was revealed that he very well could come back this season. Unfortunately, it appears he's taken a step backwards.

Jerod Mayo Injury: Patriots LB Sprains MCL, Could Miss Six Weeks -
The Patriots won on Sunday but they one of their best defensive players when Jerod Mayo reportedly sprained his MCL, which could keep him out six weeks.

Tony Sparano Not Expected To Be Fired During Dolphins Bye Week -
The Dolphins are 0-4 and everyone keeps talking about Tony Sparano's future but, according to a report, he's safe for another couple weeks.

Bernard Berrian tells amputee war veteran to ‘sit down n shut up’ on Twitter - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The beauty of social media is that you can communicate with people around the world, forward your personal and professional profiles, and have a lot of fun. The downside of social media is that you never know who you're really talking to, and if things get heated, you can embarrass yourself in front of the entire world.

ESPN Pulls Hank Williams, Jr. From Monday Night Football After Controversial Obama Comments -
Hank Williams, Jr. will not be inquiring about your readiness for Monday Night Football tonight after ESPN decided to pull the country music star's traditional opening sequence, the result of controversial comments Williams made this morning about Pres. Barack Obama.

Hank Williams, Jr. Issues Statement, Attempts To Clarify His Obama/Hitler Analogy -
On Monday morning, Hank Williams, Jr. compared Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler during an interview on FOX News' "Fox & Friends" morning show. Not surprisingly, the comments sparked a mini-controversy, prompting ESPN to pull the country music star's traditional opening sequence from Monday Night Football. Williams has now issued a statement of his own attempting to clarify his point of view:

After yelling at Haley, Cassel says he "responds well" when pushed | ProFootballTalk
If the Vikings offense pulled off their fourth quarter drive on Sunday, the sideline argument earlier in the game between Chiefs coach Todd Haley and quarterback Matt Cassel would be played up as a negative.

VIDEO: Brett Favre Works Color Commentary At Southern Miss Game - From Our Editors -
Last month, I wrote in this space that Brett Favre would step in the broadcast booth to provide color commentary for a Southern Miss game. Indeed, that happened over the weekend:

VIDEO: Gus Johnson Is Announcing Football Games Again - From Our Editors -
Get some Gus in your life, y'all.

Tony Romo Brushes Off Jerry Jones As Cowboys Blow Lead - From Our Editors -
The Dallas Cowboys have had a weird season. They blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead for the first time in franchise history in Week 1, went to overtime and won in Week 2, kicked a fourth quarter field goal to win in Week 3 and now, in Week 4, blew a 24-point second half lead against the Detroit Lions. After the Week 3 game, Tony Romo was praised as a "gutsy" quarterback who led the Cowboys to victory despite rib and lung injuries. It's pretty amazing how quickly things can change.

Monday Night Football Is Dead -
A closer look at the Monday Night Football franchise, and how it's gone from an American institution to an afterthought. Plus: Megatron rules the universe, Joe McKnight is incredible, and maybe Bob Costas should stop talking for a while.

NFL Power Rankings: How they voted - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Stability at the top marked ESPN's NFL Power Rankings following Week 4.

Eagles suffered Week Four’s worst loss | ProFootballTalk
Every loss hurts, but some losses hurt more than others. Each week, we pick the team that was the biggest loser of the weekend.

Cooley laughs at Romo for choking, wants to fight him in the cage | ProFootballTalk
Redskins tight end Chris Cooley is not too fond of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.