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2-23-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Links for today, also I have seen a lot of Mock Drafts that have Von Miller (Someone who you guys know I want to see as our first round pick), and one of them had a comment that said a lot of people think he will be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. I'm getting excited for the Draft now.

Combine As Usual
While labor negotiations go on, Cards go on annual Indy trip blogs - Kent Somers - The week ahead
The annual NFL Scouting Combine and the draft might be the only things that happen on the usual schedule during this off-season. A lockout would delay everything else. While labor negotiations will dominate the conversation at the Scouting Combine, which starts this week, in many ways it will be business as usual. Three hundred or so of the best college players in the country will be in Indianapolis to be weighed, measured and tested in nearly every conceivable way. news: QB situation continues to linger for transitioning Cardinals
As we approach the NFL Scouting Combine, the Arizona Cardinals have become a team to monitor. Their Super Bowl XLIII appearance and follow-up playoff berth in 2009 seem like ancient history after last season's woeful 5-11 finish. The Cardinals have struggled to replenish the talent that left, either voluntarily or otherwise, after the team's successful two-season run through the NFC West. Arizona will need to draft well and add younger, more impactful free agents to challenge for a playoff berth. Will the Cardinals’ playmakers bounce back?
The Cardinals’ usual suspects weren’t so usual this year in Arizona, and will need to bounce back in 2011.

Did Coach play?
It was a topic that was mentioned more than once when the Cardinals had hired Ray Horton – who played in the NFL for a decade – as their defensive coordinator. The idea that players might have a deeper respect for someone who had been them. Horton summed it up pretty well, I think, with this line: "It gives you some credibility that you have sat in the same chairs they’re in," he said. "It helps until they say, ‘Why’d you call that?!?’ " And ultimately, that seems to be the general feeling.

Scouts Inc.: Three concerns for Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Quarterback: The most important position on the field is a nightmare for the Cardinals. At a minimum, Arizona must acquire a stop-gap solution at quarterback (veteran Marc Bulger?) In fact, it should also draft someone with long- term upside. Rookie John Skelton did show flashes of skill in his limited snaps and maybe he can emerge in time. But still, I am in favor of adding two players here.

Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes outlast Philadelphia Flyers in OT for 8th straight win
Shane Doan tied the Phoenix Coyotes' franchise record for games played, then untied a game in overtime to keep his team streaking.

NFL, NFLPA labor talks enter Day 6 of mediation - ESPN
Brian Dawkins, Mike Vrabel and Jeff Saturday are taking part in the NFL labor talks as the sessions with the league, the players' union and a federal mediator moved into a sixth day.

Heading to the combine
It’s Indy time again.

The Shutdown 40: #6 - Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
With the 2010 NFL season in the books, it's time to turn our eyes to the NFL draft, and the pre-draft evaluation process. Before the 2011 scouting combine begins on February 24, we'll be taking a closer look at the 40 draft-eligible players who may be the biggest difference-makers when all is said and done. We continue our series with North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn.

The Shutdown 40: #5 - Von Miller, OLB, Texas A & M - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
With the 2010 NFL season in the books, it's time to turn our eyes to the NFL draft, and the pre-draft evaluation process. Before the 2011 scouting combine begins on February 24, we'll be taking a closer look at the 40 draft-eligible players who may be the biggest difference-makers when all is said and done. We continue our series with Texas A & M outside linebacker Von Miller.

Mike Ditka says "crazy" 18-game season idea is all about the money | ProFootballTalk
Add Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka to the chorus of voices opposed to increasing the NFL’s regular season by two weeks.

2011 NFL Draft: QB Cam Newton ready to fully participate in NFL combine - ESPN
Cam Newton plans to fully participate in the NFL combine that begins later this week, saying he wants to be transparent through the whole draft process.

Day 5: Mediated NFL labor meetings resume - ESPN
The NFL and its players' union have begun Day 5 of negotiations with a federal mediator.

Dave Duerson had filed for bankruptcy before death - ESPN Chicago
Dave Duerson, who committed suicide last week, had filed for bankruptcy in September.

Ex-RB Ed Podolak recovering after being hit by car - ESPN
Former Kansas City Chiefs running back and current Iowa football commentator Ed Podolak is recovering after he was hit by a car while crossing a street in Scottsdale, Ariz.

On Ryan Mallett, former NFL exec cites 2010 rumors of drug use and "possible addiction" | ProFootballTalk
This time of year, we’re very careful about reporting things that could impact in negative fashion a player’s draft stock, even though few teams will be making decisions based on anything other than the information developed via their methods and sources. Whether or not other media outlets exercise similar care is their own business, and since we’re in the business of sharing with you interesting information reported by other media outlets, it’s really none of our business if they are reporting something that possibly isn’t accurate. When it comes to former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, reports have emerged of late regarding the issue of drug use. No one has reported that Mallet uses or has used drugs. But they’re coming dangerously close to doing so.

2010 NFL season in review, with Aaron Rodgers, Rex Ryan, more - Peter King -
Dave Duerson, who committed suicide Thursday, donated his brain for research Looking back at predictions that went right, and those that were very wrong An MMQB timeline of 2010, quotes and stats of the year and much more

2011 NFL Mock Draft has Da'Quan Bowers at No. 1 to Panthers - Don Banks -
NFL Scouting Combine week is when the draft starts to take center stage in the league's offseason, never more so than this labor-challenged year, when the draft just might wind up being the only game in town. As we head for Indianapolis and the opening of the NFL's annual Underwear Olympics, here's our latest attempt at mocking out the first round.

Lack of news from mediated NFL negotiations is good thing - Peter King -
The ability to talk frankly, without fear of repercussion, vital to getting deal done Likelihood of rookie wage scale could lead to teams taking more chances in draft More mailbag questions on NFL concussion issue and Bryant McKinnie's bar tab

Report: Tebow is a "man without much support in Denver" | ProFootballTalk
We’ve got something that Broncos head honcho John Elway may feel forced to address on Twitter.

Could Reggie Bush be next for Saints? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
With the New Orleans Saints’ release of Jeremy Shockey on Tuesday, there comes an obvious question. Who’s next?

Carolina Panthers franchise tag center Ryan Kalil - ESPN
The Panthers used their franchise tag on center Ryan Kalil.

TE Jeremy Shockey cut by New Orleans Saints - ESPN
Veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he's been released by the New Orleans Saints. news: Five games that unexpectedly shaped course of 2010 season
In a typical NFL season there are 267 games. Of those, 256 come in the regular season with another 11 in the playoffs. It's always cool to look back at which of those games made the year what it was. So which contests caused a butterfly effect, i.e., altered the way in which 2010 played out to the point that the results we know now would be completely different … like, for instance, the Packers winning the Super Bowl? Or who made the playoffs? Even something smaller, like Bill Belichick winning Coach of the Year.

Mayock: Combine may put Robert Quinn in mix for No. 1 overall pick | ProFootballTalk
Former North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn didn’t play in 2010 because of a suspension for receiving illegal benefits from an agent. And it may not matter.