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NFL.com news: Cardinals expected to make push for Steelers LBs coach Butler
There is a good possibility that Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler will leave the team after the Super Bowl to become the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.

Breaston Visit Spawns Opportunity
Steve Breaston just wanted to meet Todd McFarlane. Maybe – just maybe – the Cardinals’ receiver came out of it with a second career. Or at least a potential dream come true.

Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner' - CBSSports.com
Despite a pretty gaudy stat line, Larry Fitzgerald didn't have the greatest of years in 2010. That's mainly the fault of Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton, but certainly the Cardinals organization deserves some blame for entering the year with that spectacular group of quarterbacks. But even if you don't want to point fingers towards the past, there will be some questions about the future if Arizona doesn't improve the surroundings for Fitz, who emphasized this week that he very much doesn't want to suffer through another season like last year.

Former Arizona Cardinals defensive back Bryant McFadden pleased with Pittsburgh Steelers role
Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden carried a camera around his neck at Super Bowl XLV media day, but no bitterness in his heart over spending only one season with the Cardinals.

Phoenix Suns extend streak against Milwaukee Bucks
Phoenix Suns extend streak against Milwaukee Bucks, The Suns won a home game against Milwaukee for the 23rd consecutive time, nearly making other franchise history with their defense before a slight late fade left them with a 92-77 victory Wednesday night at US Airways Center.

Phoenix Coyotes routed by Vancouver Canucks as Roberto Luongo makes 23 saves
Phoenix Coyotes routed by Vancouver Canucks as Roberto Luongo makes 23 saves, Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for his 54th NHL shutout and third of the season, and the Vancouver Canucks routed the struggling Phoenix Coyotes 6-0 on Wednesday night.

Fitz Talks At The Super Bowl
Fitz Talks At The Super Bowl

NFL Videos: McNabb, Warner on Rodgers, Big Ben
Donovan McNabb and Kurt Warner assess the quarterbacks taking center stage Sunday in Super Bowl XLV.

Madden 11 Roster Update #19 Details | pastapadre.com
The next roster update for Madden NFL 11 is scheduled to be out on Friday and is largely centered on the events of the Divisional and Conference Championship rounds. The Packers and Steelers of course are the biggest beneficiaries while the Falcons and Patriots take the biggest hits as the #1 seeds that lost to the #6 seeds at home.

Cards (tailgaters) at the Super Bowl
Right about now — assuming Dallas hasn’t frozen over — the 20 Cardinals fans who comprise the Arizona House of Cards are taking part as one of six teams in the Bing National Tailgating Championship during Super Bowl festivities. The contest is about food, sports trivia, "athletic feats" and team spirit. They will vie against teams from Houston, New York, Denver, New Orleans and Seattle. House of Cards does it up right at University of Phoenix Stadium, with gourmet food, satellite TV and a full bar. Dishes like chipotle-glazed shrimp and grilled pork tenderloin are aimed to help the group — which drove more than 20 hours through the famously bad weather to reach the final today — come home with the title.

Twitter Power Rankings For Arizona's Athletes - SB Nation Arizona
Quantifying the unquantifiable, who is the top twitter athlete in Arizona?

Roger Goodell says he felt "deceived" by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the wake of the Spygate scandal - ESPN Boston
The NFL commissioner felt deceived by Bill Belichick after the coach did not verbally apologize to reporters after Spygate.

New England Patriots' Bill Belichick wins The Associated Press 2010 Coach of the Year award - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has won The Associated Press 2010 NFL Coach of the Year award, the third time Belichick has earned the honor.

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sues newspaper for defamation - ESPN
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has sued Washington City Paper over a column he says defamed him and had anti-Semitic references.

Nevada high court panel turns down O.J. Simpson rehearing - ESPN
O.J. Simpson won't get a rehearing before the three Nevada Supreme Court justices who denied an appeal of his conviction in a Las Vegas hotel room heist.

Jay Cutler received painkiller shot at halftime of NFC title game - Inside the Bears
Amid questions that he didn't try hard enough to play through a knee injury, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler received a painkiller shot at halftime of the NFC title game, a source close to the situation told the Sun-Times. It's believed Cutler injured his knee on the first play of the second quarter, when Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Ryan Pickett landed on his left knee, as he attempted a short pass to running back Matt Forte. Cutler headed to the locker room for halftime ahead of his teammates, and doctors and trainers confirmed their initial, on-field assessment.

Response to the weather, not the weather, is the problem in Dallas | ProFootballTalk
After shuffling on an endless sheet of ice for 20 minutes Wednesday morning from our hotel to the Super Bowl Media Center, I was feeling frustrated and feisty. Though no one wants to hear people who cover sports for a living (and thus never actually work) complain about weather, I’ll complain about the response to weather.

Farmers Insurance Exchange to sponsor proposed L.A. NFL stadium - ESPN Los Angeles
If the NFL does return to a proposed stadium in downtown Los Angeles, the league's newest venue will be called Farmers Field.

NFL prospect Mustain busted for prescription drugs sale | ProFootballTalk
Mitch Mustain entered college as the nation’s No. 2 high school quarterback recruit, but had a thoroughly disappointing career. He bounced around schools, lost competitions to far less heralded passers like Casey Dick and Aaron Corp, and wound up starting just one game as a senior when USC starter Matt Barkley got hurt. After five years of hype that never matched his production, Mustain has officially bottomed out.

The ProFootballFocus.com All-Sophomore team | ProFootballFocus.com
When you’re the rookie, all eyes are on you. You’re the new kid on the block that is coming into shake up and improve a franchise. Give it a year, though, and in some respects you’re yesterday’s news. A new, shinier group of draftees have come in to do the job you were brought you were meant to do. The fans are looking at them as the next generation of guys to get them to that elusive Super Bowl. You’re no longer special. But you’re still special to us, Mr. Year Number Two. Our all-sophomore team shows that picking at the top of the draft is no science — only one of the top 12 overall picks made the cut.

Super Bowl XLV: Gene Wojciechowski made 45 predictions about the NFL season leading up to Super Bowl XLV -- here's how accurate he was(n't) - ESPN
The easy part is making preseason NFL predictions. The hard part is admitting to them six months later. As always, I can endure the shame.

Philadelphia Eagles promote Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator - ESPN
Juan Castillo is the new defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced on Wednesday.

Super Bowl XLV: Brett Keisel's beard the star in Texas - ESPN
The secret to the Pittsburgh Steelers' success is growing on Brett Keisel's furry face.

Bill Muir to be Kansas City Chiefs' new O-coordinator - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs promoted veteran offensive line coach Bill Muir to offensive coordinator.

AP poll: Lukewarm support for 18-game season - ESPN
Even though Americans like watching football far more than any other sport, they don't necessarily want a longer NFL season.

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith gets three-year extension - ESPN
Mike Smith, who's had a winning season in each of his three years as Falcons coach and has taken Atlanta to the playoffs twice, signed a three-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Sam Bradford: 'This next month is big' - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With a new playbook to learn and an NFL lockout possibly looming, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford might have to improvise this offseason. "If there is a lockout, I would imagine me and our wide receivers will have to get together somewhere, whether it be in Oklahoma or somewhere warmer where we can throw outside," Bradford said from ESPN's Super Bowl headquarters Thursday. "This offseason, it is too important for us not to get together and work out."