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6-16-11: Bird Droppings - Whiz Visiting Troops, Beanie Interview, QB Update

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Time for todays links, including something about Coach Whiz taking part in a USO tour, an interview with Beanie, a video from NFL Network on how Kurt Warner is the best undrafted player of all time, a Bulger/Orton update and much more.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Where Steve Breaston fits with Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The first in a series of items analyzing one player per NFC West team without a contract for 2011.

Whisenhunt To Visit The Troops
Head coach latest Cardinal to take part in NFL-USO tour

Arizona Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt excited to visit Persian Gulf
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt interrupted a family vacation at Hilton Head, S.C., on Wednesday long enough to talk about his excitement over another trip this summer. Whisenhunt is one of four present and former NFL coaches who will visit the Persian Gulf as part of the NFL-USO coaches' tour. blogs - Kent Somers - Burress, Pryor not expected to land in Arizona
I expect the Cardinals' level of interest in acquiring receiver Plaxico Burress or quarterback/receiver/whatever Terrelle Pryor is almost zero with little chance of rising.

Word From the Birds Blog - Beanie: "I’m definitely not striking out"
Running back Beanie Wells was on "The Chuck and Vince Live" show this morning on The Fan AM 1060, and while he’s obviously going to portray confidence, he also made it clear he understands his opportunities to show something — at least in Arizona — are probably dwindling.

Fitz works out with Kyle Orton but don't read into it -
The old saying is, if it's too good to be true, it probably is. That's why on Thursday when Larry Fitzgerald tweeted out, with photographic proof, that he and Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton were working out together in Minnesota, we didn't read too much into it.

Warner says football isn't everything for Bulger -
While he may not be mentioned as often as Kyle Orton or Kevin Kolb, Marc Bulger has been thrown into the pool of potential quarterbacks the Cardinals may be looking to acquire for the 2011 season.

Kurt Warner thinks Marc Bulger may not want to be a starter | ProFootballTalk
In a recent Thursday interview with KTAR radio’s Doug and Wolf show, former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner talked about the man who once upon a time replaced Warner as the starting quarterback in St. Louis. Specifically, Warner addressed whether he thinks Marc Bulger, a backup in Baltimore last season, still wants to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Beanie Wells surprised the Cardinals took a running back | ProFootballTalk
When the Cardinals drafted running back Ryan Williams in the second round in April, it sent a strong message to Beanie Wells. Taken in the first round just two year ago, Wells was supposed to be the present and future of the Cardinals backfield. Quickly he realizes he could be running out of time to prove himself.

Word From the Birds Blog - Getting patriotic with Whiz
The news came out today that coach Ken Whisenhunt will be one of four NFL coaches, present and past (Gary Kubiak and father and son Mora as well) heading to the Persian Gulf to visit U.S. military troops and help boost morale while they are over there serving our country.

NFL Videos: Top Ten Undrafted Players: Kurt Warner
Two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner is the No. 1 undrafted player of all time.

Arizona Sports News:

Diamondbacks fall further behind Giants in NL West
The ball shot off Chris Young's bat and into the corner in left field, and Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams was thinking about what it was going to take for Kelly Johnson not to score on the play. The variables ran quickly through Williams' head: Two outs. A runner who moves well. The left fielder would have to pick up it up cleanly, quickly, then hit the cutoff man, and he, in turn, would have to make another good throw home. It added up to a gamble worth taking, but it ended with an rally-killing out at the plate, squelching the Diamondbacks' best chance to tie what turned out to be a 5-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on Wednesday night.

Amar'e Stoudemire: Phoenix Suns could have won NBA championship if he stayed another year
Amar'e Stoudemire was playing the game that everyone has been playing in Phoenix ever since he left town nearly a year ago -- what if? What if Stoudemire had remained with the Suns, either through taking a lesser contract offer with Phoenix or by the Suns increasing their offer to avoid his departure to New York. Stoudemire was making a full day of marketing appearances Wednesday for Excedrin when he stopped in Manhattan and was asked what he thought about the Dallas Mavericks' championship. The answer might have a Suns fan looking for an Excedrin.

ESPN ranks Coyotes as best franchise in Arizona -
No owner? No problem. At least that's how it looks for the Phoenix Coyotes in ESPN the Magazine's eyes. As part of the publication's annual ranking of all 122 professional sports franchise in North America, the Coyotes finished 28th overall. Despite losing millions last season and a myriad off the ice issues, they were the highest among any Arizona team. The Diamondbacks weren't far behind at No. 33 with the Arizona Cardinals (No. 71) and the Phoenix Suns (No. 80) bringing up the rear.

NFL News:

Arizona Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt, Houston Texans' Gary Kubiak will visit troops on USO tour - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and the Houston Texans' Gary Kubiak will visit troops in the Persian Gulf this summer on an NFL USO tour.

Where Brandon Mebane fits with Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The third in a series of items analyzing one player per NFC West team without a contract for 2011.

Where Dashon Goldson fits with 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The second in a series of items analyzing one player per NFC West team without a contract for 2011.

Where Mark Clayton fits with the Rams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The fourth and final item in a series analyzing one player per NFC West team without a contract for 2011.

NFL Videos: Ward's Top 10 wide receivers
Find out which NFL receivers make Hines Ward's list of premier wideouts.

NFL promises to give Indy another Super Bowl if 2012 game cancelled - ESPN
The NFL wants this year's Super Bowl to go smoothly.

Madden 12 Player Traits Collection |
The Facebook page now contains all 225 images captured while at E3 displaying the new ‘Player Traits’ in Madden NFL 12 and are sorted by conference and then division and team.