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6-29-11: Bird Droppings - Ike Taylor And Peterson

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Time for some links, today there is a little link on how PP7 might not start right away (something that a lot of us expect) and another link on Ike Taylor. And now, I'm going to get back to watching the D-Backs game.

Arizona Cardinals News

Could Patrick Peterson not start for the Arizona Cardinals -
The NFL lockout has stressed everyone in the NFL. Yet, it may cause even more stress to teams with new coaches and coordinators. The Arizona Cardinals are among these teams and new Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton admits his defense may take some time for the players to learn. "There's a tremendous learning curve," Horton said in an interview with the team's website prior to the lockout. "We have found in Pittsburgh that very few rookies start because the system is so complicated and very few start on the back end because if the defensive backs make a mistake it's a touchdown. So there is a learning curve and with no potential offseason, that's going to put us behind the 8 ball." While learning curves may be perfectly normal and acceptable, Cardinals fans may have reason to worry about Horton's reluctance to start rookies in the secondary. After all, the Cardinals did invest their first round pick, fifth overall, on LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Tap the breaks on Ike Taylor talk -
Maybe I'm just in a surly, anti-Pittsburgh mood after hearing of a planned celebration in the Steel City for Dancing with the Stars winner Hines Ward. Or maybe I'm just being a contrarian. Tap the brakes a little bit on the talk the Cardinals should pursue Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor.

Word From the Birds Blog - Revisionist History: Denny’s thoughts on the Bears
What I remember most is that it seemed to come out of nowhere. Before the tirade that let everyone remember Denny Green was who we thought he was, we had already gone through five or six minutes of his postgame press conference on that fateful Monday night. It had been an ugly ending, but Denny – who usually was grumpy with an edge after losses – seemed calm, almost shell shocked as the questions came. Then came the query that set him off, a question that should have led Denny to a good place – one about what the Cards saw in the Bears’ offense that allowed the defense to dominate and forced QB Rex Grossman into six turnovers. Like a boulder rolling downhill, Green started slow and as the anger built, the response grew into its epic ending, when Green bellowed how the Cards "let ‘em off the hook!"

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks' Wily Mo Pena hits walk-off pinch homer to beat Cleveland Indians
Daniel Hudson did a little bit of everything. Closer J.J. Putz did not do enough. And it was Wily Mo Pena to the rescue. Pena hit a two-run pinch-hit home run with two outs in the ninth innings to give the Diamondbacks a 6-4 win over the Indians in front of 27,076 on Tuesday night at Chase Field. The win snapped a three-game losing streak.

Phoenix Mercury struggle on road vs. Indiana Fever
The Mercury can't figure out how to handle Jessica Davenport. Indiana's 6-foot-5 center scored a career-high 25 points to help the Fever beat the Mercury 91-86 on Tuesday night. Davenport's previous career high of 20 points came on June 19 at Phoenix.

Former ASU wrestler Anthony Robles to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at 2011 ESPYs
Weeks before his death from cancer in 1993, Jim Valvano spoke these moving words as an honoree at the first ESPY Awards: "Don't give up! Don't ever give up!" Anthony Robles, who embodied that spirit every time he hopped onto a wrestling mat, is working on a speech of his own. Born with no right leg, Robles won the NCAA 125-pound title in March to cap a 36-0 senior year at Arizona State. On July 13 in Los Angeles, he will receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2011 ESPYs.

NFL News:

Lockout: Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith brief rookies, return to NFL talks - ESPN
Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith have talked to NFL rookies attending a symposium, and are flying back to Minneapolis together to resume negotiations in the four-month old labor dispute.

NFC West heading for December duels - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The chart shows how many division games each NFL team plays at various points during the season.

To blitz or not to blitz? That is the question - NFC West Blog - ESPN
My 9-year-old son scored a touchdown against me in "Madden 11" recently when he called a screen pass against my blitz. Mistakes happen in real football, too. NFC West teams had their share of live-and-learn moments to go with their successes when sending extra pressure against opposing offenses last season.

Goodell, Smith and rookie players' wallets - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Two quick thoughts on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's appearance alongside players union chief DeMaurice Smith at the would-be rookie symposium Wednesday:

Best of NFL: NFC West players - NFC West Blog - ESPN
As part of Best of the NFL Week on, here are five bests for the NFC West:

Best of NFL: NFC West coaches - NFC West Blog - ESPN
As part of Best of the NFL Week on, here are five bests for the NFC West:

The Terrell Owens Injury, And Why Drew Rosenhaus Is A Magician -
Despite news of Terrell Owens' ACL injury, his agent Drew Rosenhaus says that TO won't retire. Instead, he could be ready by opening day of the 2011 season. The magician has done it again, folks.