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6-8-11: Bird Droppings - Fitz Wants To Stay

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Time to move on to another day of Cardinals news, today we look at Larry Fitzgerald saying that he doesn't want to leave Arizona, a look at the Cornerback situation from Urban, remembering Boomer's 500 yard game in 1996 and Hasselbeck being linked to the Cardinals.

Cardinals News:

Fitzgerald doesn't want to leave Cardinals -
The lockout has put a halt to more in the NFL than a pileup on the I-10 does to people's drive home. No free agency, no trades, and no team workouts. That doesn't mean Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald isn't still all business despite none of it getting done around the league.

Fitzgerald eases fears while giving away leverage -
Larry Fitzgerald knows the Arizona Cardinals need to improve. After going 5-11 last season, so does everyone else. However, as has often been a theme of this off-season, concerns that today's decisions could affect the Pro Bowler's future in Arizona were brought up. Fitzgerald, though, pretty much said the plan is to stay in Arizona.

Larry Fitzgerald is more than a football player -
Larry Fitzgerald is known for a lot of things, such as his amazing ability to snatch footballs from the air like a frog grabs a fly, his long flowing hair and his affable nature. One thing Fitzgerald doesn't get nearly enough attention for is the great work he does for charities across the country.

Looking At The Cornerbacks
DRC, Toler, Peterson provide the potential of great trio

Why were Cardinals QBs running for their lives? -
If it seemed like Cardinals QBs were constantly running for their lives last season, your eyes deceived you a little bit. But not much. According to ProFootballFocus, Arizona ranked 22nd in the NFL in pressure-per-passing play, with a rush coming 39.25% of the time.

Word From the Birds Blog - Avoiding sacks
The website posted a study yesterday about different ways teams handled pass-rush pressure last year and how it broke down in terms of "blame" for the offensive line, other skill positions when blocking and on the quarterback (Kent Somers broke it down further in terms of the Cardinals here.) The Cardinals actually weren’t as low as some might expect — 22nd in terms of pressure per play in the NFL, 23rd with the offensive line allowing pressure per play and, somewhat surprisingly, only 10th when it came to "QB-invited" pressures. It’s worth noting that the worst team in the NFL in allowing pressures per play was Pittsburgh at more than 50 percent of the time. The Steelers, who just happened to make the Super Bowl. It goes to show that a) Ben Roethlisberger probably makes more plays with his feet than anything and b) a good quarterback changes the equation with things like this.

Word From the Birds Blog - Revisionist History: Boomer’s 522-yard day
Back in 1996, the Cards – again – were searching for a quarterback. Vince Tobin had taken over for Buddy Ryan as coach, and the Cards cleaned house at the most important position. They signed Kent Graham, who had limited experience in his first three seasons with the New York Giants. And for their other option, they also plucked a New York QB – Jets castoff Boomer Esiason, who seemed to be on his last legs after a stellar career with the Bengals and Jets. Indeed, Esiason didn’t show enough to stay on the field, losing the first three starts and his job to Graham. Graham played decently as a starter but then hurt his knee. Esiason was back in the lineup, and for a brief time, he recaptured some of his previous magic. None more than an early November game in Washington, when the Cards pulled off a 37-34 overtime win and Esiason threw for a stunning 522 yards – one of the most prolific efforts in NFL history. (It was and still is the third-most in NFL annals, behind the 554 the Rams’ Norm Van Brocklin piled up in a 1951 game and the 527 Warren Moon had for the Oilers in a 1990 game.) blogs - Kent Somers - A typical lockout practice
I visited Scottsdale Community College this morning to watch a mixture of Cardinals players, some from other teams and some free agents go through a two-hour workout. There were about 20 players in attendance, mostly quarterbacks and receivers. Defenders get little or nothing from these sessions, so many of those players are working out at other places. Of those 20 players, only a handful were Cardinals. Three Cardinals quarterbacks were there: John Skelton, Richard Bartel and Max Hall. A handful of receivers worked out: Andre Roberts, Stephen Williams and Isaiah Williams.

Word From the Birds Blog - Wrapping up
As we continue to search for things to ponder football-wise while hoping the current labor talks evolve into an end of the lockout, another Football Outsiders breakdown brings us the subject of broken tackles on the defensive side for 2010. The Cards had a handful of players show up on the list.

Are the Cardinals at the top of Hasselbeck's list? -
Who will lineup under center for the Arizona Cardinals? It's a question that has been asked more times than "what's the meaning of life?" with even less clarity on what the answer actually is. Wednesday Sports Illustrated's Peter King took his shot at shedding some light on that quandry and brought up a familiar name. Seattle Seahawks' signal caller Matthew Hasselbeck.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks lose lead late, lose to Pittsburgh Pirates
There was a late-game rally and quality relief work, a gritty and inspiring comeback like many the Diamondbacks had pulled off already this season. Only this time, it didn't belong to them, but to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and it was the Diamondbacks who shuffled back to their clubhouse, stunned by the taste of their own medicine in an 8-5 loss at PNC Park.

ASU softball sweeps Florida to win national championship
Annie Lockwood and Alix Johnson have been living this fairy tale for a while. "We sit and we say to each other almost every night this is a dream, and we're going to wake up in like an hour and look at each other and be, 'Well that was fun,' " Lockwood said. "I think we're both kind of in shock that it actually happened. I think we're all still waiting to be pinched and woken up because it's so ... dream-like." Arizona State might need a little pixie dust to come down from this high. The Sun Devils' dream of winning a national championship came to fruition Tuesday night after beating Florida 7-2 at the Women's College World Series.

Phoenix Coyotes trade negotiating rights of Ilya Bryzgalov
Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov's performance the past two regular seasons with the Coyotes catapulted him to the top of the 2011 NHL free-agency class. His play also raised his financial expectations, leading to demands far above what the Coyotes were willing to meet. On Tuesday, the Coyotes moved on, trading the rights of the 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Some ideas to help struggling Diamondbacks fans -
As the Diamondbacks embark on a road trip it gives us a chance to take stock in what we have. The team is contending for the NL West crown, there are a few legitimate All-Star candidates, they have a solid foundation of youth and, unfortunately, some struggling fans.

NFL News:

Source: NFL owners, players have secret meeting in New York - ESPN
The NFL and its players have again held secret talks, this time Tuesday at a New York City hotel, a source told ESPN.

No consensus on what kind of pro Terrelle Pryor would be | ProFootballTalk
With Terrelle Pryor now done at Ohio State and just hoping there’s a place for him in the NFL in 2011, no one is quite sure what to make of Pryor’s pro prospects. For starters, although Pryor is seen as likely to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft, we don’t even know for sure if there will be a supplemental draft for him to enter. And if there is a supplemental draft and Pryor does enter it, we don’t know if any teams will view Pryor as worth spending a 2012 draft pick to acquire.