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7-1-11: Bird Droppings - Lockout, QBs, Worst Moments

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As we go into the first day of July, todays links look at some QB updates, news on the lockout, and a look at some of the worst moments in Cardinals history (I consider the games where the person in the picture for this post played to be one of them).

Arizona Cardinals News:

Kolb has best chance of being the 'guy' for Cards -
No one has the answer as to what the Arizona Cardinals will do for a quarterback once the NFL lockout is lifted. Sports 620 KTAR's Ron Wolfley thinks he has a pretty good idea what should happen though.

Weight watcher: Patrick Peterson slimmer - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Patrick Peterson's cell connection was breaking up during his conversation with The Fan AM 1060 in Phoenix, but the Arizona Cardinals' rookie cornerback is getting the message loud and clear, it appears. Peterson, selected fifth overall in the 2011 NFL draft, said he has dropped weight and plans to play at 212 pounds, about 10 pounds lighter than his weight at LSU.

Player's view: Lockout's vulnerable victims - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals fullback Jason Wright entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2004. He played for the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns before signing with Arizona for the 2009 season. His lockout-related thoughts follow:

NFL: Arizona safety Adrian Wilson is under pressure in 2011 - ESPN
Like so many Arizona Cardinals players, Adrian Wilson needs to step up his play from last year. The Cardinals were awful at quarterback -- a situation that could be improved in the coming weeks -- and the offense often put Arizona's defense in difficult situations. But talented playmakers like Wilson, Darnell Dockett and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie also let this team down.

Darnell Dockett talks Kevin Kolb rumors -
Kevin Kolb rumors aren't just for media and fans anymore. Arizona Cardinals players are getting in on the action and starting to publicly wonder just what will happen. On Friday Darnell Dockett took time away from tweeting about Oprah and traffic stops to address the Cardinals quarterback conundrum.

Analyst: Bulger still has 'fire' to start -
As the Cardinals rumor mill churns out more Kolb-to-Cardinals stories, one analyst said that another Cardinals-linked quarterback still has "the fire to play as a starter". That quarterback is Marc Bulger.

Rethinking role, strengths for Adrian Wilson - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The conventional book on Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson might need some revision. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. explains why in an Insider piece resetting expectations for one of 11 players since 1982 with at least 20 sacks and 20 interceptions. Williamson sees Wilson as better than advertised in coverage and not as strong against the run as one might expect given Wilson's strong physical presence. He expects Wilson's role to change under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, hired from the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.

Chat wrap: From Okung to 'Camp Alex' - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Shane from Los Angeles wants to know whether the Arizona Cardinals have one of the NFL's strongest secondaries on paper after drafting Patrick Peterson in the first round.

Cards’ "worst moment" came after one of franchise’s best | ProFootballTalk
It’s the St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals’ turn under the "worst moments" microscope. We start way back in 1987, the first year of the relevant window, when the Cardinals were still in Missouri. It then continues through Phoenix and Arizona and all they way up to 2010. And, yes, it peaks when the Cardinals were tantalizingly close to the pinnacle of pro football.

The real worst moments in Arizona Cardinals history -
Dear Mike Florio, I understand just how difficult it is to run a website. I also know how difficult it is to do so with snarky humor that connects with your readers. But sir, that is no excuse to mail in a performance that can only be described as very Nic Cage-esque (if you saw Drive Angry -- which I assume you didn't -- you'd know exactly what I mean). The piece I'm taking issue with is one that is near and dear to my heart, the top five -- wait you guys didn't quite make it that far -- the top four most miserable Cardinals moments since 1987.

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Arizona Sports News:

Glendale backs regional bid to snare 2015 Super Bowl
Glendale is throwing its support behind a regional bid to bring Super Bowl XLIX to the city in 2015.

NFL News:

Sources: Optimism waning, latest NFL talks trending 'backwards' - ESPN
Optimism is waning after four consecutive days of negotiations between NFL owners and players and was described as trending "backwards," player sources told ESPN. Player sources said owners have reneged on a simplified formula that would have given players 48 percent of all revenue.

NFL lockout sides meet for 2 hours, to return next week - ESPN
The labor negotiating teams led by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and players' association chief DeMaurice Smith met for a couple of hours Friday morning and will return to the table next week.

It may be time for Eighth Circuit, Judge Doty to issue rulings | ProFootballTalk
Forgotten in the four-plus weeks of two-days-or-so-per-week talks has been the fact that two courts are holding in their back pockets (if black robes indeed have pockets) rulings that could potentially alter in significant ways the dynamics of the negotiations.

Sense of urgency apparently has arrived, but will it last? | ProFootballTalk
When the NFL and the NFLPA* embarked on their recent strategy of weekly negotiations, which began secretly but have become increasingly less so, the fact that the parties were together only two days or so per week wasn’t particularly troubling. After all, communications could continue to occur in other formats when the two sides weren’t in the same room. Besides, at that point any meetings were better than the previous pattern of no meetings.

Report: Week of July 10 is the new target | ProFootballTalk
June 30 has come and gone, and like the guy who predicted the rapture I need to pick a new date on which an agreement in principle will be reached. I’m not yet prepared to do that, but Judy Battista of the New York Times reports that three people who have been briefed on the status of the talks believe that, while a deal could come in the next 10 days, the "better chance" for resolution will come during the week of July 10. news: Tweet this: Tuck criticizes McCoy for online stab at Umenyiora
LeSean McCoy might regret his twit-icism of Osi Umenyiora. The New York Giants certainly seem unlikely to forget about it when they see McCoy and his Philadelphia Eagles this season. Justin Tuck became the latest Giant to defend his teammate, saying the team will take McCoy calling Umenyiora "soft" personally when they play Sept. 25 and Nov. 20 and adding that Twitter "has made people cowards."

NFL Videos: Top 100: Top 10 snubs
Which players not voted in the top 10 deserve to be there? "NFL Total Access" debates.

(Featuring Larry Fitzgerald)

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis praises Alex Smith, but says quarterback is 'on his last straw' - ESPN
San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis believes the NFL lockout has been good for Alex Smith but he said the veteran quarterback is on his last straw with the team.