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9-24-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - The Day Before, D-Backs Win The West

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We are almost at gameday, and hopefully the Cards will be able to beat down the Seahawks.

In other Arizona Sports news, the Diamondbacks won the NL West last night and celebrated with tons of champagne spraying and pool jumping. Hopefully their victory is a good omen for the Cardinals to get a win tomorrow night, and hopefully for all of the other Arizona teams about to play as well.

Arizona Cardinals News:

A New Role For Dockett, Campbell
Notebook: Horton scales back expectations; Rice returns for Seattle

Cardinals' Beanie Wells confident in hamstring for Sunday's game
Judging from the way he sprinted out of the Cardinals' locker room on Friday, it's safe to assume Beanie Wells' hamstring is just fine. Wells was running late for a live television interview with ESPN on the other side of the team's practice facility, but he stiffed-armed his way past reporters to easily make it on time. Will he be able to give it a full go come Sunday when the Cardinals (1-1) play their NFC West Division opener at the Seahawks (0-2)? "Yeah, definitely," Wells said after his ESPN spot.

Cardinals going with simpler defensive schemes for now
"They were embarrassed." That's what Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton said his players told him earlier this week after losing 22-21 to the Washington Redskins and then finding out Horton's defensive schemes would be scaled back for Sunday's game at Seattle. "They were embarrassed and they were mad we're cutting back," Horton said Friday. "They said, 'Coach, don't do that to us.' I'm like, 'Well, as we learn, we'll put it back in.' "We're trying to make them not think and play fast so, yeah, we've cut down some things, the complicated things out of the package." Most of the problems through two weeks, Horton said, can be traced to poor communication on the field. But he also acknowledged he's thrown a lot at players who have never experienced the nuances of his overall system.

Word From the Birds Blog - Friday before the Seahawks
The Cardinals are 1-1. They need to win this game in Seattle. The Seahawks are reeling after just two weeks, and frankly, just don’t have the talent. They have faced two pretty good defenses – the 49ers are still good on that side of the ball – but the Cards’ defense needs to make this a game where it comes out feeling better about itself.

ESPN insider believes Cards defense key against Seahawks -
The Arizona Cardinals head into Week 3 with a big divisional match-up against the reigning NFC West division champion Seattle Seahawks. One ESPN insider believes this game is ripe for the taking for the Cardinals.

Plenty of game-time decisions for Cardinals on Sunday -
The Cardinals could get some of their injured players back Sunday. Both running back Larod Stephens-Howling and linebacker Daryl Washington missed last week's game with injuries suffered in Week 1. Stephens-Howling has a hand injury while Washington dealing with a calf injury. Both will be game-time decisions, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt is hopeful that both will be available for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Cards DC Ray Horton says Dockett finally figured it out -
Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton met with the media on Friday for his weekly session but this time what he had to say was a bit different. Horton said Darnell Dockett came to him on Wednesday and said something clicked this week.

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks scouting report
Kent Somers breaks down Sunday's Week 3 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle.

XTRA910 audio: NFC West Week 3 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Passing along: audio from my weekly Friday conversation with Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki on XTRA Sports 910 AM in Phoenix.

ESPN Insider says Cardinals are worst defense in the NFL -
ESPN football analyst Ron Jaworski joined Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Friday, and the Cardinals' defense came up as a topic of conversation. Has the Monday Night Football host seen a worse defense in the NFL?

ESPN Insider: 'Beanie Wells of the outstanding running backs in the NFL' -
Cardinals running back Beanie Wells has run his way into the national conversation about the top running backs in the NFL. ESPN's Ron Jaworski spoke highly of the three-year veteran to Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo. blogs - Kent Somers - Beanie's wheels
Running back Beanie Wells appeared on The Big Red Rage radio show last night and said his hamstring injury was no big deal. Coaches wanted to rest him. That's what Wells also tweeted, sort of, yesterday, saying he just needed to give his wheels a rest, maybe change a flat. That was interpreted by some to mean he would definitely play on Sunday.

Word From the Birds Blog - Beanie decision comes game day
It what is no surprise, coach Ken Whisenhunt said running back Beanie Wells — who had hamstring issues Thursday at practice — will be a game-day decision in Seattle. The official injury report is still to come, but Wells said he did go through some work Friday. Whisenhunt said part of the week of work was getting newcomer and veteran Chester Taylor more reps, so there is a comfort level if Wells cannot go. "We wanted to be conservative as opposed to injuring it so Chester got a lot of reps," Whisenhunt said. "It’s doing well," Wells said. "It got a little tight yesterday so we decided to let it calm down a little bit," adding "I don’t think I’ll be limited at all if I play Sunday."

2011 Cardinals Week 2: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things I noticed while watching the Arizona Cardinals' 22-21 defeat to the Washington Redskins in Week 2:

Cards Daily: Building on Beanie's Early Success
The Cardinals are hoping to build on the early season success of RB Beanie Wells. Wells is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Seattle with a hamstring issue, and is considered a game time decision.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks clinch NL West championship
The Diamondbacks were chomping at the bit to celebrate. There was Gerardo Parra pumping his fists continuously in the seventh inning as he watched from behind the plate as Paul Goldschmidt tied the game scoring on Chris Young's double. There was Ryan Roberts bouncing his way from home plate to the dugout after he scored the go-ahead run and Justin Upton followed him in on Goldschmidt's two-out, eighth-inning triple. Three Giants out later, there was everyone celebrating a National League West championship under the glow of fireworks on Chase Field's infield Friday night. The Diamondbacks clinched their first division title since 2007, justly polishing off their shocking summer-long ride by making reigning champ San Francisco take the 3-1 loss and watch the party in the stands and on the field from the visitors dugout.

Diamondbacks party with champagne, pool at Chase Field
The Diamondbacks entertain like no other team and can celebrate like no other team, too. Their bullpen came up with the plan this week to turn their National League West title into a pool party should they clinch at home. The Diamondbacks showered each other in champagne and beer while wearing matching T-shirts and caps in a plastic-coated clubhouse like any other team. Then, about 20 of the Diamondbacks emerged from the Chase Field home dugout again to head for right field. One by one, they climbed the outfield wall to rinse off the Gloria Ferrer Va de Vi champagne with pool water.

Arizona Diamondbacks acquire LHP Mike Zagurski, designate RHP Esmerling Vasquez
The Diamondbacks announced Friday that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Mike Zagurski from the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later and designated right-handed pitcher Esmerling Vasquez for assignment, according to General Manager Kevin Towers.

Phoenix Suns lose two preseason games, probably more because of league cancellations
The postponement of NBA training camps and cancellation of a week of preseason games likely means more than the Suns missing out on a week in San Diego and two exhibition games. With an expectation that it will take two weeks to hammer out a new collective-bargaining agreement even when a verbal accord is reached, the best-case scenario for NBA fans is that a deal can be made to salvage Nov. 1 opening night.

NFL News:

What would Pete Carroll complain about? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Any sort of front-office tension in Seattle is big news for the Seahawks given the problems experienced between former coach Mike Holmgren and former team executives. A report from Pro Football Weekly suggesting new problems afoot deserves a closer look.