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9-29-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Prep For New York

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Time for some links about getting ready for the Giants, busted noses, and Warner's thoughts on our new QB.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Kolb Thinking Giant(s)
Notebook: QB took "step back" in Seattle; Beanie limited in comeback practice

Hitting Fitz
Cards continue to try to find ways to get ball to Pro Bowl wideout

Cardinals' Darnell Dockett adjusting to Ray Horton's defense
There were times in the past few years, Darnell Dockett said, that when a coach walked up to the grease board, Dockett felt like pulling down the eyelids. "I was just sittin' feeling like 'OK, I'll go take a nap right now. I know all this stuff,' " Dockett said. Not now. The Cardinals have a new defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, who has different ideas on how he wants the defensive-end position played. It's been an adjustment for Dockett and Calais Campbell, the Cardinals' two starters.

Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald to match up with former teammate Antrel Rolle
Over the past two seasons, Giants safety Antrel Rolle's weekly radio appearances have earned him some private time with coach Tom Coughlin. But Rolle's nose, not his mouth, will be the focus of Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Fitzgerald and Rolle, former teammates here, have a running joke that Fitzgerald owes Rolle a busted nose.

Kurt Warner says it takes a year to get comfortable in an offense -
Since he played for three different teams over the course of his career, you could say Kurt Warner knows a thing or two about learning a new offense. So Cardinals fans can trust his insight on what to expect from new quarterback Kevin Kolb as the former Eagle goes through the learning process in Arizona. "I'm a firm believer that you need a full year with any particular system to get 100 percent comfortable with the nuances of that system," Warner told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf. The current NFL Network analyst had some tips for Kolb as well.

Kevin Kolb, Ken Whisenhunt differ on QB's evaluation -
Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt and quarterback Kevin Kolb both had their media briefings after practice Wednesday, but they had two different stories to tell.

Beanie Wells improving, Cardinals hope to have him back -
Beanie Wells sat out against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday as a precautionary move to prevent him from doing any further damage to his injured hamstring. Some people say Wells should have toughed it out and played, but the Cardinals thought they would be better off having a healthy Wells in their next matchup against the New York Giants.

Dockett learning, Cardinals defense is improving -
A defensive captain, Darnell Dockett undoubtedly takes it personal when the Cardinals struggle to stop opposing offenses. So, after two games saw the Cardinals give up yards aplenty, holding the Seahawks to just 13 points could be seen as a victory, except for the fact that Arizona lost the game. So while improvement may be happening now, Dockett said the team is running out of time to get wins, too.

Larry Fitzgerald knows offense must improve -
The Cardinals offense had trouble moving the ball Sunday in Seattle, especially when the team got the ball into Seahawks territory. Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who caught the teams only touchdown, believes the offense needs to improve.

Word From the Birds Blog - Fitz, Rolle and a busted nose (plus Dockett’s tickets)
The Cardinals drafted Antrel Rolle a year after Larry Fitzgerald and Darnell Dockett, and all three grew up professionally in Arizona. They stayed together until after the 2009 season, when Rolle was cut thanks to a gigantic payday for the final season on his contract looming. Rolle used the resulting free agency to sign with the New York Giants, and will play his former team for the first time Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. "I met a lot of friends," Rolle said. "The people out there and the friendly atmosphere, it was just a great place to be." One of those friends is Fitz, who laughed Wednesday when talking about the long history he had with Rolle, dating before they became pro teammates. When the two played against each other for the first time in college — in 2002, when Rolle’s Miami Hurricanes beat Fitz’s Pitt Panthers, 28-21 — Rolle sent Fitzgerald off at one point with a bloody nose.

Scout's take: Where Kolb, Cardinals stand - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kevin Kolb and the Arizona Cardinals must be doing something right.

2011 Cardinals Week 3: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things I noticed while watching the Arizona Cardinals during their 13-10 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3:

Word From the Birds Blog - After three, the tight end matters
We’ve covered some of this ground before, but if there is any question about the change in tight ends for the Cardinals and its impact on the offense, try this one on for size: After three games, the Cards’ tight ends — which right now means Jeff King and Todd Heap — have already gained 206 yards receiving. Last year, the Cardinals’ tight ends as a whole gained 210 yards for the entire season.

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: Depth at running back remains the biggest injury variable for the Cardinals heading into Week 4. Beanie Wells hopes to return from the hamstring injury that sidelined him against Seattle. Hamstring injuries are notoriously difficult to manage, however. Returning too soon can put a player at heightened risk for a setback with long-term ramifications. The extent to which Wells practices late in the week should be telling. He was limited Wednesday. Chester Taylor started against Seattle, but Alfonso Smith was the primary back. Fellow running back and return specialist LaRod Stephens-Howling, recovering from a hand injury, also missed the Seattle game. He has only two kickoff returns this season. After three games last season, he had 13 returns for 351 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals also miss what he brought to the offense as a situational player. On defense, linebacker Daryl Washington returned from his calf injury against Seattle.

Cards Daily: Offense Looks to Bounce Back
After struggling in Seattle, the Cardinals offense looks to bounce back against the Giants on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Cardinals Underground - NYG Preview
Paul Calvisi, Darren Urban, and Damien Anderson talk about the Cardinals loss to the Seahawks and look ahead to Sunday's match-up with the Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium. Anderson fills in for Ron Wolfley.

Arizona Sports News:

Diamondbacks to play Brewers in NLDS after loss to Dodgers
They might have lost out on home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but the Diamondbacks swear they'll never lose their edge. That was evident once again in front of 41,791 at Chase Field on Wednesday night when they nearly duplicated another improbable comeback before eventually falling 7-5 to the Dodgers to wrap up the regular season. Now it's on to Milwaukee for the start of the National League Division Series against the Brewers. Games 1 and 2 are Saturday and Sunday at Miller Park in the best-of-five series.

NFL News:

2011 Rams Week 3: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things I noticed while watching the St. Louis Rams' 37-7 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3:

2011 Seahawks Week 3: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things I noticed while watching the Seattle Seahawks' 13-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3:

Michael Vick Latest To Criticize Michael Vick For Complaining - From Our Editors -
By now you've seen the New York Post cover that featured Michael Vick in a bib and with a bottle following his complaints about the referees in last weekend's Philadelphia Eagles - New York Giants game. Vick has seen it as well and, well, now he kinda agrees with it.

Tommie Harris Signed By Chargers; Bob Sanders Is Placed On IR -
The Chargers placed S Bob Sanders on IR and signed DT Tommie Harris on Wednesday.

Steve Slaton Claimed By Miami Dolphins Off Waiver Wire -
The Houston Texans waived RB Steve Slaton on Tuesday and he didn't make it all the way through the waiver wire as the Miami Dolphins claimed him, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Some suggested the Arizona Cardinals would be interested but it was the Dolphins who got him.

Donnie Avery Joins Titans After Kenny Britt Goes On IR -
The Titans brought in Donnie Avery after they officially placed Kenny Britt on IR.

Detroit Police Looking To Force Booty Lounge Out Of Business - From Our Editors -
The Detroit Lions win a couple games and nobody gets to enjoy a stripper-mobile during tailgates. The Booty Lounge, as it's called, is a rolling strip club that sets up shop near Ford Field before Lions games, and has caught the eye of the Detroit police, who have now vowed to shut the "establishment" down. The strong statement from Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr comes on the heels of a local news investigation, which was somehow necessary to realize a giant bus named "Booty Lounge" was a mobile strip club.