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1-18-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - New Deals For Coaches

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Time for some links, with todays news being the announcements that a bunch of the coaches have signed new contracts. Still waiting on Haley though....

Arizona Cardinals News:

Five Assistants Sign New Deals
Coaching staff remains in place save for QB coach opening

What's up with former Arizona Cardinals tackle Lomas Brown
Former offensive tackle who spent 18 seasons in the NFL, including three with the Cardinals.

Arizona Cardinals assistant coaches on board for future
The Cardinals have re-signed all of their assistant coaches whose contracts were set to expire this year, including that of assistant head coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm. Also agreeing to contract extensions were assistants Kevin Spencer (special teams), Freddie Kitchens (tight ends), Ron Aiken (defensive line) and Tommie Robinson (running backs). Specific terms were not released. All but Robinson, who just completed his second season with the team, will be entering their sixth season with the Cardinals this year. blogs - Kent Somers - Cardinals waiting on signatures
Missing the playoffs means the Cardinals have been less active this month than they would prefer. That doesn't mean, however, that they've taken the month off. It's an important month when it comes to making changes on the coaching staff and re-signing a key player or two. Here is where the team stands on some of the key personnel issues it's pursuing:

Word From the Birds Blog - The case for Aeneas
In a few weeks (the day — Feb. 4 — before the Super Bowl), the Hall of Fame selectors will gather in a room in Indianapolis to cull the current list of 15 finalists down to a 2012 Hall of Fame class of between four and seven men. Former Cardinals star Aeneas Williams will be one of the candidates. What are his chances? It’s so hard to handicap the NFL Hall of Fame. It’s based on a vote, but unlike baseball, for instance, where more than 500 voters simply list a ballot, the NFL version has 50 writers in a room debating the merits of each candidate first before a series of votes whittles down the prospective group. And football, unlike other sports, makes it much harder to compare positions because of the nature of the game, a cornerback versus a quarterback versus a tackle versus a linebacker is the ultimate apples-oranges problem. But when you look at Williams’ numbers against the other defensive backs in the Hall of Fame, they seem to work.

Top Special Teams Plays of 2011
Cast your vote for the best special teams plays of 2011 by using the fan poll on the right side of the homepage.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Suns handed fifth straight loss by Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have the NBA's best record, but it is not because of their offense, and it would not be that way without Derrick Rose. It just looked that way Tuesday night at United Center, when the Suns allowed a Rose-less team to take uncontested shots with the regularity of warm-ups to turn the game into a no contest. Chicago had outscored its season average before the third quarter ended on its way to a 118-97 thrashing of the Suns, who have a five-game losing streak for the first time since March 2009. That improved Suns defense seems more like a UFO sighting now. The Suns have worsened defensively with each loss to the point that they allowed Chicago (13-3), the 18th-ranked scoring offense, to post a 39-point quarter as their MVP point guard rested his sprained toe for a second consecutive game.

Arizona Diamondbacks sign pitcher Joe Saunders
The Diamondbacks are bringing Joe Saunders back after all. In a surprise move, Saunders agreed to return on a one-year, $6 million contract on Tuesday, a deal that rounds out the Diamondbacks rotation and bumps their payroll up into the $80 million range.

NFL News:

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Everything After Andrew Luck Is A Mystery -
The offseason starts today for the four teams that lost in the NFL Divisional Playoffs. With a clearer picture of the draft order and prospect all-star games right around the corner, it's time to revise our 2012 NFL Mock Draft.

Jim Caldwell Fired As Indianapolis Colts Head Coach -
After going 2-14 last season, the Colts have fired head coach Jim Caldwell.

Steve Spagnuolo Interviewing With The Saints, According To Report -
The former Rams coach is reportedly interviewing with the Saints for the defensive coordinator position.

A Year Ago, Alex Smith Was Ready To Leave The 49ers For Good - From Our Editors -
If you had to pinch yourself watching Alex Smith channel Joe Montana and play the hero for the 49ers this past weekend, just imagine how it felt for his parents, Doug and Pam Smith. Almost exactly a year ago, they were petitioning their son to get the hell out of San Francisco:

Tim Tebow Suffered Torn Cartilage, Bruised Lung During Loss To Patriots -
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow suffered a chest injury against the Patriots in the AFC divisional round game, according to a report.

Jeff Fisher against the NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Fisher was 7-8 against current NFC West teams during his tenure as Titans head coach. The chart breaks down his record against Seattle, San Francisco, St. Louis and Arizona, discounting two games from 1994, before Fisher took over as coach. news: Packer backer likely regrets $240K road trip to Lambeau
Grieving Packers fans, take solace in the fact that you're not Peter Serafin. Who's Peter Serafin, you ask? Well, he's a successful New York businessman and avid Packers fan who decided to drop $240,000 on a road trip to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Giants at Lambeau Field.