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1-19-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Haley Watch

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Time for todays links, which include two different views on what will happen with Haley.

Also some fun with a rumor about Peyton Manning retiring.

Arizona Cardinals News: blogs - Kent Somers - Looking doubtful that Haley will return
Todd Haley wants to return to Arizona to work for the Cardinals. The Cardinals are interested in bringing him back. But it's becoming more likely every day that Haley's next job will be elsewhere.

Todd Haley to Arizona as QB coach? -
It appears Todd Haley may return to the Cardinals after all, just not as offensive coordinator.

Newest mock has Cardinals taking Stanford tackle -
The Cardinals have the 13th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and many think the team will be looking for offensive line help when they make their selection.

Larry Fitzgerald still catches everything in sight -
Larry Fitzgerald's hands are the stuff of legend. His ability to catch most anything thrown his way is well documented, and even commercialized by a popular breakfast food chain. Fitzgerald is coming off a season that saw him record 80 catches for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns -- a down year, compared to others he's produced -- but still, one worth of a Pro Bowl spot. ProFootballFocus released its list of players with the fewest drops in the NFL, and the Cards' star came in eighth with just three.

Word From the Birds Blog - Toler’s road back
Following the update on the rehab of running back Ryan Williams, I also had a chance to catch up to the Cards’ other key figure who lost the season because of injury: cornerback Greg Toler. Toler tore his ACL in the third preseason game against the Chargers, the first major injury he had ever suffered.

Word From the Birds Blog - Offensive Lining up options early on
Sometimes, all signs point to a blog post. So you see a handful of assistant coaches re-signing — including offensive line coach Russ Grimm — and then Mel Kiper unveiling his first-of-the-season mock first round — with the Cards taking Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin — and then some Twitter talk about expected-free-agents-to-be like Carl Nicks and Ben Grubbs — a pair of upper echelon guards — and two weeks gone apparently means it’s time to revisit for the first of many.

2012 Kiper mock 1.0: Cardinals thoughts - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mel Kiper's first mock draft Insider for 2012 provides the foundation for discussing how NFC West teams might proceed this offseason. I'll continue with a look at Kiper's plans for the Arizona Cardinals, who hold the 13th choice.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Suns end 5-game losing streak with win over New York Knicks
Steve Nash had 26 points and 11 assists, Shannon Brown hit a crucial 3-pointer that was as ugly as this game, and the Phoenix Suns snapped a five-game losing streak with a 91-88 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. Brown and Grant Hill each scored 14 points for the Suns, who bounced back from an embarrassing 118-97 loss to a Chicago team without Derrick Rose a night earlier. They got help with a lucky bounce on Brown's 3-pointer from the corner that nearly hit the top of the backboard before falling in that gave them a five-point lead with 35 seconds left, and Nash closed it out with six free throws in the last 16 seconds. Former Suns forward Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight.

Phoenix Coyotes get routed by Anaheim Ducks on road
Francois Beauchemin tied a career high with two goals, Jonas Hiller stopped 25 shots, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-2 on Wednesday night.

NFL News:

Rob Lowe Reports Peyton Manning To Retire, Internet Happy For Distraction - From Our Editors -
On this Wikipedia-less day, it's hard to know where to turn as a nation for all of our facts. In the face of the unknown, there is still one source that burns bright and will never kowtow to government regulation. Rob Lowe. So when Rob Lowe tweets that Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning is retiring, by God America, you take that as gospel.

Jim Irsay Fires Back At Rob Lowe, Leaves Jaws Agape - From Our Editors -
Because whatever this is needed to get even weirder, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay dignified Rob Lowe's "report" that Peyton Manning will retire with a response ... kind of. Because this is Irsay and because he uses Twitter in his own special way, the response wasn't quite a denial, but it was just plain off-the-wall.

Peyton Manning’s agent, father shoot down retirement rumor | ProFootballTalk
We’ve established that Rob Lowe is buddies with Colts owner Jim Irsay. That doesn’t necessarily mean Lowe has the inside scoop about a possible Peyton Manning retirement. Two of the men that are closest to Manning shot down the rumor that Lowe started.

LaDanian Tomlinson On Jets' Environment: 'As Bad As I've Ever Been Around' - From Our Editors -
After the New York Jets missed the playoffs for the first time under head coach Rex Ryan, anonymous Jets players assailed the work ethic of third-year quarterback Mark Sanchez in the New York Daily News. In an interview that will air on Wednesday night's "Inside the NFL" program on Showtime, Jets running back LaDianian Tomlinson, who recently completed his 11th season in the NFL, says that the drama within the Jets' locker room was the worst he's seen in his career.

Terrell Owens Announces He's Joining IFL's Allen Wranglers -
Terrell Owens is, apparently back in football. On Wednesday evening, Owens hopped on something called beeyoo to release a video to his fans, announcing his next career move. But he won't be in a Dallas Cowboys uniform, or any other NFL uniform this time around. Owens is joining the Allen Wranglers of the IFL.

Dez Bryant, Lil Wayne And The Weirdest Report Of The Day - From Our Editors -
Remember that report about Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant being detained after an altercation at a club on Sunday? By itself, it's not that huge of a deal -- Bryant was never arrested, only detained. But can I interest you in the fun details? Let's toss Lil Wayne into the mix:

Important News: Area Man To Eat Pizza With Giant Quarterback - From Our Editors -
Certainly the day's most important football news waits for you in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. A pizza eating contest is one thing for a man to undertake. A pizza contest where a mere mortal attempts to tackle (football puns!) a head-to-head matchup with Jared Lorenzen, the Hefty Lefty himself.