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1-20-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Haley Watch

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Time for more links as we wait to find out what will happen with Haley although it is more likely that he won't be here.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Todd Haley's return to Arizona Cardinals looks doubtful
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.

Arizona Cardinals need to add Todd Haley to coaching staff
The Cardinals have a vacancy on their staff. Todd Haley is unemployed and wants to return to Arizona. The silence is striking. What are they waiting for? The 49ers are one victory away from reaching the Super Bowl. The Rams landed Jeff Fisher as their new coach. The NFC West is morphing from farce to powerhouse, with no punch-drunk opponent left inside the division. This is no time to be worrying about egos, bruised feelings and job titles. And yet there is an impasse between Haley and the Cardinals, parties that should be collaborating to avenge that Super Bowl loss in 2008.

Word From the Birds Blog - Waiting for the last coach
I know everyone is waiting to hear about the Cardinals’ vacant coaching spot, but I don’t think anything is imminent. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has been talking to candidates and with everyone in the coaching world descending on Mobile next week for the Senior Bowl — it being a place where all kinds of coaching interviews often occur — it wouldn’t be a surprise to have an interview or two occur there for the Cards either.

Chat wrap: 49ers prediction to come - NFC West Blog - ESPN
D from Phoenix thinks the Arizona Cardinals will keep their top two quarterbacks, bring back Levi Brown, draft a right tackle, draft a guard, sign a linebacker, sign a receiver and select the best player available (with less regard for position) at No. 13 overall.

Most Physical Plays of 2011
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Arizona Sports News:

ASU basketball falls to Colorado in Pac-12 Conference play
This would've been a tough task even with Trent Lockett in uniform. But with Arizona State's leading scorer and point guard injured, the Sun Devils' chances for victory Thursday night against Colorado appeared slim. But it didn't have to be this ugly. In its first Pac-12 contest against the Buffaloes, ASU pretty much gave the home team a welcome gift, struggling on both ends in a 69-54 loss at the Coors Event Center. It was so bad that coach Herb Sendek didn't stick around to see the conclusion, picking up two technical fouls and an automatic ejection with four minutes remaining.

Arizona Wildcats basketball routs Utah in Pac-12 Conference play
Arizona lost its leading scorer early in the second half, but surprisingly, the Wildcats then began to make baskets in bunches. "I thought it said a lot about our team and several of our players to turn it back around and win convincingly after we lost our guy," said Wildcats coach Sean Miller after his team overcame the ejection of Solomon Hill and whipped Utah 77-51 on Thursday night.

Phoenix Coyotes fall to Detroit Red Wings in shootout
Various factors were in play for the Coyotes against the Red Wings. Could they, specifically goaltender Mike Smith, bounce back from a lopsided loss the night before? Would they find a way to slow the potent Red Wings offense? Could they continue to be successful on home ice, where they had scored 11 games in their two previous games? And against a highly skilled cast in red and white, would someone from the blue-collar Coyotes step up in crunch time? The Coyotes were able to answer yes to most of those questions, and they salvaged a point in a 3-2 shootout loss in front of 15,067 at Arena on Thursday night.

ESPN's McShay really likes Brock Osweiler -
Many eyebrows were raised a couple of weeks ago when Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler announced he was passing up his senior season with the Sun Devils to enter the NFL Draft. Osweiler did become the first quarterback in ASU history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a single season, but the Devils lost five straight games to finish the year a disappointing 6-7 and the junior from Kalispell, Montana only has 15 career starts on his résumé. There seems to be some uncertainty as to where Osweiler could fall in the draft, but one of the foremost experts in the business, Todd McShay of ESPN and Scouts, Inc., thinks the ASU product could rise into the late first round come April.

NFL News:

Arizona products still playing in the NFL playoffs
Four teams, two games. The matchup for the 2012 Super Bowl will be determined Sunday. Indianapolis will host its first Super Bowl and the storylines are aplenty. Here are some local prospects that still have a shot at playing in the NFL's big game.

Steve Spagnuolo To Become New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator, According To Report -
Former St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo has agreed to join the New Orleans Saints as new defensive coordinator, according to Jay Glazer.

Rams, Patriots Will Meet In London During 2012 Season -
The Rams are going to be "hosting" a game in London for the next three seasons. Up first is the Patriots, who they'll play on Oct. 28 of next season.

Bruce Arians, Pittsburgh Steelers OC, Retires From Coaching -
The Steelers offense will have a new coordinator next season as Bruce Arians has informed the team he intends to retire from coaching.

Santonio Holmes Will Return To New York Jets In 2012, Owner Woody Johnson Says -
Jets owner Woody Johnson says Santonio Holmes will be back in 2012, which may not be good for Mark Sanchez's future.

Bernard Pollard not happy to talk about "pretty boy" Brady | ProFootballTalk
Bernard Pollard has started 72 games in his NFL career. But to many people, he’s just the dude that hit Tom Brady in 2008, causing a torn ACL. Now that he’s facing Brady as a member of the Ravens, Pollard is getting asked about the play.