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12/19 Arizona Cardinals news: Young players, offensive line improvement, goodbye quarterbacks

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Word From the Birds Blog | Working on the offensive line
The Cardinals used their fifth different starting offensive line this past weekend, and that doesn’t include missing Levi Brown since the preseason. And things, right now, have been a little better. Part of that is some improvement by the rookie tackles.

Arizona Cardinals can’t afford to swing and miss again

It was an impressive feat for a community long dogged for its fickle fan base but also a message to an organization in danger of destroying all this goodwill: Their supporters won’t stick around forever.

Arizona Cardinals see growth in young players

Arizona Cardinals see growth in young players,The Cardinals will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season, so 2012 has not been a year of growth for the franchise. But it has for some of the team’s more talented young players, who gradually have begun to take over a leadership role.

Arizona Cardinals feeling optimistic with victory in hand

"We’re close to being a great team," defensive tackle Calais Campbell said after Sunday’s 38-10 romp and stomp over the visiting Detroit Lions.

Rashad Johnson making mark for Cardinals -

The Arizona Cardinals defense is loaded with big names and impact players like Darnell Dockett, Patrick Peterson, Calais Campbell, Daryl Washington and Adrian Wilson, making it hard for others to stand out.

NFL insiders believe Kevin Kolb likely done in Arizona -

Until a decision is made with regards to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb, his future will very much be open to speculation.


Mark Sanchez has New York Jets among teams needing new QB -

What's the perfect antidote for the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez problem? Former San Francisco 49ers starter Alex Smith. Adam Schein takes a look at nine teams that need a shake-up at quarterback.

NFL power rankings, Week 16: Shake-up at the top -
The Patriots lost on Sunday night, knocking them from their perch as the NFL's best team in SB Nation's Week 16 NFL power rankings.

Russell Wilson's effective movement & pinpoint ball location on the run - Field Gulls

Though Wilson's pocket play was fairly ugly at the beginning of the season, at this point in the year, Wilson's movement ability is actually one of his biggest weapons.

The dangers of trading for a backup quarterback - Big Cat Country

With the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, many believe that 49ers QB Alex Smith will be on the trading block, but history suggests the Jaguars should stay away.

Brian Urlacher vs. Chicago Bears fans: Everyone is wrong, everyone is stupid - SB Nation Chicago

Brian Urlacher was critical of Bears fans booing the team during a home loss to the Packers on Sunday. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell looks at why this is a lose-lose proposition for all involved.

The Week in Worst: Butts and bonus meat -

This is the first edition of the Week in Worst that features male nudity. You've been warned.

Jets name Greg McElroy starter: 'Two weeks too late' -

New York Jets' head coach Rex Ryan decided Tuesday to bench Mark Sanchez and start Greg McElroy for Sunday's contest against the visiting San Diego Chargers. The move comes two weeks too late says the SB Nation blog Gang Green Nation.

Josh McDaniels, Mike Lombardi emerging as likely candidates with Browns, according to report -

With a new owner and CEO, the Browns will likely have two top management positions to fill this off-season, and according to a report, Mike Lombardi and Josh McDaniels could be the duo headed to Cleveland.Current 2013 NFL Draft order -

After Monday night's "football game" between the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans, you can't help but think about the NFL Draft.

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