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2-15-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Whiz To Competition Committee

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Time for some links with the news that Whisenhunt was named to the NFL's competition committee, and some other little things.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt named to NFL competition committee
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has been named to the NFL's competition committee, which studies the game and recommends rules and policy changes to teams, the NFL announced on Tuesday.

Evaluating Arizona Cardinals' Levi Brown not an easy task
Cardinals coaches are busy evaluating veteran players as the organization formulates a plan for when free agency starts on March 13. One key position the Cardinals need to address is left offensive tackle, and incumbent Levi Brown is a big part of that evaluation.

Word From the Birds Blog - Take part in some Combine talk with the Cards
The annual NFL Scouting Combine takes place in Indianapolis next week, and the Cards are giving fans a chance to interact with some of the Cards’ front office and personnel men long-distance with three special meetings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday,

Competition Committee Tabs Whisenhunt
Over the years, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has had to learn and then deal with the rules of the game. Now he has a chance to shape them.

Pursuit of Peyton Manning says something about Kevin Kolb -
The Cardinals could put an end to the Peyton Manning rumors by coming out and saying they will be paying Kevin Kolb his $7 million roster bonus and won't be parting with the QB less than a year after trading for him. But that hasn't happened. "I fully expect this team to be interested, at least kick the tires on the situation," Arizona Republic Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo of the Cardinals and Manning. The fact that the Cardinals have not come out and said it won't happen could just be standard operating procedure, as Somers noted the Cardinals don't like talking about moves that haven't happened.

Cards DL Vonnie Holliday is an unappreciated veteran -
The Arizona Cardinals traded running back Tim Hightower to the Redskins last year in exchange for veteran defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday and a 2012 draft pick. The move seemed as much about giving Hightower a chance to play as it was about getting talent in return, but the Cardinals benefited from a surprising discovery: Vonnie Holliday could still play.

Newsmakers Week: Bidwill mum on Peyton Manning talk -
Arizona Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill joined the festivities of Newsmakers Week with Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 620 Monday. If you tuned in to hear Bidwill's thoughts on the seeming never-ending Peyton Manning-to-Arizona discussion, sorry.

Cards' Arizona Imprint
As Arizona celebrates 100 years of statehood, we look back at the Cardinals time in the desert.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Suns falter late, lose to Denver Nuggets
For a second consecutive night, the end of the third quarter unwound the Suns like a dropped ball of yarn. Had they been holding yarn, they would have dropped that too. Instead, it was a basketball they fumbled about the court to fumble away a surprisingly chance at challenging Denver without co-captains Steve Nash and Grant Hill. Despite holding out their leaders on each side of the court and opening the game in a 10-0 hole, the Suns were tied in the third quarter before committing nine turnovers in the quarter's final eight minutes to trail by 16 en route to a 109-92 loss at Pepsi Center.

ASU's Osweiler rising up NFL draft boards, UA's Foles trails -
Many questioned Brock Osweiler's decision to forego his senior year at ASU in order to enter the NFL Draft. After all, why leave school just to become a late-round selection, when another year of seasoning at the collegiate level could vault you to first-round status? Well, what if Osweiler is already there? ESPN NFL Draft expert Todd McShay said he'd take the ASU signal caller with a late first-round pick.

NFL News:

Jim Irsay 'Would Love To Have' Peyton Manning Back With Colts On Restructured Contract -
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay did a little public negotiating on Tuesday, telling reporters that the team is open to Peyton Manning remaining with them and finishing his NFL career in Indy. However, he left the ball in Manning's court, saying that the ultimate decision will rest with whether the quarterback is willing to restructure his contract first.

Roddy White asks: How the hell can Goodell get paid so much? | ProFootballTalk
Falcons receiver Roddy White saw Florio’s item about the salary of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and suffice to say White doesn’t think the commissioner should be making more money than most players make.

On Moss, Cris Carter says teams should worry about "that thing called quit" | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, former Randy Moss teammate and mentor Cris Carter said that Moss can still run the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds. On Tuesday, Carter applied a caveat to that assessment.

Five senators tell FCC that NFL blackout policy should end | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s longstanding policy of refusing to broadcast games in the home team’s TV market unless the games have sold out 72 hours in advance has come under attack once again, this time from five U.S. Senators who wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging an end to blackouts.