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10/8 Arizona Cardinals news: Daryl Washington's return, Ellington's workload, Smith a victim

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After a win, there was a lot to say about the Arizona Cardinals. Bruce Arians talked. Steve Keim talked. Steve Smith talked loudly (go figure). Here is what was written about what they said.


Inside the Panthers: Steve Smith: Game official was "garbage"
Smith was upset with several calls and non-calls in the defensive backfield, saying the Cardinals' coverage crossed the line from physical to "molesting."

Cardinals Fit Just Right For Andre Ellington
Arians: Rookie running back getting 30 to 32 plays "a good load for him"

Cardinals Blogs | About that win, and the running backs
Some newsy quick hitters after Bruce Arians addressed the media today, the day after Daryl Washington’s return-to-action party:

How good was the Cards D on Sunday? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
It was just the start of another stats-filled day for the Cardinals’ D.

Upon Further Review: Arizona Cardinals Week 5 - ESPN
A review of four hot issues from the Arizona Cardinals' 22-6 win over the Carolina Panthers:

ReFo: Panthers @ Cardinals, Week 5 |
Rick Drummond looks at a dominant display by Calais Campbell, a panther D-linman demanding notice, and notable games by Daryl Washington and Steve Smith.

Second half is when Arizona Cardinals' defense really comes to play
Whatever it is that Bowles and his staff do, it's working.

Cardinals' Arians, Peterson embrace defensive identity
"The saying always stands true: ‘Defense wins championships,'" Peterson said. "If we want to be a good ball club, our defense must be strong."

Cards' coach Arians: Campbell was best defensive player vs. Panthers
"If I had to pick, I'd probably go with Calais ," he said.

Cardinals head coach pleased with running back duo of Andre Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall
"I think that's his workload," said Arians of Ellington's 11 total touches in Sunday's game. "He's not that body type. If you're going to stand and hand it to him 30 times, he'd probably play two weeks. You have to be smart with these guys.

Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim: QB Carson Palmer 'has to pick up his game'
"I heard Carson say yesterday that he has to be better than that and that he's been in the league a long time," said Keim. "And I completely agree. He has to pick his game up."

Arizona Cardinals' GM Steve Keim proud of Daryl Washington on and off the field
"Daryl has done everything right since we talked to him."


Jets vs. Falcons 2013: Geno Smith, New York win in Atlanta on Monday Night Football -
Led by rookie quarterback Geno Smith, the New York Jets went on the road and stunned the stumbling Falcons in primetime.

The Quarterback Internet Hate Index: How much do we hate QBs, and how wrong are we? -
NFL quarterbacks, if you ask the Internet, are for hating. In this dreadfully scientific study, we look at how much we hate these QBs and how dumb we are.

NFL Debrief: Peyton Manning, Tony Romo & a trip through the record book -
Another week, another batch of records broken for Peyton Manning and the Broncos. However, Manning wasn't the only player making history in Week 5.

Browns exploring new options at quarterback -
Tyler Thigpen is one potential option for the Browns, but it seems unlikely they'll find a starter to supplant Brandon Weeden.

Dominic Raiola harassed Wisconsin marching band, school official tells SB Nation -
The Lions center is accused of harassing the University of Wisconsin marching band with unprovoked, offensive comments at Lambeau Field on Sunday. The team has released a statement saying it will investigate.

NFL roundup: Raiders release Matt Flynn, Josh Freeman will not start this week for Vikings -
Matt Flynn has been released and Josh Freeman wont start for the Vikings right away. Here's a look at the top NFL news from Monday.

2013 NFL standings, Week 5: Broncos, Chiefs, Saints still perfect -
After Week 5's action, the standings around the NFL have undergone some renovation.

Two NFL execs: Jadeveon Clowney sitting out no big deal -
Steve Spurrier may mind Clowney's absence, but his future employers do not.

NFL Week 5 scores and results: What we learned Sunday -
A wild Sunday concluded with three teams still perfect and a tough group of 4-1 units capable of going all the way. Here's a look at the ups and down from a dozen games on Sunday.

Matt Schaub faces questions as Texans' starting quarterback -
Matt Schaub's mental state may be ready to fracture after another disastrous outing against the 49ers on Sunday.

Michael Vick injury: Eagles QB could miss 2 weeks, per report -
Michael Vick could miss the next two weeks with a hamstring injury he suffered Sunday, giving Nick Foles in opportunity to shine as the Eagles' starting quarterback.

Deciphering The Decision: Tony Romo's Interception - Blogging The Boys
Fans and media alike will have a lot to talk about this week, most of it centered on the Tony Romo interception. Let's look at that play to really understand what happened.

Bills vs. Bengals 2013: Thaddeus Lewis to start at quarterback - Buffalo Rumblings
Thaddeus Lewis, acquired in a preseason trade and a five-week member of the practice squad, has been named the Buffalo Bills' Week 6 starting quarterback against the Cincinnati Bengals.