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2/8 Arizona Cardinals news: Todd Bowles introduced, Kiper and McShay, Dockett and Twitter

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The Arizona Cardinals continued with the introductions of their coaching staff as defensive coordinator Todd Bowles spoke to the media. We learned about the 3-4 scheme he will continue to run, how Patrick Peterson will continue to return punts and his "tweaks."

Oh, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay are projecting the same player to the Cards, Alex Smith might "beeline" himself to Arizona and Darnell Dockett is at it again on Twitter.


Word From the Birds Blog | Bowles will stick to 3-4
New defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said he doesn’t expect a dramatic change with the defense and that he will stay with the 3-4 base alignment as he takes over for Ray Horton, which makes a lot of sense on a couple of levels — not the least of which being personnel.

Word From the Birds Blog | New coach, but same plan for Peterson on punts
"He can’t get his hands on the ball enough for me," Arians said, chuckling. "As long as the other team is punting, he’s going to be back there. And hopefully they will be punting a lot."

Passion And Knowledge For Harold Goodwin
Cardinals' new offensive coordinator has a background coaching offensive line

Todd Bowles Believes In Body Of Work
New defensive coordinator plans to stick with 3-4 and build on Cardinals' defensive efforts

Kiper mock 2.0: Cardinals thoughts - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. is back with his second 2013 NFL mock draft for the first round.

Sizing up NFC West QBs in the red zone - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mike Sando put together charts showing how primary NFC West quarterbacks fared in the red zone.

Confident Bowles sees few changes to Cards D
Confident Bowles dismisses talk of pressure, 2012 numbers, plans few changes to Cardinals defense.

Todd Bowles, Darnell Dockett and the 3-4 defense | Insiders
Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said today the 3-4 will be the Cardinals base defense. So why was defensive end Darnell Dockett so happy a few weeks ago, tweeting that he was going to be moving back to his old position?

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles hails Bill Parcells’ influence on NFL career
There have been several steadying influences behind Todd Bowles’ ascension through the NFL coaching ranks, but one that stands out above all. It has been a singular voice of reason, knowledge, inspiration and growth.

Todd Bowles: Plan is to 'tweak' Cardinals defense
When asked what his "core beliefs" are, Bowles said "fast, smart and aggressive."

Clayton: Alex Smith could make a 'beeline to Arizona' if released by SF
ESPN NFL insider John Clayton joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 620 Thursday, and said he believes the 49ers have a plan in place for Smith.

Bruce Arians' Arizona Cardinals will make NFL playoffs in 2013 -
Get on the Cardinals' 2013 playoff train now. Trust me, you won't be sorry.

Darnell Dockett, Chris Rix don't like each other much -
Darnell Dockett and Chris Rix are going at it, and everything is ridiculous.


In defense of Jay Cutler, a heel America should get behind -
A recent poll named Jay Cutler America's fourth most disliked athlete. This is tragic. Jay Cutler is a heel worthy of appreciation.

2013 free agency: Steelers headed for salary cap purge? -
Pittsburgh is already way over the 2013 salary cap. What are the Steelers going to do to fix that (gigantic) problem?

Gregg Williams vows to 'start anew' -
During a press conference introducing him to the Nashville media, the Titans' new defensive assistant coach Gregg Williams vows to put "Bountygate" behind him and "start anew."

NFL Combine notables and snubs -
The NFL Combine list is out, and it features several notable items.

NFL Draft 2013: Pro days schedule released -
Colleges throughout the country released their pro day schedules on Thursday, as prospects and NFL teams continue to prepare for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Don't rule out Ed Reed's return to Ravens, says Ozzie Newsome -
Ravens safety Ed Reed is a free agent, but Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome thinks he won't be going anywhere.

Chris Johnson contract: Mike Munchak says Titans RB will be back in 2013 -
Titans head coach Mike Munchak confirmed during a press conference on Thursday that running back Chris Johnson would be back with the Titans in 2013.

Jets offseason: Cutting Bart Scott, Calvin Pace and Jason Smith would provide cap flexibility -
If (and when) the New York Jets cut linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace and tackle Jason Smith, it will save them $27.7 million in cap space.

Eagles offseason: Chip Kelly has quarterback decisions to make -
If Chip Kelly and the Eagles part ways with Michael Vick, Philadelphia could become a suitor for 49ers backup quarterback Alex Smith.

NFL Combine 2013: Official invite list released -
The 2013 NFL Combine now has its official list of college football players invited to boost their draft stock in Indianapolis, Ind.

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