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Arizona Cardinals news 12/30: Stanton, playoff prep, Black Monday

Tuesday morning links to start the day. Arizona starts prep for the playoffs.

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The playoffs start this week. There were coach firings. Today there is a ton of reading material to start the day.

Cardinals:

Cardinals Blogs | Keim talks Bowles interest and QB status
The playoffs are here, but for 20 non-playoff teams, the business of the NFL does not stop.

For Cardinals, The Playoffs Are Here

Team needs to clean up tackling, turnover ratio to have chance against Panthers

Oddsmakers favor Carolina over Cardinals, but don't count out Arians

What Bruce Arians has done to combat injuries is impressive, but it feels as if it has finally caught up with the Cardinals. Arians doesn't think so.

Arizona Cardinals' QB troubles replaced by defensive worries

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians addressed the media on Monday, a day after his team's 20-17 loss to the 49ers

Cardinals rewind: What we learned from loss to 49ers

There are some positive and negative takeaways from the Cardinals fifth losss of the regular season.

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians not concerned with regular season-ending slide

All things being equal, a team would rather enter the postseason riding a winning streak.

All-Access with Bruce Arians: Welcome to the playoffs

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians meets the media the day after every game, often times explaining injury situations as well as anything else he may have seen the day before.

Report: 49ers reach out to Arizona Cardinals about defensive coordinator Todd Bowles

A report said Bowles has generated interest from a division rival.

Tackling has become a big issue for Arizona Cardinals

As the Cardinals head into their playoff matchup with the Carolina Panthers, they do so with a handful of concerns. While their sputtering offense is easily the most notable and talked about, the defense's sudden inability to stop teams is arguably the most concerning.

Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim 'very hopeful' Drew Stanton can play vs. Carolina

Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim 'very hopeful' Drew Stanton can play vs. Carolina

A look inside the Carolina Panthers' season | FOX Sports

A return to their old offensive philosphy has the Carolina Panthers peaking for the playoffs.

Cards' Drew Butler finishes season as NFL's best for punts inside 20 - ESPN

He finished the season leading the NFL in percentage of punts inside the 20-yard line (53.2 percent). In 2013, Cardinals punter Dave Zastudil finished second among punters in percentage of punts inside the 20 (47.4).

With playoffs, new season begins for Cardinals - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

"The whole season is over," Arians said. "It’s a whole new one. I told them I don’t want anyone moping on the plane. It’s 0-0 and we’re in the tournament.

Arizona Cardinals' Michael Floyd does what is expected of him - ESPN

This was the Michael Floyd the Arizona Cardinals expected to see all the season.

Bruce Arians breaks down 3 mistakes that cost Cardinals against Niners - ESPN

Among all the mistakes the Arizona Cardinals made Sunday afternoon in their 20-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, coach Bruce Arians narrowed them down to the three that were most significant -- and most costly.

Drew Stanton 'progressing' as Cardinals hopeful for playoff return - ESPN

"He’s progressing and nothing’s really changed," Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "We’ve got our fingers crossed that, possibly, he could go later in the week."

NFL:

Jets fire general manager John Idzik - SBNation.com

John Idzik lasted just two seasons as the general manager of the New York Jets, but is out after the team finished 4-12 in 2014.

Rex Ryan fired by New York Jets - SBNation.com

Ryan was finally let go after remaining on the hot seat for well over a year with the Jets, ending his six-year tenure.

Mike Smith fired by Atlanta Falcons - SBNation.com

After a lengthy skid, the Falcons decided to part ways with veteran coach Mike Smith.

Phil Emery fired as Bears' general manager - SBNation.com

The Bears cleaned house on Black Monday with the announcement that head coach Marc Trestman was also fired.

Kyle Orton retires from NFL; Buffalo Bills have more work to do at QB - Buffalo Rumblings

The Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback retired on Monday, which leaves the team in a bit of a pickle heading into 2015.

Skip Bayless says Johnny Manziel is an alcoholic liar - SBNation.com

Seriously?!

2015 NFL mock draft: Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston for the Buccaneers? - SBNation.com

The No. 1 overall pick is going to get exhaustively scrutinized for the next four months. Tampa Bay will likely be choosing between two Heisman Trophy winners with the Titans taking the other one.

Johnny Manziel says he has to stop acting like a jackass - SBNation.com

The Browns quarterback said he didn't throw a party that caused he and teammates to miss team activities.

Jim Harbaugh's greatest hits, NFL edition - SBNation.com

Cheap pants, sideline freakouts and whole bunch of a winning ... Jim Harbaugh's four years as the 49ers head coach has been fun.

Brandon Marshall fires back at Chicago radio host - SBNation.com

Marshall sounded off on a couple of topics during his regular segment on Chicago's ESPN 1000.

Mike Pettine disappointed in Johnny Manziel, open to using draft pick on QB - SBNation.com

The Browns coach sure doesn't seem confident that Johnny Manziel is Cleveland's quarterback of the future.

Jets owner misspeaks regarding Darrelle Revis, Tom Brady restructures contract, and other NFL news - SBNation.com

Sen'Derrick Marks also tears ACL in season finale.

NFL coaching rumors 2015: Tracking top candidates for Bears, 49ers and the other vacancies - SBNation.com

Who will coach your favorite team next season?

Ndamukong Suh suspended for stepping on Aaron Rodgers - SBNation.com

The Lions defensive tackle appeared to intentionally step on the ankle of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during Sunday's battle for the NFC North title.

MMBM Week 17: Grading Black Monday, no offense - SBNation.com

You're probably not prepared to handle the strong football takes and barrelfire NFL truths that you never knew your Mondays were missing.

The Dallas Cowboys 'fixed December' - SBNation.com

A 4-0 record in the last month of the season, undefeated on the road all year -- the Dallas Cowboys are cruising into the playoffs, and even Jerry Jones is a little surprised by their success.

Mike Shanahan reportedly drawing interest from Bears, 49ers - SBNation.com

Could the Super Bowl-winning coach be headed for a reunion with Jay Cutler in Chicago?

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff says he's responsible for 'downfall of the organization' - SBNation.com

Atlanta's general manager isn't following head coach Mike Smith into unemployment -- but he admitted during a Monday press conference that he's in part responsible for "the downfall of the organization."

Tom Coughlin will return to New York Giants, per report - SBNation.com

Coughlin will return to coach the Giants for a 12th season after a frustrating 6-10 season

Woody Johnson calls 2014 'tremendously frustrating' - SBNation.com

The New York Jets owner detailed the mistakes by the Jets that led to the firings of Rex Ryan and John Idzik on Monday.

Bears fire offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer - SBNation.com

Kromer captured headlines earlier in the year when he admitted he criticized Jay Cutler through anonymous comments to a reporter.

GM Thomas Dimitroff won't be fired by Falcons, per report - SBNation.com

Mike Smith is out, but Atlanta is keeping its general manager.

Marc Trestman fired by Chicago Bears - SBNation.com

The Bears also fired general manager Phil Emery on Monday.