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Throughout the league and over time, there are players, especially quarterbacks that fans love to hate. Some are because they are just too good and some do dumb things. Some we hate because they are so bad. Jon Bois, for SB Nation, put ...
Throughout the league and over time, there are players, especially quarterbacks that fans love to hate. Some are because they are just too good and some do dumb things. Some we hate because they are so bad. Jon Bois, for SB Nation, put together a somewhat scientific article about quarterback performance and perception, coming up with the "Quarterback Hate Index." Using Google and stats, he came up with this chart: via cdn3.sbnation.com As you can see, using 2012 stats, RG3 is a quarterback that is despised and is really good. Russell Wilson, though, has very little hate towards him. Blaine Gabbert's hate rate is high and he is bad. Carson Palmer of the Arizona Cardinals? He is right in the middle. He is neither very hated not not hated. He is not bad, but not great statistically. What is he? The most "meh" quarterback on the list. He inspires indifference. Have you seen the Cardinals offense? Sort of the same thing. Fans don't really hate him. He isn't Derek Anderson. He isn't Kevin Kolb. Those guys generated hate. But he is annoying this season with his nine interceptions in five games. he also isn't Levi Brown, who was the fans' whipping boy for years. Palmer inspires indifference. Meh.
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This is my "hindsight is 20/20" mock draft. I did this last year as well. The draft process is such a hit and miss deal that it's a rare occurrence for a team to nail all of their daft picks. Its not that hard to nail all of your draft p...
This is my "hindsight is 20/20" mock draft. I did this last year as well. The draft process is such a hit and miss deal that it's a rare occurrence for a team to nail all of their daft picks. Its not that hard to nail all of your draft picks in a hindsight draft though :) If a team can nail it while on the clock they are that much further ahead in the upcoming season. When we talk about draft grades we must consider what would have been the perfect draft. I attempt to do this with my 20/20 hindsight re-draft. So here is my redraft based on what we know now. Round 1 - They had to go Warmack or Cooper with the top tackles off the board. 1-7: The re-selection is Johnathan Cooper: Selected with the pick 7 in the first round, his rookie campaign ended in pre-season. Yet without injury; you could see the type of impact he was going to have on our offensive line. I'd make this pick all over again. Round 2 - They got this one half right with a savvy trade and a questionable miss. 2-45: The re-selection here is Kiko Alonso: Selected with the 46th pick in the 2nd round, Kiko was selected one pick behind the Cardinals selecting Kevin Minter. Kiko has been a stud thus far and is leading in recognition for the Defensive ROY just in front of the Honey Badger. He would have helped our team quite of bit during Dary Washington's suspension as he is also a supreme athlete at the ILB position. Him and DWash in the middle would have been the most athletic combination in the league. Minter hasn't even seen the field yet. * The Cardinals did well to trade back with the San Diego Chargers picking up an extra 4th round selection but may have just missed on this pick. Round 3 - They went with the Biscuit portion of the coaches motto here of "No Risk-it no Biscuit" 3-69: The re-selection here is Tyrann Mathieu: The highly controversial 69th pick in the 3rd round. I'd make this pick again and again; I think all Cards fans would. He's 2nd in recognition for Defensive ROY behind Kiko Alonso and he's had a huge impact on the Cardinals early on in this season. With the Kiko Alonso pick one round earlier; we could have had both the leading candidates for Defensive ROY. That would have been amazing. Round 4 - BPA blindfolds the Cardinals with their first pick and then they reach with their 2nd pick in round 4 where need and positional value exceed BPA. 4-103: The re-selection here is David Bakhtiari: This underrated tackle was selected with the 109th pick in the 4th round, 6 picks behind the Alex Oakafor pick. He has started every game at LT for the Packers and has faired well. The Cardinals could have parted ways with Levi much earlier and avoided the penalties and sacks that contributed to the loss in STL and struggles in NO. Bakharati is just the kind of athletic tackle that would have paired nicely with Cooper on the left side. You also know what Oakafor has been able to do this year; Not too much before his injury. 4-116: The re-selection here is Levine Toilolo: This 6'-8" 265lb. TE out of Stanford was selected with the 133rd pick in the 4th round and is very Jimmy Graham'ish in size, speed and athletic ability. The Cards had a chance to select him with the 116th pick but selected Watford instead. If you watched the Falcons get upset by the Jets on Monday night, you saw Toilolo do something Housler has never done in the NFL; catch a touchdown. Watford has been a project and hasn't seen the field. Round 5 - BPA again blindfolds the Cards to need and value. They missed a good opportunity to double down on a weak position. 5-140: The re-selection here is Luke Wilson: This is a 6'-5" 250lb. TE out of Rice who was selected with the 158th pick in the 5th round by Seattle, 18 picks behind the Cardinals selection of Stephan Taylor. Luke has 7 receptions for 104 yards thru five games and the main reason for this re-draft selection is because of how weak our TE group is with a non-performing
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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports Tuesday, some very interesting news was revealed around the NFL. There was a set of new rules that passed in regards to the hit series on HBO, “Hard Knocks.” When discussing future seasons and ...
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports Tuesday, some very interesting news was revealed around the NFL. There was a set of new rules that passed in regards to the hit series on HBO, “Hard Knocks.” When discussing future seasons and which teams will be apart of it, the question was brought up in the case that no team volunteered to be on the show — what happens then? The NFL ruled that they may choose any team they would like to be a part of the series each season with three exceptions: 1. Teams with new coaches cannot be selected to participate. 2. Teams that made the playoffs in either of the previous two seasons may not be selected to participate. 3. Teams that appeared on “Hard Knocks” in the previous 10 years are not allowed to participate. In light of the new rule change, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was asked about his thoughts on the matter, and let’s just say he doesn’t exactly adore the change. “I think it’s a total distraction and I think it’s an embarrassment to the players,” Arians said on an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio. “I think when players are released that some of the things that are said between coaches and players are too personal and nobody else’s business.” Arians also said he would fight ”all the way, all the way” to keep his Cardinals from appearing on the show if they did not make the playoffs this year. While the idea of “Hard Knocks” is a very clever one, Arians hit the nail on the head in regards to one particular area. Many will remember the season in which Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was caught up in a domestic violence case with his ex-wife and the Miami Dolphins chose to cut him in the waking hours. That conversation between Johnson and his coach was broadcast for the whole world to see. Those kinds of conversations should absolutely not be allowed for the public to see. Athletes are already doing fans a favor by allowing cameras to follow them around all day long for the duration of training camp. There is a line that “Hard Knocks” has crossed and that line is drawn between general drama and personal privacy. I am all for Arians’ decision to fight the cause if his Cardinals are chosen. The league should not be able to force something like this upon a team that is focused on winning and not on the spotlight. Arians has his head on straight and his priorities in line — the NFL has yet to follow that example. Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. Related: Arizona Cardinals Defense Carries Team to Another Victory Patrick Peterson is Justified in Saying He is NFL’s Best Corner
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After a week hiatus, the Revenge of the Birds Radio podcast was back on the air on Tuesday night. Without Seth (who was taking some personal time for a family celebration), Ben and I talked about the game Sunday between the Arizona Card...
After a week hiatus, the Revenge of the Birds Radio podcast was back on the air on Tuesday night. Without Seth (who was taking some personal time for a family celebration), Ben and I talked about the game Sunday between the Arizona Cardinal and Carolina Panthers and the issues and topics that came up as a result of what happened during the game. You may listen to the episode below with the streaming player, with the embedded player here or by directly downloading the file here. After going over what happened during the game, Ben and I talk about these topics: 1. The Levi Brown trade and the play of Bradley Sowell in his first NFL start. Is he the long term solution? 2.The play of Carson Palmer and just how concerned we ought be. Should the Cardinals make a move and give Drew Stanton a shot? 3. The running game -- why does it vary so much? Should Andre Ellington get more carries? Should Ryan Williams be playing? 4. The defense -- just how good is it, will it be and what will the linebacker rotation look like? 5. The upcoming schedule -- what should be reasonable expectations be, and how many wins will the team get in the next four games? Do you agree with us? Disagree? Talk about it in the comments, tweet me (@senorjessroot) or call and leave a voice mail at 602-730-1825 New Sports Podcasts with Revenge of the Birds Radio on BlogTalkRadio
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The Arizona Cardinals, who have had a rough run of health this season, particularly at the linebacker position. This week, as the Cardinals prepare for the San Francisco 49ers, they are getting healthier. In his Monday press conference,...
The Arizona Cardinals, who have had a rough run of health this season, particularly at the linebacker position. This week, as the Cardinals prepare for the San Francisco 49ers, they are getting healthier. In his Monday press conference, he indicated that the only injury of note was linebacker Kenny Demens, who hurt his hamstring. Arians said that he was doubtful to play this weekend, but that the team would be getting some players back; namely, safety Rashad Johnson and linebacker Jasper Brinkley. Arians said that Johnson would play with a little splint for his finger. Darnell Dockett, who missed some practice time last week with a groin injury, played on Sunday, but was not 100 percent. Arians thought it would be a two week injury, so he should be in much better shape this week. Even at full strength, the task of beating a tough San Francisco team on the road will be difficult. Having a full stable of starters is a good way to start. More from Revenge of the Birds: Arizona Cardinals: What we learned week 5 Steve Smith complains about officials and lack of calls on Arizona Cardinals secondary NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Bengals Rising, Lions Falling Panthers vs. Cardinals: Vote for the Week 5 play of the game Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers: The Bonehead Award
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The Arizona Cardinals and a few individual players had some noteworthy accomplishments in the 22-6 win over the Carolina Panthers. Here is what they are, per the team. KEEPING PACE IN THE WEST With the win over Carolina on Sunday, comb...
The Arizona Cardinals and a few individual players had some noteworthy accomplishments in the 22-6 win over the Carolina Panthers. Here is what they are, per the team. KEEPING PACE IN THE WEST With the win over Carolina on Sunday, combined with Seattle's loss at Indianapolis, Arizona is just one game back in the NFC West heading into a key matchup at San Francisco in Week 6. 2013 NFC West Standings Team W/L PF PA Hm Road Div Seattle 4-1 137 81 2-0 2-1 1-0 San Francisco 3-2 113 98 2-1 1-1 1-1 Arizona 3-2 91 95 2-0 1-2 0-1 St. Louis 2-3 103 141 2-1 0-2 1-1 ARIANS WINS HIS THIRD Head coach Bruce Arians earned his third victory and improved to 2-0 at home with the Cardinals 22-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Arians joined Cleveland's Rob Chudzinski and Philadelphia's Chip Kelly as the three rookie head coaches to earn victories in Week 5 Arians is now tied with Chicago's Marc Trestman and Cleveland's Rob Chudzinski for most wins among 1st year head coaches this season. Record of 1st Year NFL Head Coaches Coach (Team) W-L Bruce Arians (Arizona) 3-2 Marc Trestman (Chicago) 3-2 Rob Chudzinski (Cleveland) 3-2 Doug Marrone (Buffalo) 2-3 Chip Kelly (Philadelphia) 2-3 Mike McCoy (San Diego) 2-3 Gus Bradley (Jacksonville) 0-5 ANOTHER HISTORIC DAY FOR THE DEFENSE The Cardinals defense recorded 7.0 sacks and 3 INTs of Carolina QB Cam Newton in Sunday's win. The 7.0 sacks were the most for the team in a single game since recording 8.0 vs. Dallas on 9/13/87-the Cardinals final season in St. Louis. It also marked just the second time the Cardinals defense has recorded 7.0+ sacks and 3+ INTs in a game since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. The only other time came on 12/83/83 vs. Philadelphia (11 sacks, 4 INTs). LBs Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby, along with DE Calais Campbell, all recorded 2.0 sacks against the Panthers on Sunday. Prior to Sunday's game, the last time the Cardinals had at least three players with at least 2.0 sacks in a game was 12/7/86 at Philadelphia when four players (Al Baker, Freddie Joe Nunn, Leonard Smith and Antony Bell) accomplished the feat. AN INSIDE JOB The Cardinals two inside LBs combined for a very productive outing in Sunday's game. Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby combined for 17 tackles, 4.0 sacks, two INTs, five tackles for loss, four QB hits and two passes defensed against the Panthers. Prior to Sunday's game, only three players in Cardinals history had recorded 2.0 sacks and an INT in a single game. Against the Panthers, LBs Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby both accomplished the feat. Franchise History - Players with 2.0 Sacks and INT in a Game Player Sacks-INTs Opponent Daryl Washington 2.0-1 10/6/13 vs. Carolina Karlos Dansby 2.0-1 10/6/13 vs. Carolina Adrian Wilson 2.0-1 9/17/06 @ Seattle Rod Saddler 2.0-1 11/22/87 @ Philadelphia Al Baker 2.0-1 12/11/83 @ LA Rams WASHINGTON MAKES A SPLASH IN '13 DEBUT Playing in his first game of the 2013 season, LB Daryl Washington picked up right where he left off during his Pro Bowl campaign in 2012. Against the Panthers on Sunday, Washington posted a team-high nine tackles, 2.0 sacks, three tackles for loss, two QB hits, an INT and a pass defensed. It marked Washington's third career multi-sack outing and it was just the second
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Oct 6, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals players Alfonso Smith (29) and Andre Ellington (38) celebrate with running back Rashard Mendenhall (28) after Mendenhall scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Carolina Pa...
Oct 6, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals players Alfonso Smith (29) and Andre Ellington (38) celebrate with running back Rashard Mendenhall (28) after Mendenhall scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports When the schedule came out back in April these next four games for the Arizona Cardinals have on their schedule seemed like a death sentence to anything good happening for the Cards in the 2013 season.  Even as recently as a couple of weeks ago after losing to the New Orleans Saints in a game many thought they would be more competitive in, many thought, uh-oh, here we go again. Now, at 3-2, it still most definitely looks tough but now they look more winnable than they did earlier in the season.  They will have a tough time against San Francisco 49′ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and a tough time containing running back Frank Gore but this defense has proven the last couple of weeks that they are legit.  It is in San Francisco though, so even with the best of talent it is a tough place to play. Then they turn around four days later for a Thursday night tilt against the Seattle Seahawks.  It is at home though.  The return visit to Seattle doesn’t happen until week 16.  That might be the best time to get a very good Hawks team at home, only giving them a few days to prepare. The next two games though seemed to be just as tough with home games against the Houston Texans and then the bye before hosting the Atlanta Falcons.  Now suddenly, the Texans and Falcons both look very beatable, especially on the road.  They are both struggling.  Houston got blown out and quarterback Matt Schaub is struggling big time.  In Atlanta, the door on the playoffs might already be closing at 1-4.  They lost to the New York Jets on Monday night and have just most likely lost receiver Julio Jones for the season. Nothing is guaranteed in this business as we all know.  They could go 0-4, they could go 4-0 in this stretch quite honestly.  I think though 3-1 or 2-2 looks a lot more likely now than a 1-3 or 0-4.  They will probably need to win at least one of the games against the Niners or Hawks in order to continue to compete for the division, however go 2-2 in this stretch of games and that puts them at 5-4 and very much alive in the wild card race.  A lot of work for the Cards to do before then though.  One game at a time. Arizona Cardinals Upcoming Schedule Tough But Winnable - Raising Zona - Raising Zona - An Arizona Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Cardinals: Birds Of A Feather Chat - SF WeekAnother season Q & A with Darren Urban Cardinals Blogs | Kerry Taylor releasedIn a surprising move the Cardinals continue to make roster turnover as the season marches on into week 6. Cardin...
Cardinals: Birds Of A Feather Chat - SF WeekAnother season Q & A with Darren Urban Cardinals Blogs | Kerry Taylor releasedIn a surprising move the Cardinals continue to make roster turnover as the season marches on into week 6. Cardinals Blogs | Stars falling by wayside ahead of CardsThe Cardinals may have an easier schedule if Atlanta and Houston continue for the foreseeable future. Daryl Washington's 'Monster' PerformanceBreaking down the linebackers numbers from Sunday Cardinals Blogs | With 2014 schedule, London calling?The 2013 season may not be even close to finished, but it still is never to early for marking your calender for 2014. NOLA, Indy, Minny make cut for 2018 Super Bowl ArizonaSports.comPersonally, I am rooting for the Minneapolis since the city hasn't hosted since 1992. Patrick Peterson is a problem (but not the Cardinals') ArizonaSports.comPP7 has really done a great job this year even before the last two weeks are taken into consideration. Arizona Cardinals' Bradley Sowell was just waiting for his chance ArizonaSports.comThe new starting LT will need to continue to improve if he wants to stick with the team moving forward. Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson optimistic about return - ESPNIt's good to hear that the Cards' safety is getting closer to returning after losing his finger. Arians doesn't want Cards on 'Hard Knocks' - NFC West Blog - ESPNThank goodness Whisenhunt and Arians both have the same view towards ESPN's 'Hard Knocks' Arizona Cardinals RB Alfonso Smith waits his turn - ESPNWith Mendenhall struggling, many fans may be looking over Smith during their calls for Ellington and Williams. Power Rankings: No. 19 Arizona Cardinals - ESPNThe offense is holding the team from moving up in the power rankings, despite the improvements on defense. NFL: Fumblr: Matt Schaub hits rock bottom - SBNation.comRevisiting Week 5's memes, GIFs, and Twitter beefs. Julio Jones injury puts Falcons' season on life support - SBNation.comJulio Jones' season-ending injury puts the Falcons in dire straits. Is there any hope of them salvaging their season? The post-mortem, Week 5: Tom Brady's favorite food? Artichokes. - SBNation.comBy the time you read this week's Post-Mortem, Matt Flynn may have been signed and cut by up to four different teams. PFT Commenter's NFL Awards, Week 5: Andrew Luck, Jerry Jones & Marv Albert honored - SBNation.comThe ultimate arbiter of strong takes made it through a long weekend of football, mostly with lots of Four Loko, just to deliver you his weekly awards. Tony Romo's legacy summed up in one game - SBNation.comBreaking down Romo vs. Manning in the Shootout at the J.J. Corral NFL power rankings, Week 6: Colts, Chiefs on the move - SBNation.comThere was a shuffling among the top 10 teams in this week's power rankings, with two previously undefeated teams losing this week. Dominic Raiola apologizes, gives donation to Wisconsin marching band - SBNation.comDominic Raiola apologized Tuesday for some obscene remarks he made to the Wisconsin Badgers marching band on Sunday. NFL plays of the week: Peyton Manning gets naked - SBNation.comPeyton Manning gets naked in order to make our 'best of' list. NFL players of the week: Two team records fall in Week 5 - SBNation.comIt was a rare week that saw a game with 1,000 yards of offense and two team records fall. NFL unveils new Pro Bowl uniforms - SBNation.comOn Tuesday, the NFL released the uniforms that will be worn in the 2014 Pro Bowl. Mark Sanchez has season-ending shoulder surgery - SBNation.comRehab wasn't enough to fix Mark Sanchez's shoulder so he was forced to have surgery. NFL Draft stock report: LSU's Odell Beckham looking like 1st rounder - SBNation.comAs each week of the college football season passes, it's becoming more apparently that LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is a first-round talent. He looked great against Mississippi State on Saturday pulling in nine receptions for 179 yards and tw Clay Matthews injury:
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Written by Rich Arleo Edited by Ernie Estrella It may be hard to believe, but we are now five weeks into the NFL season. Fantasy football owners have seen a lot of disappointment from the running back position this season, but t...
Written by Rich Arleo Edited by Ernie Estrella It may be hard to believe, but we are now five weeks into the NFL season. Fantasy football owners have seen a lot of disappointment from the running back position this season, but things should get a little better in Week 6 with some big names returning from a bye week. There have been injuries and role changes in seemingly every team’s backfield, and the number of clear-cut workhorse running backs has diminished even more. Miami and Atlanta are on a bye this week, so that means Jacquizz Rodgers and Lamar Miller are out of the running. Movement in the fantasy football rankings continues, but with our help, you’ll be able to determine, which of your players look ready to start, sit or if a visit to the fantasy football waiver wire is required. Here’s a look at the 2013 Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 6 Running Back Rankings. - The Oakland Raiders are playing well, but their backfield is ravaged with injuries. Darren McFadden is likely out again this week and replacement Rashad Jennings got owners four fantasy points before he went down with an injury himself. That leaves Marcel Reece and Jeremy Stewart as the only healthy backs. Reece deserves a look in deeper PPR leagues but that’s about it against a tough Kansas City Chiefs defense. - Adrian Peterson returns from a bye to rescue fantasy owners. The Carolina Panthers have actually done well against the run, but they call him “All Day” for a reason. He’s a lock for big points every week. - Two other top 10 backs return from a bye in Doug Martin and Alfred Morris. Both have solid matchups and are must-starts. -Ray Rice is finally…finally getting the ball. His 27 Week 5 carries are just three fewer than he had in four previous games combined. Not only that, but he added six catches and found the end zone twice. He’s back to being a must-start RB1. - The New England Patriots backfield is a mess. Legarrette Blount had a big fumble in what was supposed to be a breakout game for him. If Stevan Ridley returns, he’ll likely see the majority of carries again, but he’s still sharing touches with Blount and Brandon Bolden. None of these guys are ideal this week even though the matchup isn’t terrible. - Rookie Eddie Lacy returned this week and reclaimed the starter’s role. He is a low-end RB2, high-end flex option in Week 6 against the Houston Texans. - The St. Louis Rams may have found their runner in rookie Zac Stacy. He had a solid seven fantasy points (yes…that’s solid for a running back this season) and should be added in all formats. He has a tough matchup, but is a decent flex getting the bulk of carries. Daryl Richardson is still getting work, but hasn’t gotten it done and is losing value rapidly. - Rashard Mendenhall is still starting, but Andre Ellington is probably the best runner on the Arizona Cardinals. He’s doing a lot with a little and it won’t be a surprise if he sees a rise in touches in Week 6. - The injury bug returned for Ryan Mathews and he is now out a few weeks with a concussion. Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown will likely split carries moving forward. Woodhead is a good PPR start, and Brown could have sneaky value against a struggling Indianapolis Colts run defense. -Knowshon Moreno had a huge Week 5 and has cemented himself as the workhorse in Denver. Up against the Jacksonville Jaguars run defense ranked No. 32 in the league, Moreno is a borderline top 15 option. RB Rankings – Week 6 2013 Fantasy Football Rankings powered by FantasyPros
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