Hightower nominated, Feely signs, Fitz photos

Posted by Darren Urban on December 14, 2010 – 10:44 am

Some tidbits I need to pass along:

— Running back Tim Hightower, who ran for a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns last weekend, is up for the FedEx Ground player of the week award. He is up against Raiders running back Darren McFadden (3 TDs, 123 yards rushing, a 67-yard scoring reception) and Falcons running back Michael Turner (112 yards, 3 TDs). Voting — which you can accomplish by clicking here —  runs through 10 a.m. Friday.

— If you want a chance to meet kicker Jay Feely, he will be signing autographs from 6-7 p.m. tonight at Padre Murphy’s (4338 W. Bell Rd, Glendale).

— Larry Fitzgerald, who loves photography, has launched a contest called “Caught on Film.” Fitz wants fans to share personal photos, and at the end of each month one will be chosen as the best with the winner receiving a signed Fitzgerald jersey. Submissions go to Fitz’s Facebook page ( and the top five photos each week move on to a fan vote. The 20 finalists of the month then are voted upon on Fitz’s website ( There will be a theme each month. For December, it is “Greatness.”

UPDATE: I missed that QB John Skelton was also up for Pepsi rookie of the week award. That’s what happens when you don’t scroll down far enough. Skelton is competing with Tampa WR Arrelious Benn, New England TE Rob Gronkowski, Buffalo LB Arthur Moats and San Diego RB Ryan Mathews.

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41 Responses to “Hightower nominated, Feely signs, Fitz photos”

  1. By MIKEFLORIO on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    And on the lighter-side we are all find other ways to entertain ourselves.
    Urb, what I can’t get over is, the constant message the Whiz keeps iterating. Skelton managed the game and didn’t have many mistakes that is why we won. Thats something that Lienart could have done all season long!!!
    Oh well there goes our draft picks if the cards keep winning. Which I believe they will.
    I think Whiz needs to apologize to all the fans and team!!! URB make it happen.

  2. By drumm-1 on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    @ Mikeflorio

    quit whinning you seem like the type of person no matter what happens you wouldn’t be happy…never met a fan that wanted to lose to draft a unproven player,might be good in college but the pro level is a little bit different, just ask Ryan Leaf, David Carr, and Matt Lienart..notice the Lie an Lienart he lied about being a qb..

  3. By B-Rad on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks drumm-1, couldn’t have said it better myself… lol…. I’m happy for Tim…. he got a chance to make things right after the fumble, and boy did he ever! I hope the Cards can win out the season and have more confidence going into next season. The last think I want to happen of for the culture of this club to go back to what it was. We have a winning mentality now so lets keep it going!!!

  4. By Scott H on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    After Sunday, I definitely want Feely’s autograph! Save me a place in line!

  5. By Chris B on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    You forgot to mention Skelton is up for rookie of the week too.

  6. By Darren Urban on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Chris B —

    RE: Skelton

    Hadn’t seen that. Will amend.

  7. By Paul on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Congrats to the defense.Amazing when you put your mind to something. Glad to see Billy Davis getting more aggressive in his schemes too.

  8. By MikeG on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren–What do you think the Card’s will do this off-season with their tight-end situation???? They seem to be vey quiet from an offensive stand point this year. Do you think we draft one say in the top 4 rounds??? We need more production from that position.

  9. By Darren Urban on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    MikeG —

    RE: Tight ends

    I have thought they might draft one the last couple of years, and then they haven’t.

  10. By Phoenixraven1 on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    I really have been impressed with JimDray though, he’s really come along…

  11. By Phoenixraven1 on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Can’t wait to see Skelton play game to to show he’s not a fluke! It was fun to watch him play!

  12. By Big Red on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks John Skelton for the victory, now let’s go and win the next three games, especially the game against the COWGIRLS, we hate them here in ARIZONA.

  13. By Frustrated on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Not sure we were expecting our defense to be as good as it was against Denver, but certainly expected to see much better than what they performed the bulk of the season so far. Nice to see you still have it Cards. Now lets see if you can do it again. Lets hope that JS gets lots of reps so he will be real ready for the Cowpokes come Christmas.

  14. By TBru on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    voted for both, Feely shold be up for some kind of award, has to be special teams player of the week, but I don’t think we get a vote.

  15. By wayne on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    The Defense did play better, just a little to late and it was against Denver, were were they the first 12 games. The O-Line is what made me happy as they were able to open some big holes and the Pass rotection was key. C’mon Defense lets finish the year off strong so we don’t feel so bad about going to net year, plus I like the O-Line starters we had -vs- Denver keep it that way for the rest of he year. If we can keep running the ball,John Skelton will put up some good numbers the rest of the year that way we hopefully have to draft a QB early (sign a FA) and use the first couple of picks on Defense. Has anybody else noticed Clark Haggans plays the last couple of weeks(very good) possible leader on the D-side, I know he’s been hurt but when he is healthy he’s good. Hopefully Cardinal fans can see that Dockett is not going to be that leader.

  16. By Chris Hill on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Quick question. If the cards choose to draft a QB in the first round in the draft, then what happens to Skelton? It seems kind of like we’d be giving him the shaft. Getting another guy in here when the future looks so bright for John just seems extremely counterproductive.

  17. By Darren Urban on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Chris —

    RE: Skelton v new QB

    So you are sure he’s your franchise QB for the next 10 years? If the answer is no — or just maybe — you draft a QB if you can. You find one for sure and sort them out later. If you have two good QBs, then you have trade bait (think Philly).

  18. By Brad on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    WAYNE, Dockett is not going to be that leader? Really? Did you not see his performance out there? Key point, he was the only guy that even bothered to chase after Washington to clean up his fumble when he made that awful rookie mistake, TD to Dockett, that’s leadership buddy.

  19. By Brad on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Coach Whiz restored some of my faith in him Monday when he said that Skelton gives the team the best chance to win! All season i’ve been thinking this guy (Whiz) can’t evaluate the skill / talent of his players (when he kept starting DA), but it’s clear now that he just thought he had no other choice, kudos to Skelton for coming out and playing like he did, he gave Whiz another choice!

  20. By georgiebird on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –
    Here’s my Christmas shopping list for the Cardinals for next year:
    1) that the HC makes better decisions
    2) we get a Haley type OC
    3) we get a smart DC
    4) that a smart defensive captain emerges
    5) that John Skelton is that intelligent QB that we need
    6) a smart TE who consistently helps out the QB
    7) another weight lifting program for DRC or is it a checkup from the neck up.

    After watching the Patriots this year, I’m convinced that winning in the NFL is 80% mental and 20% Brady.
    The bonehead play by Daryl Washington last week was a birdseye view of what’s wrong with the Cardinals’ defense (dumb plays).
    The THT fumble was a big sign of what’s wrong with the Cardinals’ offense (inconsistent). When you win a game-everything else is unimportant but for the Cardinals certain things have to change.

  21. By MikeG on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Nice article on the Card’s losing to attain a higher draft pick. I think that was one of your better articles. Losing can be a disease and players and coaches are paid to win ball games. You have to make the right draft choice no matter where you pick. Plus your players and organization’s credability would be questioned. I would love to see us get to 7-9 and finish the season on a high note. Once we get that QB position stable we have pretty good talent on our roster. I would draft a QB and a TE on offense and go D the remaining picks in 2011. I think we need to improve our speed on D.

  22. By Scott H on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –
    Can I divert to another topic here? For purposes of my question, we have to assume that there will be no lock-out next year and there will be football as usual. That said, Fitz’s contract runs through 2011…with my assumption in mind, do you see the Cardinals trying to pre-empt the process by not letting him reach the end of his current deal? Don’t they have to deal with Breaston before 2011 as well? Who else do they need to deal with in that same time frame? ( And don’t say Derek Anderson, please! ). What is their cap situation like this off-season? Please feel free to answer all of these questions, or just pick your favorite!

  23. By Darren Urban on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Free agents/Fitz

    Yes they will try to extend Fitz and Breaston. Lutui and Sendlein are the other “big” FAs to be. There is no cap situation right now because there is no cap.

  24. By joe again on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply


    I know I’m nuts for even thinking about this, but isnt it possible the Cards could go 7-9 and still win the division? I know that Seattle would need to lose out, cuz they own the tie-breaker, having swept us this year. Isnt the tie-breaker the head to head record, followed by the teams’ division record? So we already split with St Louis. Could we tie with St L and San F but still win the division? Wouldnt it be unreal for that last game against the 9’ers to be for the postseason?

  25. By Darren Urban on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Joe again —

    RE: Playoffs

    The only way they make the playoff is if they go 3-0, and Seahawks and Rams lose their next two and then Sea and StL tie in the season finale.

  26. By Peter in Canada on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Mike Florio – Get over Leinart, his games against the Bears, the Rams and the Titans last year showed me that Whiz did the right thing. His mistake was not doing it soon enough so that he could have brought in a better QB than DA to be the starter. Skelton has a future, Leinart’s future is as a number 3 or at best a number 2.

  27. By tRiGidY on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Its good to see u Ignore MIKE FLORIO as much as you do me. Mike is one of those Fans That whant u Lay Down What? WHAT? .We are now the Spoilers.!Keep up the Great work Darren Go BigRed! TrIggER HIM lOL.

    Sorrry about the Caps just wanted to show how Hot S–T Mike Florio Really thinks he is now!! LOL

    Please Jump off Soon MIke u Blow !! Thanks Darren!

  28. By tRiGidY on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    3Quarters of the stuff that comes out Mike Florio Mouth An Web site Is Garbage!!

    Lets go BigRed!

    P.S.Mike Flo just wrote a story That Mcnabb Could be coming too Arizona, For Summer 2 say at his off-season home!! Breaking News

  29. By Kevin on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Holy cow, talk about no respect. After a 30-point win, the Cards are 3 point underdogs to the 1-12 Panthers? I know we haven’t been good this year, but jeez… Our defense has been really bad, and the Panthers have let up almost as many points (13 fewer) while they’ve scored 79 fewer than our anemic offense (admittedly, our return TD’s help a bit there).

  30. By Brandon LA on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    There was a moment on the sideline, after Hightower kept strolling into the endzone, were most of the defense was beaming from a quality game played. The shot during the broadcast was only a matter of seconds yet sooooooo compelling. Everyone’s face, especially K. Rhodes, went from jovial chatter to….oh man no playoffs.

    Great great win. Rookie played ok….Check. Great protection….Check. Defense protected the nest with attitude…..Check. Red pants…..Check. Adrian Wilson body slam tackle……….Check. Fake field goal awesomeness…..Check. Return TD record….Check. Run the ball down their throat in the 4th……….Check. Bittersweet victory……….. ugh Check!

    Who cares about draft status. Win.

  31. By Chris on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone who wanted the Cards to get a higher draft pick, CALM DOWN!! The Cards can always trade up in the draft if needed.

  32. By Chuck 1 on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    For those fans who are ready to canonize Whiz and make him a Saint (religious, that is, not as in a New Orleans Saint), now that the Cards have finally won a game, let’s take a moment and remember what he has done this season:
    #1. He botched the Matt Leinart situation (not that I think that Matt was the answer to the Cards QB situation).
    #2. He was a key part in the decision to sign Derek Anderson and even worse, play him over and over even when he was ineffective.
    #3. He decided to play a QB, Max Hall, who was not drafted by ANY NFL team in SEVEN rounds. By so doing, he passed over a QB, Skelton, who Graves and he drafted in the fifth round. (The game against Denver shows what MIGHT have been i.e. the Cards might have had another win or two and have a realistic chance at a playoff berth).
    #4. He probably strongly influenced Graves to sign Faneca and Porter (the Steeler connection, what else), who have been marginally effective at best.
    #5. As OC, he has made numerous questionable calls.
    #6. He hired Bill Davis, a friend, who had such a terrible record as the DC for the ‘9ers that he was fired.. The Cards have one of the worst records in the NFL for points allowed.

  33. By Jman on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    I’m surprised no one is mentioning the lack of tackling on special teams. Their kr tore us up, luckily or defense showed up this week, that would have been a game killer against any other teams. PS… Loving skelton, he is definatly something we can work with.

  34. By johnnybluenose on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    re larry fitz and a possible contract extension. i don’t expect many of you or, maybe, any of you to agree with me but i think the best thing for the cardinals is to trade fitz now while he still has some value. we only won four games with him this year and a lot of his catches and yardage were late in games that were already decided. let’s be honest, he is a non-factor. and, without a very good qb, he will be a non-factor next year as well. move him, get something good for him and use the substantial money we would otherwise be paying him to improve in other areas.

  35. By Darren Urban on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    johnnyblue —

    RE: Fitz trade

    He has a no-trade clause in his contract, meaning he has control of the situation.

  36. By Lone-Eagle on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply


    Question? Due to the fact that the Panthers have the worsy record in the league and the Cards are out of the hunt, is it possible the game will be blacked out due to possibly not seeling out, or do the Cards have a contract with the Networks?

  37. By Darren Urban on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    Lone-Eagle —

    RE: Panthers blackout

    Blackouts only pertain to the home market. The Cards game will be on TV in Arizona regardless.

  38. By cardsalltheway on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    “Hello, you play to win,”
    Darren wrote…The wide receiver(Steve Breaston) isn’t naïve. He’s heard the thought process, those out there who say it makes more sense for the Cardinals to lose…Except it doesn’t really makes sense, not to him. It’s laughable, really – which is why he laughed…“If you are a fan of the game, you see that,” Breaston said. “But as a player … it’s our job…”

    So, does that mean the “fans” are naive?

    Except it doesn’t really makes sense, not to him. It’s laughable, really – which is why he laughed.
    “If you are a fan of the game, you see that,” Breaston said. “But as a player … it’s our job…”

    Aren’t all “players/fans” different?

    For this to have even been brought up(teams trying to lose or not caring whether they do in favor for…?) means there just might be good reason, if so what do you suppose the reason(s) is/are?

  39. By Darren Urban on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    Cardsall —

    RE: Losing out

    I suppose there are reasons, which come down to higher draft picks. But again, I can’t find anyone internally that says that even is worth it — unless you are guaranteed a Peyton Manning, for instance. And even in the moment, you can’t be 100 percent sure the player (in this case, Luck) will be that player.

    All of which I addressed in the column.

  40. By Big Red on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, Chuck 1 go read the newspaper sitting in the toilet bowl. Don’t worry be happy!!!!! Give me a name of another Cardinal coach that has don better than Coach Whiz. What happen, happen the future is bright with Skelton wait and see. And I mean in Arizona, not St. Louis I know about Air Coryell. To much negative is not good for you. Let bygones be bygones. He’ll fix his mistakes after the season. NO ONE IS PERFECT!

  41. By Scott H on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    johnnybluenose –

    Objection your honor! I see your logic, but I do not want to see a trade involving Fitzgerald. OK, you say he was a “non-factor” this year…but why was that? Was he injured? No. Have his skills diminished? HELL NO! Is he getting older and losing a step? No. Is he still one of THE most utterly talented and physically gifted WR’s in the game, and still in his prime? Yes and Yes. He fell off this year because of the tragically poor play of our QB’s this year, plain and simple. Well, I have to think the organization will be trying to address that situation in order to get us back on track in the immediate future. So…we should trade Fitz so that when we are better at QB, we no longer have the guy who is capable of being one of the most lethal weapons in the NFL??? How does that help us??? As bad as this season has been, the Cardinals are not a team that needs to be blown up so we can start all over again. Shoot, if Warner is here this year, this team is winning the West again and heading right back to the play-offs. Losing the QB that made this thing go is what brought the roof down. But it’s still a pretty nice house underneath! Let’s fix the roof and get back to enjoying the house we have instead of putting up a sale sign and moving to another neighborhood. Aside from being such a great WR, Fitz is also a fine individual, a class act, and the kind of guy you want as the face of your franchise. Guys like him don’t just grow on trees. We’re gonna find that out real quick if we let him go.

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