Around the NFC West: Boldin back, Edge edgy

October, 23, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com provides evidence that Anquan Boldin will return from injury in Week 8. Boldin told teammate Bert Berry on the radio that there's no way he'll miss the game at Carolina.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says running back Edgerrin James isn't happy about criticism directed his way. James wants the ball more and he doesn't sound thrilled about the offensive system, which differs from the one he expected to run upon signing with Arizona.

Also from Somers: The Panthers are convinced Boldin will play Sunday.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune looks at Sean Morey's preparation on special teams, calling it "no fluke" when the receiver blocked a punt against Dallas.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says he's a bit surprised by the level of anger shown by 49ers fans. 

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says new 49ers coach Mike Singletary told players they should strive to be good enough for friends and family to demand tickets from them.

Also from Crumpacker: Mike Holmgren declines comment on whether he would coach the 49ers next season.

The 49ers' Web site carries a transcript of Singletary's comments at his midweek news conference.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat runs a transcript of Holmgren's interview with 49ers beat reporters.

Also from Maiocco: Singletary runs the 49ers through a practice for the first time as head coach. Says linebacker Jeff Ulbrich: "He could tell you how to tie shoes, and you'd get excited about it."

More from Maiocco: a story with Holmgren's thoughts on 49ers-related rumors. Holmgren shares a story about what Bill Walsh told him about life outside coaching, capped by a funny quote about the late coach's beverage of choice.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee could hear Singletary's post-practice speech from 100 yards away.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes about Holmgren's job status and Julius Jones' sideline outburst, issues that reflect the team's poor record.

Also from Farnsworth: D.D. Lewis has another good day at Seahawks practice.

More from Farnsworth: He takes one last look at Jones' sideline frustrations.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at the Holmgren-49ers rumors before getting into Holmgren's thoughts on cornerback Kelly Jennings. The coach defends the cornerback's play against the Bucs.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune explains the specific reasons for Jones' anger during the Tampa Bay game. The running back wanted to stay on the field for second down.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Holmgren probably won't take Jones out of the game when a similar situation arises.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' recent success has spurred a run on ticket sales.

Also from Thomas: Steven Jackson doesn't guarantee he'll play against the Patriots.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Orlando Pace will return to the lineup at left tackle for the Rams.

More from Coats: Rookie defensive end Chris Long speaks to his famous father, Howie, every day. Coats also points out that the Rams are plus-six in turnovers since Jim Haslett became head coach.

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