Around the NFC West: Hasselbeck not ready
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks will remain without Matt Hasselbeck while the quarterback recovers from a back injury. A doctor tells Hasselbeck he won't need surgery, but a timetable remains elusive.
Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune quotes Hasselbeck's brother, Tim, as saying the back injury could keep Hasselbeck on the sideline for an extended period.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks are opening up their offense. Coach Mike Holmgren: "If you're going to go down, go down with your guns blazing."
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the once-potent Seattle ground game appears to be stuck in neutral. The 49ers loaded up to stop it, perhaps figuring Seattle didn't have the weapons to make big plays in the passing game.
Michael Steffes of Seahawks Addicts compares the Seahawks' defensive stats to the Chargers' defensive stats after San Diego fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.
Also from Steffes: The Eagles have had trouble stopping tight ends this season. That could mean good things for Seattle's John Carlson in Week 9.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams have finished the toughest part of their schedule, but they haven't beaten the Cardinals in St. Louis since 2004.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers' offense will become more deliberate with Shaun Hill at quarterback. Cutting down on turnovers is key.
Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle doubts Mike Singletary's passion can turn around the 49ers this season. History is not on the interim coach's side.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle offers a midseason outlook on the 49ers, noting that five of the team's final eight games are on the road.
Also from Crumpacker: Grades for offense, defense, special teams and coaching.
Billy Witz of the New York Times says Singletary's postgame tirade is gone but not forgotten. The difference between Singletary's rant and other famous ones involving NFL coaches? Singletary ripped players.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers expect Hill to manage the game, although Hill says he doesn't think along those lines when he plays.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch previews the Rams' upcoming ceremony honoring former coach Dick Vermeil. Former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner will be in town with the Cardinals, no coincidence. That's how Vermeil wanted it.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com looks at Larry Fitzgerald's acting debut. The Cardinals' receiver asked for a script re-write to avoid sounding cocky.
David Scott of the Charlotte Observer says the Panthers might have foiled the Cardinals' fake field-goal try through a misunderstanding. Dirk Johnson's floater of a pass also doomed the play.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Matt Leinart's future with the Cardinals depends on what happens with Warner. Leinart says he's becoming a better player even though he's not getting on the field during games.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic looks at the Cardinals' efforts to boost their running game.