Around the NFC West: Tracing Holmgren, Reid

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune traces the connection between Mike Holmgren and Andy Reid to the time they spent under Vic Rowen at San Francisco State. Holmgren took a pay cut to get his start in coaching there. Holmgren: "We lived in a little apartment. I remember, we were right across from campus and had four kids in one room. It was quite something."

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks hope to know more about Patrick Kerney's surgically repaired shoulder by Tuesday.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says injuries and rumors surrounding Jim Mora have overshadowed the Seahawks' opponent in Week 9.

Also from Farnsworth: Holmgren initially thought Kerney's injury wasn't serious. Now he isn't so sure.

More from Farnsworth: Mora removes any doubt about his intentions for the 2009 season.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks could enter Week 9 without two Pro Bowl players on defense and the star from their victory at San Francisco.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says it's easy to dismiss the importance of a running game when Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin are your starting receivers.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals feel better about the tight end position now that Ben Patrick appears ready to return. The Cardinals hoped entering the season that Patrick would emerge as the all-around tight end they have coveted.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee hands out "D" grades for the 49ers' offense and defense.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers hope to find out who leaked details of Mike Singletary's halftime speech in Week 8.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' Torry Holt is frustrated about not getting more footballs thrown his way. In theory, Holt should face better coverage matchups once teams adjust focus on stopping deep-threat Donnie Avery.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says rookie Chris Long can dominate a game, according to someone who would know: Leonard Little.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat quotes Holt as saying he hasn't been getting as many chances to run deep routes.

Also from Korte: Steven Jackson hopes to play for the Rams against Arizona, but the running back's status won't be known until he warms up Sunday.