Around the NFC West: Branch trade a lose-lose
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Mike Reiss of Reiss' Pieces revisits the Seahawks-Patriots trade involving receiver Deion Branch. The move might have kept the Patriots from a Super Bowl. The Seahawks, meanwhile, have realized little return on a substantial investment.
Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Maurice Morris will start at running back for the Seahawks against New England. Coach Mike Holmgren says he'll "sprinkle in" Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett.
Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune quotes Jim Mora's friend and former college roommate, Hugh Millen, as saying there's no chance Mora will become the next head coach at the University of Washington. Nothing has changed, in other words.
Also from Maiocco: highlights from Mike Singletary's midweek news conference, including an update on the return game.
Also from Somers: The Cardinals held a physical practice session after a few days of rest. Cornerback Rod Hood was back from injury, a big help for the secondary.
Andrew from Revenge of the Birds downloads our Pro Bowl spreadsheet and makes the case for Karlos Dansby. The issue always becomes: who gets left off. Brian Urlacher? Patrick Willis? Antonio Pierce?
Bill Coats of Around the Horns says Chris Draft could be back in the Rams' lineup at linebacker in Week 14. Also, rookie Chris Chamberlain is getting work with the starters on the strong side. The fact that coach Jim Haslett is turning to young players suggests he's keeping the Rams' long-term future in mind. Perhaps he feels the Rams will make him part of it.
Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Warner sees little extra significance in a chance to clinch the NFC West title against the Rams.