Around the NFC West: Cards brace for blitzes

January, 14, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Eagles' blitz schemes will test the Cardinals. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley on Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson: "He develops a smart defense. All the players on that defense understand what he's trying to get done with each call. You don't always see that everywhere, but with him, you see it. He's a pain to play against, for that reason." 

Also from Somers, with Bob McManaman: Bertrand Berry appreciates the Cardinals' success after enduring four losing seasons with the team.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald remains a bit of a mystery, choosing to keep a low profile.

The East Valley Tribune carries a 2005 story from the Philadelphia Daily News explaining how the Eagles once planned a move to Phoenix.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Jim Mora sounded like a political visionary in addressing reporters during Mora's first news conference as the Seahawks' head coach.

Also from Farnsworth: Mora heeds advice from Monte Kiffin in hiring Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times explains what Mora plans to do differently in his second stint as an NFL head coach.

Also from O'Neil: A quick look at changes to the Seahawks' coaching staff.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times emerged from Mora's news conference convinced the Seahawks hired the right man. Brewer: "He was free, unrestrained, raw at times, as he talked about family, football and learning from mistakes. And yet, though he revealed himself with incomparable energy, he rarely stammered. He managed to be smooth and real at once, a levelheaded crowd pleaser."

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Mora showed respect for Mike Holmgren while remaining true to his own style and personality.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says there's no denying the energy and passion Mora brings to the job.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch draws comparisons between Rams coaching candidate Leslie Frazier and outgoing Colts coach Tony Dungy. Thomas: "But Dungy is not Frazier's only coaching influence. As a cornerback for the Chicago Bears a quarter-century ago, Frazier played for one of the game's most successful and most colorful defensive coordinators in Buddy Ryan. Ryan's flamboyant personality didn't rub off on Frazier, but Ryan's flexibility and willingness to listen to his players did."

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has praise for the Rams' coaching search, even if conducting interviews in Los Angeles might not sit well with everyone.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams appear most likely to hire a defensive head coach.

Niners scout Todd Brunner checks in from East-West Shrine week, where Iowa cornerback Bradley Fletcher is among those enjoying a strong week.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com says Allen Rossum hopes to re-sign with the team.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle checks in with Vantz Singletary, nephew of the head coach and new 49ers assistant.

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