Around the NFC West: Haggans' value

July, 6, 2010
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Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are happy to have Clark Haggans in part because the veteran outside linebacker has the right attitude and approach. Somers: "In 2000, no one would have believed Haggans would have lasted this long. A fifth-round pick by the Steelers out of Colorado State, he converted from defensive end to linebacker. Haggans didn't become a starter until 2004 and missed just seven games over the next four seasons for the Steelers. An unrestricted free agent, he signed a three-year deal with the Cardinals before the 2008 season but missed the Super Bowl run because of a serious foot injury." That injury could have been a career-ender given Haggans' age. Strength coach John Lott: "Clark is a breath of fresh air in today's world," Lott says. "He's somebody who has an old-school approach to a new-school way of playing."

Cecilia Chan of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals want to rezone 129 acres near University of Phoenix Stadium.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com explains why he values former NFL scout Dave Razzano's take on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. Maiocco: "Razzano knows a lot more about scouting than I ever will. Therefore, I thought his opinion was very relevant. Does it mean I agree with what Razzano had to say? Yes and no. I agree, in retrospect, with Razzano that Smith should not have been a top pick. I also agree that if Smith were a third- or fourth-round pick, he would not be with the 49ers any longer. But I believe Smith will show dramatic improvement over last season. I also think he is good enough to steer the 49ers to the NFC West title." Earlier: Razzano says he likes Nate Davis more than Smith. Razzano on Smith: "I think he's exactly what I thought he'd be -- maybe a little worse. I thought he'd be a decent backup. But I watch him now, he just doesn't have the winning mentality. But he's a good kid and a smart kid and he probably looks good in practice. He misses simple 7-yard outs. He's just not accurate and he doesn't have the moxie." Those things might be true, but I still think Smith is the 49ers' best starting option entering the 2010 season.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says 49ers coach Mike Singletary will make an advance trip to London promoting the team's regular-season game there.

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