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Around the NFC West: Vernon Davis thrilled

Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is "thrilled to have Mike Johnson replace Jimmy Raye as offensive coordinator. Davis: "I strongly believe it's a good move, an awesome move. Mike Johnson is a talented young man, and he's hungry. ... We want to get everybody involved; that's the dream. You look at other teams; they take advantage of their talent. We've got a ton of guys. We want to use everybody we can, any way we can." These comments reveal plenty about what Davis -- and probably other players -- think about Raye. Davis lost confidence in Raye and thought Johnson could do a better job.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says 49ers coach Mike Singletary has put his job in Johnson's hands. The offensive coordinator becomes the most important hire for most defensive-minded head coaches. Singletary is now 0-for-1 in making the most important hire he can make. That puts his 49ers tenure on shaky ground.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quotes Davis as saying Johnson differs from Raye in part because Johnson seems "creative."

Also from Barrows: 49ers quarterback Alex Smith says Raye wasn't solely to blame for the 49ers' problems on offense. He also said this: "You can't be one-dimensional in this league. There's too much parity. You're not going to shove the ball down anyone's throat. You're not going to force things. You have to be able to get things done in different ways. You've got to be able to isolate your playmakers, find mismatches in the defense. That all comes into play, and I think we have the foundation to do those things." The perception of Raye -- and Singletary -- is that they want to shove the ball down opponents' throats even if it means forcing things.

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says quarterback Sam Bradford is gaining confidence. Bradford: "I don't think I can tell you on a scale of one 1-10 because I haven’t got to the point where [I’m] as comfortable as I was in college. It seems like the more I’m out there in game situations, the more comfortable I become. I think as long as that continues to happen, I’m going in the right direction as a player."

Also from Wagoner: Safety Craig Dahl is meeting with a specialist Tuesday and hoping to be cleared for the Rams' game against Seattle in Week 4.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams plan to be careful in practice with Steven Jackson while the running back fights through a strained groin.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' defense has given up only four touchdowns despite allowing lots of yards. The schedule has something to do with that. All three Rams opponents changed quarterbacks recently. The Redskins did so after last season. The Cardinals made the change not much more than a week before facing the Rams. The Raiders made the change at halftime against the Rams. The early schedule is far more favorable for the Rams this season than it was last season. The Rams were coming off a game against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at this point in the season one year ago.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says more than 8,000 tickets remained available for the Seahawks-Rams game Sunday.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams expect their confidence to grow following their second victory of the Steve Spagnuolo era.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Spagnuolo wants to move forward from the Rams' victory over the Redskins. Burwell: "I know what the preseason prognostications were for the Rams -- three, four, maybe five victories -- but those same predictions had the Niners with 10 victories. So the reality is, circumstances change fast in the NFL. Anything can and usually does happen in this league. If the Rams can score 30 points and beat Washington without Steven Jackson, how crazy is it to consider the possibility that they can find a way to defend their home turf against the Seahawks this weekend?" Not crazy at all.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals know there's much work to be done even though the team won in Week 4. Tim Hightower: "Sometimes, it is about how you are winning. Yeah you are finding a way to win, but that stuff will catch up to you. You are winning and that’s all good and well, and you’ll beat the teams you are supposed to beat, but against those teams that are sound, that stuff catches up to you."

Also from Urban: Despite some extenuating circumstances, Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson "obviously" needs to improve, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Urban: "For example, there was the play in which Larry Fitzgerald was left in coverage with Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. Had Anderson taken his time -- there was little pressure -- he should have been able to put some air under a throw and let Fitz go get it. But Anderson rushed himself and threw more of a line drive over Fitz’s head."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Whisenhunt saw significant improvement from the Cardinals against Oakland.

Also from Somers: a look at the problems Arizona experienced on punt returns Sunday.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic doesn't think Anderson is the answer at quarterback for Arizona. He thinks the team should switch to rookie Max Hall right away. That move would make the Cardinals more interesting to watch. Hall: "Yeah, I feel like I could do it. I have a lot to improve on, and there's nothing that can prepare you for live bullets unless it's live bullets. But I feel comfortable with all the schemes and all the game plans we've put in. I feel I could run it all. It's just a matter of getting the opportunity."

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Seahawks coach Pete Carroll owned up to the error he made right before halftime against the Chargers. Carroll: "I realized that after all those years at USC, with our offenses being so dynamic, I got a little bold about our situation. We need to take care of business better and I need to do a better job and make sure we get our points when we get our opportunities. They’re not always going to come around the way it used to seem like it happened." The mistake Carroll made in sending Matt Hasselbeck on a keeper when there wasn't enough time to ensure a field goal try as a fallback would have dominated postgame coverage if the Seahawks had lost the game.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks are better than they appear.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times offers injury updates for the Seahawks' Marcus Trufant, Mike Williams, Aaron Curry and Brandon Mebane. The Seahawks simplified their coverages once rookie Walter Thurmond replaced Trufant against the Chargers. Having Trufant and Curry out of the game also complicated efforts to cover Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. Any special coverages the Seahawks had prepared during the week would have been harder to execute with new faces in key places.

Brian McIntyre of scout.com breaks down the Seahawks' playing time against the Chargers. One of the things that stood out to me was how frequently the Seahawks removed tight end John Carlson when they went with base personnel. McIntyre counted seven such snaps.

Rod Mar of seahawks.com offers photos from Week 4. There are some great shots in there.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says Leon Washington got some unusual advice from family before the San Diego game.

Also from Farnsworth: Hasselbeck leads the NFL in third-down completion percentage.