Around the NFC West: Hill hardly riled

March, 21, 2009
3/21/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says Shaun Hill's equanimity should serve him well during the 49ers' ongoing quarterback competition. Wait, didn't J.T. O'Sullivan's edginess gave the offense some needed life?

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Mike Singletary is running a tough camp even though it's only March. Maiocco: "After three plays of team work, Singletary stopped practice to forcefully remind his players what offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye has implemented as a fundamental in the huddle. He wants all the players in the team's offensive huddle to have their hands on their knees as the play is being called." I like it.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Jeff Ulbrich worked at the "Ted" linebacker spot in practice Friday. Not to worry, though. Takeo Spikes will be back soon. Also, Vernon Davis appears leaner. Barrows: "Over the past few years, he's had a definite weight lifters build, which may have hindered him as a pass catcher. I wonder if he's trying to improve his flexibility agility. Something to follow up on with Davis."

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Barry Sims and Adam Snyder are competing at right tackle while Steelers free agent Marvel Smith considers an offer from the 49ers.

Also from Brown: Hill wasn't going to pull a Jay Cutler when the 49ers brought in Kurt Warner for a free-agent visit. Probably a good idea.

More from Brown: He runs quotes from various 49ers, including Singletary, Hill and Alex Smith.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Cardinals pass rusher Travis LaBoy has cut 11 inches from his hair to benefit cancer patients who lose theirs. LaBoy and his wife have pledged to make annual hair donations to an organization that provides hair to patients in need.

Also from Urban: a team-produced video featuring coach Ken Whisenhunt answering written questions from fans. Whisenhunt points to Adrian Wilson's hit on Trent Edwards as one of the key plays of the season.

John Morgan of Field Gulls looks at what went right -- and wrong -- for Leonard Weaver in his final season as Seahawks fullback. Some of what went wrong: "His run blocking never developed. He's a hat-on-man blocker at a position where bludgeoning force is required. His pass blocking was overall quite good, but still inconsistent. He could bury a guy or miss him entirely."

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune quotes Weaver's agent as saying the fullback hasn't come close to reaching his potential -- in a good way.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers Rams-related notes, including an explanation for why Steven Jackson missed practice. The running back recently became a father. Also, cornerback Ron Bartell talks about some of the cosmetic changes Steve Spagnuolo has made at Rams Park: "You walk down the halls and you don't see any pictures [of individual players] around anymore. He took those down for a specific reason -- that it's not about the individual. It's about being a Ram and representing this city, representing this franchise."

VanRam of Turf Show Times says the Rams lack physical receivers. Might Cal Poly's Ramses Barden make sense for St. Louis?

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