Around the NFC West: Warner and the Hall
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Rick Brown of the Des Moines Register reports from Kurt Warner's recently taped appearance for "Homecoming with Rick Reilly" on ESPN. Dick Vermeil and others from Warner's past gathered to celebrate the quarterback's career from Cedar Rapids to the NFL. Reilly and Vermeil are among those campaigning for Warner's eventual enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Brown: "Vermeil has 25 statistical categories on his chart, covering regular season and playoff games. Warner, the Iowa native and Arizona Cardinals quarterback, leads more categories than anyone else, from Johnny Unitas to Bob Griese, Joe Montana to Steve Young, Peyton Manning to Tom Brady."
Greg Johns of seattlepi.com provides additional details about the Mt. Rainier climb featuring Seahawks coach Jim Mora and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Mora and Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke are working out together early each morning in preparation for the climb. Goodell is working out in New York. Johns: "The group will spend the first day on Rainier doing some specific mountaineering training, then will hike up to Muir. From there it's a midnight wake-up call to begin the climb to the summit of the majestic, 14,411-foot mountain, with a goal of reaching the top by sunrise on July 7 before beginning the long haul back down."
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says Mora allowed Seahawks players to take their playbooks with them on vacation this offseason. The team is learning new schemes.
Seahawks fan WeeHawk12 passes along footage from Bobby Engram's recent celebrity softball game in Seattle. The video features Lofa Tatupu, Marcus Trufant, Seneca Wallace and numerous others, including players from other teams.
Stephen Oh of AccuScore isn't expecting a breakout season from Rams quarterback Marc Bulger. Oh: "Like it or not, Marc Bulger 2009 is going to be Marc Bulger 2007/2008 and not Marc Bulger pre-2007. He completes under 60 percent of his passes and throws more interceptions than touchdowns. He no longer has Tory [sic] Holt and no one on the team had more than 3 TD receptions all of last year. Any offense that the Rams muster will come on the ground through Steven Jackson. Marc Bulger is forecasted for 3,200 yards 16 TDs, and 16 INTs. This would be an improvement on his last two injury plagued seasons."
David Fucillo of Niners Nation thinks Alex Smith will have a hard time winning the 49ers' quarterback competition without Shaun Hill faltering. Fucillo: "So, let's pretend that Hill performs perfectly fine. Maybe not superstar performance, but he doesn't shoot himself in the foot. Would Alex Smith be able to surpass that sufficiently to become the starter week 1? I would have to guess no." How quickly the 49ers' receivers develop could influence the type of quarterback San Francisco prefers to run its offense. Having more firepower at receiver could favor Smith if he performs well enough in other areas to merit consideration.