Around the NFC West: Rams-Titans flashback

July, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reached into its archives for a 2000 story about Steve McNair's performance against the Rams in the Super Bowl. Wrote Bill coats: "Tennessee had a final drive after Isaac Bruce's electrifying 73-yard touchdown catch with 1:54 remaining. The Titans started on their 12-yard line, but the splendidly elusive McNair quickly guided them downfield. McNair wriggled out of trouble and hooked up with wide receiver Kevin Dyson for a 16-yard gain to the Rams 10. Six seconds were on the clock as the Titans took their last timeout and mapped the strategy for a final play. Again, it was McNair to Dyson, who gathered in the pass at about the 5. [Mike] Jones wrapped him up at the 3, and Dyson's outstretched arms wound up about a yard short as time expired."

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says rookie quarterback Mike Teel is eager to learn from starter Matt Hasselbeck. Teel: "I always heard about how good Matt was. To actually watch him work and the way he goes about it, the mental approach he takes towards it is incredible. For me, to come in and watch how he does it, you can't even put into words how beneficial that is." 

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times checks in with Seahawks coach Jim Mora and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as they prepare to climb Mount Rainier. Brewer: "I've been looking at Mount Rainier since I was a little boy, but I can't say that I ever aspired to climb. So now that I've kind of set my sights on this, I don't really have any goals past that as far as mountains are concerned. In terms of going to Mount McKinley or something like that after this, I don't know. I'm too old. And I've got too many kids running around that need me."

Aaron Weinberg of Seahawk Addicts challenges an NFC West assistant coach's contention that Hasselbeck is declining. Weinberg: "At 34-years-old he's not getting much better but the Addicts seam to universally agree that a healthy Matt unlocks success for the 2009 season. He missed nine games last year due to injury so you might wanna' just toss out 2008. By all accounts, Matt seems healthy and clicking."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Bob Titchenal, an original 49ers player and a former coach at San Jose State, passed away at age 91. A sign of how much times have changed: Titchenal played center on the football team at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds.

Also from Maiocco: Allen Rossum is a prohibitive favorite to emerge as the 49ers' return specialist, although the team has depth at the position. That depth was tested last season after injuries sidelined Rossum and Nate Clements.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com questions whether Darnell Dockett wrote the "announcement" suggesting Dockett had no plans to demand a trade or otherwise protest his contract. Urban: "Now, did Darnell write this? Uh, it's tough to think so. It's written like a press release and unlike anything Dockett has put on his Twitter page, including the tweet to announce that he'd have an announcement. ... Here's the question now: Will Anquan Boldin have a similar message when he arrives at camp?"

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