Around the NFC West: Rams bigger -- and better?

July, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bill Coats of Around the Horns focuses on the Rams' youth movement in looking at the team as part of an NFC West offseason recap. Coats: "In addition to getting younger, the Rams also got bigger with the additions of free-agent pickups Jason Brown, a 6-foot-3, 320-pound center, and James Butler, a 6-3, 215-pound strong safety, plus tackle Jason Smith, a 6-5, 306-first-round draftee."

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com checks in with Rams offensive line coach Steve Loney, a holdover from the previous staff. Loney: "I think there's always some anxiety whenever you are a holdover. This is my first experience with it but I know I have gone into new situations with guys that have been held over and I have empathy for them. I would say that coach Spags and I talked coming in that it's important I be treated just like anybody else and he has done that. He's treated me great so any anxiety was not well founded. Everything has gone pretty smooth."

Also from Wagoner: a report on assistant line coach Art Valero as part of a continuing series on assistant coaches.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com looks back on Ray Wersching's career with the 49ers. Price: "If you ask him which field goal meant the most to him during his entire career, Wersching insists it was his game-winning field goal on November 22, 1981, which beat the Los Angeles Rams 33-31."

David Fucillo of Niners Nation asks whether Joe Montana was the best football player in NFL history. Montana was the best quarterback for the 49ers when they fielded some of the best offenses in NFL history. That's good enough.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com checks in with Cardinals rookie Cody Brown. Cardinals scout Don Corzine was with Brown at UConn, giving Arizona a better feel for the pass-rusher. Brown: "Pound for pound, he was the strongest kid at UConn. He is extremely athletic. You can see his upside."

Also from Urban: Rookies are dispersing for what remains of the offseason.

Revenge of the Birds' Bezekira wonders whether any Cardinals player will reach at least 10 sacks this season. I would think not.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times checks in with Jim Mora, Tod Leiweke and Roger Goodell following their successful climb on Mount Rainier. Goodell: "There's some fear involved, I'll tell you. You're out there on the middle of this mountain, it's pitch black, and you're out there with 12 people or so, and you have flashlights on your helmet."

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune provides spectacular photos from the Mount Rainier climb. Guide Ed Viesturs took the photos.

John Morgan of Field Gulls looks back on the Seahawks' trade for Deion Branch. Branch has played well when he's been healthy. He simply hasn't been healthy nearly enough.

Also from Morgan: Will Mike Wahle bounce back from recent injuries to give the Seahawks' a veteran presence at left guard?

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