Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic says there's a market for the lifestyle Kurt and Brenda Warner promote in their new book. Recent events have created what she calls an uneasy juxtaposition: "On the same day police declared that a former NFL quarterback died at the hands of his mistress, I am staring at an active NFL quarterback luring hundreds to a book signing that celebrates his relationship with his wife and seven children."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com, in response to SI.com's Don Banks, thinks it's no big deal if Matt Leinart spends another year on the bench. The team just paid big bucks to Kurt Warner. There's no way Leinart should get on the field if Warner is able to play.
Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind sizes up the Cardinals' linebackers and how they fit into a 3-4 defense. He mentions nine other 3-4 teams. I would add the Broncos and Chiefs to the list.
Taylor Price of 49ers.com says kicker Joe Nedney expressed concerns for former teammate Steve McNair's family following the retired quarterback's murder. Nedney: "I'm still trying to wrap my mind about the whole situation. But ultimately my heart goes out to his family, especially to his wife Mechelle, and his four sons. I hope they can get through this whole thing, too."
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News runs the 49ers' practice schedule for training camp. Only four practices open to the public this year.
David Fucillo of Niners Nation solicits votes for the best outside linebackers in team history. Dave Wilcos was a seven-time Pro Bowl choice and five-time All-Pro during the 1960s and 1970s. He had prototypical size (6-foot-3 and 240 pounds) and missed only one game to injury.
Turf Show Times' VanRam projects the Rams' 53-man roster. I love these exercises and will do them for each team periodically as the season approaches. VanRam gives the Rams four running backs, six wide receivers and 10 offensive linemen. I think keeping 10 offensive linemen would be a luxury. All but five NFL teams kept nine or fewer on the initial cutdown to 53 players last summer. Every NFC West team kept nine. But we shall see.
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com checks in with tight ends coach Frank Leonard as part of his continuing series on the Rams' assistants. Leonard is one of the louder assistant coaches I've heard as far as how he projects himself during practices.
Tim Klutsarits of examiner.com breaks down some of the best players in Rams history by various positions.
John Zenor of the Associated Press says former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is traveling the country on a Christian mission trip while hoping an NFL team requests his services as a player. Alexander says he has received no offers yet.
Art Thiel of seattlepi.com reports in detail from Mount Rainier following the recent climb featuring Roger Goodell and Jim Mora. Thiel: "Breaking through, Goodell and the rope teams continued at a measured pace onto the summit, arriving not long after sunrise. It was 9 degrees. The wind was picking up, clouds were back to re-sock the mountain, uncharacteristic for July. The celebration was brief in order to make safely the long slog down by mid-afternoon."
Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly says early signs suggest Max Unger could start for the Seahawks as a rookie. I've felt this way since draft day. Unger's versatility allows him to play any of the three interior positions, where the incumbent starters are coming off injury-shortened seasons.
Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts is excited about the possibility of Unger becoming a starter.
John Morgan of Field Gulls reflects on Patrick Kerney's lost 2008 season while trying to project the Seattle defensive end's future. Morgan: "Kerney's got about as bad a bunch of injuries as a defensive lineman can have without losing his back or knees. I don't expect a precipitous drop, though it's happened to better ends than Kerney, but anything approaching his 2007 is far fetched."