Around the NFC West: Assessing Coffee's role

July, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee assesses the 49ers' running backs. He wonders whether Glen Coffee might ultimately play a bigger role in the offense than Michael Crabtree. Frank Gore might have something to say about that. Coffee would need a highly impressive preseason to siphon many carries from Gore at this point, in my view.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider defends his position that the 49ers would be better off running a West Coast offense in the tradition of Bill Walsh.

David Fucillo of Niners Nation sees an 11-5 record as a best-case scenario for the 49ers.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat explains what Mike Singletary might have meant when he said the 49ers should aspire to being "physical with an 'f' ". Maiocco: "What it boils down to, I believe, is the letter 'F' is a lot more forceful than the soft-looking and passive 'Ph.' After all, why does a man like Singletary need two letters to form one sound? That's what it's all about. A physical, tough-minded team -- that is how offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye describes what he wants to see from his unit -- does not need two when one should suffice."

Scott McKillop of the 49ers files a 49ers.com diary featuring information about his girlfriend. McKillop: "It's important that I spend time with Allison. We've been together seven and a half years. We were high school sweethearts and have been together since the end of our sophomore year. As you can probably tell she's very important to me. We had homeroom together in high school and that's where we first met. We were also voted the best male and female athletes of our school. I guess in a way, it's a storybook relationship."

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says Kurt Warner and Dick Vermeil remain close friends. Warner: "He saw something special in me that no one else saw," Warner said. "And he continually let me know that he believed in me. When everyone else doubted and questioned me, he encouraged me and gave me the confidence to play the way I was gifted to play and not worry about anything else."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic provides a heads up on an NFL Films feature showcasing receivers with the best hands. Larry Fitzgerald was fourth, one spot behind Steve Largent.

Also from Somers: The Cardinals knew what they could expect from Edgerrin James and Terrelle Smith. The same cannot be said for their replacements.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat explains what Mike Singletary might have meant when he said the 49ers should aspire to being "physical with an 'f' ". Maiocco: "What it boils down to, I believe, is the letter 'F' is a lot more forceful than the soft-looking and passive 'Ph.' After all, why does a man like Singletary need two letters to form one sound? That's what it's all about. A physical, tough-minded team -- that is how offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye describes what he wants to see from his unit -- does not need two when one should suffice."

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says Kurt Warner and Dick Vermeil remain close friends. Warner: "He saw something special in me that no one else saw," Warner said. "And he continually let me know that he believed in me. When everyone else doubted and questioned me, he encouraged me and gave me the confidence to play the way I was gifted to play and not worry about anything else."

Scott McKillop of the 49ers files a 49ers.com diary featuring information about his girlfriend. McKillop: "It's important that I spend time with Allison. We've been together seven and a half years. We were high school sweethearts and have been together since the end of our sophomore year. As you can probably tell she's very important to me. We had homeroom together in high school and that's where we first met. We were also voted the best male and female athletes of our school. I guess in a way, it's a storybook relationship."

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider defends his position that the 49ers would be better off running a West Coast offense in the tradition of Bill Walsh.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee assesses the 49ers' running backs. He wonders whether Glen Coffee might ultimately play a bigger role in the offense than Michael Crabtree. Frank Gore might have something to say about that.

David Fucillo of Niners Nation sees an 11-5 record as a best-case scenario for the 49ers.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic provides a heads up on an NFL Films feature showcasing receivers with the best hands. Larry Fitzgerald was fourth, one spot behind Steve Largent.

Also from Somers: The Cardinals knew what they could expect from Edgerrin James and Terrelle Smith. The same cannot be said for their replacements.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com takes a peek at "Madden 10" screenshots featuring the Cardinals.

Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind places Jerheme Urban and Sean Morey "on the bubble" in his look at the Cardinals' wide receivers.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recalls the Rams' 1999 championship season under Vermeil in a series of remembrances.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams broug
ht in a couple of players for tryouts without offering contracts. Coats: "Former Mizzou wide receiver Tommy Saunders and return man Terrance Sanders, an Eastern Illinois U. product who plays for the Boise Burn of the af2 indoor football league, had tryouts with the St. Louis Rams."

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com checks in with linebacker Leroy Hill. Farnsworth: "The role the coaches envision for Hill is similar to the one Derrick Brooks used to fill with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lance Briggs plays for the Chicago Bears. Each was voted to the Pro Bowl last season -- Brooks for the 11th time and Briggs the fourth."

Also from Farnsworth: Cory Redding's versatility is key for Seattle.

Brian McIntyre of scout.com says long-snapper Kevin Houser, signed Thursday by Seattle, became available after the Saints released him. McIntyre notes that Houser "had encouraged several current and former Saints players and coaches, including head coach Sean Payton and Archie Manning, to invest in a tax credit program that had lost about $2 million."

John Morgan of Field Gulls revisits Mansfield Wrotto's 2008 season with the Seahawks. In case you'd forgotten, Wrotto was the player Seattle drafted with the choice acquired from San Francisco in the Darrell Jackson trade. Wrotto has improved, but not enough to project as a starter at this point.

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