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Around the NFC West: Stifling QB dilemma

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has simple choices at quarterback heading into the team's bye week. There's no use overthinking them.

Carroll can stick with the status quo if doctors clear Tarvaris Jackson to play despite a strained pectoral muscle. If Jackson needs extra time to heal, Carroll can plug Charlie Whitehurst into the lineup without benching Jackson. And if Whitehurst were to play exceptionally well, Carroll could then say he's decided to stick with the hot hand.

There's no reason for Seattle to make a decision at the position without knowing more about Jackson's potential availability for the team's Week 7 game against the Cleveland Browns.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the team has no plans to add another quarterback to its roster. That is because the team feels comfortable with Whitehurst and third quarterback Josh Portis, and because the bye week gives Jackson additional time to heal. Carroll on Portis: "I've seen enough of him. I know what he can do. I think that the mode that we're in will really be exciting for him to be out there, and he'll be able to handle it. He's been doing no-huddle and 2-minute drills throughout camp and all, against the defense. He's going to cause problems for people if he plays. We've already seen it." Noted: Not having an elite quarterback allows the Seahawks to change starters without losing a great deal.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says there's no quarterback controversy in Seattle. Jackson is the starter if healthy enough to play.

Liz Mathews of 710ESPN Seattle runs through all the Seahawks' injuries, with comments from Carroll. Marcus Trufant's lower back is a concern.

Brady Henderson of 710ESPN Seattle says Leon Washington's heads-up play was critical to officials allowing Whitehurst's winning touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News lists former 49ers and current Seahawks personnel man Scot McCloughan as a potential candidate to help the Raiders through the post-Al Davis era.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passes along Jim Harbaugh's explanation for calling a pass play on fourth-and-3 while leading by 38 points with 4:46 remaining in the game Sunday. Noted: There was no need to push the ball down the field with a three-receiver personnel grouping, but also no guarantees against injury had the team run the ball up the middle, either.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says tight end Delanie Walker gives the 49ers flexibility as they move on without Morgan.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News looks ahead to an unlikely matchup for NFC prominence between the 49ers and Lions.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are getting Rod Hood ready to play a significant role on defense as the team deals with injuries at cornerback. Thomas: "Like college students cramming for a final, these new Rams cornerbacks have been doing all they can to learn the defensive schemes. Their first 'exam' comes Sunday when they'll be trying to keep up with the NFL's deepest receiver corps. Hood's bye weekend consisted of meetings with Rams cornerbacks coach Clayton Lopez, followed by film study of the Packers, followed by more meetings with Lopez, etc."

Also from Thomas: Danny Amendola's absence as a punt returner is affecting the Rams' field position.

More from Thomas: Josh McDaniels' struggles to fix the Rams' offense.

Roger Hensley of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asks colleagues what the Rams can do to slow the Packers' offense. Bernie Miklasz: "The Rams have no choice but to play a lot of zone defense to try and limit Green Bay’s yards per attempt and yards per completion. A good pass rush is mandatory but the rush has been inconsistent so far this season. The Rams offense can help by establishing an edge in time of possession. The Rams need to put together some long, time-consuming drives. But that will be difficult against a tough, underrated Packers defense. Perhaps the Packers will flatten out after yet another big win, this time Sunday night in Atlanta. Maybe the Packers will overlook the Rams. I doubt it."

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt will not suddenly abandon his coaching principles following four consecutive defeats. Whisenhunt: "I know what I believe in, what we believe in, works. And I know you stick to it. I remember probably four years ago, a lot of people banging on us, saying we weren't a very good team, and we went to the Super Bowl. I believe in sticking with what we know works. ... We're going to continue to work the way that we know can be successful for us and at some point, it will start working."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the team will be without starting free safety Kerry Rhodes for at least several weeks after Rhodes suffered a broken foot against the Vikings. Urban: "Rhodes, who could have surgery, is expected to return this season, Whisenhunt added, but for now Rashad Johnson will take his place in the lineup."