Around the NFC West: Haslett gets tough

October, 14, 2008
10/14/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Jim Haslett isn't just talking a good game. The coach's hit on a Redskins player revealed the new coach as putting money and mouth in the same place.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com says Rams guard Richie Incognito was fortunate the team overcame Incognito's inexplicable fourth-quarter penalty Sunday.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams will lose fullback Brian Leonard for the season. Receiver Dane Looker has resumed practicing. Kicker Josh Brown has accounted for more than half the Rams' points this season.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat hits on issues ranging from Incognito to Cowboys quarterback Brad Johnson.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers will not make lineup changes on defense. Former linebacker Gary Plummer, now part of the 49ers' radio team, would shake up things if he were coach. Also, Nolan rolls on safety Dashon Goldson in defending his decision to stick with veteran Mark Roman. Ouch.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quotes Nolan as saying the 49ers simply need to become more consistent (as opposed to making changes). Another version of this here.

Also from Barrows: Eagles fans made themselves heard at Candlestick Park, a bad sign.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle has a tough time finding likely victories on the 49ers' upcoming schedule, no matter what Nolan says.

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle thinks the 49ers' coaches should turn to players for potential answers to what ails the team.

Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News explains why, in her view, Nolan should be fired. She points to alleged incompetence, lack of accountability, defensive collapses, offensive problems and window dressing.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News points to J.T. O'Sullivan's fourth-quarter passer rating (48.1) as one reason for the 49ers' problems.

Also from Brown: A look at everything from replay challenges to Nolan's game-day attire.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Kurt Warner will use the Cardinals' bye week to recover from injuries. His hands remain a problem.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic measures Steve Breaston's contributions to the Cardinals' offense. She thinks his emergence affects long-term thinking on Anquan Boldin.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals will try to break through on the road in the coming weeks. Three of their next four games are away from home.

Bob Young of the Arizona Republic explains why it's safe to jump on the Cardinals' bandwagon this season (as opposed to past seasons).

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer tries to make sense of Matt Hasselbeck's injury situation. Good luck. Also, Mike Holmgren disputed the holding call that wiped out Julius Jones' 51-yard touchdown run. The coach also singled out several players for performing well against the Packers: defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, defensive end Patrick Kerney, safeties Deon Grant and Brian Russell, tight end John Carlson, receiver Koren Robinson and guard Mike Wahle. 

Also from Farnsworth: A power outage at Seahawks headquarters seemed fitting.

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the odds are against any team that loses four of its first five games. The Seahawks are no different.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune sees a "complex backdrop of misinformation" in the Seahawks' previous comments about Hasselbeck's back.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says Holmgren is keeping his message optimistic. A coach can beat up on his team only so much. Also, the coach might give Maurice Morris additional playing time.

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