Around the NFC West: Nolan's job security

October, 18, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee explains why he thinks 49ers coach Mike Nolan is safe from losing his job, at least for now. He says the 49ers aren't convinced a midseason change would make a big difference, and the team knew the schedule would be difficult early.

Also from Barrows: Manny Lawson lauds Giants tight end Kevin Boss as a very good blocker.

John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News says 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz sounds more like a head coach than Nolan. Martz took responsibility for failing to run the ball on second down against the Eagles. He explained why he threw on first down, blaming execution for that aspect of the failures.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers have had recurring problems with their headsets during games, suggesting this is a leaguewide problem. For more on the hardware involved, check out my story from last season. 

Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com quotes Martz as saying the Browns beat the Giants because they were aggressive on offense.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says Lawson needs some good luck for a change.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat breaks down key matchups in the 49ers-Giants game.

Darren Sabedra of the San Jose Mercury News says Lawson has "no questions" about his hamstring holding up.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com offers part one of an interview with Cardinals general manager Rod Graves, who says the team wasn't serious about any trades this season.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer paints a grim picture of the Seahawks heading into their game against the Bucs.

Also from Farnsworth: Seneca Wallace gets the start at quarterback.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Wallace is much improved from two seasons ago, according to coach Mike Holmgren.

Charlie Campbell of Pewter Report checks in with former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, who laments the "unfortunate timing" of a Seattle Times investigative report that included previously unpublished information about an alleged rape victim.

Danny O'Neil and Jose Romero of the Seattle Times say Holmgren is relieved to have two healthy quarterbacks this week.

Jim Thomas and Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch fill their Rams notebook with items on Pisa Tinoisamoa, Richie Incognito, Orlando Pace and Tony Romo.

Also from Coats: Torry Holt admits to getting frustrated with his lack of production. The Rams' receiver also says he should have been more aggressive going after the football against Washington. Holt made some key catches for short gains, but his overall production lagged.

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