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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Around the NFC West: Rams, Seahawks edition

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers-Cardinals game Monday night threw off the usual morning rhythm in terms of rounding up news and notes throughout the division. A look at what's happening with the Rams and Seahawks heading into Week 11:

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams coach Jim Haslett expressed anger during his day-after-game news conference. Haslett doesn't want to hear about the team's allegedly fragile psyche.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams center Nick Leckey played well against Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins. Leckey has struggled at times this season.

VanRam of Turf Show Times understands why the Rams are sticking with Bulger. The team simply doesn't have viable alternatives. Handing the ball to Brock Berlin would qualify as a little too desperate.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com says Haslett can't afford to lament the Rams' inadequacies. He needs to win somehow, some way.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks expect Matt Hasselbeck to start against the Cardinals in Week 11. Receiver Deion Branch also could return.

Michael Steffes of Seahawk Addicts comes to Keary Colbert's defense by providing perspective on the team's decision to acquire the receiver.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Hasselbeck's return comes at the right time because backup Seneca Wallace is hurting with a groin injury.

Also from Williams: The lineup at receiver could change in Seattle after the team suffered several dropped passes in Miami.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times quotes Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren as saying he should probably wait until later in the week before declaring Hasselbeck the starter. But the team does think Hasselbeck will play this week.