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Friday, January 29, 2010
Around the NFC West: Jackson's accuser

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Elizabethe Holland of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch updates the Steven Jackson situation, passing along thoughts from the running back's accuser, Supriya Harris. Harris: "Steven is my son's father and I want him to be a part of his life, but I want him to just get the help that he needs to address those issues of violence so that he doesn't pass those same ideologies on to my son. I just want to make sure that whatever he's dealing with ... can be addressed so that he doesn't affect my son -- his mind-set on women and violence -- in a negative way."

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch isn't expecting a happy conclusion to the Jackson saga.

Jim Rodenbush of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat says the voluntary statement from Harris wasn't part of the public record, a possible indication Harris might have provided it to TMZ.com.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com looks at four potential special-teams plays of the decade for Seattle, including Nate Burleson's 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a 24-22 victory over the Rams in 2006.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times caps his Senior Bowl coverage by posing a few Seahawks-related questions, including one about whether Justin Forsett will get a chance to win the starting job at running back. I thought the Seahawks would address that position in the first three rounds last year.

Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times says former Seahawks cornerback Kris Richard is leaving USC to become assistant secondary coach for Seattle under Jerry Gray. He was a graduate assistant for the Trojans.

Art Thiel of seattlepi.com says Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke has become a big believer in front-office "alignment" after watching the team struggle recently.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says Matt Leinart is about to receive one last chance to become the Cardinals' starting quarterback. Bickley: "Yet here's why it might work going forward, allowing the Cardinals to pursue more banners in the near future: Leinart really likes being 'the guy.' Depending on the quality of backup the team acquires, Leinart will be liberated from the pressure of in-house competition. It might make a profound difference. Remember his pedigree. He once succeeded Carson Palmer at the University of Southern California, and won 37 of 39 games. He's had big games and big NFL moments before, proving the game isn't too big for his shoulders. There's been just enough stardust to make this transition interesting."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic updates Brian St. Pierre's recovery from a back injury while looking at veteran quarterbacks eligible to become free agents. Somers: "Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt likes St. Pierre, but the quarterback obviously has to resolve his back problem to attract offers in free agency. With Kurt Warner retiring, it would be logical for St. Pierre to re-sign with the Cardinals, where he could begin the season as Matt Leinart's backup."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will provide Super Bowl analysis for the BBC in advance of San Francisco's 2010 game against the Broncos in London.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says it's too early to tell whether Mike Singletary will succeed as the 49ers' head coach. Like most teams, the 49ers will ultimately go as far as their quarterback can take them. Maiocco: "Where I see a problem is that Singletary was never a coordinator. He is a self-described 'big picture' coach. He can tell his assistant coaches and players what he wants, but he does not give them the specifics on how to get there. All head coaches are reliant on their assistant coaches, to be sure. But because Singletary can't just take over on one side of the ball -- such as Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt when offensive coordinator Todd Haley left to become Chiefs head coach -- his success is almost always dependent on his coordinators."