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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Around the NFC West: Haslett's challenge

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites team sources as saying coach Jim Haslett needs to win "a couple of games" down the stretch to keep his job for 2009.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams won't discipline guard Richie Incognito for disrespecting fans, but Haslett has put Incognito on notice. The Rams need Incognito on their offensive line, which ranks among the worst in the NFL.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Incognito denied egging on upset fans Sunday despite video evidence to the contrary.

Also from Korte: The Rams may or may not have Marc Bulger, Orlando Pace and Steven Jackson against the Dolphins in Week 13.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers coach Mike Singletary is emphasizing the need to improve regardless of game outcomes.

Also from FitzGerald: laments from the 49ers' red-zone play selection against Dallas.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Singletary blamed execution, not scheme, for the 49ers' utter inability to stop Terrell Owens.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers rank 24th in red-zone efficiency after going "soft" on two possessions deep in Cowboys territory.

Dan Brown of 49ers Hot Read quotes Singletary as saying the 49ers did not double-cover Owens because they felt it wasn't necessary. I'm thinking the 49ers would revisit that strategy if given a chance to replay the game.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune sifts through the rubble of the Seahawks' season. Seattle has scored one third-quarter touchdown all season.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the decision to drop the Patriots-Seahawks game from NBC's prime-time lineup spares the nation from watching Seattle in consecutive weeks.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks aren't complaining about playing on Thanksgiving.

Also from Farnsworth: a Seahawks-Cowboys matchup box singling out nose tackle Jay Ratliff as the Cowboys' unsung hero.

Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts wonders whether Matt Hasselbeck's struggles are partially related to having a new quarterbacks coach.

John Morgan of Field Gulls breaks down Hasselbeck's first eight passes against the Redskins. Not a pretty picture.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com looks at how the Cardinals are approaching the short work week.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic outlines the Cardinals' priorities heading to Philadelphia. Improving on special teams is one of them.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic compares the Cardinals' J.J. Arrington to the running back's 1970 Dodge Challenger. Kurt Warner says Arrington gives the offense a dimension Arizona can't get from any other player on the roster.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are acutely aware of the challenges of traveling across the country on a short week. Coach Ken Whisenhunt figures the team loses more than 6 hours during the flight.