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Monday, March 29, 2010
Around the NFC West: Leinart's mechanics

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com checks in with Cardinals quarterbacks coach Chris Miller, whose relationship with Derek Anderson dates to their days together in Oregon. Urban: "He first met Anderson when Anderson was a high school star in Oregon, after Miller had built his reputation at the University of Oregon and in the NFL." Anderson is working with starter Matt Leinart to make sure fewer passes sail high. Miller: "We all throw crappy balls from time to time, but that’s been his nemesis. It’s like being a golfer and having a snap hook in your game, and you come up on the 18th hole with a one-stroke lead and you hook it in the lake or out of bounds. In our game, if you’re in the fourth quarter, you can’t have that throw show up if it’s third-and-12 and you have a comeback (route) outside against tight man coverage. You have to fit that ball into a mailbox."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says police arrested Cardinals outside linebacker Joey Porter after initially pulling over a friend's vehicle. Somers: "Officers pulled over a friend of Porter's in the parking lot of a Taco Bell, and Porter pulled in behind the patrol vehicle. Officers smelled alcohol on Porter and asked for his driver's license. Porter declined, and the officer asked him to leave the vehicle. Porter declined, according to the release, and started to roll up his window. The officer reached into the car and lifted the unlock button. Porter reportedly slapped his hand on top of the officer's, and the officer then pushed Porter's hand back into the car. Porter then exited and car in a 'confrontational manner,' according to the release."

Jim Rodenbush of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat says the Rams are ready to check out Sam Bradford at the quarterback's workout Monday. Rodenbush: "Bradford has not thrown at full strength in front of NFL scouts since suffering a season-ending injury against Texas in October. How he performs could go a long way toward deciding if the Rams will select him with that first pick. While Bradford’s health is in question, his credentials are not."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says there's no way Bradford would sit for a season if the Rams drafted him.

Also from Thomas: Very few defensive tackles are worth drafting first overall. Thomas: "Since the first NFL draft in 1936, only six DTs have been chosen No. 1 overall. And the first of those six, Buck Buchanan, came with an asterisk in 1963 because he was taken by Kansas City in the AFL draft."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reads between the lines on Trent Baalke's recent comments about how the 49ers might value running backs, suggesting the team could consider C.J. Spiller. Baalke: "If you look at the backfields that are really starting to have a lot of success, it's not only the two [-pronged approach], it's the three-back system that's becoming even a little bit more ... you look at Dallas' situation with a bell-cow back and another guy that can come in and still have some bell-cow ability in Tashard Choice, a little bit different style than Marion Barber, and then you throw Felix Jones in the mix, of course completely different. They all have different sets of skills but they're all high level guys and it's very difficult to defense. I think the more you have complementary styles, the harder it is to prepare for."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says 49ers coach Mike Singletary is focused on scouting and will not attend upcoming organized team activities. Maiocco: "Team president Jed York said that Singletary would focus his attention on coaching. But Monday and Tuesday, he will leave the coaching to his coordinators as he hits the road on a three-day scouting trip."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks aren't particularly interested in Bears defensive end Alex Brown. As I recall, Brown was a player the Seahawks considered acquiring a few years ago, back when Tim Ruskell was general manager. Ruskell and Bears GM Jerry Angelo liked the same types of players. Brown was available then, but a deal never came together.

The SportsXchange says it's clear the Seahawks are the only bidder for Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall. Said Seattle receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh: "We're friends, and when he was up here we talked. But there's a lot that goes into it, you know, satisfying what Denver wants and satisfying what he wants contractually. So there's a lot of things that go into play. And if it doesn't happen, then we've got to make do with what we've got."