Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Around the NFC West: Kroenke gaining
By Mike Sando
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Stan Kroenke's bid to buy the Rams is gaining momentum after Saints owner Tom Benson said "everyone" wants Kroenke's bid to prevail. Thomas: "Benson is chairman of the league's finance committee, which must make a recommendation on Kroenke's bid before the full ownership votes on the issue. Although these league meetings don't officially begin until this morning, the finance committee did meet Monday afternoon with Kroenke answering questions from the committee members." According to Thomas, Kroenke is seeking a grace period to comply with cross-ownership rules. The league has granted grace periods previously, including for the Dolphins. This is another sign Kroenke is headed toward approval.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says former Giants defensive tackle Fred Robbins is eager to contribute in St. Louis. Coach Steve Spagnuolo says Robbins has "done a great job in the offseason as far as what he's doing with his body; he looks in good shape. He's a quality veteran and I think a guy that can come in ... and show the younger guys how to be a pro. And I'm not just talking about practicing. All the things that you do in between. That's as important as anything."
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says the NFL scheduled the 49ers for more prime-time games because the team finished strong last season and has a significant national following.
Also from Maiocco: a look at the 49ers' key power brokers, from Jed York on down. Maiocco on executive vice president Paraag Marathe: "If York is the most powerful man when it comes to the day-to-day operations, Marathe is No. 2. Actually, nobody in the organization impacts the 49ers in as many different ways as Marathe."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee checks in with 49ers running back Michael Robinson, who cites a busy schedule featuring charity work in explaining why he hasn't attended recent voluntary workouts.
Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says third-string 49ers quarterback Nate Davis is focusing on mastering the playbook. Barber: "While (David) Carr clearly entered the offseason as the No. 2, Davis was encouraged to get some reps with the first and second offensive units at the OTAs. He's not looking for any guarantees from the 49ers. Just an opportunity to prove himself in the huddle."
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says LenDale White is eager to get his career back on track after a disappointing 2009 season. White: "Sitting the bench for the whole year, dealing with that alone, it's a lot of stress. It's a life-changing thing. But I guess we go through that for a reason. I’m still here. Pete gave me another shot, and I’m looking forward to it."
Also from Farnsworth: a look at Golden Tate's transition from Notre Dame to an NFL offense. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck: "When the ball is in the air, he goes up and gets it like it’s his. And that’s very important as a wide receiver." The Seahawks' receivers haven't made nearly enough plays on the ball in recent seasons.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks continue to churn their roster. Coach Pete Carroll: "In a new program, it's really important for us to do this. So we're going to keep doing it. So we're going to keep doing it. There's no deadline when we're going to stop and try to get everybody comfortable and settled. I don't think that's necessary here. Everybody knows that this is a very competitive environment and they're going to have to battle day in and day out and that's the whole idea."
Also from O'Neil: "Dexter Davis worked out with the linebackers during some of the position drills during Monday's voluntary practice. Davis, a seventh-round draft choice out of Arizona State, is a pass-rushing specialist considered to be sort of a 'Tweener in the NFL. The Seahawks are obviously looking for the variety of roles he may be able to fill because he could also seem time at the LEO position, the pass-rushing specialist where Chris Clemons is currently seen as the starter."
Greg Johns of seattlepi.com says Tate made the play of the day Monday.
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says a "terrific arm" was one of the reasons Seattle signed J.P. Losman as its third quarterback, Carroll said.
John Morgan of Field Gulls says Seahawks rookie Earl Thomas has the rare ability to play the ball, but is lacking as a tackler.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says newly hired scout Kyle Johnson replaces longtime scout Jerry Hardaway, whose contract was not renewed. Urban: "The team hired Johnson, a former fullback for the Denver Broncos, to scout players in the northeast region of the country as well as serve as the Cards’ representative with the National Football Scouting Service. Johnson, who played for the Broncos from 2002-2007, was a one-time college and pro teammate of Quentin Harris, who has been working in the Cardinals’ pro personnel office. Harris has earned a promotion himself, to assistant pro personnel director, as he works under director of pro personnel T.J. McCreight." Every team in the division has undergone some sort of change in the personnel department since the draft.