Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Around the NFC West: Rhodes' response
By Mike Sando
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes eventually did respond to challenges from teammate Darnell Dockett regarding Rhodes' preparation for the upcoming season. Rhodes via Twitter: "that’s why I was elected captain b4 I would think and all pro and that’s what I’m getting back to. U?" Rhodes did earn Associated Press All-Pro honors in 2006. Rhodes' response makes it seem as though he wasn't entirely comfortable having a teammate publicly bust his chops. If he does return to an All-Pro level, Dockett can take credit for motivating him. Dockett tweeted Monday by saying he'd have no trouble taking down Rhodes if the safety failed to meet expectations.
Revenge of the Birds' Andrew602 sizes up the Cardinals' secondary, offering this on Michael Adams: "Adams' leadership and heart play a large role in playing for the Cardinals. He's experienced and possesses a no-quit mentality. Adams can also contribute on special teams. His biggest weakness is that he struggles covering just about any receiver that is taller than him in jump-ball situations."
St. Louis Rams executive vice president Kevin Demoff plans to answer fans' questions during an online "Town Hall Meeting" Thursday. From the Rams: "Demoff works closely with general manager Billy Devaney and head coach Steve Spagnuolo to develop the club's strategic plan for player signings and player acquisitions. As the club's chief negotiator, Demoff is responsible for the Rams’ salary cap planning and compliance with the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. Demoff also partners with Devaney and Spagnuolo in aspects of the team’s football operations." Demoff's top priority in the coming weeks will be to reach a contract agreement with first-round draft choice Sam Bradford in time for training camp.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says 2008 first-round draft choice Kentwan Balmer must prove himself in training camp or the 49ers might release him. Maiocco: "Last summer, 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky raved about Balmer's offseason work. In watching Balmer in his first two seasons, I've never gotten the impression he does not work hard. He hustles from drill to drill, and he seems to take the game seriously. He appears willing to put in the work to become a good player. But can he play at this level? At this point, we don't know. Balmer is still searching for a valued role on the team. He backs up Isaac Sopoaga at left defensive end. He can also play the right side. Demetric Evans does the same things as Balmer. But Evans is an eight-year veteran who knows how to play the game. The coaches trust him."
The San Francisco 49ers have scheduled their next "State of the Franchise" event for July 27.
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com profiles offensive line coach Alex Gibbs through the eyes of those who know him. Former Seahawks offensive lineman Todd Weiner, who played for Gibbs in Atlanta, put it this way: "Alex is one of those guys that, after everything is said and done, you really appreciate how hard he was on you because he kind of gets you to that next level."
Also from Farnsworth: Seahawks broadcaster and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon is launching his own sports agency.
Greg Johns of seattlepi.com lists the Seahawks' training camp practices that are open to the public. This includes practices on July 31 and Aug. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 16.