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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Around the NFC West: Schedule musings

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic checks in with Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt for initial thoughts on Arizona's schedule. Whisenhunt likes facing the Giants in the first half of the season, when weather is less likely to become a problem.

Also from Somers: A game-by-game look at the Cardinals' schedule.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle takes a game-by-game look at the 49ers' schedule. On the trip to Minnesota: "It's three hours of an assault on the eardrums in the loudest and tackiest facility in the NFL. No wonder Mary Tyler Moore threw her hat up in joy when she got outdoors." After reading this story on cultural references, I'm wondering how old someone has to be to get Mary Tyler Moore references. 

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee also takes a game-by-game look at the 49ers' schedule, noting that Patrick Willis had the upper hand against Adrian Peterson when San Francisco and Minnesota last faced one another.

Also from Barrows: The 49ers say they are not the "mystery team" trying to land Brady Quinn from the Browns, as had been speculated.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers will not line up a private jet and limousine service for Kurt Warner when the Cardinals quarterback and former free-agent visitor travels to San Francisco for a Dec. 14 game against the 49ers.

Gerry Spratt of seattlepi.com says the Seahawks have zero prime-time games for the first time since 1983. That Seahawks team finished 9-7 and won two playoff games, upsetting the Dolphins in Orange Bowl before losing the AFC title game to the Raiders in Los Angeles.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune takes a game-by-game look at the Seahawks' schedule. Seattle hasn't won at Arizona since 2005.

Michael Steffes of Seahawk Addicts likes when the Seahawks' games against Arizona fall this season.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes a hard look at Eugene Monroe and Jason Smith, asking whether either tackle would be worth drafting second overall. Scouts and coaches offer differing opinions. They don't see either as the next Orlando Pace, Jonathan Ogden or Walter Jones, however.

Also from Thomas: A look at the Rams' needs on the offensive line, with a quick look at the top prospects.

VanRam of Turf Show Times considers draft options for the Rams after the first two rounds. He thinks they need to draft a linebacker on the second day even if they use the second overall choice for Wake Forest's Aaron Curry.