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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Around the NFC West: Nate Davis' move

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says former San Francisco 49ers third-string quarterback Nate Davis plans to sign with the Seahawks. That makes sense after the man most responsible for drafting Davis, Scot McCloughan, left the 49ers for Seattle last offseason. Davis remains a project. McCloughan drafted Davis with the thought that Davis would need a few years of seasoning. Maiocco: "The Seahawks are allowed to sign Davis because he finished the season on the 49ers' practice squad. The 49ers had one week of sole-negotiating rights to sign him to a contract that will begin with the new league year. After that one-week window, practice squad players become "street free agents" and are free to sign with any team."

Also from Maiocco: a look at the 49ers' potential free agents. On Dashon Goldson: "He recorded just one interception and one sack but the coaching staff graded him out a lot higher than his stats would suggest. He's their best safety, and he should be back -- depending on the system in place."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says 49ers tight end Vernon Davis would love to catch passes from Donovan McNabb.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com looks at the team's opponents for 2011.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says 49ers general manager Trent Baalke realizes the team's future quarterback is not on the roster. Imagine if he had said otherwise.

David White of the San Francisco Chronicle says Stanford's Greg Roman is a candidate to become the 49ers' offensive coordinator under new coach Jim Harbaugh. White: "Roman is a 13-year NFL coaching veteran who joined Stanford after two years in Baltimore with Harbaugh's brother, John. At Stanford, Roman was the running game coordinator in 2009 and the associate head coach this past season, all while leading the tight ends and offensive tackles both years. He was quarterbacks coach to David Carr for two years in Houston and twice worked for former NFL coach Dom Capers."

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com has this to say about Seattle's offensive line: "On a team that has been in almost constant transition, this unit has led the way. Ten different starting combinations. Four different starters at left guard. Three each at left tackle and right guard. Only center Chris Spencer has started all 17 games. But, like the rest of the team, the O-line has come together at the most opportunity time. Matt Hasselbeck was sacked only once against the Saints on Saturday. The running game has produced 141 and 149 yards the past two games -- after breaking into triple digits five times in the previous 15 games."

Also from Farnsworth: Brandon Stokley fills a specific role for Seattle.

Rod Mar of seahawks.com offers photos from the Seahawks' victory over the Saints, including candid shots from the locker room.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Hasselbeck's future with the Seahawks remains in question even after a four-touchdown performance against the Saints.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune revisits Seattle's only road playoff victory, a 1983 upset over Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins. Williams: "Starting quarterback Dave Krieg said the team didn’t get into Miami until 4:30 a.m. on Friday; their charter flight was delayed because of a mechanical issue. They got a few hours of sleep and woke up at 9 a.m. for a short Friday walk-through on a sloppy Orange Bowl field, then played at 12:30 p.m. Saturday."

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune revisits Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard touchdown run.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky interviewed for the same job with Arizona. Urban: "Manusky went to college at Colgate and then spent more than a decade (1988-99) as a linebacker in the NFL. He was teammates with Russ Grimm and Ken Whisenhunt with the Redskins in 1989 and 1990. As a linebackers coach in San Diego and then his stint in San Francisco, he oversaw Pro Bowlers like Donnie Edwards, Shawne Merriman, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis."

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams should be set at offensive tackle for the next decade or so after drafting Jason Smith and Rodger Saffold in recent seasons. Running back Steven Jackson: "They have a bright future. To have the amount of starts they had, to be in some big-time games, especially the last two weeks, you hope that those things help them, not only for their skill but for their confidence, knowing that they can play at a high level in big-time games against some key pass-rushers."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers a chat transcript with thoughts on Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's candidacy as head coach in Cleveland. Shumur, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo and Browns president Mike Holmgren share an agent. Thomas: "Of course, Spags is thinking of possible alternatives. The danger from a Rams perspective is if the Browns search drags on, more potential coordinators are taken off the market, and then Shurmur leaves for Cleveland. Remember, Holmgren, Shurmur and Spags all have the same agent so I'm sure Spags is pretty tuned into what's going on in Cleveland. As for bringing in a bright college mind to call plays in the NFL, that's a big leap. And I'm not sure if it works."