Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Around the NFC West: Seattle labor pains
By Mike Sando
Brock Huard of 710ESPN Seattle thinks an NFL work stoppage would hurt the Seahawks more than other teams because Seattle had set up itself for an offseason of player acquisition. Huard: "John Schneider and Pete Carroll have their eyes set on this offseason to continue the overhaul and rebuilding of their roster. With an enormous amount of money to spend, young talent to develop, and a quarterback situation to resolve, an extended lockout will damage the plan." Arizona and San Francisco also have much work to get done this offseason. I'll be discussing this subject with Huard at some point on the radio Tuesday.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times expects the Seahawks to hire Robert Saleh as defensive quality control coach. Saleh had been with the Texans. O'Neil: "Saleh was the assistant linebackers coach in 2010, and he was fired as part of wholesale changes on the defensive staff. Defensive coordinator Frank Bush, secondary coach David Gibbs and linebackers coach Johnny Holland were also let go by Houston this offseason."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic sounds unconvinced the Cardinals will make a strong play for Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb, or that Philadelphia will have much incentive to make a trade. Somers: "Kolb is due to make only $1.4 million in 2011, so there is no financial motive for the Eagles to trade him. So, if the Eagles are interested in trading Kolb (a big if) the price will be high. I'm dubious if a team such as the Cardinals, with numerous holes to fill, will give up multiple pick/players. Or the fifth overall selection in the draft. Plus, with no CBA, players can't be traded, and it seems unlikely a new CBA will be in place by draft time."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the team is going about its draft preparations as normal. Urban: "Draft prep wouldn’t change anyway, because there will be a draft regardless -- although it will be interesting to see if the back part of the draft changes at all. Since no players would be able to sign a contract in the event of a lack of a CBA, there would be no undrafted rookie classes until that was worked out. Each team would have their draft picks, and every other rookie would remain in limbo."
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says Ted Ginn Jr. upgraded the 49ers' punt-return game. Maiocco: "Return man Ted Ginn came to the 49ers in an offseason trade with the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round draft pick. In three seasons with the Dolphins, Ginn had five muffs and one fumble on just 36 punt returns. Ginn, however, was flawless when he took over the chores full time. He did not muff any of the 42 punts he handled (18 fair catches). And he ranked third in the league with a 13.4 average on punt returns."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee suggests the 49ers could have an interest in Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn given ties between personnel departments in San Francisco and Green Bay. Those ties are stronger between the Packers and Seahawks now that ex-Green Bay scouts John Schneider and Scot McCloughan are with Seattle.
Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat had this to say about Ginn: "Ginn had four punt returns of at least 20 yards after the Niners didn’t manage one 20-yard return in 2009."