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Monday, August 25, 2008
NFC West quarterback roundup

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Arizona: Kurt Warner might be the logical favorite to start for the Cardinals after Matt Leinart's three-interception game against the Raiders, but coach Ken Whisenhunt hasn't announced a decision. ESPN's Chris Mortensen, citing a source, said the Cardinals are "expected to" name Warner the starter. Whisenhunt denied that he had made a decision, not necessarily what that decision was expected to be. If Warner starts, Leinart becomes the No. 2 quarterback, although third-stringer Brian St. Pierre has completed 23 of 30 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns during the exhibition season.

St. Louis: Marc Bulger enjoyed a strong performance in completing 18 of 25 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens on Saturday night. Bulger still hasn't found a rhythm with Drew Bennett, but he appears to be rounding into form. Trent Green remains firmly established as the No. 2 quarterback. Brock Berlin has completed 22 of 28 passes for 247 yards during the exhibition season, making him the apparent favorite over Bruce Gradkowski for the No. 3 job.

San Francisco: J.T. O'Sullivan enters the regular season as the starter, with Alex Smith second on the depth chart and Shaun Hill third. The long-simmering quarterback competition has finally ended, but coach Mike Nolan's handling of the position remains topical. Nolan has yet to say how much each quarterback might play in the next exhibition game.

Seattle: Matt Hasselbeck didn't make the trip to San Diego for the third exhibition game tonight. He continues to rest a sore back. The team thinks he'll be fine for the regular season. Seneca Wallace is well established as the No. 2 quarterback, but Charlie Frye is getting most of the work. That will continue tonight against the Chargers. The reps are valuable to Frye this summer because he joined the team in September 2007, after training camp. The Seahawks will consider using Wallace as a receiver and/or punt returner if Frye gains the staff's confidence.