Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Around the NFC West: 49ers' QB options
By Mike Sando
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com offers thoughts on the 49ers' quarterback situation. Maiocco: "The 49ers plan to take four quarterbacks to training camp. If you were to ask me which four quarterbacks the 49ers would want in camp, I'd tell you: Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson (somehow acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay) and Adam Froman (to be signed as an undrafted free agent once they're allowed to do so.) That is pure speculation, of course. But it seems to make sense to me. That way there could be some form of competition for each of the three spots, and the undrafted rookie would have a chance to stick on the practice squad, too." Acquiring Johnson and bringing back Smith would make things quite interesting. That would give the 49ers considerable insurance against having to play Kaepernick prematurely in the case of an injury to Smith.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says 49ers cornerback Phillip Adams is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a gruesome leg injury.
Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider provides alternative draft choices for the 49ers in 2011. What if the team had selected Jake Locker with the seventh overall choice?
Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat passes along jersey numbers for the 49ers' draft choices.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times offers highlights from Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll's session with Northwest sports editors. Carroll took on the NCAA, which uncovered wrongdoing at USC during Carroll's tenure there. O'Neil: "The most interesting insight Carroll offered was about the NCAA. Carroll coached USC for nine years before coming to Seattle, and he was asked about the way the NCAA monitors and enforces its rules, something he has firsthand experience as USC was placed on probation after he left. Carroll said he believes the NCAA starts with the objective of finding wrongdoing, something that is reactive rather than trying to protect the game from outside influences to prevent problems. He pointed out that schools are being punished for actions of people who aren't even affiliated with the university."
Brady Henderson of 710ESPN Seattle says the Seahawks should bring back slot receiver Brandon Stokley, according to ESPN.com's John Clayton. Stokley quickly became a favorite target for Matt Hasselbeck. Bringing him back makes sense from a football standpoint if Hasselbeck does return. I think Stokley's concussion history should raise questions about whether the veteran wideout should continue playing, however. He suffered one last season and had reportedly suffered eight to 10 previously. How many is too many in a league trying to emphasize safety? Twelve? Fifteen? Twenty?
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the lockout has given Cardinals outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield time to record a rap single. Somers: "If you are at work or at home with the kids around, I suggest using headphones. From what I can hear, there are some lyrics that might offend some people."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Ken Whisenhunt's assistant coaches must resort to unusual tactics when trying to keep pace with their boss on the golf course, where Whisenhunt excels. Russ Grimm: "You have to resort to different tactics. I carry the [rubber] snake in the bag, I may make a noise in his backswing. It’s all accidental. But if it affects his shot, so be it."
Roger Hensley of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asks colleagues whether the Rams were drafting for need or to fit a specific scheme. Value presumably also came into play. Bernie Miklasz: "I suppose I'm confused. Last season I watch the Rams move the ball only to repeatedly collapse in the red zone. I saw an offense that finished next to last in the NFL in converting red-zone chances into touchdowns. I saw a team that finished 27th in the league in touchdowns from scrimmage. For several months I heard fans and media express an urgent need to get some better receivers for young QB Sam Bradford. So the Rams go ahead and do that -- bring in three potentially big, strong and productive receivers for Bradford ... and people are complaining? The Rams defense is in pretty good shape. The unit finished 7th in sacks last season, was the second-best third-down defense in the league, and only three defenses allowed fewer TDs from scrimmage. So here's a bulletin: the Rams need offense more than anything. I don't know why anyone would question that."