Sunday, August 7, 2011
Programming note: NFC West mostly rests
By Mike Sando
The San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks are off Sunday.
The St. Louis Rams are scrimmaging.
This mostly quiet day in the NFC West departs from the recent frenzied pace. I'm home briefly and using the slower pace to get caught up. I've got rosters to update, a Cardinals "Camp Confidential" to write for publication Monday, recorded interviews to transcribe and two young sons eager to play catch with their old man.
Among the things I'm monitoring:
- Adrian Wilson's injury situation: Last I heard, the Cardinals were not expected to announce results from an MRI before Monday. Wilson suffered what appeared to be an injured elbow and/or biceps, according to reports. The team was expected to re-sign safety Matt Ware. Wilson is the highest-profile NFC West player to suffer a significant injury during training camp. Wilson played hurt last season, affecting his play, and he turns 32 in October. A significant injury at this stage of his career would carry added significance.
- Dashon Goldson's status: The 49ers have moved on at safety, so what happens with Goldson is a secondary concern in the division at this point. But the New England Patriots are reportedly interested in him. Goldson has been better against the run than pass, but he doesn't project as a replacement for Wilson in Arizona, based on previous evaluations from Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. Williamson nailed the evaluation for Goldson back in June: "He is not a Michael Lewis, not an Adrian Wilson. He is good at a few things, but not great at any and I am not really sure what his niche is. ... If you had one more top-20 corner to add to that secondary, all of a sudden he might look a little better. But if you are needing him to make up for deficits on the edges, no. There are a ton of safeties on the market who are better than him. ... You might tell him, 'See what you can get, let us know,' and if he can get a big number he goes, but if he comes back, you get him back at your price and everyone is happy.
- Comments sections on the blog: Some have complained about technical difficulties when leaving comments on blog items. Others have said the comments are working as usual for them. I've relayed concerns to the appropriate people and will keep you updated. Sorry for the difficulties. I value the conversations we have around here and look forward to engaging more regularly as the NFL calendar settles into a more regular rhythm. The frenzy over the past 10 days has been unprecedented, at least in my experience covering the league.
Enjoy your Sunday. I'm heading to 49ers camp early Monday and will report from there through Wednesday.