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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Around the NFC West: Crabtree and more

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


The 49ers' Web site provides a transcript to Mike Singletary's day-after-game news conference. Singletary: "Obviously, we’re going to have to play much better on our offensive line, and we will. We’re going to do whatever we have to do to make sure that our identity is intact. We want to run the football when we need to run the football, and there were a couple of times in the football game that we didn’t need to let our defense get back on the field, and we did. Good football teams can’t do that."

Michael Silver of Yahoo! suggests the 49ers' offers to Michael Crabtree will naturally diminish as the receiver misses games. He also frames the 49ers' offer this way: "A team source says the 49ers are willing to give Crabtree incentives that push the deal “up to a dollar less” than the package the Packers gave ninth overall pick B.J. Raji (a reported five-year, $28.5 million pact with just under $18 million in guaranteed money), “but we won’t go over that. Otherwise, we’re going to have the same problem next year, and the year after that."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers could get receiver Brandon Jones back from injury this week.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 2010 first-round draft choice the 49ers received from Carolina could be a relatively high choice based on what the Panthers showed in Week 1.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals were not brushing off their poor performance against the 49ers. Linebacker Karlos Dansby: "I'm definitely concerned about the penalties. We're a veteran group and we can't make those kinds of mistakes. We've got to grow up and move past this and get better. We're definitely going to challenge each other this week."

Also from McManaman: The Cardinals hope Adrian Wilson avoids a suspension following his big hit on 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.

More from McManaman: Cardinals receiver Sean Morey and Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu are among those who have agreed to donate their brains to concussion research.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic says it's reasonable to be concerned about Kurt Warner.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times passes along information from Jim Mora's day-after-game news conference. Will Herring will start at linebacker for the injured Leroy Hill. The team released defensive lineman Derek Walker to make room for newly re-signed linebacker D.D. Lewis.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Mora let defensive coordinator Gus Bradley call most of the plays in the opener.

John Morgan of Field Gulls says the Seattle defense was very effective for a unit that did not force a turnover.

Kathleen Nelson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Richie Incognito following the Rams guard's latest on-field meltdown. Incognito: "It’s great knowing that the coaches are behind me 100 percent. That hasn’t always been the case. In this game, there’s zero tolerance for things like that. It’s something I have to overcome. It’s squarely set on my shoulders as something that I have to overcome to help this team get better."

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Steve Spagnuolo's first game as Rams coach was a "major disappointment" despite modest expectations. Miklasz: "After so many meetings and practices, how can you have 12 men on the field? On offense, how can you be late in sending in plays, or getting the right personnel into the game? There was too much confusion on the Rams' sideline."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch details the Rams' mistakes. Thomas: "Every Monday during the regular season, the Rams have an on-the-field corrections period when they go over mistakes from the previous day's game. They must have been out there awhile this Monday."

Randy Karraker of 101ESPN St. Louis says the Rams need more from their offensive line, among other things, during this video analysis.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat quotes Spagnuolo this way on the penalty that wiped out a touchdown return: "The bottom line is that we probably don't block the kick if we don't have 12 guys. That's inexcusable, that shouldn't happen. There was a miscount. There was an error all the way across the board. There will be a lot of people who take responsibility, and I'm one of them.''