Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Around the NFC West: Pressuring Crabtree
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says 49ers president Jed York is putting pressure on unsigned first-round draft choice Michael Crabtree by offering to meet with Crabtree and his agent. Maiocco: "Take this as a good sign that York is putting pressure on Crabtree's camp to talk. After all, negotiations and dialogue have been non-existent for most of the 50 days of this contract impasse. The 49ers want Crabtree on the team. Whether they had him rated as the top player on their board or not, there is no denying that Crabtree was not chosen within the first nine picks of the draft."
Also from Maiocco: a player-by-player breakdown for the 49ers against the Cardinals. Parys Haralson wasn't the only pass rusher to fare well. Manny Lawson and Justin Smith also caused problems for Arizona.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee provides quotes from the York interview on KNBR.
David Fucillo of Niners Nation takes a closer look at the 49ers' winning touchdown drive at Arizona. The drive featured concepts related to the forward pass.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams have agreed to terms with Paris Lenon and Ruvell Martin.
Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com says the Rams remained sloppy even though they had a new coaching staff. Gordon: "The Rams have a new team president, a newly empowered general manager, a new coach and a mostly new coaching staff. Nearly half of the players are new this season, too. Yet the sloppiness remains in this organization, like a pesky virus or a mutant strain of cockroaches immune to bug spray. The Rams blundered their way to a 28-0 loss Sunday, continuing their futility against the NFC West in general and the Seahawks in particular."
Turf Show Times' ram_rod expects a more efficient effort from the Rams' offense in Week 2.
Tim Klutsarits of examiner.com revisits five key plays from the Rams' opening-game defeat.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic breaks down changes to Adrian Wilson's contract. The changes bought salary-cap relief for the Cardinals without taking money from Wilson. The added cap room buys flexibility for the team to cover incentive clauses and roster moves associate with attrition. Somers: "The additional room created by Wilson's restructuring doesn't mean the club is stepping up negotiations with receiver Anquan Boldin for a new contract, however. The Cardinals probably won't pursue that seriously until the season is over."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com cites a Scout.com report noting that the Cardinals have released seventh receiver Lance Long. Urban expects the team to sign a defensive player.
Greg Johns of seattlepi.com revisits two college-era quarterback runs by Seneca Wallace, who caught a pass from Matt Hasselbeck out of a Wildcat formation Sunday. Johns: "And just in case you're wondering, Wallace is obviously open to Wildcat formations or whatever gets him involved in the offense, but said as a quarterback he understands the flow of a game and doesn't ever want to interfere with Matt Hasselbeck's timing."
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks brought back Derek Walker to their practice squad, as expected.
Also from O'Neil: a chat transcript. O'Neil: "The secondary looked good, especially Josh Wilson. He showed signs of being a playmaker the second half of last season, and he played well vs. the Rams. Granted, it's the Rams, and they might have the worst wide receivers in the league."
More from O'Neil: Matt Hasselbeck and Nate Burleson made adjustments to deal with the Rams' corner blitzes.
Adam Caplan of Scout.com says the Seahawks worked out cornerback Eric Green.
John Morgan of Field Gulls offers a few notes from the Rams' long drive against Seattle.