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Saturday, September 13, 2008
Around the NFC West: Praise for Walsh book

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Gregory Cowles of the New York Times Book Review offers high praise for David Harris' book on former 49ers coach Bill Walsh. "How Bill Walsh Reinvented Football and Created an NFL Dynasty" spans 385 pages.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic breaks out his Flash Player to break down the Dolphins-Cardinals game in Week 2.

Also from Somers: a look at apparent attempts to spur trade talk involving Anquan Boldin. Somers offers a big yawn.

Scott Allen of RaisingZona.com predicts a 31-21 Cardinals victory over the Dolphins.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune also brushes off the Boldin story line, relegating it to third-item status in his notebook.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com found a man who has attended each of the 200 exhibition and regular-season home games in Arizona Cardinals history.

Also from Urban: the Cardinals' emphasis on protecting the ball.

And this: Former Cardinals, Lions and Raiders linebacker Rob Fredrickson is the honorary alumni captain for Arizona's home opener. Fredrickson started 119 career games.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks' Lofa Tatupu gets fluid drained from his knee to help him play in games.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says only three offensive starters return from Seattle's victory over the 49ers in Week 4 last season. They are Matt Hasselbeck, Walter Jones and Chris Spencer. WOW.

Also from Farnsworth: all hands on deck for Seattle, even though Marcus Trufant and Tatupu have only two healthy ones between them.

And this from Farnsworth: he's picking a 17-9 victory for Seattle. Take that to the training room, not the bank.

Also from Romero: Bobby Engram says the Seahawks will be fine even though injuries are testing their resolve.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee assesses the 49ers pass rushers who got away, including Julian Peterson.

Also from Barrows: Will Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren wind up with the 49ers at some point in the future?

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams should pipe down about not getting enough respect. He calls out Jonathan Wade for encouraging Marc Bulger to brush off reporters.

Deb Peterson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams will pay tribute to late owner Georgia Frontiere at their home opener.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com says Bulger is feeling the heat from all angles.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams want to get Torry Holt more inovled in the offense. One catch for 9 yards apparently isn't enough.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch assesses the impact of Leonard Little's injury. Rams rookie Chris Long will move to left end, a significant adjustment.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says injuries could make the Seahawks vulnerable against the 49ers.

David Fucillo of ninersnation.com breaks down the 49ers-Seahawks matchups with an eye toward injuries. Additional breakdowns here.

Dan Brown of 49ers Hot Read is still waiting for the 49ers' first interception of the season. The team didn't pick off a pass in preseason or the regular-season opener, a span of 147 pass attempts.