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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Around the NFC West: 49ers will still run

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando




Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News quotes 49ers coach Mike Singletary as saying the team will not ask more from Shaun Hill just because Frank Gore is out. Singletary: "We are going to run our offense."

Taylor Price of 49ers.com says coach Mike Singletary doesn't mind the "conservative" label as long as his team is winning.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat offers advice to 49ers fans regarding Michael Crabtree. Maiocco: "My advice to you is take the Mike Singletary approach. Don't worry about it. If it happens, it happens. It still might take a while. But -- as I've written before -- I just don't see how Crabtree benefits from not signing the deal the 49ers have on the table. The only way, I suppose, is if there really has been some blatant tampering with guarantees from another team (or teams) that they'd be willing to pay him more. And I can't see that happening. Players at the top of the first round are overpaid as it is. Crabtree would be overpaid at $16 million guaranteed -- because of the system. I can't believe there's a team willing to overpay him even more."

Also from Maiocco: Safety Mark Roman laments the Vikings' last-ditch touchdown pass to beat the 49ers. Roman: "The coverage just broke down and I ended up being the free guy trying to help out. I had a small chance to make a play and I didn't do it. Football's a game of inches and they won by that much."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee explains why the 49ers might not sign running back Kory Sheets from their practice squad to the 53-man roster. The undrafted rookie's pass protection would be a concern.

Also from Barrows: Singletary says Glen Coffee will play a role similar to the one Gore played in the first two games.



Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals have shown initial interest in Monty Beisel. Also, Anqun Boldin's hamstring injury is improving.

Also from Somers: Russ Grimm laments the inconsistency of the Cardinals' offensive line.

More from Somers: updating the Cardinals' injury situation during the bye week. Reggie Wells, Levi Brown, Darnell Dockett, Kenny Iwebema, Steve Breaston and Kurt Warner are among those recovering from various ailments.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald plans to finish his college degree, fulfilling his late mother's wishes. Fitzgerald: "There is no telling when my career is going to end and I want to make sure I have something to fall back on. (A degree) is a good security blanket and something I promised my mother a long time ago that I would do. The longer it gets away (from my college days), it's going to get harder and harder to finish, so I want to start taking some classes and get some of the credits down."

Greg Johns of seattlepi.com says Brandon Frye's resourcefulness has served him well in the past, and now. Johns: "His first college start at Virginia Tech came when a teammate got hurt in one of the final practices before the 2006 Gator Bowl, so Frye was thrust in against All-America defensive end Elvis Dumervil, who'd won the Lombardi and Nagurski awards for Louisville. Frye held Dumervil to two tackles in a 35-24 victory for the Hokies."

Also from Johns: an injury update and information on roster moves. The Seahawks re-signed to their practice squad offensive linemen Brian de la Puente and Na'Shan Goddard.

More from Johns: The Seahawks aren't sure whether Walter Jones will return from a knee injury.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune checks in with second-year Seahawks defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who is so far enjoying a breakout season.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com provides an overview from practice Wednesday, with an emphasis on Josh Wilson's surprising return from a serious ankle sprain.

Kevin Calabro of 710ESPN Seattle joined Clare Farnsworth and me to discuss perceptions of Seahawks receiver Deion Branch.

Dave Wyman of 710ESPN Seattle says the Seahawks' coaches need to find ways for David Hawthorne to contribute at linebacker after Lofa Tatupu returns from injury. Hawthorne is one of the Seahawks' most improved players, not only from 2008 to this season but also from Week 2 to Week 3.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says cornerback Marcus Trufant is progressing well enough in his recovery from a back injury to rejoin the team on schedule.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Seahawks coach Jim Mora faces a dilemma: be his combustible self or tone it down?

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' already thin receiving corps has become thinner yet, raising questions about the team's ability to function in the passing game. Thomas: "Three games into the season, the Rams rank 29th in the league in passing offense. They have only four completions of 20 yards or more, compared to 12 for the opposition. That's got to change if the Rams are going to end their 13-game losing streak."

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says there's an outside chance Marc Bulger could play against the 49ers in Week 4, an encouraging development after initial fears Bulger might miss the remainder of the season. Also, John Greco got most of the work at left tackle while Alex Barron rested an injury.

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says Kyle Boller is preparing to start against the 49ers. The veteran does not plan to alter his hard-charging style after throwing blocks and inviting punishment while scrambling against the Packers in Week 3. Wagoner: "Boller will never second guess himself when it comes to doing whatever it takes to help his team win on Sundays. But that doesn’t mean a sixth-round rookie signal caller with no NFL playing experience can’t inquire about why exactly Boller would so fearlessly throw himself into the fray only moments after the starting quarterback had been lost for the game with a shoulder injury."