Sunday, October 4, 2009
Around the NFC West: Seattle silent treatment
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune explains how the Seahawks plan to adjust their communication on defense to help combat Peyton Manning. Every defensive player will wear a wristband featuring tactical information, the better to facilitate stealth communications.
Also from Boling: Seahawks coach Jim Mora is optimistic about the season after looking at where the team ranks in several statistical categories. Mora: "I feel like we’re starting to get some of our best players back, and I feel like … while they were gone, young guys stepped in and played admirably. I like the direction this team’s headed in; I don’t necessarily like our record, but I love our mind-set, our attitude, our work ethic, and I think there are real positives on the horizon for this team."
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says questions about Seneca Wallace linger following his performance against the Bears in Week 4.
Greg Johns of seattlepi.com says Lofa Tatupu's return is key for the Seahawks as they try to match wits with Manning.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times wonders which Seahawks defense will show up against the Colts. Answer: The one without No. 1 cornerback Marcus Trufant, No. 3 cornerback Josh Wilson and rangy linebacker Leroy Hill. It's a tough matchup.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Brian Billick in profiling Rams quarterback Kyle Boller, whose high school exploits in California drew comparisons to John Elway. Billick: "It's just the way Kyle carries himself. I don't know that you wouldn't want that. He wasn't arrogant by any stretch of the imagination. But he acted the way a good-looking Cal grad, who was about to lot of have of money, with great athletic talent would. Great grounded values. Great parents."
Also from Thomas: He gives the Rams' run defense an edge against the 49ers' run offense.
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says fans should be patient with the Rams' new leadership. He checks in with former NFL general manager Bobby Beathard, who draws comparisons to the 1981 Redskins.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Keith Null, who is one step closer to the field while Marc Bulger recovers from injuries.
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says a 49ers defeat to the Rams would expose the team as less than a contender in the NFC.
Sam Whiting of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers' new uniforms very nearly match the ones worn 15 years ago.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says it's time for Manny Lawson to step up and collect his first sack of the season.
Also from Crumpacker: The 49ers' scheme -- and the times -- have turned Moran Norris into a glorified guard. He could do more if asked.
Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider thinks the 49ers need to give Jason Hill a chance to play at Micheal Spurlock's expense. Coach Mike Singletary's recent comments about Hill suggested a certain level of impatience with the receiver's injuries.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers will take a measured approach to the passing game even without Frank Gore. The staff thinks a conservative approach is one key to Shaun Hill's efficiency.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers' Adam Snyder has the edge on Tony Pashos for the job at right tackle.
Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Isaac Bruce is more than happy to contribute as a blocker, particularly with the 49ers winning.