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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Around the NFC West: Rams questions persist

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had plenty of ground to cover in his Rams chat today. Scott Linehan's job security wasn't the only issue after the team benched Marc Bulger. Asked about potential coaching candidates Dick Vermeil, Marty Schottenheimer and Bill Cowher, Thomas said he thought only Schottenheimer would take it, if offered.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic breaks out reasons for optimism about the Cardinals and reasons for concern. He spells the word "juggernaut" correctly, historically a concern in Cardinals-related stories. He's wondering when a third receiver will emerge with meaningful stats. I thought Steve Breaston made his contributions count against San Francisco and Miami, but there hasn't been much from which to choose.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers takes a player-by-player look at the 49ers' contributions during the Week 3 game against Detroit. He covers everything from Billy Bajema's terrific block on Frank Gore's 33-yard run to Barry Sims' big block on Gore's 4-yard touchdown run. Also, Takeo Spikes again gets more time than Jeff Ulbrich.

Dave Mahler of KJR-AM radio in Seattle talks with injured Seahawks receiver Nate Burleson. This is an audio file, just FYI. Burleson was in Alabama following knee surgery.

Michael Steffes of Seahawks Addicts takes a look at a few unresolved issues for the team, including defensive tackle Red Bryant and Jim Zorn's replacement. He's a bit skeptical on reports about Bryant after finding out Courtney Taylor wasn't as good as advertised. To be fair, the Taylor reports assumed he might serve as the fourth receiver this season, not a starter.