Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Around the NFC West: Davis' tough choice
By Mike Sando
The choice cannot be an easy one for Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis this offseason.
Davis' 19-year-old brother, Michael, stands accused of murder.
Davis, a dominant force for the San Francisco 49ers during their playoff run last season, could focus on supporting a family member in need at the expense of his own professional ambitions. Or, Davis could forge ahead with an unwavering focus on his professional duties, striving to become even better at his craft.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says the seventh-year NFL veteran has set a clear course through a difficult time. Davis: "It's pretty frustrating, it's stressful. But at the end of the day, I'm my own man, regardless of what my little brother does or what he did. It's him. He's got to live with that. I don't have to live with that ... My job is to be there to support him any way that I can. And I'll do just that. But when it comes to my career, my job, something that I love so much and something that I'm passionate about, I can't let anything get in the way of that."
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers' Cam Johnson had knee surgery recently.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com sits down with Alex Smith for an interview focusing on the 49ers' victory against New Orleans in the playoffs. Smith offers thoughts on whether he's too cautious at times.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offers notes from the 49ers' latest practice. Barrows: "Wideout Randy Moss had one of his vintage catches on a goal-line on a throw from Colin Kaepernick. Tarell Brown had tight coverage and knocked the ball away from Moss. But Brown didn't knock it away far enough. Moss reached up and with quick hands snagged it out of the air for the touchdown ... Moss, however, didn't catch everything. Josh Johnson, who throws the nicest ball of all the quarterbacks, hit Moss in stride on a deep pass in the end zone. Moss, however, only reached out one arm and did not come up with the catch."
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times suspects the Seahawks' quarterback competition is set up, at least in part, to see how the newly acquired Matt Flynn responds to pressure. O'Neil: "Mike Holmgren was someone who wanted that depth chart set heading into training camp because he felt the starter needed all the time possible. Now, I can also see the rationale that Pete Carroll seems to be using, which is that he wants to see how these guys respond to the uncertainty of an open competition. ... Being a starter entails its own set of pressures."
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com passes along comments from Carroll regarding the Seahawks' punishment for violating non-contact orders during an organized team activity. Carroll: "We’ve pushed it. We are as competitive as you can be in our program, and everything about our program is about competing. We’re trying to find out what the limit is and do the right thing. That’s what we’ve been trying to find out." Noted: Carroll delivered his comments on camera and in front of a media backdrop, leaving the impression he was answering reporters' questions on the matter. The Seahawks' Tuesday practice was closed to media, however."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Clark Haggans returned to the Cardinals on Tuesday and immediately faced some good-natured ribbing from coach Ken Whisenhunt, who likes to tease the veteran outside linebacker about his relatively modest calf muscles. Whisenhunt: "I was hoping that maybe during this off-season time where we didn't get to see him that he would work on them. Obviously, he didn't."
Also from Somers: where the Cardinals stand at outside linebacker.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com checks in with Whisenhunt regarding the Cardinals' possible joint practices with the Kansas City Chiefs during training camp. Whisenhunt: "We’ve talked about it. There’s nothing really firmed up yet. I’m not opposed to it. We’ve done it before with Tennessee a couple of years ago and I thought it was a great experience. It’s a good chance to evaluate your team against other players. You don’t get a chance to do that unless it’s in a game. When you get more reps and see them in certain situations, it’s a good tool. I hope it’s something we will be able to work out."
Ryan Van Bibber of Turf Show Times wonders whether the Rams would have any interest in Colt McCoy as a backup if the Cleveland Browns decided to part with the quarterback this offseason. Van Bibber: "Between the start of free agency and April 17, when they finally signed Kellen Clemens, reports circulated citing the Rams' interest in Jason Campbell, Shaun Hill, David Garrard and Brady Quinn. Clearly, Clemens was a plan B ... or even C."
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com looks at the Rams' situation at receiver. Rosenthal: "There is a saying that when you have two quarterbacks, you really don't have any. We'd argue that when you have eight wide receivers that you can barely tell apart, you don't really have any. The Rams need players from this group to emerge. They need to do a better job than the previous regime of making a plan at receiver and sticking with it."