Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Around the NFC West: Feel on QB report
By Mike Sando
There can be a tendency for local reporters to downplay nationally generated stories on their beat (been there).
It's not a great feeling when someone from the outside sheds light on something of great import locally. Sometimes, outsiders don't have a great feel for what's happening, anyway. Other times, they're right on the money.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic thinks Adam Schefter's report on the Cardinals' quarterback situation -- specifically, that John Skelton is the favorite to start -- should be taken seriously. Somers: "When it comes to Cardinals quarterback competitions, ESPN has been right before. In 2008, Chris Mortensen first reported that Kurt Warner had won the job over Matt Leinart. Two years ago, Schefter first reported that the Cardinals were losing confidence in Matt Leinart and could go with Derek Anderson. As we know, both turned out to be true. In both those cases, ESPN attributed reports to unnamed sources. Clearly, at least two reporters at the network have a good source(s) with the organization." Noted: Back in March, ESPN's John Clayton reported that the organization had lost confidence in Kevin Kolb, one reason the team was pursuing Peyton Manning.
Also from Somers: Russ Grimm and the offensive line face questions, criticism.
More from Somers: an injury scare for Greg Toler.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com thought Kolb enjoyed arguably his best practice of camp Tuesday.
Also from Urban: LaRon Byrd's progress.
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com offers notes from practice, including one about guard John Moffitt undergoing elbow surgery. Farnsworth: "He is expected to miss two to three weeks, so veteran Deuce Lutui and rookie J.R. Sweezy will continue to work at Moffitt’s spot with the No. 1 line." Noted: This is a great opportunity for Sweezy, who has been a surprise of camp after converting from the defensive line.
Also from Farnsworth: Coach Pete Carroll explains why he's sticking with the same quarterback rotation. Carroll: "“They were clean enough in their play that it was obvious they had played well,” Carroll said. “Both guys did a very good job, and they both played very much like we see them in practice. They were composed and poised and they did the things we thought we would see. That was encouraging and reinforcing, so we’re going to stay with it another week."
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Sidney Rice was back at practice without restrictions. Noted: That comes as a bit of a surprise. I had expected the Seahawks to protect Rice for as long as possible heading into the season.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune thought Tarvaris Jackson struggled while taking first-team reps in practice Tuesday. Meanwhile, Carroll explained why Flynn remains ahead of Russell Wilson on the depth chart: "Matt’s done a really good job of commanding all of the stuff. He understands the game in great depth. And he gives us a veteran presence, even though he hasn’t had a lot of starting time because he recognizes defense. He’s well into that whole understanding on what’s going on, on the other side of the ball. And it’s a challenge for Russell to catch up to all of that stuff. He’s battling to get that done. There’s a difference right now."
Also from Williams: Sweezy's progress.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune saw very good things from Wilson in the Seahawks' exhibition opener. Boling: "Wilson has a swagger, an audacity, a contagious belief that he can do just about anything on the field. The fans see it and the staff sees it. But nobody is more affected by it than teammates. Flynn was sacked twice when he needed to get rid of the ball quicker. Wilson had the look of a quarterback who might be even more dangerous when under pressure."
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers 10 thoughts on the Rams, including this one on the importance of the 35-3 final score in defeat to Indianapolis during the exhibition opener: "For the peeps that were going nuts on Twitter and internet forums and all but heading to the Eads Bridge to end it all after watching this game: the Rams went 4-0 last summer. And they opened the preseason by stomping Indianapolis. The Rams were on their way; here we go. Big season up ahead, right? Not exactly. A 2-14 record, with the coach and GM getting fired. The preseason scoreboard means nothing. The roster means just about everything." Noted: How well the first-team offense and defense executes can be important during preseason, but that's about it. The Rams' offense actually moved the ball decently early in the game.
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sees no panic in Fisher.
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com sees good things from receiver Austin Pettis.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com thought the 49ers' offense impressed during practice Tuesday. Also, coach Jim Harbaugh had this to say about the team's quarterbacks: "These are four quarterbacks that will all play a very long time in this league. Knew that it would be very competitive in the offseason and in training camp. It's been of great value, in that we don't take a bad rep in practice because of the quarterback not knowing what to do or not having the ability to make any of the particular throws, et cetera."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee balances excitement over Scott Tolzien.
Also from Barrows: Linebacker Eric Bakhtiari shows modesty after a strong performance.
More from Barrows: Tight end Konrad Reuland is OK with his "Garbage Man" nickname.
Taylor Price of 49ers.com offers highlights from 49ers practice, including passes from Alex Smith to Randy Moss on skinny post routes in the red zone.
Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News notes that all four 49ers quarterbacks will play in the next exhibition game, with Colin Kaepernick tightening his grip on the No. 2 role.