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Monday, September 29, 2008
Around the NFC West: Can O'Sullivan last?

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle doesn't see 49ers quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan holding up physically if he keeps taking sacks. The Saints sacked him six times.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News saw the ghosts of Alex Smith and Jim Hostler haunting the 49ers in Week 4. The statute of limitations on Jim Druckenmiller references has apparently expired (except for here).

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offers play-by-play commentary of the 49ers' defeat at New Orleans. He sniffs out the Saints' game plan when the 49ers make substitutions on defense.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers says safety Mark Roman was nearly speechless after suffering through a rough day in his hometown.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers coach Mike Nolan saw very little positive in the team's performance. Asked about an O'Sullivan interception, Nolan shot back with, "I saw what you saw."

Also from Crumpacker: The 49ers couldn't touch Saints quarterback Drew Brees, a master at getting rid of the football quickly and accurately.

More from Crumpacker: He refers to the 49ers' quarterback as Uh-O'Sullivan. Ouch.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News quotes Nolan as saying O'Sullivan "obviously" didn't play well, and neither did his teammates. Nolan isn't afraid to criticize his quarterbacks.

Also from Brown: Vernon Davis makes a catch, then ticks off his own coaches by yelling toward them on the sideline. Davis is a fine talent, but not very mature.