Sunday, September 30, 2012
Gregg Williams and beyond: Week 4 notes
By Mike Sando
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Good morning from University of Phoenix Stadium. I've settled in to watch the early games involving NFC West teams.
A few thoughts on developments Sunday morning:
- Gregg Williams in the house: Gregg Williams' indefinite banishment from the NFL continues, but the St. Louis Rams' would-be defensive coordinator can attend games as a fan, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Might this be an early step toward reinstatement for Williams? Not necessarily. Schefter notes that the NFL banned Williams from the game, making him unemployable until further notice. He says Williams is out of the league, whereas New Orleans' Sean Payton is merely suspended. That makes Williams banned, not suspended. Interesting distinction.
- RB Steven Jackson active: The Rams will have Jackson against Seattle despite a groin injury. The team has named rookie second-round choice Isaiah Pead inactive behind Jackson, however. Daryl Richardson, another rookie, remains ahead of Pead. But now Pead has fallen behind even Terrance Ganaway, a rookie sixth-round choice of the New York Jets. The graduation schedule at the University of Cincinnati, where Pead attended, prevented the rookie from joining his teammates until June 7, later than most rookies. Did that set him back?
- Quick's opportunity: Rams rookie second-round receiver Brian Quick is active against the Seahawks. Veteran receiver Steve Smith is not. Perhaps the Rams wanted Quick's size against Seattle's big, aggressive cornerbacks.
- 49ers will have Ginn: Return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. is active for the San Francisco 49ers against the New York Jets. Running back Brandon Jacobs remains at least another week away from returning. Rookie first-round pick A.J. Jenkins is inactive. He hasn't been a factor to this point in the season. That isn't a big surprise given improved depth at the position and the 49ers' frequent reliance on personnel grouping with two tight ends and/or two running backs.
- Sopoaga out, as expected: The 49ers' base defense took a hit with news that nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga will miss the Jets game with a knee injury. Ricky Jean-Francois will get more snaps. The 49ers' base defense figures to see more snaps for a second week in a row after the team opened against Green Bay and Detroit, teams San Francisco defended primarily with its sub packages.
- Sweezy in the lineup: Right guard John Moffitt is inactive for Seattle, as expected. Rookie J.R. Sweezy gets the start, but the team does have options at guard. James Carpenter is active for the first time since suffering a knee injury last season. He projects at left guard eventually and figures to get work in that spot against the Rams. That could avail Paul McQuistan, the current left guard, to play right guard if needed.