NFC West: 2013 Week 10 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Arizona Cardinals

November, 10, 2013
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Observed in the locker room after the Arizona Cardinals' 27-24 win against the Houston Texans.

Surprise, surprise: Rookie running back Andre Ellington said coach Bruce Arians surprised him Monday with plans for the Wildcat. Ellington had run it before in college, so he was used to playing behind center, but he said his arm isn’t good enough to throw passes.

Whislin’ Dixie: Arians said he thought three whistles were blown before running back Rashard Mendenhall fumbled late in the fourth quarter. And he's not the only one. Another offensive player said he thought the play was whistled dead before Texas defensive end J.J. Watt stripped Mendenhall.

Never out of it: A reporter began a question to Andre Roberts by informing the wide receiver that at 5-4 the Cardinals were now in the playoff hunt. Roberts didn’t miss a beat with his reponse: “Yeah, I didn’t know we were out of the playoff hunt.”

Bean counters: Veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby dropped two more interceptions Sunday, and his teammates took notice. He's had a handful throughout the season, and after every one, he gets a good ribbing. After the Houston game, Larry Fitzgerald smiled and laughed a little before telling the media that he's definitely counting up Dansby's drops.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Observed in the locker room after the San Francisco 49ers' 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers:

Quiet place: This loss hurt the 49ers and the locker room was sedate afterward. They hadn’t lost since Sept. 23 and had crushed opponents during their five-game win streak. The 49ers knew they had opportunities, so players were not pleased with being shut out in the second half Sunday. The 49ers had scored at least 31 points in every game during the win streak.

Harbaugh stays positive: When the 49ers fell to 1-2, coach Jim Harbaugh said the next day that he relished the opportunity to face adversity and whip it. Sunday after this heartbreaking loss, Harbaugh had the same attitude. “It's a sinking feeling,” Harbaugh said. “We didn't get the job done as a team. We'll bounce back. We'll come storming back."

Davis injury hurt: Harbaugh said the loss of tight end Vernon Davis hurt the 49ers. It limited the alignments the team could use. The 49ers were a much weaker offense in the second half with Davis out with a concussion.

Locker Room Buzz: St. Louis Rams

November, 10, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed in the locker room after the St. Louis Rams' 38-8 win against the Indianapolis Colts.

Never comfortable: The Rams jumped all over the Colts in the first half, taking a 28-0 halftime lead. That dominant performance would have most teams feeling pretty confident about walking away with a win, but the feeling on the Rams' side was a bit more tenuous.

Given Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck's propensity for amazing fourth-quarter comebacks -- he has 10 in less than two full NFL seasons -- the Rams found themselves wondering how many points would be enough.

"What kept going through our mind is Andrew's comebacks, his comebacks, his comebacks, and it’s never enough points," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.

Field-position dominance: It might fly under the radar on a day when so many things went right for the Rams, but one thing they did that they haven't done much of this season is own field position. Outstanding kickoff coverage for the Rams combined with questionable decision-making by Colts kick returners David Reed and Dan Herron left the Colts starting eight of their 14 drives inside their 20, including three inside their 10. A number of Rams pointed out the advantage created by the kickoff coverage after the game.

Bad bye: Fisher stuck by the old coaching cliché that there's never a bad time for a bye week, but a few players in the locker room made it clear they wished they had a game next week. After a disappointing three-game losing streak, those Rams wanted a chance to carry over any momentum generated by a convincing victory.

Locker Room Buzz: Seattle Seahawks

November, 10, 2013
ATLANTA -- Observed in the locker room after the Seattle Seahawks33-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons:

Tate sees the potential: “This game shows what we’re capable of,’’ said receiver Golden Tate, who had six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. “Now it’s about consistency and stepping up every week. If we do that, we can be a very dangerous team.”

Carroll sees what he’s looking for: “This was a terrific statement across the board," coach Pete Carroll said. "It was rock solid. It’s really the best game we’ve played.”

Sherman sees even better days ahead: “It feels good, but we still haven’t played our best ball,” cornerback Richard Sherman said. “I think we’ll get [receiver] Percy Harvin out there next week, and we’ll get both our [offensive] tackles back. We’ll see how far those guys can take us. We still have room to grow.”