NFC West: 2013 Week 4 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Seattle Seahawks

September, 29, 2013
HOUSTON -- Observed in the locker room after the Seattle Seahawks' 23-20 overtime victory against the Houston Texans:

Jubilation: For the most part, the Seahawks were pretty calm this season after their first three victories, including the 29-3 victory against the San Francisco 49ers. But it was a celebration this time with the players realizing they can find a way to win on a day when they don't play well in a lot of areas.

Bennett walking around: After leaving the field on a stretcher near the end of the first half and being taken to a local hospital with a lower back injury, Michael Bennett was smiling and walking around congratulating his teammates in the locker room. He actually returned to the sideline in the fourth quarter, which cornerback Richard Sherman said was a huge emotional boost for the defense.

Sherman happy to win ugly: Sherman had a 58-yard pick-six that tied the game in the fourth quarter but admitted the Seahawks made a lot of mistakes Sunday. “It’s wasn't pretty, and games aren’t always going to be pretty," he said. "But we grinded it out and never quit. That’s what championship teams do.”

Carroll giving out hugs: Coach Pete Carroll was still in the locker room when reporters entered the room. He was hugging every player he could and congratulating everyone. Clearly, this victory was special to him and his players.

Locker Room Buzz: Arizona Cardinals

September, 29, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Observed in the locker room after the Arizona Cardinals’ 13-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Pure exhaustion: One of the first things heard upon entering the Cardinals’ locker room was quarterback Carson Palmer asking a teammate if he was tired. Palmer then explained how exhausted he was. “It was a dogfight,” Palmer said during his news conference.

Stopping the run: The defensive line was extra curious about how many yards it allowed on the ground and began asking anyone who walked by. The answer was 80, the second most Arizona has allowed all season.

Waiting patiently: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald wasn’t targeted once in the first half, but he’s not the type of person to say anything about it. At halftime, he didn’t voice his displeasure with not being involved, nor did he suggest ways to make that happen. “I’m not a complainer,” Fitzgerald said.

D-Wash on the mind: Sunday was the Cardinals’ last game without linebacker Daryl Washington, who will be reinstated Monday after a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. And the Cards let everyone know how excited they were to have him back. Both head coach Bruce Arians and cornerback Patrick Peterson referenced Washington and how the defense will change with when he returns.
ST. LOUIS -- Observed in the locker room following the San Francisco 49ers' 35-11 win over the St. Louis Rams.

Staley seems fine: It looks as if standout left tackle Joe Staley is going to be OK. It was a harrowing scene late in the game when Staley went down. He was on the turf for several moments. However, Staley walked off the field on his own and was seen leaving the X-ray room without a noticeable limp.

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said it looks as though the team “dodged a bullet."

Kaepernick responds: Teammates were very happy for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He was taking a lot of heat after the 49ers played poorly on offense the past two weeks. Kaepernick responded with a strong game Thursday night.

Bowman steps up: There were lots of pats on the back for linebacker NaVorro Bowman. He was all over the field and led the defense with linebacker Patrick Willis out with a groin injury.

Back to basics: Running back Frank Gore, who had 153 yards rushing, said the 49ers simply “went back to being us” in the win.

Locker Room Buzz: St. Louis Rams

September, 27, 2013
ST. LOUIS – Observed in the locker room after the St. Louis Rams35-11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Quick Fisher: Clearly unhappy with his team laying another egg, Rams coach Jeff Fisher wasted no time getting in and out of his postgame press conference. Fisher offered an opening statement and answered two questions, then took advantage of a short pause and exited quickly after expressing his disappointment in his team.

McDonald hurt: One question Fisher didn’t answer was on the status of safety T.J. McDonald, who exited the game in the third quarter with a leg injury. It doesn’t look good for McDonald, though. He was wearing an air cast on his right leg and left the locker room on crutches. It’s the third game in a row the Rams have had a player leave in such a state.

Searching for answers: It’s hard to have much buzz when you enter a somber, quiet locker room. Rams players deserve credit for facing the music, but nobody had any answers for why the team has nosedived so dramatically the past two weeks.