NFC West: 2013 Week 7 NFL Buzz

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Observed in the locker room after the San Francisco 49ers' 31-17 win over the Tennessee Titans:

Read-option returns: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had 68 yards on 11 carries using the read-option offense. It was the most the 49ers used it this season. Kaepernick said it was because the Titans gave the 49ers opportunities to use it.

Praise for Morris: Rookie cornerback Darryl Morris has been one of several young 49ers who have played well. He is making a huge impact on a strong special teams. He caused a fumble that resulted in a Kassim Osgood touchdown in the fourth quarter. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said watching Morris on the play was like watching “an arrow go through snow.” Although Eric Wright is potentially coming off the physically unable to perform list in the next couple of weeks, there is no chance Morris will be cut. It could be another sign veteran Nnamdi Asomugha will be released. He has been a healthy scratch the past two weeks.

Aldon Smith update: Harbaugh gave some incremental news on Smith. Harbaugh said he is hopeful Smith can play this season. He said he is hearing Smith is making progress in treatment. Harbaugh said the plan is for Smith to be back at team facility from alcohol treatment in the next couple of weeks. The 49ers are 4-0 since the star pass-rusher went into treatment 27 days ago.

Homecoming: Several 49ers are from the Tennessee area and many players had a lot of family there. Harbaugh said the mother of rookie receiver Quinton Patton cooked for the team Saturday night. Harbaugh said Smith’s mother was at the game as well.

Locker Room Buzz: Arizona Cardinals

October, 18, 2013
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Observed in the locker room after the Arizona Cardinals34-22 loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

No QB considered: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians never considered replacing quarterback Carson Palmer despite two interceptions, mainly because Arians didn’t think the interceptions were entirely Palmer’s fault. The first, Arians contended, was an “obvious pass interference” while the second was a poor decision.

Taking the heat: Left tackle Bradley Sowell didn’t shy away from questions about his rough outing. He sat in front of his locker and answered everything thrown his way. The consensus was that when the Cardinals were forced to pass, Seattle was able to rear back and bring the pressure on Sowell without regret.

As it comes: Wide receiver Andre Roberts was targeted three times in the first quarter and then not again until late in the game, but he wouldn’t complain. Roberts said that even though, as a receiver, he wants the ball on every possession, he’s content with whatever comes his way.

No sleep until a win: Palmer doesn’t expect to sleep as he dissects the loss and replays every decision, good and bad, all night.

Locker Room Buzz: Seattle Seahawks

October, 18, 2013
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Observed in the locker room after the Seattle Seahawks' 34-22 win over the Arizona Cardinals:

High-fives for the defense: Seattle had a season-high seven sacks among eight players. “We’re taking advantage of all our depth,’’ said linebacker K.J. Wright. “The rotation is really good. Everybody is getting a piece of the action.”

Praise for Wilson: Receiver Golden Tate is amazed at what he continues to see from Russell Wilson, who threw three touchdown passes despite being under constant pressure. "He’s grown tremendously," Tate said. "I’m very proud of him and very happy to be playing with him. He’s such a dangerous quarterback with his speed and his arm. He’s definitely our leader.”

Sherman teases Browner: Richard Sherman was giving fellow cornerback Brandon Browner a hard time about stumbling and falling down before reaching the end zone on what would have been a 50-yard pick-six. "I’m giving his knees a hard time," Sherman said, looking at Browner. "His knees collapsed on him. But that’s my boy. He’s known pay dirt before, so he wanted to let Marshawn [Lynch] get another touchdown."