NFC West: 2013 Week 8 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Seattle Seahawks

October, 29, 2013
ST. LOUIS -- Observed in the locker room after the Seattle Seahawks' 14-9 victory over the St. Louis Rams:

Tate apology: Wide receiver Golden Tate apologized to his teammates for his showboat taunting penalty on his 80-yard touchdown catch. "It won’t happen again," Tate said. "It’s a lesson learned."

Carroll on the offensive line: “We had a million problems up there,” coach Pete Carroll said on the line giving up seven sacks. “We tried a lot of different things to fix it, but nothing worked. We have a lot of work to do.”

Goal-line stand talk: "Bend but not break,” said cornerback Richard Sherman, on keeping the Rams out of the end zone when St. Louis had a first-and-goal at the 6 with 31 second to go, and fourth-and-goal at the 1 on the final play. "That’s what we do. We make the big plays when we have to make them.”

Locker Room Buzz: St. Louis Rams

October, 29, 2013
ST. LOUIS -- Observed in the locker room after the St. Louis Rams' 14-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Missing Stacy: Many wondered where running back Zac Stacy was for Monday night's final sequence as the Rams nearly pulled off a 97-yard drive to win the game. According to coach Jeff Fisher, Stacy sprained his ankle on the previous drive and the decision was to go with Daryl Richardson. Stacy actually went back on the field for the game's final play but then was split out wide rather than used as a possible run decoy.

Final call: Without Stacy at full speed on fourth-and-goal at Seattle's 1, the Rams decided to go with a play call that Fisher said was intended to give quarterback Kellen Clemens multiple options to get the ball out quickly. The Rams presented no threat of the run, going with an empty backfield on the play, and Clemens threw incomplete for receiver Brian Quick, who was well covered by Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner.

Interception information: Fisher said he didn't blame Clemens for his pair of interceptions. He said receiver Austin Pettis slipped on the second one and Quick was confused and stopped his route on the first one.

Proud papa: Hall of Fame defensive lineman Howie Long was in the house to see his son Chris take on the Seahawks on Monday night. The elder Long spent a few moments with Fisher after the game. He also witnessed his son posting his second consecutive three-sack game against Seattle.

Locker Room Buzz: Arizona Cardinals

October, 27, 2013
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Observed in the locker room after the Arizona Cardinals27-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons:

No bye-week blues: It was a jovial Cardinals locker room as they enter the bye week at 4-4. Guys were smiling, laughing and hugging it out. “Not saying you can relax more now, but you feel a little better about your preparation for your weeks coming out,” linebacker John Abraham said.

Abraham cleared: Abraham left the game in the third quarter after a blow to the head, but the former Falcon said he took and passed a test after the game.

Painful finger: Left tackle Bradley Sowell got his right middle finger caught in a blocker during the game and damaged part of his nail. It was painful, he said, but Sowell was able to finish the game.

Collector’s items: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history to catch 800 passes. When asked what he’ll do with the game ball, Fitzgerald said it’s going home. He has kept the ball from his first catch and then from every hundredth after. That leaves him with nine overall.
LONDON -- Observed in the locker room after the San Francisco 49ers' 42-10 win over Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium:

Staying focused: San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh raved about his team’s focus all week and on Sunday. The 49ers had to travel a long way and spent more than week on the road. Still, they did not let down against the winless Jaguars and won their fifth straight game. “A-plus, plus,” Harbaugh said of the London experience.

Paranoia doesn’t destroy 49ers: Safety Donte Whitner said the 49ers’ coaching staff is "the most paranoid" in the league. He said the coaches meticulously go over every scenario to keep this team sharp.

The Big Sleeper: On the first drive of the game, the 49ers ran a designed play where fullback Bruce Miller appeared to run off the field, but he stopped just by the 49ers’ sideline. It totally caught the Jaguars off guard. It turned into a 43-yard reception. Miller’s thoughts before the play: “Don’t jump offsides. Don’t drop the ball.” It was the first time the 49ers used it this season. Harbaugh said the name of the play is “The Big Sleeper.”