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Around the NFC West: Non-49ers edition

10/7/2009



Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals could suffer their first local television blackout since University of Phoenix Stadium opened for the 2006 season. Somers: "About 1,500 seats for Sunday's game were unsold as of Tuesday morning. The deadline to avoid a blackout is at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, unless the NFL grants a 24-hour extension, as it did for the Cardinals' season opener against the 49ers. Selling tickets for the Texans game has been problematic since the schedule was released in the spring. The Texans haven't had a winning season since entering the league in 2002, so they don't generate much interest."

Also from Somers: Ken Whisenhunt isn't the only person taking some criticism over play calling. Former Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley has heard some boos as well.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the team's slow start has bothered a few established veterans in particular, notably Adrian Wilson and Anquan Boldin.

Greg Johns of seattlepi.com links to items from Peter King and Charles McGrath detailing how the Seahawks once tried to lure Pat Tillman out of the military and into a Seattle uniform. Former Seahawks general manager Bob Ferguson confirmed the attempts. Johns: "Ultimately, Tillman told Ferguson and his agent that he'd stay in the Army through his full term in 2005 and pursue a return to the league after that. He'd turned down a three-year, $3.6 million offer from the Cardinals when he originally enlisted. Tillman wound up being killed on April 22, 2004 while on patrol with the Army Rangers near the border of Pakistan."

Also from Johns: The Seahawks are feeling a sense of urgency after three consecutive defeats.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks will not mix up the personnel at quarterback this season unless injuries intervene.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams would be worse for having Rush Limbaugh among their ownership group. Burwell: "I wonder how Roger Goodell, the no-nonsense NFL commissioner whose primary personal directive is to 'protect the (NFL) shield,' will cope with an owner as potentially combustible as Limbaugh. If Goodell has issues with the embarrassing antics of some of his players, what will he do when Limbaugh inevitably crosses the line of good conduct?"

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says there could be as many as six potential ownership groups for the Rams. "Interest now seems strong enough that earlier estimates that the team would sell based on an overall franchise value of $700 million to $750 million probably are low. League sources say Rosenbloom simply won't sell if he doesn't like the deal or is uncomfortable with the ownership group." The more potential owners, the better the situation becomes for the Rams. But until we have names, it's tough to know whether any of the other potential groups is serious. The Rams certainly want potential owners to think there's competition.

Also from Thomas: It's tough to forecast a Rams victory before the bye, or even after.

More from Thomas: He says during a chat that the Rams should attempt to throw deep more often. A big play to Donnie Avery would indeed help. And the way Steven Jackson is running the ball, the Rams should be able to get a favorable matchup.

More still from Thomas: The Rams added Lamar Myles and Adrian Grady to their practice squad.