NFC West: Al Roberts

Around the NFC West: Presidential veto

January, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Richard Obert of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are hoping to prove the new president wrong. Barack Obama is taking the Steelers.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic dusts off a reference to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in describing the comedic charms of Cardinals offensive linemen Lyle Sendlein and Deuce Lutui.

Max Jarman of the Arizona Republic looks at Cardinals memorabilia sales.

David Mackall of the Arizona Republic checks in with Cardinals guard Reggie Wells, whose parents have gone to great lengths in watching their son play.

Richard Obert of the Arizona Republic looks at the Cardinals' penchant for trick plays. Coordinator Todd Haley concedes that the "Philly Special" might not work a second time.

Also from the Republic: a notebook leading with an item on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic provides an injury update from Cardinals practice Friday. Travis LaBoy is practicing on a limited basis. J.J. Arrington remains on the sideline.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Cardinals running back Tim Hightower has benefited from an unlikely background in ballet.

Also from Urban: Cardinals defensive end Bertrand Berry finally enjoys success with Arizona.

More from Urban: Adrian Wilson's jack-in-the-box celebration is one of several the Cardinals have planned, just in case.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune traces the Cardinals' improvement to Michael Bidwill's arrival as team president in 2002.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune looks at Rod Graves' role in building the Cardinals.

Niners general manager Scot McCloughan says the team hopes Alex Smith can compete with Shaun Hill to become the 49ers' starting quarterback. McCloughan: "I still believe Alex Smith is going to be a good quarterback in the NFL and if we can have him back competing with Shaun, we'd love to do it."

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle isn't sure what to make of the 49ers' interest in Dan Reeves and Hue Jackson as potential offensive coordinators. Crumpacker: "With his sixth and seventh candidates interviewed, Singletary is either exercising due diligence in his search for a coordinator or is struggling to find someone compatible with his vision for the 49ers' offense."

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says hiring Jackson, now with the Ravens and formerly with the Falcons and Bencals, would "open the door to troubled but talented players such as Ocho Cinco, [Michael] Vick and to lesser extent [T.J.] Houshmandzadeh."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat traces Reeves' candidacy to former 49ers coach Mike Nolan. Maiocco: "When Mike Nolan was named 49ers head coach in 2005, there were rumblings he might bring along his mentor, Dan Reeves, to assist him. Nolan is gone, but Reeves accepted a surprise invitation Friday to visit the 49ers team headquarters and discuss the offensive-coordinator position with new coach Mike Singletary."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Singletary couldn't find a more old-school coordinator than Reeves.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer questions whether the Seahawks will keep two kickers for the long term. General manager Tim Ruskell says Olindo Mare will be back. The plan -- "right now," Ruskell said -- is for Brandon Coutu to return as well.

John Morgan of Field Gulls explains why he likes the Seahawks' hiring of Tim Lewis to coach the secondary. The fact that Lewis brought Charles Godfrey to Carolina helps.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says special-teams coach Al Roberts is one of the assistant coaches not coming back to the Rams. Strength coach Dana LeDuc and quarterbacks coach Terry Shea also will not return. Thomas: "Some holdover assistants who are still being considered for jobs are scheduled to meet with new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and new defensive coordinator Ken Flajole over the next few days."

Also from Thomas: a chat transcript that says the Rams do not have anyone negotiating contracts at the moment.

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