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Gary Plummer of the 49ers' radio team says the team needs to change its sight-adjust routes to prevent the Patriots from taking away J.T. O'Sullivan's hot reads. Plummer, a former linebacker, says failing to adjust proved costly against the Saints. Plummer also thinks the 49ers are making a mistake sticking with the same personnel on defense. He thinks that's what teams do in preseason.
Dan Brown of 49ers Hot Read revisits the Patriots' success against Mike Martz in the Super Bowl, suggesting Martz's refusal to run the ball played into New England's hands.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says a bad offense can set up a punter for inflated averages. The reverse has possibly been true for 49ers punter Andy Lee.
Also from Barrows: a conversation with tight ends coach Pete Hoener. Vernon Davis was the subject.
Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers checks in with running back Frank Gore, who figures to be a focal point of both team's game plans when the Patriots visit San Francisco. Gore says two linebackers shadowed him at all times during the Saints game.
Also from Maiocco: Tully Banta-Cain has a better chance of playing this week. Holding him out against his former team would qualify as cruel and unusual punishment, particularly with Manny Lawson out this week.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle weighs the high-risk, high-reward nature of the 49ers' offense. O'Sullivan is completing a high percentage of longer passes, but he's taking sacks and coming off a rough game.
Also from Crumpacker: Gore's in a happy place now that he's leading the league in yards from scrimmage.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sizes up Rick Venturi, the Rams' new defensive coordinator. This is a fun read. Venturi still has the note he left for his wife after the Browns fired him and the Saints called to set up an interview: "Honey, I've just been fired. I'm on my way to New Orleans for an interview. Call you from there."
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says Adrian Wilson's injury status is a big concern for the Cardinals heading into their game against the Bills. Also, nose tackle Gabe Watson is working with the starters following an extended absence.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com revisits the biggest hit Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has taken. This one came during the final 2 minutes of a blowout defeat in 2005. Fitzgerald's helmet flew off, but he popped up and handed the ball to the official.
Also from Urban: The Cardinals' secondary needs to do a better job reading its keys. Improved preparation is also important.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are tempering their evaluation of pass-protection issues against the Jets because the lopsided score allowed New York to rush the passer without accounting for the run.
Also from Somers: If the Cardinals and Anquan Boldin ever want to talk about an extension, Lee Evans' deal with Buffalo could help set parameters. Boldin's agent has dismissed that type of talk in the past, reiterating Boldin's desire to leave Arizona when his contract expires in three seasons.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Koren Robinson wasn't able to practice Thursday. A sore knee continues to bother the recently re-signed receiver.
Also from O'Neil: Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane can do the splits. Really.
Frank Hughes of Seahawks Insider caught up with Seahawks president Tim Ruskell, who said the team will not make dramatic changes to its offensive system when Jim Mora becomes head coach next season. The Seahawks think a carryover will help Matt Hasselbeck.
Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with Seahawks receiver Billy McMullen, who went from stopgap player to legitimate member of the receiving corps.
Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer revisits the recruiting tactics that helped Tom Coughlin lure Hasselbeck to Boston College. Hasselbeck was headed for UCLA until Coughlin made an effective last-minute appeal.