NFC West: Donald Washington

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs will play Sunday without a couple of their top offensive threats.

Seattle receiver Mike Williams and Kansas City receiver Dexter McCluster worked out at Qwest Field, but their teams named them inactive. Williams has been Matt Hasselbeck's go-to target for most of the season. Seattle's offense changes quite a bit without him.

Ben Obomanu, Brandon Stokley, Deon Butler, Golden Tate and Ruvell Martin are active at receiver for Seattle. Obomanu and Stokley played particularly well against New Orleans last week. Tate played well against Oakland before suffering an ankle injury. This is his first game back.

Butler will start in Williams' place, the Seahawks said.

McCluster has missed the Chiefs' last four games.

Also inactive for Seattle: fullback Michael Robinson, guard Chester Pitts, defensive end Clifton Geathers, tackle Will Robinson, nose tackle Colin Cole and defensive tackle Amon Gordon. J.P. Losman is the third quarterback.

Also inactive for Kansas City: cornerback Brandon Flowers, safety Donald Washington, running back Tim Castille, safety Jon McGraw, linebacker Charlie Anderson, linebacker Justin Cole and defensive tackle Anthony Toribio.

Getting up: Assessing QB verticals

March, 1, 2010
Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart posted a 37-inch vertical jump at his pro day workout in 2006.

That wasn't the reason Arizona selected him 10th overall in the draft.

Tim Tebow's 38.5-inch jump at the combine tied Josh McCown's record for a quarterback at the annual event, narrowly edging the combine marks Philadelphia's Michael Vick and Seattle's Seneca Wallace posted. But those vertical-jump marks aren't particularly relevant when teams size up quarterbacks -- or players at other positions, in a lot of cases.

The mark is one indicator of overall athleticism. I suppose an especially poor mark could raise concerns about players at some positions. But when you consider players with exceptional verticals in recent combines -- Gerald Sensabaugh, Cameron Wake, Chris McKenzie, Donald Washington and Chris Chambers were all at 45 inches or higher -- it's not as though they all became top players.

Seattle's Nate Burleson (42.5 inches) and San Francisco's Vernon Davis (42) are among the current NFC West player with excellent verticals at recent combines. Rams receiver Keenan Burton and Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie posted 39-inch verticals at the 2008 combine.

Around the NFC West: Niners scouts dig in

February, 14, 2009

Posted by's Mike Sando

Niners area scout Ethan Waugh says the scouting staff has been studying underclassmen in preparation for the draft. Waugh: "There are several underclassmen from my area who declared early. Chris 'Beanie' Wells has been the starting running back at Ohio State the last two years. He is a talented guy who is big, strong and fast. He's been very productive while playing at the highest level of competition. Ohio State also has a receiver, Brian Hartline, who has been a consistent big-play receiver. They are primarily a run-oriented offense, so he does not have the kind of numbers that some receivers do, but is a weapon nonetheless. Donald Washington, also a Buckeye, is a good sized corner that has played both inside and out and shows good speed -- he will be interesting to watch at the Combine."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says former Rams defensive line coach Brian Baker has taken the same job with the Panthers.  Former Rams secondary coach Ron Milus is also with the Panthers. Former Panthers linebackers coach Ken Flajole is the Rams' defensive coordinator. Also, 12 of  Scott Linehan's 19 former assistants have found work, Thomas notes.

Also from Thomas: The Rams had nice things to say about Corey Chavous upon releasing the veteran safety. General manager Billy Devaney: "When it became clear to us that we were going to move in a different direction, we thought out of respect for Corey, and to give him the best chance to explore all his options, that this was the best time to make this move. Corey Chavous epitomizes everything that's good about the NFL. He's classy, smart, hard-working. He gave it his all. The team always came first."

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Linehan brought Chavous to St. Louis after getting to know him in Minnesota.

Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind says re-signing Karlos Dansby should be the Cardinals' top priority this offseason. He advocates naming Dansby the team's franchise player again. Hawkwind: "If the Cardinals tag Dansby (deadline to tag is the 19th), they are the only team that can negotiate with him and they have until the middle of July to agree to a contract. If they chose not to franchise him by next Thursday, though, he'll put the pressure squarely on the shoulder of Rod Graves." Dansby would be able to negotiate with other teams as a non-exclusive franchise player, but the tag would probably dissuade other teams from negotiating.

Scott Allen of Raising Zona qoutes KTAR radio in Phoenix as saying the Cardinals are expected to name linebackers coach Bill Davis their defensive coordinator. Coach Ken Whisenhunt told the Arizona Republic he planned to have his staff filled out before the combine next week. The Republic also suggested Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler could be a consideration.

Doug Farrar of Field Gulls summarizes a interview with Missouri defensive tackle Evander "Ziggy" Hood. According to Hood, Seahawks brass and coaches grilled him to test his knowledge of the defense, including his teammates' responsibilities. The Seahawks' new defensive staff has put an emphasis on players knowing their teammates' assignments.

Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts breaks down the team's needs on offense. He gives T.J. Duckett higher marks than Julius Jones.