NFC West: Ellen Degeneres
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Niners president Jed York and other leading team officials plan to take fans' questions during a 90-minute event for season-ticket holders Monday. Mike Singletary, Scott McCloughan and Andy Dolich will also be available. The team plans to stream the event live on its Web site.
McCloughan's mailbag features answers to fans' questions, including an explanation for the three-digit offense. McCloughan: "The digit system is a numbering system for routes in the passing attack. It's the same system Norv Turner ran. I believe that Raye and Turner learned it all from Don Coryell. It's a numeric system for the route ran on a particular play."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers were in no hurry to re-sign Roderick Green even before the pass rusher's recent arrest.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provides an update on Steve Spagnuolo's first weeks on the job as Rams coach. Thomas: "Spagnuolo also clarified the job descriptions of three coaches who when hired were given generic titles of offensive or defensive assistants: Frank Leonard will coach tight ends, Paul Ferraro will coach linebackers and Andre Curtis will coach safeties."
Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Spagnuolo is spending his time getting familiar with the Rams' personnel.
VanRam of Turf Show Times expects Spagnuolo's staff to avoid the types of differences that marked former coach Scott Linehan's relationship with former defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic quotes Kurt Warner's agent as saying the quarterback wants to continue playing. Contract talks have commenced.
Revenge of the Birds' Andrew602 singles out Steve Breaston as the Cardinals' most improved player during the 2008 season.
John Morgan of Field Gulls stands by the Seahawks' strength and conditioning coaches despite an injury-plagued 2008 season. He also thinks the Seahawks should have drafted a quarterback last offseason, even if the college crop appears worse now than it did in 2008. Morgan: "Seattle is again at square one in preparation for life after [Matt] Hasselbeck. It's not a great group of quarterbacks, and I think I overestimated them before getting a better look, but if Seattle's unwilling to take a plunge on a top quarterback talent, continually drafting marginal talent and seeing if one develops beats the hell out of effectively doing nothing."