NFC West: Phillip Merlin
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Chip Rosenbloom following a difficult first year as Rams owner. Rosenbloom: "We've demonstrated to ourselves, and our fans, that we're putting our best foot forward to show how much we care about winning, how much we care about the team and the fans. I don't know how else to demonstrate it. I don't know how else to show it but doing what we've been doing. Meanwhile, I've gained 12 pounds probably from nervous eating. We were not happy with what we saw on the field last year. We're doing everything we can to make sure that doesn't repeat itself."
Turf Show Times' Tackle Box sizes up the Rams' quarterbacks as well as potential later-round draft prospects at the position.
Dan Hinxman of the Reno Gazette-Journal checks in with 49ers coach Mike Singletary during a charity event. Singletary reflects on decisions he made to become a better husband and father. He also sees parallels between those roles and his current job. Singletary: "I look at coaching very much like parenting. If you have one parent saying, 'Don't discipline,' and you have another one saying, 'We need to discipline them into the ground,' you have an imbalance and kids will pick and choose. If both parents are on the same page, it's very difficult for the kid to get away with anything. It's the same thing in an organization."
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers are meeting with Mississippi tackle Michael Oher. Maiocco: "Last year, the only confirmed player the 49ers brought to Santa Clara and later drafted was wide receiver Josh Morgan. Among the other out-of-the-area players to travel to Santa Clara were Derrick Harvey, Phillip Merling, Quentin Groves and Malcolm Kelly." Oher appears to be a legitimate candidate for the 49ers at No. 10 overall.
Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts has a hard time imagining Seattle drafting running back Chris Wells with the fourth overall choice. Even so, the Seahawks are expected to meet privately with the Ohio State standout. I don't read much into most pre-draft visits because teams take care to disguise their intentions.
John Morgan of Field Gulls would love to see Knowshon Moreno, Everette Brown and Mike Thomas in Seattle uniforms. He also thinks defensive end Lawrence Jackson has the physical ability to bounce back from a disappointing rookie season.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com doesn't expect Anquan Boldin or Darnell Dockett to attend the Cardinals' voluntary offseason conditioning program while they pursue new contracts. The Cardinals were one of the healthiest teams in the league last season. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has credited strength-and-conditioning coach John Lott.
Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind would mind seeing the Cardinals add Tony Gonzalez by trade from Kansas City. Hawkwind: "He would become another threat for the offense and he would surely make Kurt Warner happy. He's a dependable blocker and has the best hands in the game for a tight end. His leadership and knowledge of the game could point the rest of the Cardinals tight ends in the right direction as well." Reaching the Super Bowl could conceivably convince a team to think it's one player away from getting over the top, but I think the Cardinals would be better off building through the draft.