Around the NFC West: Cards play it cool

September, 16, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are taking their 2-0 start in stride after beating the 49ers and Dolphins. Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett: "Not to take anything away from them, they have great players, but we're much more talented than both those teams. We won those games. We're supposed to. ... We're going to start playing against some real teams, especially on the road."

Also from Tulumello: The Cardinals will remain on the East Coast between their upcoming road games against the Redskins and Jets.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are acting like they've been in this position before. They have -- in 1991.

Also from McManaman: Anquan Boldin is proving he won't become a distraction.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt knows why the team lost road games last season. "We sucked," the coach said.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer expects Koren Robinson to re-sign with Seattle after he passes a physical examination.

Also from Farnsworth: Matt Hasselbeck's completion percentage has taken a hit while throwing to a patchwork group of receivers. Hasselbeck quips that he might have to take up baseball.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times quotes Robinson as saying a deal with Seattle "might" get done as early as today.

Also from O'Neil: A look at Seattle's big-play defense, which is giving up too many of them.

And this from O'Neil: Seneca Wallace said he felt as though someone shot him in the calf during warm-ups.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune quotes Wallace as saying his body wasn't ready to play a new position, explaining why Seattle's backup quarterback suffered a calf injury during warm-ups. Wallace was already dealing with a tight hamstring. Wallace: "Maybe the correct thing to say is that I wasn't physically ready to be playing receiver. I would say [it is related to the tight hamstring]. You are doing different things with your body and your body reacts differently, and my body wasn't quite ready for that."

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says it's a tough time to be a sports fan in the Pacific Northwest. How 'bout them Sonics?

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says Mike Holmgren could be enjoying the retired life instead of devising a game plan that involves Billy McMullen at receiver. But Holmgren isn't pouting. "I'm more ticked off than discouraged," the coach said.

The 49ers' Web site features center Eric Heitmann's take on the victory over Seattle.

Also from 49ers.com: Coach Mike Nolan's explanation for why the team played nickel defense all game against a Seattle team without proven receivers.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Frank Gore and the 49ers expect a wild offensive plan for the team's game against the Lions. Not that 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz would like to beat the team that fired him.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle dives into Nolan's explanation for the 49ers' defensive plan against Seattle.

Also from FitzGerald: The 49ers have won seven consecutive overtime games. Seattle has lost seven of eight. Makes you wonder if less successful teams play those games with a nothing-to-lose mentality. 

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Gore can't wait to get going after the Seahawks shut him down in Week 2.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' secondary has been rendered speechless by its horrible start. Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe: "I don't have anything for you, sir. I apologize."

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Rams coach Scott Linehan knows people want him fired.

Also from Korte: Rookie receiver Keenan Burton might need knee surgery.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom as saying the team's level of play is "not acceptable" so far this season. "Things will get better," Rosenbloom said, "and if they don't, changes will be made."

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