Around the NFC West: It's ugly for Rams

September, 25, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks the Rams' release of Fakhir Brown reflects a rift between coach Scott Linehan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Brown and Haslett were together in New Orleans. Miklasz: "The coaches don't get along, and this was an in-your-face move by the HC. And so Rams Park is now Scram Park. As one insider put it to me: if Linehan is going down, he'll try to take others down with him."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Trent Green on the quarterback's first day as the Rams' starter under Linehan. Green uses humor to lighten the mood, suggesting reporters have shown up to discuss a local high school rivalry game.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says newly signed cornerback Jason Craft is getting ready to play immediately.

Also from Coats: Rams cornerback Tye Hill expresses shock after the team releases Brown. Hill: "I think he's one of the most underrated corners in this league. I don't know what happened. I couldn't believe it."

Steve Korte of the Belleville News Democrat gives Linehan's stated reasoning for the Rams' quarterback change. Linehan told Marc Bulger he was taking a disproportionate part of the blame because that's what quarterbacks do.

Also from Korte: Linehan's explanations for several moves on defense.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic revisits Kurt Warner's early days with the Packers in advance of the Cardinals' game against Brett Favre and the Jets. They called him "Pop" Warner back then. "Chachi" was another nickname.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle checks in with 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown, who made his first NFL interception in Week 3. Brown dedicated the ball to his late parents.

Also from Crumpacker: The 49ers haven't beaten the Saints since 2001.

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers' confidence is off the charts. Frank Gore even thinks San Francisco can have the best offense in the league.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee compares the current 49ers against the 2007 version. Both had 2-1 records at this point, but the 2008 team is much more confident. "It just seems so easy now," Gore said.

Also from Barrows: Six members of the 49ers' secondary missed practice or were limited in practice.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers' J.T. O'Sullivan and Vernon Davis are trying to get on the same page. Davis wasn't shy about pointing out which passes O'Sullivan overthrew and underthrew.

Kevin Lynch of sfgate.com breaks down defensive performances in the Lions-49ers game. He ranks Justin Smith's efforts atop his list.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks' next five games are against teams with a combined 11-4 record.

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