Around the NFC West: Warner reflects

October, 7, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic puts the Kurt Warner retirement talk in perspective. Warner is not going to retire on his team during the season. But at age 37, he does tend to be more reflective when things go wrong. Performances like the one he enjoyed against the Bills make Warner feel like playing forever.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com explains why Warner contemplated his future recently. Anquan Boldin's injury, coupled with the pressure accompanying a poor performance, made Warner think about life after football. Retirement is something Warner plans to think about after the season.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are hoping their fans won't sell tickets to Cowboys fans this week. Warner thinks the Cardinals have fought hard for a home-field advantage and he hopes they can enjoy one against Dallas.

Scott Allen of RaisingZona.com does his part in a look at each team in the NFC West heading into Week 6. At least the Cardinals have something to feel good about.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren isn't focusing only on offense this week. He met with defensive coaches and players in an effort to fix what ails that side of the ball. The team might "condense some things" this week.

Also from Farnsworth: Holmgren was somber one day after the Giants pounded his team, 44-6.

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks might have to bail on their pass-first identity in favor of running the ball.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune also expects Seattle to emphasize the run. That's tough to do when the other team is scoring at will.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times traces the Seahawks' defensive problems to late last season. Pass defense is a primary concern: "Seattle allowed 11 passing touchdowns in the first 15 games last season and has given up 16 in the seven games since."

Also from O'Neil: Matt Hasselbeck should be able to practice this week.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle assesses Frank Gore's skills as a receiver after the 49ers' running back caught a touchdown pass against New England.

Also from Crumpacker: Niners coach Mike Nolan says the team should have a better record because its personnel has improved. Gore says the team will be "fine" this season.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Vernon Davis' lack of production as a receiver isn't the 49ers' biggest problem, but it's still an issue.

Also from Barrows: Linebacker Patrick Willis keeps the faith.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat looks at the 49ers' draft choices since 2005. It's never a good sign for a team when beat reporters start analyzing past draft classes in October.

Also from Maiocco: Gore and Patrick Willis had little to say after the loss to New England even though both are young leaders on the team.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News thought Nolan was blaming players when he said execution was the 49ers' problem against the Patriots.

Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News says the clock is ticking for Nolan after the 49ers dropped to 2-3 heading into tough games.

Bill Coats of Around the Horns sees a couple of former Rams putting up numbers elsewhere in the division. Kurt Warner and Isaac Bruce are enjoying strong seasons. Also, Clifton Ryan remains the starting defensive tackle for St. Louis, ahead of La'Roi Glover.

Also from Coats: The Rams appear to be responding to Jim Haslett in practice. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa cramped up after practicing all-out.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says 2008 has gone from a likely breakout season to a breakdown season for Randy McMichael. The tight end landed on injured reserve.

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