Around the NFC West: 49ers reflect

November, 12, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle dissects the final seconds of the 49ers' defeat Monday night. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz takes the blame for trying to do too much.

Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill handled himself well during the frantic final seconds against the Cardinals. Spiking the ball before the final play probably would have drawn a penalty and 10-second clock runoff.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat also breaks down the final seconds. Also, Martz blames running back Frank Gore for failing to turn around on the ill-fated shovel pass that resulted in Adrian Wilson's interception.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee picks apart Martz's explanation for the late-game confusion, calling into question various yard-line assumptions.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News breaks down the final seconds before noting that receiver Josh Morgan suffered a strained groin. Morgan's status for Week 11 is unclear.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com explains why Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt insists upon accentuating the positive following a sloppy victory Monday night.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals would rather address mistakes following a victory than wallow in them following a defeat.

Also from Somers: A look at the Cardinals' penalty-prone ways.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic mulls Whisenhunt's chances for NFL coach of the year.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says Whisenhunt has the best 25-game record for a Cardinals coach since the 1920s.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wonders how quickly Matt Hasselbeck can get up to speed upon returning to practice Wednesday.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times expects the Seahawks to sign Courtney Taylor to their 53-man roster after the team released Keary Colbert.

Also from O'Neil: The Seahawks haven't led the NFC West at any point this season. Over the previous four seasons, Seattle owned at least a share of first place for all but six weeks.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are facing an opponent with a losing record for only the second time this season. Also, knee problems will sideline cornerback Tye Hill for another week.

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