Around the NFC West: Cardinals dominate

January, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals conquered the Panthers and their own demons in advancing to the NFC title game.

Also from Somers: The Cardinals are getting it done on both lines.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals' victory felt as good as "eliminating the Spurs, sweeping the Dodgers and learning the Cowboys were bankrupt. It was the karmic reward for all those terrible afternoons spent on the wrong end of the scoreboard."

Also from Bickley: The Cardinals continue to relish the underdog role.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says Larry Fitzgerald met the challenge after learning teammate Anquan Boldin would not play. In addition to producing on the field, Fitzgerald was more vocal on the sideline.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals' defense settled down after a poor start. As a result, Boldin might be able to play again this season after all.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals' defensive front seven rose to the challenges against a strong ground game for the second consecutive week.

Also from Tulumello: The Cardinals as Cinderella.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals' victory over the Panthers gives fans reason to dream. Yes, the team stands one victory away from the Super Bowl.

Also from Bordow: The Cardinals paid a high price for letting Fitzgerald roam free.

Scott Allen of Raising Zona dares anyone to call the Cardinals the worst team in playoff history.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Joe Barry is the Seahawks' new linebackers coach, according to NFL Network. 

Also from O'Neil: Casey Bradley is the Seahawks' defensive coordinator four years after coaching at North Dakota State.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks' hiring of Bradley isn't a case of team president Tim Ruskell reaching back to his Tampa roots because Bradley and Ruskell were never with the Bucs at the same time.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes sources as saying Vikings assistant Leslie Frazier is a finalist to become the Rams' head coach.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch advocates Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo for the Rams' job. Burwell: "Spagnuolo is on the top of a lot of shopping lists. And when the man in charge of the Rams' coaching hunt says things such as, 'He's one of the best,' and 'we go way back,' that sounds a heck of a lot more like a stacked deck than any perceived advantage [Jim] Haslett has going for him."

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat gives the Rams' secondary a C-minus grade for its performance during the 2008 season.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Rob Chudzinski might return the tight end to the passing game if the 49ers hired him as offensive coordinator.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News provides background on Chudzinski, including a quote from when the Browns made Chudzinski their offensive coordinator. Chudzinski then: "I've always been around and been exposed to attacking-style offenses that are built on a balance of run and pass and that utilize the talents of the guys that are part of that offense. Giving those guys a chance to make plays for you in an attacking style is basically what we've talked primarily about." 

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee isn't buying Tim Tebow as a potential 49ers savior.

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