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Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Steven Jackson criticized the Rams' benching of Marc Bulger during a radio show.
Also from Thomas: Rookie receiver Donnie Avery is working overtime to get up to speed.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' offensive line takes Bulger's benching personally.
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks the Rams should follow the Lions by blowing up their front office.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks shouldn't get too excited over the Giants' loss of Plaxico Burress for their Week 5 game.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers' offense is helping out the defense, a trend that must continue against the Saints.
Larry Holder of the Biloxi Sun-Herald checks in with J.T. O'Sullivan as the 49ers quarterback prepares to play against the team that drafted him. Coach Mike Nolan explains the 49ers' thinking heading into camp. He said the 49ers wanted Alex Smith and Shaun Hill to get the early reps because they didn't know the offense.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes about Steve Young's jersey retirement before explaining how 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz decided to use Allen Rossum on offense. The idea came to mind when Rossum was returning a punt 67 yards for a touchdown during the exhibition season.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News wonders if Josh Morgan might get more playing time at receiver for the 49ers given Bryant Johnson's injured hamstring.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat checks in with cornerback Tarell Brown, whose role is gaining prominence amid injuries in the 49ers' secondary. The 49ers like Brown's work ethic.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune examines the most important variable in the Cardinals' success this season: Kurt Warner's ability to protect the football. Warner hasn't lost a fumble in three games.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic checks in with Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban. The Cardinals' third and fourth receivers aren't getting many balls thrown their way. Breaston has made a couple of key catches, however.
Also from Somers: Bert Berry is out indefinitely. Strong-side starter Chike Okeafor is getting some work on the weak side, where Berry plays.