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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Around the NFC West: Team building


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers players embraced coming to work Monday even though former coach Mike Nolan would have given them the day off. Shaun Hill says most players would come to work even if given the day off.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says 49ers coach Mike Singletary is focusing on team building across offensive and defensive lines.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Singletary might as well adopt the old "We are family" mantra of the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Singletary and offensive coordinator Mike Martz are getting along very well, according to Singletary. That probably makes it true. Singletary doesn't seem capable of lying.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Arizona will keep pushing even if the Cardinals clinch the NFC West title with weeks to spare.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals sound confident heading into their game against the Giants. Coach Ken Whisenhunt likes having the game at home.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the NFL should not suspend Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson for a hit that wasn't an obvious violation of rules.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks have assumed the spoiler role heading into their final six games. Also, fullback Leonard Weaver says the team is mature enough to handle the transition from Mike Holmgren to Jim Mora.

John Morgan of Field Gulls comes away impressed after breaking down Seattle cornerback Josh Wilson's first-quarter performance against the Cardinals in Week 11.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says Matt Hasselbeck was far more lucid Monday when he took back things said about the Cardinals on Sunday night. Also, cornerback Marcus Trufant will play in Week 12 after suffering a concussion Sunday.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are sticking with Marc Bulger at quarterback, noting that the coaching staff thinks Bulger gives St. Louis its best chance to win. Bulger threw the ball well against the 49ers except for a 9-minute span featuring seven bad plays, coach Jim Haslett said.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Steven Jackson will miss the Rams' next game after getting a second opinion on his thigh injury. That means Antonio Pittman will start.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says rookie John Greco would start at right guard if a shoulder injury sidelines Richie Incognito. Meanwhile, Adam Goldberg is taking over at left tackle for Orlando Pace, whose season could be finished.

Also from Korte: The Rams are sticking with Bulger in part because the team committed a $65 million contract to the quarterback.

VanRam of Turf Show Times can't understand the decision to stick with Bulger. He also wonders if Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would make a good fit as head coach in St. Louis next season.