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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Around the NFC West: Cardinals gear up


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are working to overcome distractions associated with championship week.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals thrive on being disrespected. Adrian Wilson: "Deion Sanders, saying he's going to sell his Super Bowl tickets if we make it to the Super Bowl? That's disrespectful."

Mark Heller of the East Valley Tribune examines how the Cardinals processed their 48-20 defeat to the Eagles on Thanksgiving. The game is difficult to rewatch, coach Ken Whisenhunt said.

Also from Heller: a look at the matchup between rookies DeSean Jackson and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Cardinals' playoff success has resonated with some in the city the organization left behind. Dan Dierdorf: "I'm immensely proud and thrilled for everybody involved. I think it's wonderful. I was really kind of surprised how emotional I was when they made the playoffs and won that first game. I mean, I wasn't crying my eyes out; I was just really happy for the guys."

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers might be closer than we realize to becoming a playoff team. Mike Singletary suggested the team would need to upgrade four positions.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat updates the 49ers' search for an offensive coordinator following Rick Dennison's interview. Also, Mike Nolan turned down the Packers' offer to become defensive coordinator. Expect him to surface as the Broncos' defensive coordinator under Josh McDaniels.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks might be closer than we realize to becoming a playoff team. The Falcons went from 5-11 before Jim Mora took over to 11-5 in his first season with the team.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune advances Mora's first news conference as the Seahawks' head coach. He says Mora was wise to keep a low profile to this point, but the coach will need to step up his public profile in the future.

William Tomisser of Seahawk Addicts revisits Tim Ruskell's recent radio interview while expressing confidence in Seattle's president and general manager. Ruskell denies influencing Mike Holmgren's decision to leave the organization.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett isn't ready for the job, contrary to the other four candidates. Burwell: "The name of the Dallas Cowboys' embattled offensive coordinator sticks out like an unruly comb-over on a bald man."

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com quotes Rams general manager Billy Devaney as saying the team could have a new head coach in the next week. "I would say we are winding down," Devaney said.