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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Around the NFC West: Cardinals holding up


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals fared well at Super Bowl XLIII media day.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic didn't flinch when a reporter dressed in drag asked to borrow her lipstick. Cardinals linebacker Monty Beisel also rolled with the media day madness.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic leads his notebook with an item about Anquan Boldin's contract situation.

Also from Somers: a look at the Cardinals' offensive tackles, who face tough work Sunday.

Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic says Kurt Warner's wife knows the Super Bowl routine.

Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic checks in with Cardinals punter Ben Graham, the first Australian to play in a Super Bowl.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic feels the presence of Steelers fans at Super Bowl XLIII.

Also from McManaman: Darnell Dockett's tattoos tell a personal history.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com looks at the Cardinals-related story lines at media day.

Also from Urban: a look ahead at the off-field moves facing Arizona.

More from Urban: the team's online Super Bowl headquarters.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune explores Edgerrin James' strange Cardinals journey.

Also from Tulumello: This isn't the Cardinals' first week-long road trip to the East Coast this season.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune details Larry Fitzgerald's Pittsburgh ties.

Also from Bordow: Cardinals coaches might say there's nothing personal in facing their former team, but Bordow isn't buying it.

Pete1020 of Revenge of the Birds sizes up key matchups in Super Bowl XLIII.

Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers' prolonged search for an offensive coordinator does not reflect well on head coach Mike Singletary. Ratto: "Singletary has reached the outer limit of what passes for due diligence on this job search. Whether the impetus is his or those of the candidates, he looks like he is too hard to please ... unless he is simply not a very good salesman. Maybe he drops his pants when he's trying to sell the salary and benefits package."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says former 49ers receiver Billy Wilson, who died Tuesday, fell short of the Hall of Fame despite Bill Walsh's efforts.

Also from Maiocco: Hue Jackson appears to be the frontrunner to become the 49ers' offensive coordinator. Michael Johnson, who interviewed to coach quarterbacks, left the Ravens' staff after the 2007 season when new coach John Harbaugh decided to hire 49ers castoff Jim Hostler instead.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says people told Wilson he was the most qualified person not enshrined in Canton.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with former Seahawks Jerheme Urban and Chike Okeafor. Both have contributed to the Cardinals' Super Bowl run. Okeafor: "I'm not a, 'I told you so,' and 'this and that' [kind of guy]. Those things seem to work themselves out. I just play the game like a kid at recess, for the love the game." 

John Morgan of Field Gulls continues his look at free agents of interest for Seattle. Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is in the spotlight this time.

Rob Staton of Seahawks Draft Blog looks at potential Seattle draft choices and whether they meet standards outlined by general manager Tim Ruskell.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says a Rams statue honoring the team's Super Bowl championship is long overdue. Burwell: "I bring this up now because the local artist who sculpted all those familiar bronze masterpieces in front of Busch has been trying to get a similar project off the ground for football for more than six years. Now, Harry Weber has grown tired of running into one frustrating roadblock after another."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explains, among other things Rams-related, why the Rams probably would not consider a middle linebacker with the second overall choice. Thomas: "You just don't pay $50 million for a guy, if he's sitting on the bench on second-and-long and third-and-long because he can't cover his shadow."