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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Around the NFC West: Bradley amps up energy


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Gus Bradley, the Seahawks' defensive coordinator, is promising an attacking style.

Also from O'Neil: Bradley prefers "Gus" to his given name of "Casey."

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Bradley appears to have the same fire as new head coach Jim Mora.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune thinks the Seahawks' new defensive coordinator exudes a passion, humility and sincerity that will win over players.

Also from Williams: a full transcript of Bradley's interview with area reporters.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says Bradley expects to demand more from players than the previous staff demanded.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider takes an initial look at the 49ers' draft needs.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Dan Reeves turned down the 49ers' offer to become offensive coordinator because he wanted to explore a job with the Cowboys. Reeves wound up turning down the Cowboys, too.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee sizes up the 49ers' needs on the offensive line. Barrows: "If Jonas Jennings could stay healthy, the 49ers would have one of the better tackle tandems in the league. He cannot. That was clear at this point last season and now, after Jennings' third right shoulder dislocation, it's as stark as a neon billboard."

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says the Rams' hiring of 49ers scout Mike Williams has become official. General manager Billy Devaney: "Mike knows the players in the NFL and the players in our division. He knows rosters from the bottom up and the top down and how players move on and off rosters in the off-season. He will fill an important role in this area." Williams' experience in the NFC West should help him jump into the job with minimal transition time.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune quotes Warner's agent as downplaying retirement talk. Agent Mark Bartelstein: "He wants to take a deep breath and decompress and make sure he's doing the right thing. I don't think people should read too much into it. He loves to play. He hasn't lost any of his competitiveness or fire for the game."