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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Around the NFC West: Happy Mother's Day


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times checks in with Matt Hasselbeck, Nate Burleson, Lofa Tatupu and other Seattle-area athletes for Mother's Day stories. Ah, the memories. Hasselbeck: "My mom and I were pretty similar. As a child, we probably went at it more because we're so alike. At my house, growing up, we got spanked. My dad, who was 6-feet-8, 255 and a big guy, you'd always want to get spanked by my dad because he was so big he wasn't sure how hard he should go. But my mom, she's little, she's like 5-5, she would just whack you. You'd never want to get spanked by my mom."

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides an overview of the zone-blocking scheme Seattle coaches are emphasizing this offseason.

Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe says the Patriots could have some interest in former Rams linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa. The Rams presumably released Tinoisamoa to avoid paying his salary and because they wanted bigger linebackers. Tinoisamoa has played as light as 220 pounds, which would make him too small for a 3-4 scheme, but the Patriots did bring him in for a pre-draft visit in 2003.

VanRam of Turf Show Times says the Rams would be in better position to release Tinoisamoa if they hadn't let Brandon Chillar leave in free agency last offseason. He wonders if Rocky Boiman might fit for the Rams as a strongside linebacker.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee takes a break from his Hawaiian "vacation" to feed his blog. What would a trip to Hawaii be without thoughts of Ahmad Brooks and Jimmy Williams? Barrows: "Both have off-the-chart talent, but have been hurt by off-the-field issues and lack of motivation. I'm wondering if the Mike Singletary magic will work on these guys. If it does, and Singletary can get Brooks and Williams to realize their potential, then the 49ers suddenly have excellent depth at OLB, where they are thin, and at strong safety where Michael Lewis isn't getting any younger. It also might embolden Singletary to take chances on other so-called high-risk players."

Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News checks in with the Singletary family. The coach and his wife, Kim, are celebrating 25 years of marriage this month. Killion: "Kim is the velvet to Mike's iron. She moderates the white-hot flame that he brings to every endeavor. She points out the bigger picture surrounding the object of his intense focus."

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says 6-foot-7, 365-pound Cardinals rookie offensive lineman Herman "House" Johnson is working on his conditioning. McManaman: "Johnson topped out at 411 pounds when he reported to LSU as a freshman and last season, carried a playing weight between 385 and 390. ... He's dropped about 25 pounds since then, down to 365, and the Cardinals are encouraging him to trim down even further, to about 350 or 355."

Revenge of the Birds' mbn explores how the Cardinals' defensive players fit new coordinator Bill Davis' 3-4 plans: "It will be interesting to see what the Cardinals do with [Darnell Dockett] or if they will still run a hybrid scheme just to highlight Dockett's skills. [Calais] Campbell fits better than Dockett in the 3-4."