With the return of the wet stuff we're reminded the regular season kickoff is a little over two weeks away. Here's a look at what's happening around the NFC West this morning.
An interesting story on reserve linebacker Dallas Sartz by Frank Hughes. Sartz's grandfather was an Everett native who was injured in a spectacular crash while racing hydroplanes in the Gold Cup on Lake Washington – the same lake the Seahawks' current practice facility sits next to.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald talks to Brandon Coutu about his pursuit of the staring kicker job.
Seattle legend Steve Largent talks to reporters about the Seahawks while at the Rumble of the Ridge, a charity golf event tied with the Boeing Classic senior PGA tour stop, on Monday.
The Patriots release former Seahawks Tight End Marcus Pollard.
San Francisco 49ers
Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Alex Smith is not ready to accept his reserve role.
And the Niners lost another offensive lineman – left guard Adam Snyder suffered an ankle injury.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat provides a roster analysis of the 49ers and answers some readers' questions here.
Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee writes that J.T. O'Sullivan has a toughness about him developed over his years of bouncing around the league that Smith lacks.
More on the Anquan Boldin wants out flap that resurfaced on Monday. Boldin is particularly upset because he believes that head coach Ken Whisenhunt has become involved in the negotiations, and that there should be a separation between management and coaching staff.
It's gotten to the point where Bolden said he will not talk to Whisenhunt during practice.
Whisenhunt offers his perspective here.
And Boldin gives his take here.
St. Louis Rams
A rejuvenated Dante Hall expects big things this season.
A look at how left tackle Orlando Pace's surgically repaired left shoulder is holding up.
Rams tackle Alex Barron brings stability to the offensive line. Barron was the only opening-day starter to play all 16 games last season.