Here's some links to chew on this morning
It looks like Seneca Wallace will be the starting quarterback for Seattle on Sunday. We expect an official announcement from Coach Mike Holmgren today.
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Seattle offensive line coach Mike Solari talks about the holding call that Mike Wahle received that negated Julius Jones' 51-yard run. Solari doesn't believe it was a hold, and says the key to blocking for offensive lineman is to "hide their hands" inside the shoulder pads of the person they're blocking and not extend them outside your body.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald talks to safety Deon Grant about the team's defensive struggles.
Grant also reveals that he had a torn medial collateral ligament in his knee in 2007 but he played through the pain. Grant said this week's knee injury is worse, but he still plans to play, continuing his 117-game playing streak.
Here's an interesting column from Art Thiel of the Seattle P-I. He asks if it's time to consider the Seahawks' future without Matt Hasselbeck. The injured Seattle quarterback turned 33 this year.
Looks like Tampa's defense needs some motivation. The Bucs are turning some pretty harmless quotes from running back Julius Jones into bulletin board material.
Jones said in a conference call with Tampa Bay-area reporters that a couple of Tampa's players are "up there in age." Now the Tampa players are taking that and saying that Jones called them old.
Defensive end Kevin Carter, 35, took Jones' comments personally, printing the quote and tacking it on the locker room bulletin board, according to this report from the Tampa Tribune.
Jones talked with KJR's Mitch Levy this morning about his experience in Dallas and sharing carries with Marion Barber. Jones also talks about his performance so far this season.
Ex-Seahawks Joey Galloway participated in the team's walkthrough on Friday and may play on Sunday.
Similar to Qwest Field, Tampa Bay plans to create a Ring of Honor and will wear those putrid orange uniforms one time in 2009.
ESPN's Mike Sando breaks down the NFC West in this video link.
San Francisco 49ers
49ers linebacker Patrick Willis looks forward to butting heads with Brandon Jacobs and the rest of the New York Giants running backs, according to this report from John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the 49ers claimed offensive lineman Kirk Barton off waivers this week to take cornerback Shawntae Spencer's spot on the 53-man roster.
Spencer suffered a torn ACL on Sept. 14 against the Seattle, but remained on the roster for the past four weeks. He was placed on injured reserve, officially ending his season.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News reports that San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan has had trouble with the radio headsets, which has caused confusion getting plays into quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan. Nolan said most teams are having problems on a handful of plays, and the NFL is working to solve the problem.
Arizona's defense has been overshadowed by the team's high-octane offense. The Cardinals' defense has 18 sacks on the season, the second-most sacks in the league.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com offers an interview with Arizona general manager Rod Graves, discussing where the team is at after a 4-2 start heading into the bye week.
Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic writes that the Cardinals emergence as legitimate playoff team has put football in Arizona on the map nationally.
St. Louis Rams
Seattle's offense is not the only one struggling in the NFC West. The Rams have failed to break the 20-point barrier in five games this season.
Pro Bowl offensive lineman Orlando Pace, out with a thigh injury, plans to test the injury today to see if he can play this week.
Quarterback Marc Bulger has become more vocal since being renamed the starter after Scott Linehan's firing.