The TNT's Frank Hughes poses an interesting question in today's story on Seattle offensive tackle Walter Jones, who has been a stalwart at left offensive tackle for the Seahawks during his 12-year career.
However, after giving up two sacks to DeMarcus Ware during the Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas, some are wondering if Jones has any gas left in the tank, and perhaps it's time to draft his replacement in this year's draft.
For his part, Jones says he still can play, and probably even more important, wants to still go out and compete on Sunday. Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren agrees, saying that Jones can still compete at a high level.
The Seahawks will have a tough decision to make during the offseason, with more than likely a top-5 draft pick coming in 2009: Do they take a player like Michael Oher of Ole Miss or Virginia's Eugene Monroe to begin grooming as Jones' replacement? Or do they use that pick to fill one of the team's other many needs, and let Sean Locklear, who the team inked to a five-year, $32 million contract last season, eventually take over when Jones decides to retire and then fill in Ray Willis at right tackle?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
Seneca Wallace will likely get his second straight start this week with Matt Hasselbeck unable to practice. There's also some other interesting news and notes in this Seahawks report.
Wallace played perhaps his best game as Seahawk last week against the Patrtiots. One of the reasons for his good performance is his legs are healthy again, Scott Johnson of he Everett Herald reports.
The Oregonian's Aaron Fentress says it's time to shut down Hasselbeck, and suggests that it might be time to draft a quarterback to eventually replace Seattle's longtime starter.
Holmgren prepares for life after football, writes Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
San Francisco 49ers
John Crumpacker reports that Frank Gore is unlikely to play on Sunday because of a left ankle sprain, meaning backup DeShaun Foster will get a chance to prove his worth.
Nancy Gay, columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle, says it's time to make Mike Singletary the permanent head coach, and then hire a team president. However, she does not suggest popular choice Mike Holgren, but gives Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli the nod.
Lowell Cohen of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Singletary carries a "life book" where he jots down his daily thoughts during the course of a day.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat says Singletary can't be hired until after Dec. 29 because of the NFL's mandatory hiring practices.
Miami linebacker Joey Porter finds another mark in San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that Antrel Rolle has made a successful transition from cornerback to Safety.
More Somers: Arizona right offensive tackle Levi Brown, who was selected No. 5 overall in the 2007 draft, talks about the Cardinals passing over Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and selecting him. Peterson was selected two picks later at No. 7 by the Vikings, Arizona's opponent this week.
Dan Urban of azcardinals.com strikes a similar refrain on the Brown/Peterson debate here.
Part of Arizona's success has been the team's ability to stay relatively healthy, writes Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams game will not be televised locally in the St. Louis-area for the first time this season because the team didn't sell enough tickets.
With kicker Josh Brown resting this week with a sore groin injury, Puyallup native Dane Looker will serve as the team's emergency kicker. Looker, who kicked at Puyallup High, apparently made a 50-yarder during practice.