Some links to chew on this morning as we head into the lunch hour.
Here's my story from Tuesday's press conference, with Jim Mora taking over the big chair formerly reserved for Mike Holmgren as the Seattle Seahawks new head coach.
TNT columnist John McGrath delves into Mora's background, which includes a weekly climb every Friday morning up Tiger Mountain.
ESPN's Mike Sando says the Arizona Cardinals would like to create a similar home-field advantage the Seahawks already enjoy at Qwest Field.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press reports on the Mora press conference.
Here's an excerpt.
The Seahawks officially transitioned on Tuesday away from a grandfatherly guru of quarterbacks—who never ran on the practice field, let alone up mountains before dawn—to a defensive mind with seemingly endless energy when they introduced Mora as their seventh coach
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the energetic Mora will be much different, both on the field and off of it, than the man he's succeeding in Mike Holmgren.
KJR's Mitch Levy caught up with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to talk about the change in regime with Mora officially on board in this audio link.
Taylor Mays chooses to return to USC and Michael Crabtree confirms that he will declare himself eligible for the 2009 draft. Read about that and more Seahawks' draft-related news at Rob Staton's Seahawks Draft Blog.
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary provides his list of needs the team will go after in the offseason to Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle. They include a quarterback, an offensive lineman, a pass rusher and possibly a safety.
John Crumpacker of the Chronicle catches up with Vantz Singletary, Mike Singletary's nephew, who he recently hired as the team's inside linebackers coach.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Cleveland Browns assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer interviewed with the 49ers about the vacant QB coach position. Maiocco also reports that Jeff Jagozinski, recently fired as head coach of B.C., will not interview for the offensive coordinator position, as previously reported by another media outlet.
Matt Burrows of the Sacramento Bee breaks down the offensive coordinator candidates here.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals will have to do a better job handling Philadelphia's blitz schemes than they did in an earlier loss to the Eagles on Thanksgiving.
More Somers: He says Anquan Boldin has his pads on and might practice today. Boldin has been bothered by a hamstring injury, and did not play last week.
Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic profiles the low-key Larry Fitzgerald.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports the embarrassing loss at New England late in the season forced the Cardinals to reassess themselves, and helped the team turn its fortunes around.
Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune profiles Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell, who is finally experiencing some success in Arizona after 20 years of bad Cardinals teams.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Leslie Frazier, the Minnesota defensive coordinator who's a candidate for the Rams head job, molds himself after recently retired Indianapolis head coach Tony Dungy.
And Jim Haslett has interviewed for the Green Bay defensive coordinator position, Thomas reports.