Our own Dave Boling of the The News Tribune previews the NFC West, writing that even though the San Francisco 49ers are favored to win the NFC West, head coach Mike Singletary refuses to pay attention to the reports. Boling:
When asked about his San Francisco 49ers being considered the favorites to win the NFC West Division this season, coach Mike Singletary politely, but clearly, said he doesn’t really care what anybody else expects.
“It’s important for us to set our own expectations and our own goals,” Singletary said Wednesday over the phone to Seattle media. “(And) make sure that each and every day we go out and earn the right to talk about greatness, earn the right to talk about being a great football team … and let everybody else do the talking.”
OK, coach, we will. You guys are the favorites.
In my story today, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says folks are missing the message if they believe all of the roster moves over the past few days means they are in full rebuilding mode and not competing to win the NFC West.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com profiles new addition Michael Robinson.
More Farnsworth: Safety Jordan Babineaux is happy to be back.
Art Thiel of Seattlepi.com calls the Seahawks the Whohawks after all of the roster moves, noting that Carroll referred to tackle Tyler Polumbus as “Troy”.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com reports that Taylor Mays, whom the Seahawks passed on to take Earl Thomas, is coming along slowly in San Francisco.
Lots of good stuff by my fellow reporters at the Seattle Times today, as they roll out their preview stuff for the beginning of the NFL season.
Tyler Polumbus or Chester Pitts at left tackle? John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks are still trying to figure that out.
Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated provides a run down of all the changes in NFL broadcasters for the upcoming season.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated picks San Francisco to win 24-20 this week.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports picks the Niners to win 27-23. San Francisco 49ers
David White of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Singletary reached out to Carroll during his college tenure seeking mentorship when he first started his coaching career.
Kevin Lynch of Niners Insider predicts San Francisco to finish 10-6 this season.
Scott Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that recently released quarterback Nate Davis cleared waivers and was added to San Francisco’s practice squad. The team recently signed quarterback Troy Smith to serve as the team’s quarterback after he was released by Baltimore.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that running back Beanie Wells has a bruised knee and did not practice on Wednesday, leaving his playing status for Sunday’s game against St. Louis in question.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports that the Cardinals defense if ready to get after rookie quarterback Sam Bradford of St. Louis.
St. Louis Rams
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says new receiver Mark Clayton is catching on quick.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz reports Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is burning the midnight oil, sleeping nights in his office at the team’s facility as he prepares for Sunday’s contest against Arizona.