Lost in the shuffle of the back and forth between safety Deon Grant and the Seahawks coaching staff over the defensive pressure situation is the fact the Seahawks will face another big receiver in Randy Moss this week. Even without Tom Brady, Moss is putting up pretty good numbers, as is his counterpart Wes Welker.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant said the team is ready. They should be after facing big, physical receivers in Terrell Owens, Roy Williams from Dallas and Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin of Arizona.
Trufant said Seattle will try to mix it up again this week, showing several different looks against Moss. He talks about that task in this audio clip.
Seattle safety Deon Grant backs off comments he made after the Dallas game Thursday that seemed to be critical of his team not bringing more pressure against the Cowboys, Frank Hughes reports.
A kindler, gentler Bill Belichick? That’s what people around the league are saying this year.
Both the Seahawks and the Patriots have had to deal with their share of injuries, with different results, reports Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald.
More Johnson: Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant has to deal with another talented receiver in Randy Moss this week.
Chris Spencer said he knew it was time to back off when he couldn’t feel his toes. Spencer said he has a herniated disk in between his L-4 and L-5 vertebrae, according to Gregg Bell of the Associated Press.
Matt Cassel has dealt with his share of adversity, and now is getting his chance to shine, reports Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian.
Spencer Hall of the Sporting News comments on the Jim Mora coaching situation, saying pro football coaches’ transition to coaching college football doesn’t always go smoothly.
Seattle receiver Deion Branch tells New England reporters that he holds no animosity towards the Patriots for the trade that brought him to the Seahawks, and looks forward to seeing several friends on the team when the arrive in Seattle on Friday, according to Boston Herald reporter Karen Guregian.
Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe breaks down the Branch trade.
The Patriots sign linebacker Roosevelt Colvin to a one-year deal to help shore up an depleted linebackers corps.
San Francisco 49ers
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says that running back Frank Gore’s talents are going wasted with the 49ers.
In light of the Plaxico Buress situation, John Crumpacker asks 43 of the 53 players on the San Francisco roster how many own guns. Ten players said they do, 27 said they do not own guns and six declined to comment even though they were granted anonymity.
Kevin Lynch of Niners Insider says coach Mike Singletary has learned from his earlier mistakes. He’s found a way to motivate the players, but still knows when to bring down the hammer.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports quarterback Shaun Hill continues to play well under pressure.
49ers safety Mark Roman has not had an interception since Dec. 14, 2006, a rainy night in Seattle.
Cornerback Nate Clements may be limited by a fractured left thumb he injured in the team’s win against Buffalo. Clements also returned punts during that game, but because of the injury fullback Michael Robinson or veteran receiver Isaac Bruce could handle punts this week.
Mike Sando of ESPN details the Cardinals running game problems.
After two straight losses the Cardinals now turn their attention to beating the Rams at home and clinching the team’s first division title since 1975.
The Cardinals are likely headed to the playoffs, although the team’s fan base is still in disbelief, says Arizona Republic columnist Paola Boivin.
Backup quarterback Matt Leinart still looks to improve while on the sidelines, Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports.
The Cardinals need to get back to pressuring the quarterback again, says the East Valley Tribune’s Mike Tulumello.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on the irony that the Arizona Cardinals, who used to play in St. Louis, could clinch its first division title since the team played in St. Louis in 1975, against a different team now playing in St. Louis in the Rams.
As everyone knows, the Rams are a different team when running back Stephen Jackson plays. The problem has been keeping Jackson healthy, Bernie Miklasz says.
Post-Dispatch columnist Jeff Gordan says Jackson has talked a bigger game than he’s played.