The Seattle Seahawks will continue to evaluate their roster and attempt to help answer questions for next year in their final game of the year at Arizona.
A win against the Cardinals would go a long way to sending a message to the Cardinals that their rule over the NFC West will be temporary, and not extend into next season.
Seattle can play the injury card for its struggles this season. However, even with the injuries the Seahawks still have some problems to fix heading in the offeseason, both up front and in the secondary on defense, and with the offensive line and at receiver on offense. How Seattle addresses those issues during the offseason will affect how soon they can return to a playoff-caliber team.
But for both teams, even though the game will not affect either team’s playoff future for this season, it still serves as momentum-changing game for both franchises. Therefore, expect the game to be a competitive and potentially to come down to the wire.
Our own Frank Hughes takes a look into his crystal ball and talks about what the future holds for Mike Holmgren heading into his final game as head coach of the Seahawks.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald also chimes in on Holmgren’s future.
The West is where 8-8 teams can host NFL playoff games, writes Dave Boling, detailing the mediocrity of teams out West.
Rob Rang of nfldraftscout.com talks about the Seahawks draft possibilities with ESPN’s John Clayton in this audio link.
And ESPN’s Mike Sando joins Clayton to talk about the NFC West and Holmgren’s final game in this audio link.
San Francisco 49ers
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the 49ers defense is much improved since Mike Singletary took over as head coach.
Kevin Lynch of Niners Insiders take a look at why Mike Martz probably will not be back as offensive coordinator next season.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Singletary has put the issues of his future employment on the back burner, and is focused on today’s game against Washington.
A preview of today’s game courtesy of Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says Singletary has earned the job.
Looks like running back Frank Gore will play today.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are still searching for motivation after clinching the NFC West title three weeks ago.
A win today would give the Cardinals their second winning season since the franchise moved to Arizona in 1998, says Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. He reviews the reasons for the team’s struggles since moving to Arizona.
Matt Leinart may seek a trade if the Cardinals sign Kurt Warner to an extension.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports the Cardinals need to rely on stars like Larry Fitzgerald and Kurt Warner to turn things around.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune reports that the Cardinals have something to prove to themselves and to the rest of the league by defeating Seattle on Sunday.
St. Louis Rams
According to team sources, St. Louis players have drafted a petition in support of interim coach Jim Haslett, reports Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Veteran receiver Torry Holt likes the idea of ex-teammate Marshall Faulk pursuing a coaching career.
More Thomas: The story of new Rams GM Billy Devaney, a college player too small to play defensive back in the NFL who benefited from a friendship with Don Shula cultivated at mass to eventually become an NFL executive.
Michael Reilly of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a season-ticket holder, tells Rams fans to not take the team for granted.