By cutting veteran lineman Chester Pitts on Thursday the Seattle Seahawks now have five offensive linemen on the active roster who were not with the team at the beginning of training camp.
But Seahawks offensive line coach Art Valero has done a nice job of coaching on the run and getting his unit ready to play on Sundays.
That’s one thing about coaching here with John Schneider,” Valero said. “Hey, they’re going to turn the roster over. They want to make sure they get their kind of guys. And the guys who aren’t here weren’t necessarily the type of guys they see as guys that fit into the future. So hey, load up on big guys and see if they can play. And if they can, they can. And if they can’t, they can’t. You never know unless you try.”
Greg Johns of Seattlpi.com talks to Matt Hasselbeck about his pre-game rituals.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press says the running back Leon Washington looks like he’s fully recovered from a compound leg fracture that ended his season last year.
You’ve probably already seen this, but here’s the full interview of former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora with ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb on Michael Vick. It’s classic Mora, but I don’t blame his reaction from hearing the questions from Gottlieb.
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talks with ESPN’s Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore in this audio link.
ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down Matt Hasselbeck’s performance in different personnel groupings over the first three games.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are bucking the league trend to use two or more back to share the load with Steven Jackson as the primary ball carrier.
More Thomas: Running back Steven Jackson missed another practice on Thursday and looks like he might not play on Sunday.
Thomas again: The Rams are bracing for Seattle’s return game after Leon Washington’s two touchdowns last week.
Doug Farrar of the Shutdown Corner breaks down St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford’s performance so far this season.
San Francisco 49ers
Kevin Lynch of Niners Insider reports that San Francisco new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson has a simple plan for the offense – get the ball into the hands of playmkers like Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says Johnson is the most important person in the Niners organization right now after the team removed former offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. The link also includes video of Johnson addressing the media.
Scott Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that Johnson wants to keep defenses guessing.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic profiles emerging kick returner LaRod Stephens-Howling.