With the focus nationally on the staggering fines meted out by the NFL for three vicious hits over the weekend, the Seattle Seahawks weighed in on the situation Wednesday. Most felt the league is walking a slippery slope when it comes to policing something like helmet-to-helmet hits because of the speed of the game.
“It’s a very fine line that the NFL is tight-roping, but as a player I have a job to do,” Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy said about the issue. “My job is to try and get the guy down, and to minimize points. It used to be by all means necessary. Going into a game, am I thinking about it? I’d be lying to say that I wasn’t. How do I tackle the guy? Can I have the ‘woo’ hits like Ronnie Lott used to talk about. They’re really taking that out of the game, and it’s a shame.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Milloy, who will be 37 on Nov. 14, is one of the best players on Seattle’s defense right now, and his experiencing a rebirth on the field in his hometown.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com writes that Marshawn Lynch has changed the mindset of Seattle’s offense, bring a physical attitude to that side of the ball.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that Lynch and Justin Forsett are the Seahawks version of the odd couple.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that the Seahawks will focus on containing receiver Larry Fitzgerald this week.
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Kent Somers of the Arizona republic reports that rookie quarterback Max Hall is ready for the noise at Qwest Field.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com writes that Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald says that playing at Qwest Field is the best environment for him to play in away from home.
More Somers: The Cardinals are getting healthy, with receivers Steve Breaston and Early Doucet returning to practice this week.
Still more Somers: The NFC West will be a much tougher race this year.
St. Louis Rams
Kathleen Nelson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that fellow Oklahoma teammate Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says he’s going to get after Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rams have outscored opponents 34-3 in the opening quarter.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that rookie receiver Danario Alexander was sore this week in practice after finishing with four catches for 72 yards, including a 38-yard grab for a touchdown in his NFL debut last week against the Chargers. Alexander had a workout with Seattle before joining St. Louis earlier this season.
San Francisco 49ers
David White of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Niners linebacker Patrick Willis is facing bigger offensive linemen coming his way.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that Niners center Eric Hetmann will miss a month with a neck injury.
More Maiocco: New focus on vicious hits won’t slow down San Francisco defenders.