Around the NFC West: So much to discuss

April, 3, 2013
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Good morning, NFC West. We're halfway through another eventful week, one that has drawn attention from outside our usual circle of media sources.

Let's take a run through some of them.

  • Profiling Roman: Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports reports in depth on San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Did you know Roman dialed back the 49ers' offense following the team's victory at New England, the better to set up opponents for the playoffs? That should give 49ers fans welcome cover from those Seattle Seahawks fans who continually bring up their team's 42-13 victory over San Francisco in Week 16. Unfortunately for Roman, parking authorities towed away his vehicle while he was having lunch with Silver. The cost was $500.
  • Clemons fallout: The Stranger, an alternative weekly newspaper that won a Pulitzer Prize last year, demanded and received comment from the Seahawks regarding defensive end Chris Clemons' recent tweets suggesting gay players could be "selfish" if they drew attention by revealing their orientation. "We don't agree with what he said," a team spokeswoman said. In 2011, the Seahawks and then-receiver Mike Williams participated in an "It Gets Better" campaign video targeting LGBT youth -- a campaign created by Dan Savage of the Stranger.
  • More Palmer: Cardinals fans might want to check out two takes on new quarterback Carson Palmer. Tim Kawakami, who covers Bay Area sports at the San Jose Mercury News, sees key differences between Palmer and former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. Meanwhile, Andy Benoit of Football Outsiders looks at how Bruce Arians' coaching staff could help Palmer avoid some of the problems Insider that affected Cardinals quarterbacks last season. A fresh approach to the offensive line is part of the deal. "[Arians] does a great job alleviating pressure on his linemen with simple things like condensed formations and pre-snap motion," Benoit writes.

If the news cycle slows Wednesday, I'll be checking in with Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. for thoughts on recent moves in the division.

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