This week's recon on what is going on around the NFC West.
St. Louis Rams not the only team interested in Cadillac Williams - Turf Show Times: The St. Louis Rams have some interest in Tampa Bay RB Cadillac Williams, but so do the Bucs. Which team will be most motivated to bring in the one-time star?
How does a healthy Danario Alexander fit in the St. Louis Rams offense for 2011? - Turf Show Times: Includes a video of a drop he had against the Hawks in the fateful Week 17 game from last season. "Danario Alexander is healthy and practicing again. How does he fit into the St. Louis Rams offense for 2011?"
St. Louis Rams HC Spagnuolo conducts "mock OTA" as tension flare between coaches and the NFL - Turf Show Times: "St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo put front office staff through "mock OTAs" today. Would that good PR move diffuse some of the tension developing between coaches and owners as the lockout drags on?"
Is St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford getting some "extra help" with Josh McDaniels' playbook? - Turf Show Times: Ah, this is bullshit. "Is St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels working with his players vicariously through his brother Ben? One source says it's likely."
Free agent rumblings: Quintin Mikell in play for the St. Louis Rams? - Turf Show Times: "It sounds like Quintin Mikell has been replaced in Philadelphia. Could the St. Louis Rams be the safety's next team?" No, hopefully it's the Seahawks.
The lockout's been good to Donnie Avery - Turf Show Times: "St. Louis Rams WR Donnie Avery has been recovering from a serious knee injury he suffered last year. Has the lockout helped with his recovery?"
What kind of role will Donnie Avery play with the St. Louis Rams under McDaniels? - Turf Show Times: "The St. Louis Rams are counting on a healthy Donnie Avery for 2011. What kind of role will he play in Josh McDaniels' offense?"
49ers CB Nate Clements vs. GM Trent Baalke: Translating Player- And GM-Speak In The NFL Lockout - Niners Nation: "49ers GM Trent Baalke and CB Nate Clements have weighed in on the potential need to restructure Clements contract in 2011. We translate some of their comments."
49ers Draft Pick Kendall Hunter: A Busy Man In 2011? - Niners Nation: "We break down 49ers GM Trent Baalke's comments on film of draft pick Kendall Hunter."
Justin Smith's Sack Rate: Does Quarter Matter? - Niners Nation: "In looking at 49ers DE Justin Smith, we look at whether sack rate is impacted by quarter and whether there are other issues at play."
49ers Draft Pick Kendall Hunter Projections: Putting It All Together - Niners Nation: "49ers Draft Pick Kendall Hunter Projections: Putting It All Together"
49ers Draft Pick Curtis Holcomb: Phillip Adams Redux? - Niners Nation: "We take a look at 49ers GM Trent Baalke's breakdown of draft pick Curtis Holcomb's game tape."
NN NFL Tournament of Badness Opening Round: Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Uniforms - Niners Nation: "Day three of the NN NFL Tournament of Badness, featuring the Seahawks' lime green uniforms versus the classic Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniforms." Even I have to agree with this one.
Are The Arizona Cardinals Still The Same 'Cheap' Organization? - Revenge of the Birds: "The Arizona Cardinals are putting all their employees on furlough next week. We look at if the organization has really changed at all."
Dropped Pass Stats Show That Larry Fitzgerald Is Still Awesome - Revenge of the Birds: "Pro Football Focus shares statistics about dropped passes. A look at how Larry Fitzgerald is still the best in the NFL at his position."
Breaking Down Steve Breaston's Receiving Stats - Revenge of the Birds: "A look at Steve Breaston and his hands, considering drop percentages."
Marc Bulger Not Interested In Arizona Cardinals? - Revenge of the Birds: "Despite previous reports that there was an understanding in place, it is rumored that Marc Bulger does not want to come to the Cardinals."
Should Early Doucet Be Let Go By The Cardinals? - Revenge of the Birds: "A fan poses the question as to whether the Cardinals should retain or let go Early Doucet."
Poll: Who Should The Arizona Cardinals Starting Quarterback Be In 2011? - Revenge of the Birds: "After the debacle that was the 2010 season, who should be the guy?"