For a little recon into what's going on in the NFC West, here are some links to our brother blogs on SBNation. Some really good stuff has been analyzed in the past week; it really never ceases to amaze me the amount of study and thought goes into the NFL on a daily basis. We are truly obsessed with this sport. Great stuff.
St Louis Rams:
Looking for the deep ball in the St. Louis Rams' new offense - Turf Show Times: "Denver Broncos' Brandon Lloyd was targeted deep a league-leading 41 times. Is Donnie Avery in line for similar numbers in McDaniels' offense with the St. Louis Rams?"
Cadillac Williams surprised by "buzz" from St. Louis Rams - Turf Show Times: "The St. Louis Rams surprised pending free agent RB Cadillac Williams after reports surfaced that the team was "buzzing" about him as a possible backup. Is Williams open to the idea of being a backup somewhere else?"
Gil Brandt picks the 49ers to win the NFC West...what? - Turf Show Times: "Gil Brandt picks the 49ers to win the division over the Rams. Can that happen?"
The supplemental draft, the "OSU five" and the St. Louis Rams - Turf Show Times: "Five players from Ohio State may consider coming out for the NFL supplemental draft. If they do, should the St. Louis Rams consider any of them?"
Another UDFA to watch: Miami RB Graig Cooper - Turf Show Times: "RB Graig Cooper from of the Miami Hurricanes is another player to watch among undrafted free agents. Could the St. Louis Rams fit him into their plans?"
St. Louis Rams at #19 in NFL organizational rankings - Turf Show Times: "St. Louis Rams got shafted in an informal ranking of all 32 NFL franchises. Where did their grades not measure up?"
Mike Sando offers words of caution on Darren Sproles to the St. Louis Rams - Turf Show Times: "Darren Sproles is one option for the St. Louis Rams at backup running back. Is Sproles enough?"
St. Louis Rams again mentioned as possible new home for Plaxico Burress - Turf Show Times: "Giants RB Brandon Jacobs said the St. Louis Rams are one potential landing spot for WR Plaxico Burress. Is he just speculating or is there some kernel of possibility to what he has to say?"
Austin Pettis feeling the effects of the NFL Lockout - Turf Show Times: "St. Louis Rams draft pick, WR Austin Pettis, has been feeling the effects of the NFL lockout. How is it changing his approach to preparation for the NFL?"
San Francisco 49ers:
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."
David Carr: Cast Asunder By Jim Harbaugh's Man Crush On Alex Smith And Selection Of Colin Kaepernick? - Niners Nation: "We take a look at David Carr's role in 2011, particularly in light of the lack of comments by 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh."
2011 NFL Draft: Daniel Kilgore Projections, Putting It All Together - Niners Nation: "2011 NFL Draft: Daniel Kilgore Projections, Putting It All Together."
2011 NFL Draft, Ronald Johnson Projections: Putting It All Together - Niners Nation: "2011 NFL Draft, Ronald Johnson Projections: Putting It All Together"
2011 NFL Draft, Colin Jones Projections: Putting It All Together - Niners Nation: "2011 NFL Draft, Colin Jones Projections: Putting It All Together."
San Francisco 49ers Ranked Ninth Worst Organization In The NFL - Niners Nation: "We break down Fox Sports grade of the 49ers organization as 24th in the NFL."
49ers QB Alex Smith: Unlike Any Football Player We've Seen? - Niners Nation: "We take a look at the fairly random, developing situation with Alex Smith as the leader of the 49ers offseason workouts."
2011 NFL Draft: Michael Person Projections, Putting It All Together - Niners Nation: "2011 NFL Draft: Michael Person Projections, Putting It All Together."
A Whole Lot of Alex Smith Talk, Not Much On Colin Kaepernick - Niners Nation: "49ers fans can't quit Alex Smith ... neither can the media ... or the 49ers. This is just how it is."
49ers Secondary Coach Ed Donatell: Coaching Up The Secondary? - Niners Nation: "We take a look at 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell and what the coming season holds for him."
The Ugly Truth - Kevin Kolb - Revenge of the Birds: "A fan breaks down film and stats on Kevin Kolb to determine he is not worth the risk."
Will DRC And Patrick Peterson Be A Repeat Of Anquan Boldin And Larry Fitzgerald? - Revenge of the Birds: "A look at the parallels between the drafts that brought Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald to the current situation of DRC and Patrick Peterson."
Comparing Kevin Kolb To Matt Schaub, Pre-Trade - Revenge of the Bird: "As the Kevin Kolb debate continues, this is a look to compare him with the numbers of another backup quarterback to Michael Vick who was traded to start for another team."
A Possible QB Armageddon: What If Cardinals Strike Out On Kolb, Orton, Bulger - Revenge of the Birds: "A nightmare scenario is discussed -- what would happen if the Cardinals lose out on their reported top three QB targets."
Responding To A Member Question About Michael Adams - Revenge of the Birds: "A response to a community member about Michale Adams."
One Arizona Cardinal Hoping For Internal Replacement for Alan Faneca - Revenge of the Birds: "With the retirement of Alan Faneca, Rex Hadnot seeks to be the guy to take over. A look at why we like hearing this."
Poll Of The Day: Would You Like To See The Arizona Cardinals On 'Hard Knocks'? - Revenge of the Birds: "HBO needs a team to feature on Hard Knocks. We ask the Cardinals fans whether or not they want to see their team on the HBO show."