Around the NFC West: Late father inspires

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times tells the story behind the tattoo on Josh Wilson's chest. Wilson, a second-year corner, had an image of his late father's football card etched into his skin during his freshman year at Maryland. Tim Wilson, formerly of the Oilers, died of a heart attack when Josh Wilson was 11 years old.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says veteran Seahawks linebacker D.D. Lewis is filling in nicely for the injured Lofa Tatupu. Leroy Hill calls Lewis the best backup in the league. Julian Peterson calls Lewis a cut about second string.

Also from Farnsworth: Jim Mora deflects questions about the coaching vacancy at the University of Washington.

Michael Steffes of Seahawk Addicts says the Seahawks' Seneca Wallace hasn't been nearly as effective as a runner in his current incarnation as a starter.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says Tatupu has played well after missing practice, including when he picked off three passes against the Eagles last season.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the Eagles would thrive in the NFC West.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' defense hasn't faced a top-flight passing attack at full strength since a season-opening defeat at Philadelphia. That changes when Kurt Warner and the Cardinals visit Sunday.

Also from Thomas: Warner's returns triggers Warner nostalgia, not fun for Marc Bulger.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at the Rams' injury situation, from Steven Jackson to Leonard Little and Adam Carriker.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat checks in with Cardinals snapper Nathan Hodel, who grew up in the St. Louis area and has served as his own agent. Hodel has an MBA from Illinois.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says teammates respect 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, counter to outside perceptions.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers might have some dissenters, as evidenced when news of Mike Singletary's halftime antics surfaced.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News notes that Singletary was dropping his pants at about the same time the 49ers were honoring former linebacker Dan Bunz.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says quarterback Shaun Hill best fits the 49ers' personnel.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby has "no clue" what the future holds for him contract-wise. Dansby is earning $8 million this year as the team's franchise player.

Also from Urban: Moving Tim Hightower into the starting lineup might diminish the rookie's role on special teams.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic looks at the lives of interim coaches, from the Rams' Jim Haslett to former Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis.

Also from Somers: Steven Spach has been a quick study in Arizona because the Cardinals' offense is similar to the one he learned in New England.