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Around the NFC West: Singletary to adjust

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says 49ers coach Mike Singletary realizes he must change the approach that drew so many headlines following his coaching debut. Singletary: "You take a step back and go, 'Wow. OK, I gotta do that a little differently,' and move on."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals were happy to find tight end Stephen Spach available when they needed him.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com looks at what Anquan Boldin's versatility means for the Cardinals' offense.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are wary of the 49ers.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer looks at Joey Porter's role in the Dolphins' defense. Mike Holmgren draws comparisons to what Lawrence Taylor did for the Giants.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at Julius Jones' contributions to Seattle's offense before and after Maurice Morris returned from injury. The offense hasn't stayed on the field long enough for the running backs to get enough carries.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times checks in with Seahawks kicker Olindo Mare, who returns to Miami in a new capacity. Romero also runs a classic quote from Holmgren about rookie tight end John Carlson: "Clearly John Carlson is playing a lot and is making great progress. I thought he had his weakest game last week." Yeouch. Take that, rook.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams rookie Chris Long is meeting expectations as the No. 2 overall draft choice. Some players say they don't read media reports. Long says he reads everything, good and bad, because he wants to know what people are saying about him.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams could be without Steven Jackson after the running back missed practice again.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams' interior offensive line faces a very difficult matchup against the Jets' Kris Jenkins. The Jets refer to the 360-pound defensive tackle as two players. Said cornerback Darrelle Revis: "We don't have 11 [players on defense]. We have 12."

Hannah Karp of the Wall Street Journal looks at how NFL teams monitor players' personal lives in an effort to prevent off-field incidents. The story mentions the Seahawks' efforts to keep players from hanging out in the district where an assailant seriously injured Ken Hamlin years ago.

Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com checks in with cornerback Nate Clements, who thought he was joining a rising organization when he signed with San Francisco.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says Boldin has started wearing a mouthguard as a precaution following his collision with Eric Smith in Week 4.

Also from Crumpacker: The 49ers would like to find one spot on the offensive line for Adam Snyder.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider thinks 49ers owner Jed York needs to hire people with more experience building a winner.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat gets the latest on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith from general manager Scot McCloughan. Smith could conceivably return under a restructured contract.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers will start their fourth quarterback in as many games against Arizona. Smith started the 2007 opener against Arizona. Trent Dilfer started the second meeting between the teams. J.T. O'Sullivan started the 2008 opener against the Cardinals. Shaun Hill gets the start Monday night.

Also from Barrows: The Cardinals have not lost at home since the 49ers won in Arizona last season.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Isaac Bruce is going where few aging receivers have gone before. Bruce turns 36 on Monday.

Also from Brown: Boldin talks about the seven plates and 40 screws needed to reconstruct his face earlier this season.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News looks at the philosophical disconnect between Mike Martz, Singletary and the organization.