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Around the NFC West: Support for coach, QB

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat thinks the 49ers should name Shaun Hill their starting quarterback for 2009. I see no advantage in committing this early, particularly given that the 49ers haven't committed to a head coach or offensive coordinator.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider thinks the 49ers should name Mike Singletary their next head coach.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz is no longer a coaching candidate at San Jose State. Maiocco also thinks Martz deserves credit for the 49ers' improvement.

Also from Maiocco: A look at risks and rewards associated with the 49ers' decision on a head coach.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News quotes Hill as praising Vernon Davis for resisting the urge to retaliate against the Jets' questionable tactics.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers' victory over the Jets represented much about how the team wants to play.

Also from Crumpacker: Singletary's unsolicited praise for Vernon Davis did not surprise Davis.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wonders if the 49ers will place more than one player -- Patrick Willis -- in the Pro Bowl this season.

Also from Barrows: Davis says he frustrated Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals have turned their focus from winning the division to improving their seeding.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Steve Breaston's rib injury apparently is not serious.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt must be thankful the Raiders decided against hiring him.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic checks in with Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, who is savoring the Cardinals' newfound success.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says Eric Green is the odd man out at cornerback.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Mike Holmgren is having a harder time controlling his emotions during the final month of his tenure as Seahawks coach.

Also from Farnsworth: Matt Hasselbeck missed the New England game in part because doctors feared what might happen if he suffered through another sack-filled game.

More from Farnsworth: Walter Jones' knee injury is making it harder for the Pro Bowl left tackle to plant and push off.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says Holmgren has appealed to team leaders about making sure the team doesn't suffer through another season such as this one.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams coach Jim Haslett is running out of explanations for his team's continued poor performance.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams have looked much better in practice than they have during games. Coats: "Not only do the Rams stumble on game day, their biggest missteps often come early. In Sunday's 34-10 loss at Arizona, they fell behind 14-0 in the first 11 minutes. Previously, the Rams had been crushed beneath first-half deficits of 40-0, 35-3, 27-6, 21-0, 24-3 and 24-7. They've been outscored 247-97 in first halves for the season."

VanRam of Turf Show Times wonders why Rams linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa looked so much better against the Cardinals than in other weeks. Tinoisamoa probably should have made our list of NFC West performers with rising stock.