<
>

Around the NFC West: Seahawks' pass-rush fears

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

John Morgan of Field Gulls thinks the Seahawks will again have a hard time generating a pass rush. Morgan: "[Aaron] Curry is agile, even better than normal agile for a linebacker, but he doesn't compare with Julian Peterson or DeMarcus Ware. Whatever the case, without Peterson, Seattle looks like a team that will struggle to create pass rush. Curry will not fix that. And it once again looks like a team that will struggle against mobile quarterbacks. Curry will not fix that either. However great, Curry is not the post-Julian Peterson pass-rusher Seattle needs." Patrick Kerney is the post-Peterson pass-rusher Seattle needs. Will he hold up physically?

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune thinks agent Drew Rosenhaus is hurting Anquan Boldin's chances for a new contract by using Twitter to release periodic musings on the situation. I haven't seen anything inappropriate in these occasional dispatches from Rosenhaus. He hasn't attacked the Cardinals or made inflammatory statements. The Cardinals have said they're focusing on deals for Adrian Wilson and Karlos Dansby. I doubt they'll strike deals with both this season. If Dansby remains unsigned, as expected, does that prevent Boldin from moving to the front of the negotiating line before the next offseason?

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with 2008 Rams first-round choice Chris Long, who is relishing his new status. Long: "When you come out of the draft, you feel like you're a burden. You're a rookie, you're screwing everything up, everybody's looking at you, and you're trying to catch up with everybody else. I feel for [Jason Smith]. He's got a lot of pressure on him, and that's what people don't understand. It's immense pressure." The Rams picked second overall in back-to-back drafts without obviously dynamic prospects available either year. Long should start for quite a few years, but is he a future Pro Bowl player?

Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal catches up with former 49ers nose tackle and Olympic shot putter Michael Carter. Carter's daughter, D'Andra, succeeded in defending her Big 12 Conference outdoor discus title with a 187-foot, 2-inch throw. Williams: "Thirty years ago, Michael Carter set a national high school record with a legendary shot put of 81 feet, 3.5 inches. Later, he won an Olympic silver and three Super Bowl rings as a defensive lineman with the 49ers." Carter said he thinks his daughter can throw the discus in the 220s if she continues her career. And with that, I was able to squeeze out one item somewhat related to the 49ers on a Sunday morning in mid-May.