Yes, there were also a few Arizona Cardinals-related questions during the latest NFC West chat, but only a few. It's tempting and convenient to blame the lockout. On the other hand, we're getting into mid-June and the NFL generally isn't hopping at this time, anyway.
This summer could wind up being more eventful than most if free agency opens shortly before training camps. We can dream. For now, a few chat highlights.
dom from the Bay Area thinks fans are making too much of Michael Crabtree's every move this offseason. He sees Crabtree participating in classroom sessions with teammates and thinks it's actually smart for the third-year receiver to show caution in protecting sore feet, particularly in light of the stress fracture Crabtree suffered during college.
Mike Sando: Players grate on fans when they do not project themselves as fully buying into the team concept. These little issues with Crabtree would mean nothing by themselves. Put them all together and people get the feeling, quite reasonably, that something isn't quite right there. The long contract dispute as a rookie, the sore neck during the 2010 exhibition season, the fight with Vernon Davis, the comments about Alex Smith, the sore feet after one day of workouts with the team. We should take into account the full picture.
Nick from Appleton, Wis., thinks Matt Hasselbeck remains a good quarterback, as the postseason proved, but he questions whether Seattle has good enough receivers.
Mike Sando: The offensive line was the primary problem for the Seahawks last season. Hasselbeck also struggled with injuries and sometimes forced the ball. Mike Williams was a good receiver for the Seahawks last season. Golden Tate did not get on the field enough. That had to disappoint Pete Carroll and the personnel department. Now, with a new offensive coordinator and Tom Cable set up as line coach, the Seahawks will recommit to the running game behind a remade line. They will likely give some of their younger receivers -- Tate in particular -- an opportunity. Ben Obomanu was a pretty good complementary receiver. Overall, though, you are right. This is not a dynamic group of receivers.
Mike Sando: Impossible to make a decision independent of the price. If each were available for free and amenable to a long-term deal, I would rule out McNabb, then consider Palmer as my first option pending a full medical review to get a feel for how long he might be able to play, and at what level. If Palmer did not check out, I would lean toward Orton based on the fact that he has produced more consistently, whereas it is tougher to know what Kolb offers. Then, two years later, I would probably be fired as general manager.
Jon from Woodland Hills, Calif., asks whether the Rams have enough talent for Sam Bradford to lead St. Louis to an NFC West title this season.
Mike Sando: Yeah, I think so, based on where the rest of the division stands right now. None of the Rams' receiving options really jumps out, but the numbers are better than they have been in the past. Injuries shouldn't hurt the team as badly at the position in 2011. Next up: Seeing what the rest of the division does at quarterback. Arizona's fortunes could swing dramatically with a big upgrade at that position. And with two highly talented cornerbacks, they could match up well against the Rams.
On the Cardinals front, we could focus upon what receiver Larry Fitzgerald is telling reporters -- here and here, to site a couple recent examples -- but there's nothing new. He wants to remain with the Cardinals and also wants the team to continue upgrading its roster.