Around the NFC West: Linebacker likes 'Edge'

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Former NFL linebacker Dave Wyman explains why he thinks the Seahawks are making a wise move in adding Edgerrin James. Wyman: "The things that I like about Edgerrin James are the things that I didn't like about Shaun Alexander. Edgerrin James is a football player that happens to be a running back whereas Shaun Alexander was just a running back." Wyman offers a player's perspective on what matters to the Seahawks about this addition.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks could use help on th
e offensive line more than they could use an upgrade at running back.

John Morgan of Field Gulls offers thoughts on James. Among them: "James is quick to the hole, quick through the hole, sets up his blockers and falls forward. He makes small cuts that are effective and undemanding of the offensive line. Like [T.J.] Duckett, his low yards per carry mask his effectiveness. His third gear is gone, but his first and second seem very intact. He gets through the hole and he gains positive yardage."

Rod Mar of seahawks.com provides photographic evidence of Olindo Mare's closest-to-the-pin victory over Brian Russell and other teammates during an informal golf challenge at team headquarters.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says James' signing took a while because the team wanted to give the veteran runner an extensive physical examination.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers have not decided on a No. 3 quarterback. Announcing a winner between Damon Huard and Nate Davis would tell both players -- and the rest of the league -- which player the team plans to release. The team would only lose by declaring a winner in that race.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quotes 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye on the team's decision to start incumbent Shaun Hill over challenger Alex Smith. Raye: "It's just like the champion. You've got to knock him out. You can't fight to a draw and expect to unseat the guy."

Also from Barrows: Is the 49ers' pledge to run the ball too old-fashioned?

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers are building their offense around Frank Gore, not the quarterback. That sounds good until you're trailing by 6 points with 2 minutes left in the game. Then it's up to the quarterback.

Also from Brown: 49ers punter Andy Lee says he won't purposely hit the giant video board at the Cowboys' new stadium. Also, the 49ers have three of the top nine rushers during the exhibition season this summer.

More from Brown: 49ers rookie Glen Coffee welcomes a chance to meet Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

49ers Midwest Area Scout Ethan Waugh checks in with the team's Web site for a look at his upcoming schedule. Murray State and Louisville were among his destinations.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' specialists share a camaraderie complete with an ability to laugh at one another. One restaurant named a sushi roll after kicker Josh Brown. Coats: "Still, when Brown first asked him to sample the 'Josh Brown Roll' at Tani Sushi Bistro, [kicker Donnie] Jones hesitated. According to restaurant owner Eric Heckman, it consists of a snow crab mixture, avocado and thinly sliced octopus inside, with a spicy tuna mixture on top, all drizzled with eel sauce."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch answers Rams-related questions during his weekly chat. Thomas says he would be "astounded" if the Rams' starting offensive line did not feature rookie first-round choice Jason Smith. Also, he could see linebacker Larry Grant getting some work in blitzing situations. Thomas also found it interesting that Adam Carriker was working with the third team upon his return from an ankle injury, and that some at Rams Park were frustrated by the injury.

Also from Thomas: A broken left foot was no match for Rams receiver Donnie Avery.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals aren't worried about their offensive failures in the red zone this preseason. Coach Ken Whisenhunt says the team will be much more effective once it starts game-planning for opponents.

Also from Somers: Whisenhunt has good things to say about backup quarterback Matt Leinart. Whisenhunt: "It would be easy for me to sit up here and say one day it will pay off for him, but I really believe that when Matt gets his opportunity to play -- and it's coming -- he's going to do very well. And I've seen a number of signs in the first two preseason games that have kind of solidified that. He hasn't had a lot to say. He's just focused on what he needs to do and it's really good when you start seeing results on the field."

More from Somers: Kurt Warner says his surgically repaired hip feels much better. Warner: "I feel probably twice as good as I felt at any point since I injured my hip. It's exciting for me that I'm seeing strides being made. I'm feeling more comfortable, and I don't have to worry about trying to manage the pain. I'm definitely feeling better than I have in a long time."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the dynamics at running back have changed in Arizona, leaving Tim Hightower in a new role. James and J.J. Arrington are gone. Beanie Wells and Jason Wright are new. Wright: "It's a talented running backs room, but they say talent and 50 cents gets you a cup of coffee. That's what my old running backs coach used to say, and it's true. Yes we have talent, but we have to keep working."

Also from Urban: Wells looks to avoid additional injuries. Also, the team worked out free-agent outside linebacker Angelo Craig.

Revenge of the Birds' Andrew602 sizes up the greatest safeties in Cardinals history. It's gotta be the Wilsons -- Adrian and Larry.