Around the NFC West: Warner, Haley tight

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic looks at the relationship between Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Warner: "We talk so much ... my wife thinks sometimes I'm having an affair with coach Haley." Quote of the year from Warner?

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic expects rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to make his first NFL start against the 49ers in Week 10. This is a logical time to make a move that has seemed inevitable. Rodgers-Cromartie replaced Eric Green in the base defense after Green allowed an 80-yard touchdown reception.

Also from Somers: The Cardinals will open the roof at University of Phoenix Stadium for their game against the 49ers. Somers revisits NFL rules governing retractable roofs.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com quotes Ken Whisenhunt as saying the Cardinals will need a strong running game late in the season. Hmmmm.

Also from Urban: Sizing up Warner's chances for MVP honors. The quarterback can't struggle in the high-profile games that await.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune reaches back to the 1992 season for perspective on the Seahawks' current struggles. That team produced the NFL's defensive player of the year and Sports Illustrated's coach of the year despite a 2-14 record.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald said Ray Willis would be the likely starter at right guard if a foot injury sidelines Floyd Womack. The Seahawks expect Womack to play.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times quotes Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter on alleged inconsistencies of NFL disciplinary policy. Porter wonders how the league can fine players for small stuff while letting Matt Jones continue playing after a cocaine bust.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks think they can rally once they get key players back from injury.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Seahawks defensive coordinator John Marshall is keeping the faith. Players seem to be upbeat.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams cornerback Tye Hill plans to consult with Dr. James Andrews next week. A lingering knee injury doesn't seem to be getting better.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Rams running back Kenneth Darby, who could start in Week 10. Darby draws inspiration from the memory of his late father, who died of cancer when Darby was in college.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat looks at Samkon Gado's return to the NFL. The running back had been preparing to attend medical school.

Gary Peterson of Bay Area News Group recalls the late Lenvil Elliott, whose career peaked at the right time.

Tom Pedulla of USA Today looks at Mike Singletary's start as 49ers interim coach, noting that Singletary keeps a journal and updates it about 10 times per day.