Around the NFC West: Anderson apologizes

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson apologized for his postgame tantrum. Anderson: "Good morning. Let's try this in a manner that doesn't end up all over YouTube. I'd like to apologize for my actions after the game. There's a more professional manner I could have handled that. I wasn't raised that way. My mom and my dad didn't raise me to act like that in times of adversity. I obviously was very frustrated by what happened during the game, and I let the emotions get the best of me."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals' defensive coordinator, Bill Davis, is well aware his job is on the line.

Also from Somers: The Cardianls are trying to recapture the swagger they had entering the season.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says coach Ken Whisenhunt strives to keep an even temperament during tough times. Whisenhunt: "I think maybe it’s a little bit the way I am personality-wise. I think it’s important that you try to stay even and that you don’t lose your temper. Trust me, I get upset. Our players have seen that from me."

Also from Urban: Teammates said they're standing by Anderson.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune takes a look at what makes Leon Washington a special player for the Seahawks. Washington ran onto the field to replace teammate Earl Thomas on a coverage team, then made the tackle. Thomas: "He wasn’t even on the depth chart for (kickoffs). It was all from him being in the meetings and knowing what to do. It shows the character he’s got. This is a vet, a Pro Bowl guy; he’s so unselfish, and good things happen to unselfish guys."

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com updates Mike Williams' status heading into Seattle's game against Carolina. Coach Pete Carroll: "I think he surprised himself a little bit, because he hadn’t done very much with it since the workout on Sunday. ... So we’ll see what happens with each day. Tomorrow he’ll run around considerably more and we’ll see where he is. It was encouraging today, though, that he might have a chance to move back into some playing opportunity."

Also from Farnsworth: Former coaches and teammates recall Walter Jones' dominance as the Seahawks prepare to honor the retired tackle Sunday. Ray Rhodes in 2005: "With other teams, every time we played against Walter Jones, whoever lined up in front of him he kicked the (bleep) out of them. I am in the coaches’ room with some of the guys who I coached with on other teams and I said, 'You know, I am embarrassed for you. If we could play this game over tomorrow, then he would be embarrassed again. Again, the next day.' He is the top player in this league. There are not many tackles that have the ability that Walter has. He is going to dominate. He is one of the guys on our team that can line up and play with anybody. That is a compliment to Walter. One of the old coaches I used to work with said, 'When Walter goes up against the majority of guys in this league, it’s like you put the guy in a paper bag and carry him around and hold him up for game day and whip his (rear end) and put him back in there.' That is how Walter Jones is. He is a dominating player for our football team. He is a great player."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times looks at the playoff picture in the NFC West.

Also from O'Neil: Much has changed since the last Carolina-Seattle game.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says David Hawthorne is happy with his new contract.

Liz Mathews of 710ESPN Seattle says the Seahawks hope to get nose tackle Colin Cole back Sunday.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Danario Alexander's surgically repaired knee held up well during the Rams' victory against the Broncos.

Also from Coats: Brit Miller got some work at fullback Sunday.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are making the no-huddle offense a staple of their game plans. Quarterback Sam Bradford: "I'm just comfortable in it. It's something I've done a lot of (in college), but I think it sometimes keeps the defense on their heels a little bit. When we go no-huddle, they can't huddle. They've got to do all their communication without being in the huddle, which just makes it a little bit tougher on them. I think everyone in this offense really likes it. When we go to our no-huddle offense, we have a good tempo with it and I just think it's something that we do really well."

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says drafting Bradford was the right move even though some questioned the wisdom at the time. Said former Seahawks coach Jim Mora: "This guy is truly special. Not only is he real mature, but he has a great grasp and a great command of the game. The Rams continually give him more things to do, and he never fills up. He's poised. He's accurate. He's an excellent decision-maker. It's probably a little early to say this, but he's got a little Joe Montana in him, a little Tom Brady. Down the stretch, when the ballgame's on the line, he's at his best. And all the players look to him as a leader. And for a rookie, that's quite special."

Brian Stull of 101ESPN St. Louis sizes up Bradford's stats, noting that Bradford himself isn't all that excited by them.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says 49ers coach Mike Singletary cries following defeats. Singletary: "You go through the season, a season sometimes it's tough and you feel like you're ready, you're prepared, you go in. It's mostly really the close games, the ones that come down to the last minute, the ones that come down to the last field goal. And those are the ones that really frustrate you. But you know, I've done that all my life."

Also from Maiocco: The 49ers do not expect Frank Gore to require surgery on his fractured hip.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers want rookie Anthony Dixon to run with greater authority. Singletary: "He's going to be thunder. I think what we want him to do is be a little more disciplined toward hitting the hole and hitting it now. And if it's not there, trying to make one there. I just think he's still learning what his style is going to be, but I'm very excited about the possibilities there."

Taylor Price of 49ers.com looks at the contrast between Dixon and Brian Westbrook.

Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat also sizes up the differences between the 49ers' primary running backs.

Also from Branch: Niners center David Baas feels better after suffering a concussion for the second time in four months.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News checks in with Eddie DeBartolo Jr. for thoughts on 49ers president Jed York. DeBartolo: "Jed will do fine. He's a kid that truly takes everything in and wants to do the very best that he can, and he wants to learn by ... sometimes you have to learn by losing. He's done that. And I think he's going to be a much better and stronger executive from what they've gone through."

David White of the San Francisco Chronicle speaks with a doctor for thoughts on Gore's injury. White: "According to Dr. David Chang, an Oakland-based orthopedic surgeon, the 49ers' remaining five-game schedule doesn't give Gore enough time to return. Chang said that, if the fracture does not require surgery, that implies it is a hairline fracture. Hairline fractures take six to eight weeks for the crack to heal. The hip is a weight-bearing part of the body, so he'd have to be inactive during recovery. As a result, muscle tissue would weaken and require rehab to get back into playing conditioning."