Around the NFC West: Warner MVP so far?

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Tom Robinson of the Virginian-Pilot names Kurt Warner his MVP on offense so far this season: "You wouldn't have thought this. Heck, Warner's not even supposed to be starting, but that bust Matt Leinart couldn't hold the job Arizona's trying to hand him. Enter Warner, who at 37 is pretty much channeling the player he was at 30, when he won the second of his two MVP awards and his St. Louis Rams went to the Super Bowl." For the record, Leinart has started 16 regular-season games. He is 25 years old. He might qualify as a bust so far, but he still has time to change the perception.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune expects Anquan Boldin to play against the Panthers in Week 8.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat checks in with 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who is saying all the right things after ownership fired head coach Mike Nolan. Frank Gore hits on a familiar theme, saying Martz is doing an outstanding job and the offense is much better prepared this season.

Also from Maiocco: Mike Singletary put his career on hold for his family.

Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News checks in with 49ers offensive line coach Chris Foerster, whose role increased following George Warhop's firing.

John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers are going to great lengths to keep alive a home sellout streak dating to 1981.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle highlights Rocky Bernard's role in the decline of the 49ers. Bernard, the Seahawks' defensive tackle, knocked out 49ers quarterback Alex Smith last season.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer quotes Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren as saying Seneca Wallace threw the ball better in practice this week.

Also from Farnsworth: Seattle coaches have gone back to basics in preparation for the 49ers.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at Steven Jackson's chances of playing for the Rams at New England. Coach Jim Haslett was noncommittal.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks the Rams' defense holds the key to the game against the Patriots. He points to seven sacks and seven takeaways during the Rams' two-game winning streak.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com looks at Haslett's impact on the Rams so far, noting that Haslett had success in New Orleans despite difficult circumstances.