Around the NFC West: Rams guard rips fans

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes Richie Incognito as ripping Rams fans for not showing up and not knowing when to make noise. Incognito expects Bears fans to pack the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday, just as they did the last time Chicago visited St. Louis.

VanRam of Turf Show Times says Incognito should focus on giving fans something to cheer about.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams might need a makeover for 2009. He looks at which players will be free agents and which positions need upgrades. Offensive tackle, middle linebacker and strong safety top his list. He also lists potential draft choices and potential free-agent additions.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams are having problems with shotgun snaps this season. Gary Plummer of 49ers.com says he thinks cornerback Nate Clements should match up with Terrell Owens in an effort to prevent the Cowboys' receiver from getting off the line of scrimmage.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers coach Mike Singletary might be willing to risk continuity on the offensive line by starting rookie Chilo Rachal at right guard.

Also from Crumpacker: Mike Martz wasn't the only member of the 49ers facing a fine stemming from the Arizona game. Linebacker Jeff Ulbrich incurred a $5,000 fine for a punch to the face.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Martz is excited about progress the team is making on offense as players grasp the system.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Ken Whisenhunt believes in rotating his running backs, one reason J.J. Arrington has gone from afterthought to key contributor.

Also from Urban: Whisenhunt expects professionalism from disgruntled running back Edgerrin James. Also, left tackle Mike Gandy looked better while practicing on a sore ankle.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says Anquan Boldin is setting a standard for toughness.

Mark Heller of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are finally building continuity on their offensive line.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are preaching a team-first mentality in response to James' request.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer quotes Mike Holmgren as saying he didn't fully support the team's decision to release Shaun Alexander. Holmgren hasn't been afraid to reveal differences with general manager Tim Ruskell. He has also lamented the undersized nature of the team's cornerbacks.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks' decision to release Shaun Alexander raises questions about Deion Branch's long-term standing with the team.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks expect to bounce back in 2009.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks are allowing 50 percent more big plays this season. Also, Matt Hasselbeck never felt worse after a game than he did following his first game back from injury Sunday.