Around the NFC West: Singletary's style

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says 49ers coach Mike Singletary's pride can be an asset and a liability. Singletary certainly has a strong presence.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers' ownership family has more to prove than Singletary. That is verifiable to the extent that the 49ers' winning percentage under their current ownership is higher with than without Singletary as head coach.
Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers Singletary did not question the offensive play call or formation on the final play against the Dolphins. The 49ers used four wide receivers and a running back in an empty-backfield formation.

Also from FitzGerald: The 49ers' defeat might not have affected Singletary's eventual fate as head coach.

Vernon Davis of the 49ers assesses his performance and the 49ers' performance against the Dolphins. Davis: "Now that we've gone over the film, I think our offense did a great job of setting the tone of how we wanted to play, particularly the offensive line."

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says Singletary has "earned the job" by making the 49ers competitive and making the right personnel decisions, starting at quarterback.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers' offensive tackles handled the Dolphins' Joey Porter with relative easy, usually in one-on-one matchups, until the final play.

Also from Maiocco: Shaun Hill has represented a significant improvement from J.T. O'Sullivan, particularly in avoiding negative plays.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says everyone but Jim Haslett seems to be discussing the coach's potential fate as Rams coach.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com questions the difference for the Rams between picking second or anywhere else near the top of the draft.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams receiver Derek Stanley will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL and cartilage damage in his left knee.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams' defeat to the Seahawks might have sealed Haslett's fate as Rams coach.

3k of Turf Show Times, though fearful his tardiness might rule out his Rams report card from this blog, grades cornerbacks higher than safeties. I agree with the mixed assessment on safety Oshiomogho Atogwe. Yes, Atogwe is a tremendous ball hawk, but what to make of him in overall coverage? That's a tough one to answer given the problems around him in the secondary over the years.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic raises questions about whether the Cardinals fully understand the stakes heading into the playoffs.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Clark Haggans could miss the remainder of the season.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune runs the Ken Whisenhunt quote about Anquan Boldin possibly having too many responsibilities within the offense.

Also from Tulumello: The Cardinals aren't sure how to handle success.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals are searching for the right type of leadership. Few players on the team have playoff experience.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says it's probably fitting for Brett Favre to attend Mike Holmgren's final home game as Seahawks coach.

Also from Farnsworth: Kyle Williams could start at left tackle for Seattle, a startling development.

John Morgan of Field Gulls looks at the gap between Mike Holmgren's offense and Tim Ruskell's personnel. I will say this: Holmgren was onboard with adding Deion Branch and he did think Branch would fit the offense. Bobby Engram was going to remain Holmgren's favorite receiver in Seattle. That will never change. But a healthy Branch factors into what Holmgren wants to do.

Jim Moore of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer pays tribute to Holmgren by nominating the coach to raise the "12th Man" flag in the south end of Qwest Field before kickoff.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Holmgren plans to thank fans in person after the game Sunday. The coach will also use the opportunity to raise money for one of his family's favorite charities.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says Sean Locklear's injury could leave the Seahawks with zero projected starters on the offensive line.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Locklear's dislocated toe will prevent him from practicing all week. Also, Matt Hasselbeck isn't going to play against the Jets.