Around the NFC West: Picking apart Seahawks

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer takes an in-depth look at problems facing the Seahawks. Injurires stand out as the primary problem, but conservative coaching and poor drafting also make the list.

Also from Farnsworth: An "F" grade for the secondary at the season's midpoint.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune lists defensive ends who tried out with the Seahawks while Patrick Kerney was undergoing surgery. Patrick Chukwurah, Sean Conover, Angelo Craig, Kevin Huntley and Al Wallace made the list.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times grades the Seahawks on a pass-fail basis. The passing game has failed, in other words.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' renewed hopes might have come unraveled during the final four minutes of the second quarter Sunday.

Also from Thomas: A chat transcript in which he points out how the Rams have played the most difficult schedule in the NFC so far this season.

Brian Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Jim Haslett's changed approach with Steven Jackson shows a capacity to learn from mistakes.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Ali Highsmith's season-ending injury will affect the Cardinals' special teams.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says Kurt Warner is an MVP candidate even though some people questioned whether he should be the starter.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic explains why Tim Hightower replaced Edgerrin James as the Cardinals' starting running back. Hightower fits the offense better.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat looks at how many times the 49ers have targeted receivers in the passing game. Isaac Bruce leads the way. Vernon Davis has caught a high percentage of the relatively few passes thrown his way.

Also from Maiocco: A look at voting tendencies among 49ers players and how opinions broke along racial and financial lines.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers conducted a spirited practice Tuesday.

Also from Barrows: An extended version of the same report.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers are working with Chilo Rachal, a player they think can make the offensive line more physical. Rachal appreciates the support.