NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks


Rams’ T Andrew Whitworth says that 49ers’ DE Nick Bosa has the ability to be a special player in the NFL.

“I think he’s a special rusher,” Whitworth said, via Chris Long’s podcast. “I think feeling him as a rookie, he’s one of the most powerful kids I’ve ever felt that young. Really, in the run game, pass game, everything, he’s got some serious pop. And so I think there’s youth strength and then there’s like, Man, when this guy kind of hits his stride, if he’s that powerful now … wow.”

  • Adam Schefter makes a correction pertaining to the 49ers not having their OTA’s taken away by the league, due to the fact that they had already voluntarily canceled their final OTA’s and mandatory minicamp.


Cardinals WR Christian Kirk said QB Kyler Murray continues “getting better” each season and is fully adjusted to the NFL. 

“[H]im going into his third year, you just kind of see him taking that next step every single year. And he just keeps on getting better,” Kirk said, via NFL Network.When you first come into the NFL, you’re still trying to learn how things go and just be a pro. And I think he’s made that adjustment really fast.”

Kirk doesn’t think that Murray puts “too much pressure on himself” despite sometimes showing emotion on the sideline. 

So I think for Kyler, he doesn’t put too much pressure on himself. But the main thing is he just wants to win so bad and that’s why you see him getting a little fiery on the sideline, and you see that emotion coming out, just because every time we step on the field, he just wants to win. And that’s what you want from your quarterback.”


Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said he’s been impressed with new OC Shane Waldron‘s command of the playbook and the creation of Seattle’s offensive system. 

“His command of the entire notebook, and his sense for creating the system, it’s really accessible to the players where we can do a ton of stuff, but yet they are understanding the principles and understanding the continuity of how things fit together in marriage, that’s really talking about the run game, the pass game, the perimeter game, the tempo stuff that we do, he just knows it really well,” Carroll said, via John Boyle of the team’s official site. “He knows it really well and he’s packaged the teaching part of it. I say that because there’s a lot of code things that they have to know and there are a lot of systems that are within the format that’s in advance of where we’ve been in years past. And the reason we’re able to do it is because he knows it so well, he can teach it really well. Some of the guys say this seems easier than it was in the past, and we’re doing more.”

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett added that he’s been “very excited” learning Waldron’s offense and thinks the coordinator has done a “great job.” 

I think the things that he brings to our team are going really help us out a lot,” Lockett said. “And when it comes to just learning his offense, once you study it, you’re able to see exactly what type of offense we’re going to be. You’re able to see everything that we’re going to do. Since I’ve been, here I’ve been really excited about it. Just kind of picking his brain understanding that he’s also a coordinator that wants to learn, and it’s really cool when you have that. I’ve had that with the others as well. And so when you have people that are willing to learn, that are willing to continue to get better each and every day with you, you’re able to grow with that person. As soon as Shane came in everybody’s been picking it up, everybody’s been doing a great job.”

Lockett thinks Seattle will still have an “explosive” offense but they will be “a lot more balanced” going forward. 

“The explosive part of it’s not going to change, it’s just the fact that we’re going to learn how to be a lot more balanced, to where whatever teams decide to give us, that’s what we’re going to take,” Lockett said. “If teams decide to play as deep, then we’re going to take everything short, and we’re going to be able to run our offense all the way down the field and control the clock. If teams try to take the short stuff away, we going to go deep. So at the end of the day, We’re just learning how to be able to build our offense up as a hole to where we don’t have to depend on one thing, but we can be able to depend on different types of phases of our offense. So whatever people give us, we’re just going to take. and we’re not going to be greedy, we’re not going to go out there force things to happen, we’re just going to naturally let the game come to us.”

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