- Matt Barrows of The Athletic believes that 49ers’ HC Kyle Shanahan is in no hurry to replace DC Robert Saleh, as he can easily promote LB coach DeMeco Ryans to the vacant coordinator position.
- Barrows thinks if San Francisco is unable to re-sign LT Trent Williams, then drafting an offensive tackle should be their number one priority.
- Even if the team retains Williams and drafts a tackle at some point in the draft, Barrows cannot envision a scenario where the team moves RT Mike McGlinchey inside to guard.
- Another note from Barrows is that the 49ers’ are expecting to get the Saints’ fifth-round pick in the upcoming draft from the trade involving LB Kwon Alexander.
- Barrows adds that the 49ers have a good chance to re-sign CB Jason Verrett, as he may prefer to stay near home and continue to play with the same organization.
The Rams are limping into the playoffs with a losing record in the final few games of 2020 and the potential absence of QB Jared Goff is another forboding sign. However, Rams DT Aaron Donald, who is the best player on the league’s best defense, says Los Angeles still views itself as a contender.
“Confident,” Donald said via NFL Media’s Kevin Patra. “I think we have all the pieces to the puzzle. I think we are playing lights out on defense and our offense is doing things to a point where they can manage games and still make things happen to help us win. So, when you have that, you’re definitely going into it confident. I feel like we’re in a position to get to where we want to get to, we just have to go week-by-week and just dominate.”
- Rams’ QB Jared Goff on whether or not he will be available for the first playoff game: “It’s me and Sean (McVay). Ultimately, it’s his call, but it has a lot to do with where I feel I’m at. Obviously, I’m not going to reveal anything. I feel good and I’m progressing well. Whether it’s starting, whether it’s not, I’ll be ready to go.” (Ed Werder)
- Rams’ DT Michael Brockers is still on the COVID/reserve list, but HC Sean McVay is expecting him to be taken off the list in time to play in the team’s first playoff game. (Jourdan Rodrigue)
Seahawks S Jamal Adams said he intends on playing in Saturday’s Wildcard game against the Rams despite dealing with two shoulder injuries.
“No question in my mind. I’m playing, man. Look, as long as these legs are moving, man, as long as my faith is with the man upstairs, which is very strong, I’m going to be out there,” said Adams, via Brady Henderson of ESPN.
Although Adams did not practice on Tuesday, he confirmed that he is “full-go” for Saturday.
“I’m OK,” Adams said. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m not going to be limited to anything. I’m full-go. I’m full energy. I’m me. I’m going out there to continue to make plays and continue to continue help the team win. That’s what I’m about.”
As for playing through his shoulder injuries, Adams called himself a “warrior” and that he is excited to play against Los Angeles.
“I’m a savage, bro,” Adams said. “I’m a warrior, man. It doesn’t matter. Whatever it takes. It’s not about me. It’s always going to be bigger than me. It’s about this team. It’s about my brothers. It’s about my family back home, my why. So again, I’m excited for this opportunity. It doesn’t matter what obstacle is thrown my way. I always figure it out and that’s all that matters, man. So I’m looking forward to the matchup.”
- Seahawks’ HC Pete Carroll on rookie DE Darrell Taylor appearing in the playoffs: “I’m anxious to see this film because this was the best day for him. We were ramping him up and today he cut it loose a little bit. So I’m anxious to see it.” (Brady Henderson)
- Carroll says that CB Shaquill Griffin “is just a little bit tight” but is expected to play, meaning that the team will have all of their players available for the playoffs. (Curtis Crabtree)
- The Seattle Seahawks announced that they have downgraded RB Rashaad Penny (knee) to questionable for Saturday’s Wildcard game.