NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks


49ers’ OC Mike McDaniel is happy to see that rookie QB Trey Lance is coachable and looks forward to working with him more closely in the near future.

“Having Trey in house, it’s been exciting because he is who we thought he was in terms of the diligent worker. The guy is very smart and he wants to do well, but he takes coaching,” McDaniel said during a video conference. “That’s something that’s undervalued in this day and age, I think, that people don’t really give its true gravity. ‘Hey, a guy is willing to hear constructive criticism and take that and move forward,’ instead of getting their feelings hurt because we’re not in the business of feelings. We’re in the business of end results. So, I think all of our players and the culture that is kind of instilled here, they kind of understand that we are here to coach you for the better betterment of all of our existences.”


Rams’ rookie DE Earnest Brown says he already realizes the difference in speed between the college and pro game and is willing to do anything to help the Rams win.

“It’s going really well, getting adjusted out here. It’s always beautiful weather out here in Cali. Just getting adjusted to everybody. Game speed’s much different than college,” Brown said in an interview. “I will do anything for the Rams team to go to the Super Bowl. Ready to put forth that “dawg work” like Coach Henny says. Show those Rams fans what Ernie B is all about.”


Seahawks’ DE Robert Nkemdiche says that he has missed playing football after being waived just two games into his stint with the Dolphins. He then served a two-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. 

“Being out here with these guys and competing and playing football, smelling the grass, all this, it’s what I missed,” Nkemdiche, via Brady Henderson of ESPN. “This is the fun stuff.”

Nkemdiche was not having a good time after being waived and while serving the suspension.

“It wasn’t fun,” Nkemdiche said. “It wasn’t a good time. But like I said, being back here, this is exciting for me. This is what I love to do. I’m just happy to have the opportunity to be back here and to be able to play football again.”

Seahawks’ HC Pete Carroll says that Nkemdiche still has the quickness required for an interior offensive lineman and can be competitive at the NFL level.

“He’s got a really good spirit about him,” Carroll said. “He’s upbeat, active, he’s explosive and has really good quickness, he’s over 300 pounds and he moves really well. He’s going to be a real competitive part of this group and he’s a little different than some of the other guys, so we see some flexibility in where we can play him and move him around. Because he’s been out of football for a bit, I’m hoping for his sake that everything just keeps moving along because he’s applying himself, his mentality is like he has this second chance on his football life and he knows that, which is really important. He’s trying to seize every opportunity. We’re really happy to have him as part of this and we think he’s going to be a factor.”

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