NFC Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Rams

     

Cardinals

Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury praised OLBs coach Charlie Bullen for the production from his group of players. 

“It’s not about who gets there, it’s just about getting there,” Kingsbury said, via Darren Urban of the team’s official site.

Kingsbury mentioned that he did not expect Cardinals OLB Dennis Gardeck‘s quick ascent up the depth chart this season. 

“I don’t think any of us saw this coming from Gardeck except maybe the offensive line who had to go against him on scout team the last couple of years,” Kingsbury said.

Gardeck said he is comfortable playing his role in the Cardinals’ defensive system. 

“I’ll take whatever opportunity I can to get out on the field,” Gardeck said. “I think the packages I am in fit my skillset very well. (Defensive coordinator) Vance (Joseph) talked about being a star in your role … and whatever your role is, you do it to the best of your ability. I’m not worried about how else they can use me. That’s their job. My job is to be the best the way they are using me.”

49ers

  • Matt Barrows of The Athletic writes that the 49ers’ biggest offseason need will become left tackle if they are unable to re-sign Trent Williams this offseason. 
  • Barrows mentions that the 49ers’ second-largest need is at defensive end given they will likely release Dee Ford, leaving Nick Bosa as the organization’s only edge rusher under contract. 
  • Barrows views the cornerback position as the third-highest priority for the 49ers to address this offseason, considering that Jason Verrett, Richard Sherman, K’Waun Williams, and Dontae Johnson are impending free agents.
  • Regarding 49ers DC Robert Saleh being a likely head coaching candidate, Barrows points out that Saleh could bring 49ers’ offensive assistants Mike McDaniel or Mike LaFleur with him as his offensive coordinator.
  • Barrows names four possible replacements for the 49ers at defensive coordinator, including Broncos HC Vic Fangio, Falcons’ interim HC Raheem Morris, Chargers DC Gus Bradley and former Falcons HC Dan Quinn
  • 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday but the hope is he’ll be able to ramp up later in the week and play. (Nick Wagoner)
  • Shanahan does not expect OL Ben Garland to return from injured reserve before the season is over. (Wagoner)

Rams

Rams HC Sean McVay said it is important to “get on a streak” in December in order to carry momentum into the postseason. 

“I don’t think there’s a better time to get on a streak than in December when you’re playing meaningful games and trying to carry some momentum into January, so I do think it’s important,” McVay said, via Gary Klein of the LA Times. 

McVay feels that the Rams are showing “signs of consistency,” but must win their third consecutive game in Week 15. 

“We’re seeing signs of consistency over the last couple of weeks, and now let’s see if we can get our third win in row,” McVay said.

  • Rams DC Brandon Staley said he is humbled by the head coaching buzz from around the league: “It’s humbling any time you’re considered in those conversations. I think that’s what you’re after as a competitor, to be recognized among your peers, coaches and players as someone who is doing a good job.” (Eric Williams)

Seahawks

  • Per Pro Football Talk’s Curtis Crabtree, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll says WR Josh Gordon “feels like he’s ready to jump on a practice field,” which is good considering Gordon is eligible to start practicing next week: “This is a really important week for him to finish it up.”
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