NFC West Notes: Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks

     

Cardinals

Cardinals HC Steve Wilks recently stressed the importance of building the team’s offensive line.

“I always try to see the big picture, and the big picture to me is up front on both sides of the ball,” Wilks said, via AzCardinals.com. “That’s one thing I want to do coming in and really try to improve the offensive line.”

As for some areas where they could still use some help, Wilks that they need to add receivers in either free agency and/or the draft along with some offensive line depth.

Rams

According to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN, new Rams DT Ndamukong Suh will predominantly line up as a nose tackle in the team’s 3-4 base set, which happens to be a position that Suh has played just three percent of his career up to this point.

“Those are things that we talked about with Ndamukong,” Rams HC Sean McVay told reporters at the owners meetings. “We wanted to make sure, ‘Hey, do you feel good about the way we envision you?‘”

McVay added that having Suh as part of their defensive front “provides a lot of unique challenges and opportunities” to get more one-on-one matchups for everyone.

“It provides a lot of unique challenges and opportunities for us to kind of free up those guys to get the one-on-one matchups,” McVay said. “I think if there’s anything you can appreciate and respect so much about what Wade has done is he’s going to try to put great players in good spots to go make plays.”

Seahawks

  • Brady Henderson of ESPN writes that the Seahawks were already in the market for a backup quarterback prior to releasing Trevone Boykin a few days ago.
  • While the Seahawks previously showed interest in Colin Kaepernick, Henderson says it’s more likely they sign either Geno Smith or Austin Davis.
  • Even if the Seahawks sign a veteran quarterback, Henderson does not think it would preclude them from drafting a quarterback or signing an undrafted rookie.
  • Two other veteran backup options worth watching for the Seahawks, according to Henderson, include Mark Sanchez and Kellen Clemens, as they both have ties to new OC Brian Schottenheimer.