NFC West Blog
We're a little more than a month past Christmas, but 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is still wishing for presents.
"All I want for Christmas... is to meet #robchudzinski #OC," Davis wrote Monday via Instagram.
Chudzinski spent this season as an assistant coach for the Colts, but his contract expired today, and he can begin talking to possible employers Tuesday. The 49ers are reportedly interested in him for their vacancy at offensive coordinator.
Shoulder injury? What shoulder injury? As far as Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is concerned, safety Earl Thomas is ready to roll in Super Bowl XLIX after dislocating a shoulder during the NFC Championship Game
"It's over," Carroll told reporters Friday. "It's over, really. It was two days of him being very uncomfortable with the setting and it's over now. He was back in action and in full flow today."
Thomas was officially limited in Friday's practice.
After serving as the Raiders' interim head coach, Tony Sparano has been hired by the 49ers as their tight ends coach. The bespectacled figurehead has experience instructing TEs as he oversaw the position in Washington (2001), Jacksonville (2002), and Dallas (2003-04). Rumored to have been recommended by long-time associate Bill Parcells, Sparano will be part of GM Trent Baalke's new regime.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman could hardly moved his left arm for basically the entire fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Packers. For the Super Bowl in 11 days, Sherman said he expects no such limitations. When asked Wednesday about the range of motion in his sprained elbow, Sherman said with a smile, "If I had to slap my brother, I'd be able to do it."
While we wait for more specifics on Richard Sherman's elbow injury, we can pass along that one of Sherman's Legion of Boom wingmen, Earl Thomas, has been diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder. He suffered the injury during Sunday's win over the Packers and spent some time in the locker room, getting checked out. But Thomas did finish the game and is expected to play in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 versus New England.
Updating an earlier post, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has undergone an MRI and been diagnosed with a sprained left elbow, a source has told NFL.com's Albert Breer. Breer adds that Sherman "should be able to play in the Super Bowl."
Sherman played through the injury for basically the entire fourth quarter of Sunday's conference championship win.
That Marshawn Lynch is playing his final season as a Seattle Seahawk has been popular belief for at least a couple of months now. But perhaps that belief will turn out to be false after all. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Seattle's brass is open to the idea of retaining Lynch for the 2015 season when the 29-year-old would be owed $7 million in salary and bonuses.
However, that's far from a guarantee. Actually, it's far from a guarantee that Lynch will play for any team next season, depending upon what the Seahawks do in Super Bowl XLIX.
"The other thing is [the Seahawks] could win the Super Bowl and Lynch has told people privately, if they do, there's a good possibility he simply walks into the sunset, probably knowing Lynch, without uttering a word," Rapoport said.
The Falcons have interviewed eight different prospects - three former head coaches, one offensive coordinator, three defensive coordinators and a special teams coach - for their head coaching vacancy. After sitting down with Rex Ryan, Doug Marrone, Josh McDaniels, Adam Gase, Dan Quinn, Todd Bowles, Teryl Austin and Keith Armstrong, Atlanta has yet to extend an offer to any of the interviewees. According to reports, Seattle's DC Quinn is the front-runner for the job as the Falcons appear to be waiting for him to complete his postseason run. The Seahawks defeated the Packers in overtime on Sunday and will be playing in the Super Bowl. If Quinn is, in fact, the Falcons' next head coach, the franchise will have to wait two more weeks before making an official announcement.
Seattle CB Richard Sherman suffered a hit on his left elbow while pushing Green Bay RB James Starks out of bounds in the second half of the Seahawks' overtime win over the Packers. There is suspicion that Sherman may have a pinched ulnar nerve. He will undergo a series of exams on Monday to confirm the extent of the injury. Despite holding his arm in pain for a significant portion of the contest, Sherman claimed he'd be "100 percent" in time for the Super Bowl.
The 49ers stayed in-house for their replacement to Jim Harbaugh. On Wednesday, they hired Jim Tomsula to be their next head coach. San Francisco is the only team the 46-year-old Tomsula has known in the NFL, and he had spent the past eight seasons as its defensive line coach. He was also the team's interim head coach for the final game of the 2010 season after Mike Singletary was fired. He won that game over the Cardinals, 38-7.
"After conducting a thorough coaching search, and meeting with a number of outstanding candidates, Jim Tomsula clearly is the right man to lead this team," 49ers CEO Jed York said in a statement. "Jim is a great teacher and a tremendous mentor who conducts himself with great class and integrity."