A quick look around the NFC West:
- Colin Kaepernick isn’t the long-term answer at quarterback for the 49ers, according to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report (video link), and Miller believes his replacement could come by way of a top five pick in the 2016 draft. Miller lists California’s Jared Goff, Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch as prospects who could be San Francisco’s first-round pick and next starting signal caller.
- 49ers running back Carlos Hyde has been playing with a foot injury – “something like” a stress fracture, he says – and has averaged just 3.0 yards per carry over the last two games. Given that the 49ers are 2-5, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wonders if it’s in their best interest to rest Hyde until he’s fully healthy. Dr. Ken Jung – a Los Angeles-based ankle and foot surgeon – told Branch that Hyde’s injury will likely bother him for the rest of the season. “By taking a week or two off — or even just resting during the week — it allows the bone to heal itself or catch up. But once the stress or the activity level goes beyond what the bone can tolerate it tends to stay in a vicious cycle,” Jung said.
- Seattle got back into the win column with its 20-3 victory over the 49ers on Thursday and improved to 3-4, drawing closer to the NFC West-leading Cardinals (4-2). Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic contends that the Cardinals need to find their identity – which they lost in last week’s 25-13 defeat in Pittsburgh, the writer thinks – and respond to the Seahawks with a statement win over the Ravens on Monday.