49ers OL Wins the Most Valuable Protectors Award, Plus More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterOctober 26, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25:  The San Francisco offensive line prepares to block against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Apparently, John Madden has an award that recognizes the backbone of every NFL team—the offensive line. I have either been living under a rock for the last three years, or this award is not highly publicized. But then again, maybe it's just me. 

Every week, Madden selects a new winner and sends out a press release with comments as to why he picked the particular offensive line. According to 49ers.com, "The Award serves to celebrate the loyal teammates in the trenches that most consistently provide the time and protection that is critical to their teammates’ and overall team’s success."

Not only is there a weekly award, but there is an annual award as well. Since 2009, Madden has handed out the annual Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award at the Super Bowl. In 2009, the New Orleans Saints were recipients of the award. In 2010, New England received the award and New Orleans won the award again in 2011. 

It will be interesting to see if Jim Harbaugh's offensive line not only takes home the Week 7 award, but the annual award as well.

As far as this past week went against Seattle, here's what the legendary head coach had to say: “The 49ers' offensive line needed to step up against Seattle’s defense and they did just that,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame coach John Madden.

If you were like me and didn't know about this award, well know you know. With that, let's take a look at other buzz around the NFC West.


Arizona Cardinals

Kase Brammer of RantSports.com breaks down the Cardinals' injury situation and zeroes in on the fact the team is getting healthier.  

Travis Wakeman of Bleacher Report tells us why Matt Barkley should be an Arizona Cardinal in 2013.


Seattle Seahawks

Mike Sando of ESPN.com looks at Richard Sherman's words and says the Seahawks have backed them up so far.

Thomas Holmes of Bleacher Report reflects back on the first seven weeks of the season and identifies the Seahawks' best player at the midseason mark.


St. Louis Rams

The Associated Press talks to Danny Amendola and concludes that he is aching to return to the field sooner rather than later.

Steven Gerwel of Bleacher Report examines and explains how the St. Louis Rams can still save their season.  


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