Around the NFC West: Rams' coaching search
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams plan to conduct a full coaching search after the season. Interim coach Jim Haslett will be one of the candidates. Expect Billy Devaney to lead the search. Expect Jay Zygmunt to step down. Expect John Shaw to serve as a consultant without direct involvement in the process.
Also from Thomas: A chat transcript featuring his take on ball-hawking Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe. Thomas: "I'm not saying he's Ronnie Lott. I'd still like to see him be more consistent in coverage, and do better with open field tackling. But he's pretty good. Playmakers are hard to find. He's a very hard worker. And I think he remains an ascending player."
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch feels like doing the "Electric Slide across the kitchen table" upon hearing that football people will lead the Rams' search for a new coach.
Roger Hensley of stltoday.com polls Post-Dispatch reporters for likely Rams coaching candidates. Thomas points to Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
Bill Coats of Around the Horns points to statistics in saying Rams punter Donnie Jones should have made the Pro Bowl over the Giants' Jeff Feagles. I could make a case for either punter, but statistical comparisons can be tricky for punters kicking in vastly different conditions.
Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says 49ers legend Bryant Young endorses Mike Singletary as the team's coach beyond this season.
Also from Brown: Coaches and players around the league have quickly come to respect 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, named to his second Pro Bowl in two NFL seasons. Vikings coach Brad Childress once referred to Willis as a "rolling ball of butcher knives." Bengals receiver Chad Johnson called him "Bam Bam" for hitting everything in sight.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the Willis wasn't expecting Pro Bowl recognition this season.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals field their most Pro Bowl selections since the 1977 season.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Adrian Wilson will continue wearing No. 2 instead of his usual No. 24 in practice to remind himself he needs to keep working if he wants to be the best. Wilson is headed to the Pro Bowl for the second time in three seasons.
Mark Heller of the East Valley Tribune says Larry Fitzgerald is the first Cardinals player since Aeneas Williams to appear in back-to-back Pro Bowls.
Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Walter Jones passed Cortez Kennedy for most Pro Bowl selections by a Seahawks player.
Also from Farnsworth: Signing Jeff Rowe gives the Seahawks four quarterbacks heading into the offseason.