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NFC West stock watch: falling

12/22/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

1. Kurt Warner, QB, Cardinals. Thirty yards passing in a blowout defeat ended his chances for MVP consideration.

2. Jim Haslett, head coach, Rams. Any doubt about his fate as Rams coach seemed to evaporate in the final minutes Sunday.

3. Ken Whisenhunt, head coach, Cardinals. Arizona hasn't found the answers for its late-season slide.

4. Jay Zygmunt, president, Rams. His resignation is apparently imminent.

5. Clancy Pendergast, defensive coordinator, Cardinals. An occasional stop would help.

6. Fakhir Brown, CB, Rams. Gave up on the game-deciding play because he thought the Rams had sacked Shaun Hill.
7. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers. Davis lost a fumble and had trouble locating the ball on a potential touchdown pass. He also appeared to miss a key block in pass protection, although blame for pass-protection breakdowns is best dispensed with caution.

8. Arizona's offensive assistants. The Cardinals' nosedive isn't helping the short-term head coaching candidacies of coordinator Todd Haley and line coach Russ Grimm.

9. Julius Jones, RB, Seahawks. Coach Mike Holmgren's aversion to managing multiple running backs in the same game cost Jones again Sunday. Jones hardly played.

10. Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals. The Cardinals replaced him with Edgerrin James after Hightower fumbled early in the game. Hightower also dropped a pass.

11. Lyle Sendlein, C, Cardinals. Opponents are getting pressure up the middle, and that starts with the center.

Who are we missing? Who is on this list undeservedly? I thought about adding Steve Breaston, who had one catch for 6 yards and a 15.7-yard average on nine punt returns. But he wasn't the problem for Arizona. Feedback always appreciated.