Around the NFC West: Non-Cardinals edition

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams have hired Mike Williams from the 49ers' scouting department to serve as pro personnel director under general manager Billy Devaney. Williams brings strong knowledge of the division. That could prove helpful at Rams Park after the team made so many changes to its staff and front office. Strong ties across personnel departments can sometimes facilitate draft-related trades as well. Williams begins work Friday.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Jimmy Raye becomes the eighth man to interview for the 49ers' vacant offensive coordinator's position. Maiocco makes a rare but welcome mention to former 49ers coach Ken Meyer, who served as a terrific resource for an ESPN.com package on all-time great quarterbacks. Raye, 62, worked under Meyer with the 49ers in 1977. He spent last season with the Jets.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee notes that Raye previously worked with Hue Jackson, another candidate for the current opening in San Francisco.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times follows up Leroy Hill's recent arrest by detailing off-field incidents involving Seahawks players since Tim Ruskell became president and [later] general manager in 2005. Koren Robinson, Sean Locklear, Bryce Fisher, Jerramy Stevens, Rocky Bernard, Lofa Tatupu and Hill made the list. Ruskell's tough talk against off-field problems began with a letter he sent to players shortly after joining the Seahawks.