Around the NFC West: Sizing up Haley

February, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star relays first impressions from Todd Haley's introductory news conference as the Chiefs' head coach.

Sportsradiointerviews.com links to KTAR's interview with Cardinals defensive end Antonio Smith following Clancy Pendergast's departure as defensive coordinator. Smith, scheduled to become a free agent, says he wouldn't want to play in a pure two-gapping 3-4 defensive scheme.

Also from Sportsradiointerviews.com: Scott Pioli and Tyler Thigpen discuss Todd Haley.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals would likely hire a new offensive line coach if they named Russ Grimm offensive coordinator.

Jaymes Song of the Associated Press says Haley's departure could affect Kurt Warner's thinking about retirement, according to Warner. Warner: "I don't want to go backward as far as what we're doing, or having to readjust everything. I want to be able to continue to move forward and to build off where we were this year. I think it's definitely going to be a factor in me weighing everything and making a decision."

Also from Song: Anquan Boldin says it's "gratifying" for the Cardinals to command respect as a team. A photo of the Cardinals' Pro Bowl players shows all but Boldin smiling.

Also from Somers: It was unclear whether the Cardinals had fired Pendergast or if Pendergast was leaving for another job. XTRA radio called it a firing.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune wonders if a Super Bowl team has experienced this much turmoil immediately following the game. Bordow: "All of this has to be difficult for Whisenhunt. He had, oh, about 15 minutes to breathe after the Super Bowl, and now he has to hire two coordinators, deal with a disgruntled wide receiver, go to the scouting combine and start preparing for the draft."

Revenge of the Birds' Andrew602 lists Steve Breaston as the Cardinals' most improved player for 2008. Neil Rackers, J.J. Arrington and Antrel Rolle also made the list.

The 49ers' Web site provides an interview transcript featuring Jimmy Raye's thoughts. Raye has watched every one of Alex Smith's throws from the 2006 season -- twice. He rewatched Shaun Hill's game against the Jets. He has spoken mostly to offensive linemen at this point. Raye: "The size, athleticism and physicality of the offensive front are the starting point. Front to back, it gives you a reason to be excited with the offensive line and the depth that we can add there."

Also from 49ers.com: an interview wtih running backs coach Tom Rathman.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat expects the 49ers to resolve Smith's contract situation by the end of the month. Smith gets married Feb. 21. Also, Maiocco explains why free-agent receivers might have little interest in joining the 49ers.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News shows where Raye's offenses have ranked in points per game.

John Morgan of Field Gulls thinks Alabama running back Glen Coffee could fit into what the Seahawks have planned offensively. Morgan: "Coffee is projected to go in the second day. Exactly when depends a bit on how he performs at the combine. Cracking the third would be an accomplishment. He's a one-cut rusher that brings a little fight to the defender. You'll read knocks on his size -- he's 6-1 and plays at 200 -- but Coffee ripped up his local Rivals event."

Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts sizes up a weak crop of free-agent wide receivers. The market drops off quickly after T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

VanRam of Turf Show Times recaps the week of Rams-related happenings.

Also from VanRam: The Rams need a bigger, stronger center. He looks at four veterans scheduled to become free agents. Three are in their 30s.

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