Roll call: NFC West elite in the house

March, 22, 2009
3/22/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

DANA POINT, Calif. -- For theatrical points, the NFC West couldn't match the enduring visual Sunday as NFL power brokers arrived at the St. Regis Resort for the NFL owners' meetings.

New Browns coach Eric Mangini seemed to be enjoying his impromptu hotel lobby reunion with the people who recently fired him, namely Jets owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum. The smiles and handshakes certainly appeared genuine.

That's the thing about these annual spring meetings. The sun shines, the coastal breeze blows, the pace slows and the overall atmosphere invites a collective exhale. 

I've already seen 49ers owner John York, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, Seahawks coach Jim Mora, Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke and Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo.

The names get bigger as the evening unfolds. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a longtime NFL fan, is scheduled to speak at a reception set for 5:30 p.m. PT. Nothing ever came of reports linking Rice to the 49ers, but she will have a presence at these meetings.

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