NFC West: Matt House
It's pretty clear the Cardinals do more with less than the other teams in the division. They have fewer assistants than the other teams in the NFC West.
In most cases, I have recreated official titles for each assistant coach. That explains why the Cardinals have no offensive coordinator listed (Russ Grimm coordinates the running game, Mike Miller coordinates the passing game and Ken Whisenhunt calls the plays). I did not create a special category for 49ers receivers coach Jerry Sullivan (he also carries the title senior assistant). Seattle's Carroll is also executive vice president. I did not create an extra category to reflect that title.
I have listed no offensive line coach for the Cardinals. Grimm handles those duties. The 49ers do not list a defensive quality control coach, but clearly someone must break down the upcoming opponents' offensive video (I am checking to see which assistant handles those duties). Update: Outside linebackers coach Jason Tarver handles those duties. Also, I updated the chart to reflect Curtis Modkins' departure from the Cardinals to become Buffalo's offensive coordinator. Ray Brown is the new assistant offensive line coach in San Francisco.
The Rams are expected to hire a receivers coach after Charlie Baggett left. They could hire an assistant offensive line coach to replace Art Valero, who took the same job with Seattle. The 49ers might need to find a new offensive quality-control coach (Shane Day is interviewing with the Bears to coach quarterbacks for Mike Martz).
The Rams and Seahawks list special assistants to the head coach. These are largely administrative positions.
NFC West coaching staffs are mostly complete after the Rams assigned titles to Frank Leonard, Paul Ferraro, Andre Curtis and Clayton Lopez.
The chart shows which coaches retained their titles from the end of last season (gray shading) and which coaches are new to their current roles (yellow shading). The Cardinals could face additional changes if they fill vacancies from within.
All four offensive line coaches remain in their roles from last season (subject to change if Russ Grimm becomes the Cardinals' offensive coordinator). Every other core staff position features at least one change in the division.
The 49ers and Rams have the largest staffs with 20 members apiece, counting head coaches. The Seahawks reduced to 18 after moving assistant offensive line coach Mike DeBord to tight ends and eliminating the job of assistant special teams coach John Jamison. The Cardinals have 13 coaches, a number that figures to rise by at least three.
The 49ers and Rams have full-time administrative assistants assigned to their head coaches. The Cardinals do not formally list an assistant strength and conditioning coach, although Pete Alosi does help John Lott in that area.
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NFC West coaching staffs are mostly complete. The chart provides a general overview showing which coaches are primarily overseeing key areas.
Some coaches have fancy titles. I'll list those below. Including those titles in the chart would have served them but not us.
The 49ers have two coaches assigned to linebackers and two assigned to the secondary:
- Jason Tarver is a defensive assistant/outside linebackers. Vantz Singletary is coaching inside linebackers. Coach Mike Singletary and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky are former NFL linebackers, so the 49ers have that position covered.
- Vance Joseph and Johnnie Lynn are both listed as secondary coaches.
The Rams have not named coaches at tight
end, linebacker or secondary. However, they have hired Andre Curtis and Paul Ferraro as unspecified defensive assistants. They have also hired Frank Leonard as an unspecified offensive assistant.
The Seahawks and Cardinals do not list administrative assistants as part of their staffs. Bill Nayes and Bruce Warwick fill those spots for the 49ers and Rams, respectively.
The following team-by-team list includes all the fancy titles, plus some coaches who did not appear on the chart:
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Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic visits Anquan Boldin's hardscrabble hometown about 170 miles from Tampa. Boldin's old coach says chasing rabbits through sugarcane fields helped make the young receiver more agile.
Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says farewell to Cardinals running back Edgerrin James, who is likely playing his final game for Arizona.
Mark Faller of the Arizona Republic checks in with Phoenix-area products Lyle Sendlein and Deuce Lutui. Both are starting on the Cardinals' offensive line.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby has stepped up his game for the playoffs.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic quotes Karlos Dansby as saying the Cardinals need to step up and pay their top players, including Dansby himself. Dansby: "The world is watching right now, man. Everything has to change. If you want to commit to changing and to winning and being a winning organization, you have to do the right things. It's a test."
Also from Somers: The Cardinals face a tough obstacle in Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals are looking inward as they prepare for the Steelers' defense.
Also from Urban: The Cardinals are guarding against getting stale with so much time between games.
More from Urban: Safety Adrian Wilson represents the Cardinals' tough road to the Super Bowl.
Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says the 20-point barrier is key for Arizona. The Cardinals are 0-4 this season when they fail to exceed 20 points. The Steelers are 12-1 when they hold opponents to 20 points or fewer.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune examines the Cardinals' appetite for trick plays.
Also from Bordow: He checks in with Cardinals backup quarterback Matt Leinart.
Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind cites a report suggesting the Steelers might use the Wildcat offense against Arizona.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times lists the Seahawks' franchise players. The list includes Marcus Trufant, Josh Brown, Shaun Alexander, Walter Jones and Joey Galloway. He also lists former transition player Steve Hutchinson.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Jaguars receiver Reggie Williams wouldn't mind signing with the Seahawks this offseason.
Also from Williams: Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck thinks Seattle has enough talent to contend for the Super Bowl next season.
John Morgan of Field Gulls continues his look at potential free agents of interest for the Seahawks. Albert Haynesworth takes his turn.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch updates the situation with Steve Spagnuolo's first Rams staff. Sylvester Croom, Rock Gullickson and Matt House are coming to St. Louis.
Judd Zulgad of Access Vikings says the Rams have hired Minnesota assistant defensive line coach Brendan Daly.
VanRam of Turf Show Times looks at some of the names associated with the Rams on various mock drafts.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee checks in with new 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, who confirms he has accepted the job. Raye says the 49ers need to find a fullback. He also expects to install an offense similar to the one Norv Turner ran in San Francisco.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News provides testimonials from Jackie Slater and Tony Richardson. Both speak out in favor of Raye.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has signed a contract extension through the 2010 season, as expected.