NFC West: Ray Roberts

SEATTLE -- Sweatpants, sweatshirts and ski caps are helping players warm up here at Qwest Field (except for Drew Brees, who is wearing shorts).

The weather is not much of a factor at this point. The flags atop the goal posts are hanging straight down. I noticed a drizzle on the drive to the stadium, but it's not raining.

We're getting close to the point when the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks declare their inactive players. I'm not expecting big news when those lists come out.

The Seahawks will have right tackle Sean Locklear, who missed practice time while tending to family issues. We already know the Saints will be without injured running backs Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas, plus safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive tackle Anthony Hargove, linebacker Danny Clark and tight end Jimmy Graham.

I spent part of the morning visiting with Dave Wyman, Paul Moyer, Ray Roberts and Dori Monson for the Seahawks' pregame show on 710ESPN Seattle. We spent quite a bit of time talking about the NFC West as a whole and specifically Jim Harbaugh's anticipated impact with the San Francisco 49ers.

Moyer, who was finishing his career as a Seahawks safety when Harbaugh was getting started as a player with the Chicago Bears, said he perceived Harbaugh as on the "nerdier" side by NFL standards. That approach might have fit at Stanford, the thinking went, but how will Harbaugh's style translate to the NFL?

I noted that Harbaugh is strong where predecessor Mike Singletary was weak: on the offensive side, as a tactician, etc. Teams often do seek qualities in their next coach that were lacking in their previous one. Harbaugh fits the 49ers from that standpoint.
Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood once urged the Rams to tap into more of their former players.

The team, having already added former safety Nolan Cromwell to coach receivers, moved in that direction again Wednesday by hiring retired defensive tackle La'Roi Glover as director of player programs. This is essentially a mentoring role. Former receiver Anthony Edwards holds a similar job with the Cardinals. Former safety Maurice Kelly plays the role in Seattle. Former NFL assistant coach Ty Knott handles the duties for the 49ers.

Glover went to six consecutive Pro Bowls while playing for the Saints and Cowboys before finishing his career with the Rams from 2006-2008. Glover earned a spot on the NFL's all-decade second team for the 2000s. He was at his best in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Glover's hiring with the Rams led me to suggest he was one of the "great" defensive tackles of his era. This stirred some discussion via Twitter and a suggestion that "great" can be an overused term. I responded by sharing what some former interior offensive linemen have told me about Glover relative to Warren Sapp, a first-team all-decade choice for the 2000s.

"Sapp had one move and he was good at it," one retired lineman said. "He lined up so wide and it was so much different than all the other three-technique guys. Glover would butt you in the chin and run over your ass, but he was so quick, he could take a side-angle on you. He had a move and a counter and a counter off that one."

That quote became part of an ESPN.com all-decade story naming Sapp and Kris Jenkins as the defensive tackles based on input from a wide array of panelists.

Glover had 17.0 sacks in 2000 and 83.5 for his career.

"La'Roi was the consummate professional during his NFL career," Rams general manager Billy Devaney said in a statement announcing Glover's hiring. "We look forward to him using his knowledge and experiences to develop activities and programs that will be a benefit to the careers of our players."

Earlier: Glover shares his draft-day experiences as part of an ESPN.com feature on greatest draft classes since 1967.

Sounding off: NFC West on the airwaves

October, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


The latest in our periodic spin around the NFC West radio dials:
Rams

Did not see anything new from last time

49ers

KNBR680: Steve Young

KNBR680: snapper Brian Jennings

KNBR680: Mike Singletary

Cardinals

azcardinals.com: Cardinals Underground

Seahawks
710ESPN Seattle: Matt Hasselbeck via sportsradiointerviews.com

710ESPN Seattle: analyst Ray Roberts

710ESPN Seattle: analyst and former Cardinals quarterback Tim Hasselbeck

KJR950 Seattle: fullback Justin Griffith

KJR950 Seattle: Seahawks Round Table

KJR950 Seattle: defensive end Lawrence Jackson

KJR950 Seattle: reporter Eric Williams

If you find others, please pass along links.

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