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Around the NFC West: Haslett interviewed

1/6/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams interviewed interim coach Jim Haslett in Los Angeles on Monday. Haslett is a finalist for the job he already holds, minus the interim title.

VanRam of Turf Show Times looks at the types of schemes various Rams candidates might employ on defense if hired to coach the team. He plans to assess a potential conversion to a 3-4 defense in a future post.

Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe says Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski could surface as a candidate to become the Seahawks' offensive coordinator.

Michael Steffes of Seahawk Addicts says he thought of it first. Jagodzinski's chances would improve if he failed to get the Jets job, Boston College fired him and the Seahawks failed to hire Greg Knapp as coordinator instead.

Adam Schefter of NFL.com says the Patriots' special-teams coach, Brad Seely, could become a candidate in Seattle.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says he thinks the fourth overall spot might be too high for drafting Taylor Mays.

Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com checks in with 49ers defensive end Kentwan Balmer, who reflects on his rookie season as a first-round draft choice. Balmer: "I'd say the worst part of my rookie season was riding the pine. Boy, that's tough. But me and my coach, we talked a lot and I understand where he was coming from and that I had to learn some things first."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat looks at the 49ers' run defense in 2008. He credits the cornerbacks' strong run support for limiting runs around the edges.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals' knew when the Falcons planned to snap the ball because quarterback Matt Ryan would raise his heel, according to defensive end Antonio Smith.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com provides an image showing a Sports Illustrated cover featuring Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals.