Around the NFC West: Knapp, of course

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

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks followed through on long-established intentions to hire Greg Knapp as their offensive coordinator. Knapp replaces Gil Haskell. The Seahawks have advised several holdover assistants to pursue opportunities elsewhere. Haskell has ties to the 49ers and the Bay Area, but his coaching future remains uncertain.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Knapp's arrival could force the Seahawks to learn a new offensive scheme. How much will change remains unknown.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams have scheduled interviews with Josh McDaniels and Rex Ryan. The team does not plan to interview the Bucs' Raheem Morris.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat gives the Rams' offensive line a D-minus grade for its performance in 2008.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers have interviewed Tom Rathman as a candidate to become running backs coach. Rathman was previously expected to accompany Knapp to Seattle, but he would apparently prefer to remain in the Bay Area.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee notes that Rathman followed Steve Mariucci from the 49ers to the Lions before landing in Oakland.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are one of six current NFL teams never to play in a Super Bowl, and the only one of the six with a chance to get there this season.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic sizes up the Cardinals' offensive line, noting that opponents have sacked Kurt Warner only once in the last two games.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Anquan Boldin's status for Saturday remains unclear.

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