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Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Around the NFC West: No 49ers interviews yet


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers have not interviewed a candidate for offensive coordinator in the week since the team fired Mike Martz.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Mike Singletary would like to speak to Tom Rathman about a job on the 49ers' staff. Rathman has been mentioned as a candidate for a job in Seattle, but word around the league says Rathman wants to remain in the Bay Area.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee weighs the positives and negatives associated with hiring Rathman as offensive coordinator in San Francisco.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals have found the right coach in Ken Whisenhunt, who could be turning Phoenix into a football town.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says Edgerrin James never came close to quitting on the Cardinals this season, but his benching still doesn't sit well with him.

Dawn Gilbertson of the Arizona Republic looks at the costs associated with traveling from Phoenix to North Carolina for the divisional round.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals are one of six teams to start the same offensive linemen in every game this season. The Giants, Jets, Broncos, Texans and Bears have also started the same five every game.

Also from Urban: Veteran Bertrand Berry is relishing another trip to the playoffs. The Falcons had a hard time blocking Berry off the edge Saturday.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals and Panthers are downplaying the significance of their regular-season meeting.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune explains the nicknames for the Cardinals' defensive linemen. This might be a case of TMI.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with Hall of Fame finalist Cortez Kennedy, who says he's loving life eight years into retirement.

Also from Farnsworth: He lists the players Seattle signed to future contracts. Other teams in the division are doing the same thing.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune wonders if Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski will surface as a candidate to become offensive coordinator in Seattle. I think it's a long shot. Greg Knapp is still the favorite for that job.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams, backed by ownership's vow to spend whatever it takes on a head coach, have added Josh McDaniels and Steve Spagnuolo to their list of candidates.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gives Jim Haslett a slightly better chance to keep his job as Rams coach given the list of known candidates.

Also from Thomas: Haslett has already interviewed for the job, and Dolphins assistant Todd Bowles is expected to interview next week.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat issues an end-of-season report card for the Rams' receivers. He sees Donnie Avery's stock on the rise.