Around the NFC West: The case for Haslett

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says he thinks Jim Haslett remains the right coach for the Rams past this season. He sees Haslett as a strong leader who keeps making decisions with the Rams' long-term future in mind.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams will have right guard Richie Incognito in the lineup this week after tests revealed no serious damage to his shoulder. Meanwhile, Adam Goldberg takes over for Orlando Pace at left tackle.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com catches up with former 49ers, Seahawks and Rams backup quarterback Jeff Kemp.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says Adam Snyder's competent play at right tackle played into the 49ers' decision to place Jonas Jennings on injured reserve.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Jennings missed all or part of 47 games with the 49ers.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Jennings has suffered three dislocations of his right shoulder.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Jennings' latest surgery carries a six-month recovery period.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says he thinks a "fair-market offer" would be enough for Anquan Boldin to take a new deal with the team.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals haven't had substantive contract talks with Kurt Warner, whose deal expires after this season.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic thinks Warner's resurgence in Arizona makes Hall of Fame talk more realistic.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer sizes up T.J. Duckett's role as the Seahawks' short-yardage back. Also, the Seahawks' offense has failed to score more than 17 points against non-division opponents.

John Morgan of Field Gulls takes an in-depth look at the Seahawks' core players for 2009 and beyond: "Looking at it, player by player, I would hope fans understand Seattle isn't likely to contend again in 2009."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Shaun Alexander returns to Qwest Field in an unlikely role -- as an afterthought.