Around the NFC West: Hanifan silenced

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Jim Hanifan's removal from the Rams' radio booth has caused "quite a stir" among listeners. Caesar: "Gone will be his blistering criticism when players on the home team messed up, something that was immensely refreshing to listeners who endured a team that was 5-27 the last two seasons. Gone too probably will be the delay-system that was implemented on the broadcasts in case Hanifan became infuriated and uttered a word that he often used on the sidelines when he was coaching."

VanRam of Turf Show Times says Rams fans shouldn't write off sixth-round quarterback Keith Null as a wasted pick.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic cites an NFL source as saying Anquan Boldin's recent contract proposal to the Cardinals averaged just less than $10 million per year. Larry Fitzgerald is earning $10 million per season. Agent Drew Rosenhaus released a statement saying Boldin was not asking for that much. Rosenhaus told Somers that Boldin was not "just going to sit pat and look forward to another uncomfortable year like last year. We're going to continue to talk to the team about a new deal and continue to hope the team will be flexible for a trade."

Taylor Price of 49ers.com checks in with former tackle Harris Barton, drafted to replace Keith Fahnhorst. Barton: "Keith was a fantastic gentleman about it all. I swore if I was ever put in the same position towards the end of my career, I would be as gentlemanly as he was. Keith was great, as were other veterans on the offensive line like Randy Cross, Fred Quinlan and Bubba Paris." Barton played with the 49ers long enough to earn a spot on the wall reserved for players with 10 years' experience in the organization.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times examines Casey Greer's contention that teams with run-oriented offenses shouldn't rely heavily on Cover 2 defenses. I see no reason for the Seahawks to be a run-oriented team. Their personnel is geared toward the passing game and I think that will show up in how coordinator Greg Knapp calls the games, particularly if the team is functioning well at quarterback.