Why NFC West coaching staffs better off

A quick NFC West roll call shows coaching staffs holding up quite nicely through the usual cherry picking that goes on this time of year.

Indianapolis' hiring of Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano leaves only one head coaching vacancy, in Tampa Bay. NFC West alum Mike Sherman, once offensive coordinator under Mike Holmgren in Seattle, appears to be a favorite there.

It's looking like the highest-profile and/or most valuable assistants in the division are staying put for 2012, barring a surprise.

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton interviewed in St. Louis. Cardinals assistant head coach/offensive line Russ Grimm signed a new contract.

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed at Penn State. The 49ers' special-teams coach, Brad Seely, interviewed with Indianapolis. Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable did not emerge as a known candidate for head coaching jobs this time around.

The St. Louis Rams voluntarily parted with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The Cardinals fired quarterbacks coach Chris Miller. Arizona still could find a way to bring back Todd Haley. Overall, though, NFC West staffs have held up pretty well given that three-fourths of the division felt good about its direction when the season ended.

Last offseason, NFC West teams were breaking in six new offensive or defensive coordinators, a figure accounting for Mike Miller's promotion in Arizona. The Seahawks had a new offensive line coach in Cable. McDaniels was new to the Rams. Horton was new to the Cardinals. San Francisco was starting over entirely.

Continuity should not be a problem for the Cardinals, 49ers and Seahawks.