Around the NFC West: Ringing in new year

Around the NFC West: Jan. 1, 2013

Happy New Year, everybody.

A few notes on this first day of 2013:

  • The Arizona Cardinals said they plan to interview Andy Reid, Ray Horton and Mike McCoy as potential replacements for Ken Whisenhunt;

  • Steve Keim is a candidate to replace fired Cardinals general manager Rod Graves;

  • Tom Gamble, right-hand man to San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke, will interview for jobs with Jacksonville and the New York Jets;

  • Greg Roman, the 49ers' offensive coordinator, could be a head-coaching candidate for the Philadelphia Eagles;

  • Brandon Jacobs' release from the 49ers was a formality. He wasn't going to play again this season anyway;

  • Even though the Associated Press' award announcements are weeks away, voting closes Thursday. That means the playoff game featuring Russell Wilson's Seattle Seahawks and Robert Griffin III's Washington Redskins won't affect offensive rookie of the year balloting;

  • Seattle welcomed back starting cornerback Brandon Browner from a four-game suspension after losing another corner, Walter Thurmond, to injured reserve;

  • ESPN's final Power Rankings of the season are coming later Tuesday.