Around the NFC West: Haslett ruling 'ludicrous'?

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch uses the word "ludicrous" to describe the NFL's application of the Rooney Rule in the Jim Haslett case.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are having fun at Jim Haslett's expense. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa even asked Haslett about the great job Rick Venturi is doing as defensive coordinator, the role Haslett filled until recently.

Also from Thomas: a quick look at the matchup between Rams cornerback Fakhir Brown and Patriots receiver Randy Moss.

More from Thomas: The Rams hold their own in a look at broader matchups between St. Louis and New England.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams have changed their coaching plans to comply with the Rooney Rule.

Also from Coats: Travis Minor embraces a more prominent role with the Rams.

More from Coats: He leads his notebook with an item about the Patriots' depth problems at running back.

The 49ers' Web site checks in with kicker Joe Nedney for a look at the Seahawks' special teams. Seattle kicker Olindo Mare once beat out Nedney for a job.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers are still struggling to limit sacks.

Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle looks at the 49ers' decision-making processes. He is not a fan.

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle looks at what Mike Singletary must do to keep his job as 49ers head coach.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says David Baas will start at left guard ahead of Adam Snyder.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee ranks NFL uniforms. The Seahawks came in 12th, followed among NFC West teams by the 49ers (14th), Rams (24th) and Cardinals (25th).

Also from Barrows: That would be Jed York stepping forward as the face of 49ers ownership.

Paul Gutierrez of the Sacramento Bee lists five potential candidates to coach the 49ers next season. Mike Holmgren heads the list.

Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers needed three-plus seasons to move 13 yards.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com sees a big opportunity for Arizona if the Cardinals can find a way to beat the Panthers. It's a big game, safety Adrian Wilson acknowledges.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic looks at the Cardinals' injury situation.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune chronicles Steve Breaston's rise to prominence in the Cardinals' offense. Breaston figures to get fewer snaps against the Panthers given Anquan Boldin's expected return.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks aren't making lineup changes with an eye to the future. They're trying to win a game.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says Holmgren wants the Seahawks to have a little fun instead of dwelling on their struggles.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune reminds us that Singletary isn't the only interim coach out there. Every coach is an interim coach in the NFL.