Around the NFC West: 49ers' coaching options

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wonders whether the 49ers might be able to bring back Norv Turner as offensive coordinator in 2009. Turner vacated the job to become the Chargers' head coach before the 2007 season, but his future in San Diego is tenuous.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News was there when 49ers tight end Vernon Davis accompanied a second-grader to school as part of an NFL program. Davis laughed when a girl asked why he kept getting penalties for taking off his helmet.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Neil Rackers isn't worried about changing holders for field goals because Ben Graham does a good job.

Also from Urban: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, linebacker Clark Haggans and receiver Sean Morey were part of the 2005 Steelers team that went from a 7-5 record to Super Bowl victory. The Cardinals would have to win their next eight games to replicate that feat.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals aren't the only team feasting on weak NFC West opponents. NFC East teams are 12-3 against the NFC West. AFC East teams are 8-3.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks have faced a long list of elite wide receivers this season. That continues when Randy Moss visits Sunday.

John Morgan of Field Gulls ponders what to do with veteran Seahawks guard Mike Wahle, who could miss the remainder of the season. He says bringing back Wahle at a reduced rate might make sense.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks have struggled against big offensive lines. Remember Marcus Tubbs? Seattle misses him a great deal, in my view.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch breaks down Rams left tackle Orlando Pace's effort against Dolphins pass-rusher Joey Porter in Week 13. The two matched up 18 times on passing plays, including 14 times when Pace blocked Porter without help. Pace helped end Porter's streak of nine games with at least one-half sack.

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says Pace's performance proved he can factor into the Rams' plans beyond this season.