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Around the NFC West: Haslett's prospects

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams will place cornerback Tye Hill on injured reserve. Also, Todd Johnson will replace Corey Chavous at strong safety.

Also from Thomas: A chat transcript leading off with a question about Jim Haslett's job prospects. Thomas thinks the Rams will open the search if Haslett fails to win two of the final three games. Haslett could still be a candidate at that point.

Jeff Roman of ramsgab.com looks at potential candidates for the Rams' head coaching job.

VanRam of Turf Show Times is putting his money on Haslett to keep the job.

Joe Staley of the 49ers updates his blog with an item about his first NFL touchdown. Also, Staley has become a San Jose Sharks fan despite growing up in Michigan.

Also from Staley: A look back at the victory over the Jets, with an emphasis on the 49ers' strong third-down play.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com checks in with 49ers receiver Jason Hill, who is making strides in his second season from Washington State.

Emily Gersema of the Arizona Republic was there when Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald accompanied an 8-year-old to school as part of a contest promotion.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic checks in with Cardinals general manager Rod Graves for a look at the team's offseason priorities. Graves remains optimistic about mending the team's relationship with receiver Anquan Boldin.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Early Doucet is the odd man out thanks in part to Steve Breaston's emergence as a productive receiver.

John Morgan of Field Gulls breaks down the Seahawks' offensive linemen, making the case that Steve Vallos isn't the answer at center. He also recognizes Brandon Mebane as one of the best things the Seahawks have going. He sees Sean Locklear as the future left tackle. An aside: Locklear's contract does include escalators in case he plays at least half the snaps at left tackle. The escalators reflect potential expectations for Locklear once Walter Jones retires.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks could be shut out from the Pro Bowl. Lofa Tatupu says he hasn't played well enough to make a fourth consecutive trip.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald sees draft positioning on the line when the Seahawks visit the Rams.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times quotes Holmgren as saying football isn't a sport where teams intentionally lose games to improve playoff positioning.