Around the NFC West: 49ers' scout picks Panthers

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Niners scout Quentus Cumby predicts a Panthers victory over the Cardinals. He think the Panthers' cornerbacks match up well with Arizona's receivers.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says Tom Rathman has gone from blocking Mike Singletary to coaching with him.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat quotes Rathman as saying he enjoyed a positive experience with the Raiders.

Also from Maiocco: A story about Rathman's hiring topped by a photo of Rathman breaking up a 1999 fight between Derrick Deese and Ken Norton Jr.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee sizes up Rob Chudzinski and Scott Linehan as candidates to become the 49ers' offensive coordinator. Both have enjoyed success as coordinators, but neither would come to the 49ers with much momentum.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News checks in with Rathman. Meanwhile, a 49ers spokesman said the team did not interview any coordinator candidates Thursday.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Mike Martz would like to become the Rams' offensive coordinator under Jim Haslett. Martz says he wouldn't accept that role under any other coach. Haslett called Martz on Thursday to ask if Martz would consider such an arrangement.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat gives the Rams' defensive line a D-plus grade for its performance during the 2008 season.

3k of Turf Show Times provides a tidy chart showing candidates for the Rams' head-coaching job.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic posts a transcript from his conversation with Cardinals nickel cornerback Ralph Brown, whose interests include financial planning.

Also from Somers: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has matured in his approach to the game since the start of the regular season.

More from Somers: The Cardinals could use Anquan Boldin in a situational role Saturday.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle has a knack for finding the end zone once he gets the ball in his hands. Perhaps it's a Miami thing.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says Ben Graham became the third punter in NFL history to punt for three NFL teams in the same season. Graham helped pin the Falcons inside their 10-yard line three times.

Somers and McManaman look at key matchups in the Cardinals-Panthers game.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic profiles Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, with input from Warner's wife.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer summarizes Tim Ruskell's interview session with reporters covering the Seahawks. Matt Hasselbeck will remain the team's quarterback for the 2009 season, Ruskell said.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Ruskell, entering his fifth season as Seahawks president, does not plan a major overhaul following the team's 4-12 season.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune quotes Ruskell as saying he kept a low profile during the season to avoid the appearance of looming over outgoing coach Mike Holmgren.

John Morgan of Field Gulls takes an initial look at the offense Greg Knapp ran in Oakland, a one-play snapshot revealing a few wrinkles less familiar to the Seahawks.

William Tomisser of Seahawk Addicts breaks down the Seahawks' receivers.