1/5/12 Around The NFC West: Jeff Fisher Decision Soon, Player Awards, Future Contract, Trading 2nd Pick?

Another day goes by and Jeff Fisher's name dominates the coaching rumors, and the St. Louis Rams are in the middle of it. As for the 49ers, well they get to prepare for the playoffs and fans are looking ahead to playing their game next week. The Seattle Seahawks, with coaching stability, are looking at the offseason. Marshawn Lynch is a priority.

See what there is to know about the rest of the NFC West after the jump.

San Francisco 49ers:

49ers Wide Receivers: A Good Corps Heading Into 2012 Season? - Niners Nation

Granted we haven't even played our first playoff game, and wont for over a week...it IS NFL draft season with college bowl games winding down. If you're like me you look forward to this time of year and can't wait to get started discussing the possibilities. One of the first things we usually do is identify "positions of need", that is, positions on the roster that are in need of new blood whether it be a stud or depth. Generally draftniks like to start looking at the first few rounds to begin-with and go from there. This means you start with positions of greatest need (or those that warrant an early pick at least).

49ers Regular Season Body of Work Continues to Get "Rodney Dangerfield Treatment" - Niners Nation
We've heard it all year, "The 49ers aren't this, they aren't that, they can't beat XYZ, they won't do this, can't do that, blah blah blah." So what else is new, right? I mean, heck...it seems like the team has done nothing but feed off this sort of rhetoric all season, and that's what they've put together in 2011 is an entire season of performances.

David Akers, Aldon Smith Take Home December/January Awards - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers award machine continues to roll on as David Akers and Aldon Smith took home monthly awards for the December/January final stretch of the season. David Akers was named NFC Special Teams players of the month and Aldon Smith was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month.

2012 NFL Playoffs: A Preliminary Look At The Atlanta Falcons - Niners Nation
The 2012 NFL Playoffs kick off this weekend with the wild card round presenting a variety of intriguing matchups. There are plenty of story lines to keep us all interested, but the most important part of the weekend is getting an opponent for the divisional championship round the following weekend.

What the 49ers Need To Do To Make a Legitimate Super Bowl Run - Niners Nation
We take a look at what the 49ers need to do to make a legitimate run at this year's Super Bowl title

49ers Try out TE Cody Slate, According To Reports - Niners Nation
Ravens writer Aaron Wilson shot out a tweet last night that the 49ers had worked out tight end Cody Slate. There is no word on if this workout happened yesterday, last week, or whenever, just that it happened. Earlier in the week, Coach Harbaugh said that Delanie Walker would get looked over on Wednesday. He broke his jaw against the Seattle Seahawks and has been dealing with a wired jaw and a liquid diet since.

49ers Scout Reggie Cobb Named NFC Scout Of The Year - Niners Nation
Now that the regular season is over and numerous awards will be released over the next four weeks. The most well known awards likely are coming out around the week of the Super Bowl, but in the meantime the 49ers are already starting to receive some honors.

Seattle Seahawks:

Seahawks News & Rumors: Seattle Signs WR Charly Martin, RB Tyrell Sutton to Futures Contracts - Field Gulls
The Seahawks signed two more players to futures contracts, according to Twitter anyway, adding WR Charly Martin and RB Tyrell Sutton (ref here, here). Sutton was a UDFA out of Northwestern that (gasp) the Packers signed in 2009 in rookie free agency. He didn't make the 53 man roster there, and though the Packers intended to add him to their practice squad, he was claimed by the Carolina Panthers off waivers.

Seattle Seahawks: Don't Be the Bucs part One. Re-Sign Marshawn Lynch and Add His Clone - Field Gulls
How Seattle can avoid faltering in a similar way to Tampa Bay.

2012 NFL Draft: Potential LEO Targets for the Seahawks - Field Gulls
I hear it all the time, my fellow Hawk fans say "we should draft a stud pass rushing DE." That's when I say "Okay. Who?" If they have an answer at all, it usually involves a certain Quinton Coples....

Brandon Browner Goes Beastmode on Special Teams - Field Gulls
Brandon Browner is as physical as they get at cornerback, but he takes it the extra mile on Special Teams too. Take a look at these gnarly hits.

The Seahawks' Silent Partner, Scot McCloughan - Field Gulls

A look at the role of Seahawks Senior Personnel Executive Scot McCloughan.

St. Louis Rams:

How The Rams' Vision For The Way Forward Shapes The Search For A Head Coach And GM - Turf Show Times

A handful of names are starting to surface in connection with the St. Louis Rams GM vacancy. Some of the names are recognizable, others a more obscure. Only a few of the candidates being talked about have actually been confirmed. The others have the dubious distinction of being "expected" candidates for the position. Before looking at the names being talked about, it's worth understanding what exactly it is the Rams are looking for in the personalities that will make up their new leadership structure and how that impacts their hires and the direction of the franchise.

2012 NFL Draft Notes: Jonathan Martin, Alshon Jeffery - Turf Show Times

Fans around here know the drill. With another disappointing St. Louis Rams season in the books, the head coach and GM seach isn't the only thing on our minds lately. The 2012 NFL Draft is four months away, which means we're right in the home stretch for the die hard draftniks. A couple of interesting reports out today that are worth mentioning.

Decision Coming For Jeff Fisher - Turf Show Times

It's been a busy week for Jeff Fisher. The belle of the head coaching candidate ball has been wooed by both the Miami Dolphins and the St. Louis Rams, in a manner befitting the courtship rituals of Southern aristocracy. Out of all this a decision should be coming soon, Peter King of SI.com reports that a decision should be coming within the next 48 hours.

2012 NFL Mock Draft: More About Trading The Second Pick - Turf Show Times

Each day a new 2012 NFL Mock Draft rolls out with basically the same thing pick for the St. Louis Rams. With the second selection, everybody either gives the Rams Matt Kalil or Justin Blackmon. Easy as that. Hell, even I'm guilty of it. Another caveat included in those mocks is the possibility of making a trade down with teams looking to move up to draft Baylor QB Robert Griffin III. There's another element at play here, with the Rams getting ready to hire a new head coach.

Rams Vs. Dolphins For Jeff Fisher - Turf Show Times

This much we know, Jeff Fisher will return to the sidelines in the NFL next year as a head coach. Which team he will coach is still unknown, but more and more it looks as if it will either be the St. Louis Rams or the Miami Dolphins. Mike Silver at Yahoo and Adam Schefter at ESPN, and surely others, have all said so.

A Look At The Rams GM Candidates So Far - Turf Show Times

The St. Louis Rams fired Steve Spagnuolo and Billy Devaney on Monday morning. Since then, the most-talked about replacement has been Jeff Fisher, who is a candidate to be the team's next head coach. The rumor mill was much quieter with regards to the Rams' search for a general manager, until Wednesday. Les Snead of the Falcons, Eric DeCosta of the Ravens and Brian Gaine of the Dolphins were all reported as candidates for the Rams' vacancy on Wednesday. So who are these guys?

Rams Request Permission to Interview Les Snead for GM Position - Turf Show Times

Yesterday we heard news that the Rams were hoping to interview Eric DeCosta for the GM Position, it now appears there is another name that has been thrown into the hat (among others): Les Snead. Snead has the same position as DeCosta (Director of Player Personnel) with the Atlanta Falcons.

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