Here’s a look at the NFC West:
- Vic Fangio was the first of nine known candidates to interview for the 49ers’ head-coaching vacancy, but he quickly faded out of the process. For his part, Fangio says there are no hard feelings, as Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes. “That’s their decision and their choice,” Fangio, the Bears’ defensive coordinator, said. “I have nothing to do with that.” When asked if it was hard to accept, Fangio answered, “No, I’ve just always accepted it’s their decision, their team. They do what they want with it.”
- Losing Chris Johnson doesn’t spell doom for the Cardinals, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic writes. With 814 rushing yards, CJ was fourth in the NFL and his 4.2 yards per carry average is the highest of any Arizona lead back since 2011. However, Johnson’s longest gain in the past three weeks was nine yards and Somers believes that he was starting to fade.
- Brock Osweiler has a tremendous opportunity to cash in with the Broncos, Jason Fitzgerald of The Sporting News writes. Not long ago, it was a given that they would use their franchise tag on Von Miller to maintain negotiating leverage, while allowing Osweiler to hit free agency. Now, they probably see Osweiler as deserving of a contract similar to Nick Foles’ $12.2MM per year extension with the Rams.