November 7, 2013 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Even the face of the NFL Network occasionally gets stopped at the line of scrimmage. Sportscaster Rich Eisen is trying to get across the field at the University of Phoenix Stadium, where he's supposed to host his network's coverage of the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Seattle Seahawks. On the field are current and former NFL stars, including Hall of Famer Warren Moon, who treat Eisen like royalty. But the security guard who stands between Eisen and the stage at the other end of the stadium apparently doesn't recognize the man NFL Network President Steve Bornstein simply calls "the franchise.
November 2, 2013 |
Is a taunt worth a touchdown? The NFL might think so. Dean Blandino, the league's head of officiating, said on the NFL Network this week that he believes the competition committee will weigh the merits of changing the taunting rules so that an offender might nullify a touchdown with a taunt. If a player commits a taunting penalty on a touchdown in college football, the score is taken off the board and a 15-yard penalty is enforced from the spot of the taunt. In the pros, taunting is a dead-ball foul, meaning the play counts and the penalty is assessed on the next play.
October 16, 2013 |
NFL Thursday night SEATTLE (5-1) AT ARIZONA (3-3) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PDT. Line: Seahawks by 6 1/2. Over/under: 401/2. Sam Farmer's pick: The Cardinals are capable of surprising, but that's not likely against an opponent that crushed them, 58-0, in their last meeting. It doesn't help that defensive end Calais Campbell is iffy because of a bruised spine. Seahawks 31, Cardinals 17
October 5, 2013 |
We see one side of Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck - the maturity, athleticism and solid decision-making. His backup, veteran Matt Hasselbeck, has an inside perspective on Luck, and knows the challenge of attempting to keep pace both mentally and physically with last year's No. 1 pick from Stanford. "There's no doubt to me that Andrew's going to be one of the great players of all time," said Hasselbeck, who backed up Brett Favre in Green Bay and is the only quarterback to lead the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
October 4, 2013 |
SEATTLE - A chrome football helmet, shiny as a polished trailer hitch, sits on a round table in Coach Steve Sarkisian's office. The University of Washington debuted the alternate headgear in a home game against Arizona last Saturday. "I love it," Sarkisian said. "Looks a little bronze in here, but it's silver under the lights. " Considering the state of football in this city, a reflective helmet is appropriate. For Sarkisian, looking across Lake Washington is a little like looking in a mirror.
October 3, 2013 |
RENTON, Wash. - Marshawn Lynch once made the earth shake. Now, he does the same to Seattle Seahawks headquarters. The Pro Bowl running back ambles into the locker room at lunchtime, attaches his smartphone to a speaker in his locker and cranks up the thumping strains of a rap song, setting the pre-practice mood. "Marshawn, his style personifies the team," says teammate Richard Sherman, raising his voice above the music. "He's so aggressive, that aggressive, straight-in-the-face, hit-you-in-the-face style.