New Seahawks coaches Brian Schottenheimer, Mike Solari and Ken Norton Jr. have combined to work for 30 teams over 64 years. They represent fresh eyes, if not young ones, as coach Pete Carroll tries to get the team back to his style of play.
The Seahawks, after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011, fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line coach Tom Cable on Wednesday. It was a move coach Pete Carroll had to make if the Seahawks are to reverse their slide from Super Bowl champions to mediocrity.
The Los Angeles Rams turn to kicker Sam Ficken in the playoffs after an injury sidelined Greg Zuerlein for the season. They’ve got as good chance as any to win it all, if Ficken doesn’t blow his chance at Story of the Year.
Annually identifying 10 of those players as Hall of Famers, the best of the best, is a fun challenge but also a chore. John McGrath’s ballot had the maximum picks but did not include Omar Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glove winning shortstop who finished with 2,877 hits.
Everyone can get fired up about being in college football’s playoffs, like Washington was last year. But the Fiesta Bowl matchup with Penn State is a good one, Huskies fans; just remember the Heart of Dallas Bowl if you’re not convinced.