Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports was in town this weekend, talking with players about the possibility of being the first team in league history in a non-strike season to reach the playoffs with a 7-9 record.
And as we have reported throughout the week, most players don’t care much about that dubious distinction; they just want a shot to get into the dance.
“(Lawyer) Milloy, a key player for the Patriots when they won their first Super Bowl in 2001, understands that the Seahawks have a chance to close the credibility gap and take advantage of this unlikely scenario.
“Even getting to play in a game like this, on prime time, for our younger players – that’s huge,” Milloy says. “No matter how you get there, it’s an opportunity to be a champion. You get that taste, and let it propel you into the tourney, and you have a chance to be a champion of something bigger. It’s a grand opportunity we’ve been handed, given our situation. Who knows why it happened like this? But there it is.”
“Milloy says he isn’t bothered by the fallout that might occur from the presence of the NFL’s first 7-9 playoff team, including a possible push to institute rules changes preventing teams with inferior records from hosting first-round games – or even to remove the guaranteed postseason spots for division winners.
“Doesn’t matter to me,” he says, laughing. “It’s not gonna be this year.”
Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network says the time is now for Charlie Whitehurst.
Silver and Tiki Barber of Yahoo Sports debate who will win Sunday’s game in the video below.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers some notes from Friday’s practice.
Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger and Joe Theismannof the NFL Network break down the Rams-Hawks matchup in this video link.
Seahawks tight end John Carlson is interviewed by the NFL Network in this video link.
Kerry Bryne of Sports Illustrated breaks down the game here.
Nate Latsch of Fox Sports Midwest also previews the game.
Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange writes that the NFL should rethink re-seeding the playoffs with the winner of the NFC West hosting a playoff game next week. He also proposes eliminating divisions all together.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com discusses the draft prospects of this year’s draft eligible Huskies, including Jake Locker, Mason Foster and Chris Polk.