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NFL’s league calendar for 2015-early ’16 shows draft site TBD; Seahawks single-game sales info

The NFL today put out its list of key dates for the 2015 season stretching into the start of the 2016 league year. The draft will be April 28-30, but the league still hasn’t determined the site. This past spring it was in Chicago after decades of it being in New York.

Something tells me the draft will be in Los Angeles next spring, as a news-peg springboard for what by then will be the likelihood the Chargers, Raiders or Rams could be playing in L.A. beginning with the ’16 season.




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History says Steven Hauschka won’t notice PAT snaps moving back to the 15-yard line this season

NFL owners today approved a rule change of point-after-touchdown kick attempts now being snapped from the 15-yard line instead of the 2. That makes the 1-point try the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal.

Seahawks’ kicker Steven Hauschka hasn’t missed from the 30-39-yard range on a field goal since 2011. He is 52-55 from that range in seven NFL seasons.

Another rule change that came out of the league meetings in San Francisco also make the PAT ”live,” in that now the defense can return a blocked kick or a turnover on a two-point play for two points. Two-point conversion attempts

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Seahawks bring back Dwaine Board an assistant D-line coach, add Chris Cash and Andre Curtis as assistants in secondary

The Seahawks announced today they have brought back out of a Bay Area high school their defensive line coach from 2003-08 Dwaine Board to be the assistant defensive line coach. They also hired Chris Cash to be an assistant coach in the secondary working with cornerbacks and Andre Curtis to be an assistant coach with the safeties.

Since leaving the Seahawks’ staff following Mike Holmgren’s exit as coach at the end of the 2008 season, Board has been an assistant with the Raiders for two seasons, the Browns in 2011-12 and for St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California, in 2013-14.

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Schneider to reporters at league meetings: Michael Bennett’s happy, hoping to have Russell Wilson’s deal done by summer

Michael Bennett’s a happy Seahawk, after all.

Greg Hardy’s domestic-violence incident was “absolutely, yes,” an issue for the Seahawks when they explored potentially adding the pass rusher before he signed as free agent last week with Dallas.

And the Seahawks hope to have Russell Wilson new contract done this offeason, like the Seahawks did with Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman last year. Thomas signed his four-year, $40 million extension in late April of 2014 and Sherman got his four-year, $56 million deal done in early May.

That’s what Seahawks general manager John Schneider told Terry Blount, who covers the

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Word on free-agent C Stefen Wisniewski: It’ll be a while; plus other items from NFL’s annual meeting

Jim Thomas, Rams beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports today he’s hearing “it’s supposed to be quiet this week” on any activity toward free-agent center Stefen Wisniewski signing with a new team.

Wisniewski, who turned 26 yesterday, has been Oakland’s starting center in the last three seasons after being a guard at Penn State and as a Raiders rookie in 2011. He visited the Seahawks this month as part of his shopping for a new team. Seattle is seeking a new starter with versatility and youth with center Max Unger gone to New Orleans in the trade that

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The remarkable paths UW’s Danny Shelton, Hau’oli Kikaha have taken to the NFL combine

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is scheduled to talk to the media here in Indianapolis at the NFL’s scouting combine, at noon Pacific Time. Think he might get a question or three about his final call of the Super Bowl?

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, co-chair of the NFL’s competition committee, got many questions this morning about ideas to tweak the league’s replay-review system on officials’ calls. He said “there was frustration” among coaches and teams following last season with the system, but then again “there always is.” Fisher specifically talked about the idea of replay review expanding to what essentially is

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League passes overtime proposal

Looks like the overtime rule for the playoffs will be changing moving forward, as the NFL owners voted 28-4 to adopt the competition committee’s proposal to change overtime only for the postseason.

The four teams voting against the proposal were Baltimore, Cincinnati, Buffalo and Minnesota.

I don’t like the change to overtime, but I understand why they feel like the percentages fall to heavily toward the team that wins the coin toss. What do you think? Do you like the new proposal? Let us know in the comments section.


Are NFL rule changes for safety necessary?

The NFL announced today that league owners passed four player safety rules that will go into effect next season during meetings in California this week

The first is the elimination of blindside, helmet-to-helmet blocks.

According to the report, new rules state that the initial force of a blindside block can’t be delivered by a helmet, forearm or shoulder to an opponent’s head or neck. An illegal blindside block will bring a 15-yard penalty. Check out the block by Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers and you’ll understand what the owners are getting at here.

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