NFC West: Adam Schefter

ESPN loading up NFC West coverage

September, 20, 2012
The latest NFL programming note from ESPN stood out for its heavy dosage of NFC West coverage:
  • "Sunday NFL Countdown" features Trent Dilfer's look at the "different paths" Vernon Davis and Mike Singletary have taken since Singletary sent Davis to the locker room during a 2008 game. The timing is right for this one with Davis and the 49ers facing Singletary's Minnesota Vikings. This show begins Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.
  • "NFL Matchup" features Sal Paolantonio, Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge looking at how the Arizona Cardinals' disguised coverages fouled up Tom Brady, and if they'll bother Michael Vick; how Seattle's blitz will be key against Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers; and how Alex Smith uses pre-snap adjustments to benefit the 49ers' offense. This show airs Sunday at 3:30 a.m. ET on ESPN and 8:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2.
  • "Monday Night Football" features the Seahawks and Packers from CenturyLink Field. A two-hour pregame show features Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter, Stuart Scott, Dilfer, Steve Young, Rick Reilly and Lisa Salters.

What, nothing on the St. Louis Rams? Must be another case of West Coast bias.
Among the points from ESPN's Adam Schefter during his Monday morning appearance on Mike & Mike:
  • Alex Smith is waiting on Peyton Manning. Schefter does not think Smith would sign with Miami without knowing whether the San Francisco 49ers remained an option for him.
  • Dolphins could have had Matt Flynn. Schefter bases this contention on the relatively modest money Flynn commanded from Seattle. In his view, Flynn was "there for the taking" if the Dolphins valued him highly enough. He thinks Miami had a price limit for Flynn and wasn't interested to the degree the Dolphins were when chasing Jim Harbaugh, Jeff Fisher or Manning.
  • No idea on Manning timetable. Schefter wouldn't be surprised if Manning made a decision Monday or several days from now. There is no indication anything is imminent on that front.
Cue the audio.