NFC West: Joe Buck

On the air: Seahawks in Week 2

September, 14, 2010
9/14/10
1:14
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The Seattle Seahawks draw Fox's second-ranked crew for their Week 2 game at Denver. Kickoff is at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa last worked a Seahawks game in Week 2 of the 2008 season. The assignment for Sunday was made before the Seahawks' 31-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, but more victories along those lines would make Seattle more attractive to networks.

It's the first time since 2008 that Seattle has drawn one of the two highest-ranked crews. Fox's top-ranked crew featuring Joe Buck worked Seattle's game at Dallas that season, the final game of Walter Jones' career and the last time the Seahawks had real stability at left tackle (pending Russell Okung's return from injury).

CBS has eight crews. Fox has seven. The networks rank their crews, with higher-ranked ones drawing more attractive assignments such as Super Bowls, playoff games and marquee matchups.

Earlier: 2008, 2009.

Mailbag: Seattle and the Mora decision

October, 22, 2008
10/22/08
8:24
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Rob from San Diego writes: Sando, Is Seattle going to re-think their pick of Jim Mora as head coach in 09'? Our DB's are awful and he is responsible for that unit. Granted there are many other holes in the D.... But it seems to me like it might not be best to decision to hand over the team to a coach that is responsible for the 4th worst rated pass D in the NFL (that just got torched by TB!).

Mike Sando: Mora got credit for the secondary showing improvement in 2007. Are we to assume that he has become a bad secondary coach in the last few months, and that he therefore would not be the right head coach?

My analysis of the Mora hiring would include looking at how defenses have performed when he was a coordinator, and how teams have performed when he was the head coach. That is what I did when the Seahawks hired Mora as defensive backs coach in January 2007. Results here.

To answer your question: No, I do not expect Seattle to change its mind on Mora.


JThomas from Ephrata, Wash., writes: Mike, Given Jim Mora jr.'s U of W ties, do you see him backing out of the Seahawk coaching job to become the Huskies' head coach?

Mike Sando: I wouldn't assume Jim Mora wants the University of Washington job more than the NFL job based on offhand remarks Mora made to his college roommate on a radio show two years ago.

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On the air: Rams in Week 3

September, 17, 2008
9/17/08
10:00
AM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Fox's Matt Vasgersian, J.C. Pearson and Nischelle Turner visit Seattle for the Rams-Seahawks game in Week 3. Kickoff is at 1:05 p.m. PT.

WeekTeamOpp.NetworkCrewCrew Rank
1STL
PHIFoxKenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
2 of 7
2STL
NYGFoxJoe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
1 of 7
3
STL
SEAFoxMatt Vasgersian, J.C. Pearson, Nischelle Turner
6 of 7

CBS and Fox each have seven crews. The higher-ranked crews draw more attractive assignments such as Super Bowls, playoff games and marquee matchups.

On the air: Rams in Week 2

September, 10, 2008
9/10/08
12:50
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver of Fox's top-ranked NFL crew visit St. Louis for the Rams' home opener against the Giants in Week 2. Kickoff is at noon CT. I'll track which crews work specific games within the division to see how the networks perceive national interest.

WeekTeamOpp.NetworkCrewCrew Rank
1STL
PHIFoxKenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
2 of 7
2STL
NYGFoxJoe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
1 of 7

CBS and Fox each have seven crews. The higher-ranked crews draw more attractive assignments such as Super Bowls, playoff games and marquee matchups.

Aikman: NFC West is 'wide open'

August, 21, 2008
8/21/08
11:25
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Troy Aikman and Joe Buck are breaking down the NFC West during the Fox broadcast of the 49ers-Bears game Thursday night. They like the 49ers' chances in the division.

Buck: We talked earlier about this 49er team. Every year, some team jumps up and surprises you. I think they could be on that list. And they are in a division with Arizona, with St. Louis and with Seattle. And Seattle is wondering what is going on with Matt Hasselbeck's back right now. I mean, the sky is the limit for this 49er team.
Aikman: Yeah, and I think it's an open division. Last year, Mike Nolan had high expectations, as this team did, that they could really contend within the division and they were unable to do that. Now his motto is, 'Hey, one day at a time,' but if you look at the Rams, they've got some of their issues, Arizona does. As you said, Seattle is the defending divisional champ. You know, Hasselbeck, what is going to happen with them. But I really think it's wide open.

The 49ers have to like J.T. O'Sullivan's performance at quarterback tonight. Vernon Davis caught one pass and made it count, a 40-yarder. The 49ers will take it, for sure.

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