NFC West: Mike Golic
Rather than interrupting Wilson awkwardly and trying to wrangle an interview, I'm happy to pass along a link to Wilson's extended conversation with "Mike & Mike in the Morning" from the ESPN set.
They discussed the most prominent strategic subject in the NFL this season: the sustainability of offenses featuring quarterbacks as runners. Dosage is key, of course. While Wilson and the Seahawks have mixed in designed QB runs, they haven't built their offense around them.
On a side note, Wilson led the NFL in drop backs and ranked fourth in Total QBR when outside the pocket. He ranked ninth in Total QBR from inside the pocket.
Their conversation on ESPN was a lively one.
At issue was the line between hard hits that could injure and the intent of those hits.
"You get knocked out with a clean hit and you're going to sue?" Golic asked. "Give me a break."
The NFL's investigation mentioned hits on Kurt Warner and Brett Favre from the playoffs following the 2009 regular season.
Another injury suffered against the Saints during that postseason also came to mind, although there was never any indication New Orleans injured Sidney Rice intentionally.
Rice, now with Seattle, suffered a career-altering hip injury in the NFC Championship Game. Rice finished the game, but he later required surgery.
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, addressing reporters in a news conference that has recently concluded, repeated the line about nobody picking his team to win a playoff game.
While plenty have picked against Arizona to this point, the Cardinals are adding believers. Seven of the 13 forecasters to make picks on our site -- here and here -- are taking the Cardinals to beat the Eagles and advance to the Super Bowl.
Picking the Cardinals:
- Seth Wickersham
- Merril Hoge
- Mark Schlereth
- Keyshawn Johnson
- Cris Carter
- Tom Jackson
- Bill Simmons
Picking the Eagles:
- David Fleming
- Eric Allen
- Mike Golic
- Mike Ditka
- Ron Jaworski
- Chris Mortensen
Allen and Golic played for the Eagles when the Cardinals were their NFC East rivals.
Note: This item was updated after Jaworski and Mortensen made their picks. Thanks to cyclonem31 for the heads up.