NFC West: Tom Jackson

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.

Live from NFC West blog headquarters

November, 29, 2009
Ten quick notes heading into Week 12 games involving NFC West teams:
  • Those seeking instant fame and status still have time to predict scores and outcomes correctly.
  • Brian Burke of Advance NFL Stats has the Seahawks, Titans and 49ers as most likely winners in NFC West games. Seattle and Tennessee held only slight edges, however.
  • I'm spending a regular-season Sunday at home for the first time since Oct. 18 (Cardinals at Seahawks) and the second time all season. Join me for in-game conversation right here.
  • ESPN's Tom Jackson, speaking on NFL Countdown this morning, singled out Rams receiver Donnie Avery for making a conscious effort to distance himself from his misguided celebration against the Vikings.
  • My 5-year-old son had not been born the last time the Rams beat Seattle.
  • The pressure is on the Seahawks, not the Rams, in this matchup.
  • The 49ers' pass defense is struggling, but San Francisco might have chances to pick off Jaguars quarterback David Garrard. I thought Garrard was careless with the ball a few times against the Bills last week.
  • Keep an eye on rookie linebackers Aaron Curry (Seahawks) and James Laurinaitis (Rams). Curry was picked a lot higher, but he's been struggling some.
  • ESPN's Chris Mortensen said he thinks Mike Holmgren wants a new challenge, rather than pursuing a return to Seattle in a front-office role. Mortensen mentioned the 49ers, Bucs and Browns as possibilities. That makes me wonder if someone has told Holmgren a return to Seattle might not be a likely option.
  • Kurt Warner seemingly has a chance to have a big game against the Titans, who have allowed 19 pass plays of at least 30 yards this season. Only the Chiefs (20) have allowed more.

Enjoy your Week 12.

ESPN analysts leaning toward Cardinals

January, 16, 2009

Posted by'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. is soliticing your picks here. And of course you can leave your prediction in the comments section of this item for a shot at joining our Wall of Fame.

Note: This item was updated after Jaworski and Mortensen made their picks. Thanks to cyclonem31 for the heads up.