NFC West: Tony Boselli

Russ Grimm knows a Hall of Fame offensive lineman when he sees one.

Grimm, the Arizona Cardinals assistant coach and 2010 Hall of Fame inductee, sees one in recently retired guard Alan Faneca.

"He's going to be there, there's no question," Grimm told Sports 620 KTAR. "Whether it's first ballot, first or second, but I can't see him missing. He'll be in early."

Faneca announced his retirement Tuesday after spending his final season with the Cardinals.

Projecting Hall of Fame chances can be difficult. Predicting those chances in any given year can be impossible for all but the most iconic players.

Grimm retired following the 1991 season. He had to wait until last year largely because there are so many strong candidates and only five openings for modern-era players in a given year.

Dermontti Dawson and Willie Roaf were finalists as offensive linemen this year. Walter Jones, Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Pace will be eligible in the coming years. Bruce Armstrong, Tony Boselli, Lomas Brown, Jim Covert, Jay Hilgenberg, Chris Hinton, Kent Hull, Joe Jacoby, Mike Kenn, Jim Lachey and Steve Wisniewski were preliminary nominees this year.

Faneca looks like a strong candidate for enshrinement -- at some point.

Mailbag: Seattle and the Mora decision

October, 22, 2008
Posted by'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: Seahawks in Week 2

September, 10, 2008

Posted by's Mike Sando

Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa of CBS get the call when the Seahawks play at home against the 49ers in Week 2. Kickoff is at 1:05 PT. I'll track which crews work specific games within the division to see how the networks perceive national interest.

WeekTeamOpp.NetworkCrewCrew Rank
1SEABUFFoxRon Pitts, Tony Boselli, Charissa Thompson
7 of 7
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
2 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: Week 1 lineups

September, 2, 2008

Posted by's Mike Sando

The Raiders were consistently on TV in my local market when I was growing up. That meant tuning in Bill King on the radio at the expense of the national broadcast. Perhaps you do the equivalent for whatever team you follow. Sometimes it depends on which TV broadcast team is working the game, or how well your favorite team is faring that day.

Either way, here's a heads-up on the Fox crews working NFC West games:

  • Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli and Charissa Thompson are working the Seahawks-Bills game.
  • Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa are working the Rams-Eagles game.
  • Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan and Chris Myers are working the Cardinals-49ers game.

I wind up watching games in person and then re-watching on video without as much regard for the audio. Which broadcast teams do you like? Which ones really do their homework?