NFC West: Tony Siragusa

On the air: Seahawks in Week 19

January, 11, 2011
1/11/11
4:01
PM ET
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa get the call for Fox when the Seattle Seahawks visit the Chicago Bears in the NFC divisional playoff round Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET

Fox's No. 2 crew last worked a Seattle game at Denver in Week 2.

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.

On the air: 49ers in Week 16

December, 21, 2010
12/21/10
4:32
PM ET
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa get the call for Fox when the San Francisco 49ers visit the St. Louis Rams in Week 16. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.

Fox's No. 2 crew last worked a 49ers game when the team faced Philadelphia in Week 15 last season.

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.

On the air: Rams in Week 16

December, 21, 2010
12/21/10
4:28
PM ET
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa get the call for Fox when the St. Louis Rams face the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome in Week 16. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.

This is the first time Fox's No. 2 crew has worked a Rams game this season. They last worked a Rams game when the team faced the New York Jets in Week 10 of the 2008 season.

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.

On the air: Cardinals in Week 9

November, 2, 2010
11/02/10
3:40
PM ET
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa get the call for Fox when the Arizona Cardinals face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.

Fox's second-ranked crew last worked an Arizona game in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs last season, at New Orleans.


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.

On the air: Seahawks in Week 2

September, 14, 2010
9/14/10
1:14
PM ET
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.

Around the NFC West: No awe for Giants

November, 23, 2008
11/23/08
10:20
AM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com checks in with Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, who suggests the Giants will have to earn his respect.

Sheldon Mickles of the Advocate says Kurt Warner is giving Drew Brees a run for the MVP award. Saints coach Sean Payton states his case for Brees, a case that goes beyond raw passing stats.

Bob Baum of the Associated Press reflects on the Cardinals and Giants in light of the Giants' decision to bench Warner for Eli Manning.

Kevin Shields of WCBSTV.com says the Giants need to stick with their run-first game plan and "just run the ball down Arizona's throat."

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals and Suns have traded places in the Phoenix sports hierarchy.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Giants and Cardinals are a study in contrast.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic profiles Fox sideline reporter Tony Siragusa, who will work the Cardinals-Giants game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals' culture is changing under coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune takes a humorous look at the Cardinals' past futility, noting that those covering the team could always count on down time come January.

Also from Bordow: Giants coach Tom Coughlin lists stopping the Cardinals' ground game among his team's top priorities. Yeah, right.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee outlines four steps that would help Mike Singletary remain head coach beyond this season. Having Shaun Hill emerge as a long-term option at quarterback would certainly help.

Also from Barrows: A look at key matchups.

More from Barrows: Terrell Owens' dark side can appear at any time.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Tony Romo's even keel helps keep Owens from imploding.

Also from Maiocco: A look at trends and key matchups from the 49ers-Cowboys game.

Brian McIntyre of Scout.com predicts a 20-17 victory for the Seahawks against the Redskins. He expects improved play from Matt Hasselbeck.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers are looking to reverse a five-year run of futility on the road, particularly in games that kick off at 10 a.m. PT.

Also from Crumpacker: A quick look at what to watch for in the 49ers-Cowboys game.

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle appreciates the versatility, intelligence and toughness of 49ers running back Michael Robinson.

Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle takes inventory at Texas Stadium, home of the $350 (and rising) used urinal.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says Mike Holmgren wants to win as many games as he can this season. The coach isn't interested in preparing the team for 2009.

Also from Romero: Key questions from the Redskins-Seahawks matchup. Don't expect Shaun Alexander to play much against his former team.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times looks at trends in NFL coaching hires. First-time head coaches seem to be faring well, from Jim Zorn to Tony Sparano to John Harbaugh to Mike Smith.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at the uncertain contractual future of Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill. Will a losing season affect his value?

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune sizes up the Zorn factor in the Redskins-Seahawks matchup.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks have become spoilers. They face five playoff contenders in their final six games.

Also from Johnson: A look at Zorn's rise through the coaching ranks in spite of Chuck Knox's refusal to hire him as an assistant coach.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams need a quality alternative to injured running back Steven Jackson.

Also from Thomas: The Rams are having problems with shotgun snaps.

More from Thomas: A look at key matchups in the Bea
rs-Rams game. He gives the Rams an edge when they pass the ball.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom, who says he's "underwhelmed" by the performance of the front office and what he sees on the field. Rosenbloom recommits to keeping the Rams in St. Louis.

Mailbag: Seattle and the Mora decision

October, 22, 2008
10/22/08
8:24
PM ET
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: Cardinals in Week 3

September, 17, 2008
9/17/08
10:15
AM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Fox's Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa get the call when the Cardinals visit the Redskins for a Week 3 game at FedEx Field. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.

WeekTeamOpp.NetworkCrewCrew Rank
1ARISFFoxSam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers5 of 7
2ARIMIACBSBill Macatee, Steve Beuerlein7 of 7
3ARIWASFox
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
2 of 7

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

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.

On the air: Seahawks in Week 2

September, 10, 2008
9/10/08
12:45
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com'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
2SEA
SFFox
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: 49ers in Week 2

September, 10, 2008
9/10/08
12:40
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa get the call when the 49ers visit the Seahawks for a Week 2 game at Qwest Field. Kickoff is at 1:05 PT. I'm tracking which crews work specific games within the division to see how the networks perceive national interest.

WeekTeamOpp.NetworkCrewCrew Rank
1SFARIFoxSam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers5 of 7
2SF
SEAFoxKenny 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
9/02/08
4:20
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com'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?

 

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