While the bottom half of the NFL is starting the process of planning out their offseason, the Seattle Seahawks are one of the 14 teams vying for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The Seahawks earned the NFC West title this season and have a wild card rematch to start the postseason against the Rams. However, as the team prepares for their game, fans are feeling a little unsure about the Seahawks’ prospects as a result of the shaky performance against the San Francisco 49ers.
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 84 percent of Seahawks fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s down from 92 percent last week after beating the Rams.
Now I’ve done a bunch of these SB Nation Reacts/FanPulse posts for the past couple of seasons and I’ve often gone with the confidence polling as the main headline. This week I’ll change it up. As part of the NFL’s expanded playoff field, they cut a simulcast deal to have one of the wild card games also air on Nickelodeon in addition to CBS and Amazon Prime. Our game was not the one chosen, but instead that honor belongs to the Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
That decision was clearly made in hopes of attracting a younger fanbase who might watch Mitchell Trubisky play quarterback and think they can make it in the NFL too. But the general fanbase is far less excited. Only 20 percent of fans said they will watch any of the Nickelodeon broadcast (no word on how many of the respondents are literal children). Similarly, only about one-third of fans even think the concept is a good idea.
In researching Nick’s broadcast plans I see that Noah Eagle and Nate Burleson along with “All That” cast member Gabrielle Nevaeh Green will be the team in New Orleans. I didn’t realize they brought “All That” back but I guess they’re rebooting all the 90’s shows these days. There’s also this:
Nickelodeon’s coverage begins at 3 p.m. [CT] with ‘‘The SpongeBob SportsPants Countdown Special,’’ hosted by Broncos linebacker Von Miller. Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, who will call the game for CBS, will appear. SpongeBob also will be featured during the halftime show because, well, he’s SpongeBob!
Is no one getting slimed? Is there no Double Dare? Not even a halftime special of Figure It Out? Yeah I side with the “No” crowd. Today’s kids missed out on brilliant 1990s and early 2000s children’s television.
Okay let’s move on...
While the league’s top teams prepare for the playoffs, much of the rest of the league is forced to decide who will be leading their team going forward.
There are currently six open head coaching jobs in the NFL. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey the Los Angeles Chargers have the most desirable job opening, with 56 percent of the vote. On the other end of the spectrum, neither the Jets nor Lions job received more than five percent. I bet you that Texans job is less desirable if Deshaun Watson really wants out.
While it’s still mostly unknown who the Chargers – or any other team for that matter – are interested in, fans were clear who they think the top choice should be.
NFL fans from around the league were asked which of the top names being talked about is the best available option. According to 51% of fans, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is the man to get. The Texans, by the way, didn’t even bother to interview him.
I’m a bit surprised that Urban Meyer is #2. I don’t see him as a viable head coaching candidate at all knowing he has some health problems.
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