Thursday Round-Up: NFL Competition Committee to consider several rule changes

Posted Mar 20, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12th Man, and happy first day of spring. More importantly, happy first day of March Madness - I hope you have your brackets filled out!

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, March 20  - about your Seattle Seahawks:

The NFL Competition Committee met with the media yesterday to talk about the newest proposed rule changes ahead of next week's annual League meeting. Gregg Rosenthal of has what you need to know about the 13 rule changes that were laid out to be discussed and potentially voted on by NFL owners next week.

Adding a new element to speed up and provide more accuracy to replay reviews, adjusting current roster-size rules, the elimination of overtime in preseason, moving the extra point back to the 25-yard-line, and the addition of what would effectively be the "NaVorro Bowman" rule - named after this play in the NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers that would allow a review of the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play - highlight the list of proposed changes.

Kari Plog of the Tacoma News Tribune brings us the story of Seahawks superfan Adam Norton, a 38-year-old 12th Man whose heart unexpectedly stopped beating just two days after he witnessed the Seahawks' Super Bowl parade in downtown Seattle. More than a month since that fateful day, Adam is survived by his wife Tracey and their three sons, who are following in their father's Seahawks-crazed footsteps.

All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas has a new blog on his website telling us all about what he's been doing to raise his game this offseason in his hometown of Orange, Texas.

Andy Benoit of tells us how safeties like the Seahawks' Earl Thomas have evolved to become the most important weapon for NFL defensive coordinators.

Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune shares an NFL Combine interview he had with Oregon State wideout Brandin Cooks, who is projected to go in the first round of May's NFL Draft.

Terry Blount of charts where the Seahawks stand at this point in NFL free agency.

Ben Goessling of explains why quarterbacks are so difficult to assess ahead of the NFL Draft.

In an entertaining read from, Bill Barnwell and Shea Serrano rank the best fictional quarterbacks (i.e. ones that appeared on television shows and in movies) of all-time.

Andrew Brandt of has a look at what we've learned from the business side of NFL free agency over the last week and a half.

Robert Klemko of catches up with newly-elected NFL Players Association president Eric Winston on what the future holds for the League from a player perspective.

Bucky Brooks of redoes the 2004 NFL Draft and instead of the Seahawks selecting defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs with the 23rd overall selection, his do-over draft has Seattle grabbing wide receiver Lee Evans in the same spot.

Bryan Fischer of shares eight things we learned from Wednesday's pro days at UCF, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Utah, San Jose State, Lindenwood, and Western Kentucky.

Here at, I provide an up-to-date look at the free-agent moves made around the NFC West.

Our Sea Gals photographer Jane Gershovich recently blogged her experience from Super Bowl XLVIII.

And Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth recaps the first nine days of Seahawks free-agency that saw more players depart the Super Bowl champions than join - moves Farnsworth says were expected by coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto