NFC West: Game changers

Randy Moss Sings Autographs On The First Day Of Training CampJoin us as TTR Game Changers takes a tour through all 32 teams, identifying one player from every squad that I believe has a great chance of being a game changer in 2012.  To see the full series click here.

San Francisco 49ers – I am going to go out on a limb here, and call #84 our Game Changer for the 49ers in 2012.  I realize that this may be a pipe dream, but when properly motivated, Randy Moss has proven to be a dynamic playmaker. Yes he is 35 years old and it has been two seasons since his last productive season, but he is still Randy Moss.  All the reports out of San Francisco indicate the Moss is in excellent shape and that he can still stretch the field with his speed and acrobatic grabs.  Yes, I realize Alex Smith is still the quarterback out there, but I expect Randy Moss to have a very significant impact on a previously non-existent Niners’ passing attack.Seattle Seahawks –  I am probably in the minority here, but I actually think Pete Carroll is doing a better than expected job in Seattle.  I don’t understand some of the personnel decisions that the team has made, particularly regarding the quarterback situation, but overall this team is starting to become a solid group of physical football players.  So it may be some surprise that I would pick one of the smallest players on this team to be the most impactful player.  Yet I think Earl Thomas will continue to develop into an elite safety, showing the reason he was a first round draft choice.  Thomas is a ball-hawking safety with great range, but he is also a physical presence despite his smallish frame.  I expect Thomas to play at an All-Pro level in 2012 as a turnover generating catalyst in an under-rated Seahawks’ defense. Read more…

Fights breaking out at Seahawks camp

Earl Thomas

Temperatures are cooler in Seattle than in most of the cities with NFL teams having Organized Team Activities this week, but things are getting heated between the Seahawks’ wide receivers and defensive backs.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports that a skirmish broke out including several players in the two position groups.
It started when receiver Ben Obomanu and cornerback Jeremy Lane were tussling after the whistle blew on a play and had to be separated. Then safety Earl Thomas jumped in to help Lane, taking a swing at Obomanu. That led to receivers Doug Baldwinand Mike Williams jumping in to help Obomanu. (In the picture, wide receiverDeon Butler is pulling Thomas away from the fight.)