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31 Jan 2006

FO Interviews Tony Parrish and Shawne Merriman

How do you stop the Seahawks and the Steelers? Why not ask a couple guys who had to face those offenses themselves? I had a chance to interview both San Francisco safety Tony Parrish and San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman, and ask them about facing Seattle and Pittsburgh this year (and in the case of Parrish, in the last few years). I think this is the first FO interview of active players.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 31 Jan 2006

17 comments, Last at 03 Feb 2006, 6:35am by Vince


by Israel (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 1:31am

Nicely done.

by kachunk (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 3:22am

Truly awesome article. If this was a result of the partnership with Fox then this justifies even the Atlanta trolls...

I really enjoyed the article--not the kind of content you'll see anywhere else. Just the kind of thing I have come to expect from FO.

A job well done.

by Becephalus (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 6:01am

yes that was rather interesting to hear things from a players perspective.

by Malene, cph, dk (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 11:09am

"they've got the offensive mvp running the ball...". heh.

I like how defensive players always make sure to call it the OFFENSIVE mvp.

Interesting point about the run to the right being where Seattle sets up the playaction. Good work.

by MdM (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 11:40am

That was fun to see things from the player's perspective. Aaron, you are turning into a true insider here. Pretty soon you'll be beating little kids to fly balls with security guards' help.

by Luz (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 3:48pm


"Second, is it just me, or are there a bit too many amateur comedians around here. Aaron is funny and Mike Tanier is funny and after that, the dropoff is Maddox-like. I know I’m not funny, so I try to spare everyone else from the pain."


by Falco (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 4:29pm

Awesome. This is what we need from Superbowl week, and there were no product plugs in the article. You asked good questions, and got good answers, not canned cliches. Parrish was particularly impressive.

by Ben (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 4:42pm

Re 2

I second that opinion re: the trolls.

Great article, especially because it deals with relevant football issues related to the superbowl and not someone's parents or van "accidents"

by Kal (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 7:06pm

I'm continually impressed by the actually informative and interesting articles produced by FO during the SB weeks. This is one of the best. Most of the time you see a lot of interviews with players that are pretty softball and ambiguously formed. This one asks direct, concise and useful questions. Nice job.

by admin :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 10:27pm

Anyone know what comment 6 is referring to?

by FizzMan (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 11:14pm

Re: #10
I think Luz is suggesting that MdM has fallen into his own pit. See comment 20 from the thread on the other FO on FOX article today...

by kachunk (not verified) :: Wed, 02/01/2006 - 2:29am

Re:10 See comment 20 in the unsung players thread. That's where it came from. I'm confused as to why it's here...

by zlionsfan (not verified) :: Wed, 02/01/2006 - 4:55pm

Clearly, this is a problem with the FO message boards.

We don't have enough professional comedians.

Aaron, I hereby request that you round up some professional talent to balance out that which we amateurs are providing.

by Catfish (not verified) :: Wed, 02/01/2006 - 8:47pm

Re: 13

How 'bout Dennis Miller, I here he has experience.

by Catfish (not verified) :: Wed, 02/01/2006 - 8:51pm


by SJM (not verified) :: Wed, 02/01/2006 - 11:35pm

Or Gilbert Godfried.

by Vince (not verified) :: Fri, 02/03/2006 - 6:35am

"The left side of the Seattle offensive line is the side with the Pro Bowlers, but our numbers actually show that Seattle has had more success running to the right this year."

Part of this is the way NFL charts runs. On one play against Carolina, Alexander took the handoff and went to the right. There was nothing resembling any kind of hole there. Meanwhile, Jones and Hutchinson had blasted a hole in the left side, erected walls, hung drywall and were selecting paint colors. So Alexander -- using great vision and balance -- cut back to the left and gained 10 yards. Alexander crossed the line of scrimmage with every offensive lineman to his right. This was listed in the play-by-play as a run to the right.