"Thanks to @Boeing for the cool new office toy!"
- Pete Carroll
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll showed everyone how to tweet a picture of a toy plane without being insanely offensive when he shared this:
In the wake of the US Airways debacle, the Super Bowl-winning coach got a series of wonderful responses from Twitter:
And the winner:
Keep tweeting, coach.
"I think it's time that people focus on reality"
-Dan Snyder, Redskins owner
As the saga involving the Washington Redskins' increasingly controversial nickname wears on, team owner Dan Snyder has been unwavering. He's not going to change the moniker under any circumstances and instead views it as a "badge of honor," according to the Associated Press via the New York Daily News.
The public pressure to change the name "Redskins" has grown in recent years, so much so that Snyder has formed a foundation aimed to assist American Indian tribes in order to show sensitivity to the matter.
The irony of such lies in the fact that he's making a major effort to display compassion toward the very people he's largely offending.
"The negotiations have been amicable and productive."
- CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora on Richard Sherman, Seahawks contract talks
The Seahawks will need to pay cornerback Richard Sherman at some point, and that appears to be sooner rather than later, according to CBSSports.com.
The Pro Bowler is slated to enter free agency after the 2014 season. He signed a four-year, $2.2 million deal after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but should see somewhere in the area of $13-$14 million per season, per the report.
Though he plays in relative obscurity in the Pacific Northwest, his talent, presence on the field and persona have made him one of the league's most high-profile players at any position. Seattle's win in Super Bowl 48 cemented his status as one of the most recognizable players in the NFL.
The Hawks and Sherman's new representation under CAA have been involved in the process of contract negotiations for quite some time, and it's thought there will be resolution before the May 8 NFL draft.
"My agent handles all of that, and that's why you hire that guy to take care of that, so you can focus on football."
-Alex Smith on contract negotiations
Smith won't budge in terms of speaking about the matter himself, though CBS Sports reports the two sides remain engaged. The former No. 1 overall pick will make $7.5 million this season in the final year of his current deal and isn't concerned about his future at this point.
It's a testament to the mental focus he's showed with the San Francisco 49ers while enduring a coaching carousel and seemingly endless criticism even in the midst of his best season under then-head coach Jim Harbaugh.
"I'm the best slot corner in the league."
He uses an interesting caveat here, however. He only called himself the best slot corner, which suggests deference to his former teammate as the best at the position. Given the Seahawks' commitment to re-signing Sherman and willingness to let Thurmond test free agency, it's clear he's not wrong.