2014 Arizona Cardinals season
The 2014 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 95th season in the National Football League, the 27th in Arizona and the second under head coach Bruce Arians. Following an explosive 9–1 start to the regular season, they finished at a disappointing 11–5, achieving their highest win total since 1975 when they were still in St. Louis; the Cardinals clinched their first playoff berth since 2009, had a chance to become the first team to try to play the Super Bowl on their own home field, University of Phoenix Stadium. However, after season-ending injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, they were forced to start third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley in the wild-card round, losing to the 7–8–1 Carolina Panthers by a score of 27–16; the 2014 Cardinals were the sixth team during the Super Bowl-era to qualify for the playoffs in a season in which their stadium hosted the Super Bowl and the first since the 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were the first team since the NFL re-alignment in 2002 to do so.
They were followed by the 2016 Houston Texans. Note: The Cardinals traded their original first-round selection to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for the Saints' first- and third- round selections. By defeating the Texans 32–0, this would be the second consecutive season in which the Cardinals shutout their first preseason opponent. Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text. Carson Palmer would suffer a season-ending injury on his left-knee. Drew Stanton would take over as quarterback for the rest of the game. Thanks to the efforts of the defense during the fourth quarter, the Cardinals rallied to beat the Rams 31-14; this would snap the 49ers' 4-game losing streak in Levi's Stadium. With the loss, the Cardinals finished their season to 11-5; the Cardinals' offensive performance was bad as the team lost to the 7-8-1 Panthers, by a final score of 27-16, were eliminated from the postseason. They committed three turnovers, gained only 8 first downs and recorded 78 net yards of offense, the fewest number of yards gained in a playoff game by any team in NFL postseason history.
After a 9-1 start, the Cardinals went 2-5 in their final seven games. Official website
2014 Green Bay Packers season
The 2014 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 96th season overall, the 94th in the National Football League, the ninth under head coach Mike McCarthy. The team tied with four other teams for a league-best 12 wins and 4 losses, while adding a fourth consecutive NFC North division title; the club went undefeated at home for the first time since 2011. They led the league in scoring, with 486 points, the second-most in franchise history, it marked the first time since the 2009 season that the team had a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers, a 1,000-yard rusher. They won the divisional round playoff game against the Cowboys, but lost the conference championship game against the Seattle Seahawks in one of the biggest collapses in NFL playoff history. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the league's Most Valuable Player; the Packers made the playoffs for the sixth straight season, tying the record set between 1993–98. RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise Tag*Player was signed after the June 1st deadline and will not count towards compensatory selections.
Notes The Packers were awarded two compensatory selections after losing free agents Greg Jennings and Erik Walden. Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and defensive end Khyri Thornton sustained injuries prior the start of the season and were placed on injured reserve. *Player failed to make the active roster. Draft pick compensation voided. Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text; the Packers 2014 regular season started in the NFL Kickoff game against the defending Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. This marks the first competitive contest between the two teams since the Fail Mary Game; the Seahawks defense proved too strong for the Packers, as Green Bay fell to 0–1. After being down 21–3 midway through the second quarter, the Packers rallied back to a five-point halftime deficit. An 80-yard TD by Jordy Nelson in the third quarter gave the Packers a lead. Late in the 4th quarter, the Jets had one last chance to tie the game. On 4th down, Jets quarterback Geno Smith seemed to have thrown a game-tying touchdown pass, but an official announced that the Jets had called for a timeout just before the ball was snapped.
A confused Jets head coach, Rex Ryan, argued with the officials. A look at the video replay showed that Jets offensive coordinator, Mary Mornhinwig, started running to Ryan, calling for a timeout. Though the rules said that only the head coach could call for a timeout in that situation, the official heard a voice shouting for a timeout, unable to look back to see who it was, since it was just before the ball was snapped, the official assumed that Ryan called for the timeout. While the Jets were able to convert the 4th down after the timeout, they were unable to move the ball any further, turned the ball over on downs, at which point the Packers ran out the final 3:31 of the clock to get their first victory of the season. For the third straight season, the Packers started off with a 1–2 record; the Lions' defense dominated the game as the Packers failed to score any points in the second, third, or fourth quarter. The Packers crossed midfield on only three drives, they had only one such drive in the second half.
The Packers' 7 points represented the lowest total that the team scored in a game that Rodgers finished. Rodgers 162 passing yards was his lowest since the 2008 season. During the week prior to the Packers' crucial game against the rival 2–1 Bears, Aaron Rodgers addressed the concerns of many Packers fans, who felt that the season was slipping away just three weeks in with a 1–2 record. In a radio interview, Rodgers said to the fans, "R-E-L-A-X. Relax." Rodgers was true to his word, completing 22 of 28 passes for 302 yards, 4 touchdown passes, 0 interceptions, a passer rating of 151.2, making it the second game of his career where he had a passer rating of over 150. Two of his touchdown passes were to Randall Cobb as the Packers took advantage of two Jay Cutler interceptions, scoring 17 unanswered points in the second half in a 38–17 win, the Packers' 700th regular season win in the NFL; this was only the second game in NFL history to not have a punt. Continuing the momentum carried over from the victory over the Bears, the Packers trounced their other division rival, the Vikings, 42–10.
Eddie Lacy ran for over 100 yards for the first time in the season, with 2 rushing touchdowns, while Julius Peppers reached a career milestone of accumulating over 100 career sacks as well as 10 career interceptions. The win improved the Packers to the first time the team was over.500 for the season. The Packers had a solid showing in the first half against the Dolphins, spotting an early 10–3 lead, but the Dolphins were able to rally back and had a 24–17 lead late in the 4th quarter. After a Mason Crosby field goal, the Packers forced Miami to punt, a 17-yard return by Micah Hyde got the Packers the ball at their own 40 yard line with just over 2 minutes left, but no timeouts remaining. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers rally, first converting a 4th and 10, a 3rd and 10. With less than 30 seconds left in the game, with the clock running, Rodgers discreetly called for a "fake spike" play, which he executed with a pass to Davante Adams, who went out of bounds at the Dolphins 4 yard line with 6 seconds left.
Rodgers threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless, giving the Packers a 27–24 victory. The Packers roared out of the gate against Carolina, scoring the first 28 points of the game, stayed in control for the rest of the game, only giving up two touchdowns to the Panthers late, with the game out of reach; the Packers improved to 5–2 for the
John Schneider (American football executive)
John Schneider is the general manager for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Schneider was a front office executive for the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, the Seattle Seahawks in 2000. Schneider served as the Director of Football Operations for the Green Bay Packers from 2008 to 2009, he was the one of the architects that created the Seattle Seahawks roster that went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII and appeared in Super Bowl XLIX. Schneider grew up in Wisconsin and attended high school in West De Pere at Abbot Pennings High School, where he played football, graduated in 1989, he studied history and secondary education at University of St. Thomas and was on the football team his Freshman year until injuries caused him to retire. During his Junior year he wrote a letter to Ron Wolf asking, his internship that summer was the beginning of his relationship with the Green Bay Packers. He started working in the Scouting Department for the Green Bay Packers in 1993, he was the Director of Pro Personnel for the Chiefs from 1997-2000.
He worked for the Seahawks in 2000 under Ted Thompson. In 2001, Schneider became the Vice President of Player Personnel. Schneider went back to the Green Bay Packers as the top personnel aide to the Packers' GM, he elevated to Director of Football Operations. In January 2010, the Seahawks announced the hiring of Pete Carroll as head coach, the Seahawks hired Schneider one week later. Schneider works in collaboration with Pete Carroll overseeing all of football operations. Since arriving and Carroll have orchestrated a complete overhaul of Seattle's roster. In 2010, Schneider completed 284 roster transactions, including trading for Marshawn Lynch. On February 2, 2014, the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, their first championship in their existence. Of those on the championship roster, only Max Unger, Red Bryant, Jon Ryan and Brandon Mebane were Seahawks prior to Schneider's arrival in Seattle. Schneider and Seattle followed their Super Bowl win with another NFC Championship, but lost to New England in Super Bowl XLIX.
In 2015, the Seahawks clinched a wild card berth, but fell in the NFC Divisional Round to the Panthers. Schneider signed a 5-year contract extension with the Seahawks in July 2016 that keeps him in Seattle through the 2021 season; the Seahawks won their fourth NFC West title under Schneider in 2016, but were eliminated in the divisional round of the playoffs for the second straight year. Schneider undrafted free agent signings. With Seattle, he drafted Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Tyler Lockett, KJ Wright in the third round or and signed Doug Baldwin, Thomas Rawls, Jermaine Kearse after they went undrafted; the Seahawks have been active in free agency and the trade market under Schneider as well, signing key free agents Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, trading for Jimmy Graham. Super Bowl XLVIII Champion John Schneider has a wife and two sons and Jack. Ben was diagnosed with autism, the Schneider family has created the Ben's Fund foundation to help families suffering from the disorder.
Seattle Seahawk profile
Super Bowl XLIX
Super Bowl XLIX was an American football game played to determine the champion of the National Football League for the 2014 season. The American Football Conference champion New England Patriots defeated the National Football Conference champion and defending Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks 28–24 to earn their fourth Super Bowl title and their first since Super Bowl XXXIX 10 years earlier; the game was played on February 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It was the second time the stadium has hosted a Super Bowl, the third one held in the Phoenix metropolitan area. With the loss, the Seahawks became the fourth defending Super Bowl champions to lose in the following year's title game, after the 1978 Dallas Cowboys, 1983 Washington Redskins and the 1997 Green Bay Packers. After finishing the previous season by defeating the Denver Broncos, 43–8, in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle completed the 2014 regular season with a 12–4 record; the Patriots, who posted a 12–4 record, joined the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers as one of the three teams to have made eight appearances in the Super Bowl.
For the second straight season, but only the third time in the prior 21 seasons, the number one seeds from both conferences met in the league championship game. Seattle became the first team to appear in consecutive Super Bowls since New England won two straight. After the teams were tied 14–14 at halftime, the Seahawks built a 10-point lead to end the third quarter; the Patriots, rallied to take a 28–24 lead with 2:02 left in the game. Seattle threatened to score in the final moments. With 26 seconds remaining in the game, Seattle decided to pass the ball in a scrutinized call that resulted in Patriots undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler making a game-saving interception of Russell Wilson's throw. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named the game's Most Valuable Player after a Super Bowl-record 37 completions on 50 attempts for 328 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions. NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX remains the most-watched program in the network's history, as well as the most watched program in American television history, surpassing the previous year's game.
The game was seen by an average of 114.4 million viewers, with it reaching to 118.5 million during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show featuring Katy Perry, peaking to 120.8 million during New England's fourth-quarter comeback. NFL owners voted in November 2005 to award a Super Bowl to Kansas City, Missouri, in honor of Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, the founder of the American Football League in the 1960s who helped engineer the annual game. Then-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue further announced on March 5, 2006, that Kansas City would host Super Bowl XLIX. However, the game was contingent on the successful passage of two sales taxes in Jackson County, Missouri, on April 4, 2006; the first tax to fund improvements to Arrowhead and neighboring Kauffman stadiums passed with 53 percent approval. However, the second tax that would have allowed the construction of a rolling roof between the two stadiums was narrowly defeated, with 48 percent approval. In the wake of the defeat, opposition by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and several civic and business groups and the Chiefs announced on May 25, 2006, that they were withdrawing the request to host Super Bowl XLIX.
After the Kansas City plan fell through, the following submitted bids to host Super Bowl XLIX: Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Florida Sun Life Stadium – Miami Gardens, Florida University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, ArizonaTampa and Miami both submitted bids after losing the Super Bowl XLVIII bid to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Arizona had declined to bid for Super Bowl XLVIII, citing the economy, to focus on bidding for Super Bowl XLIX. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed in April 2011 that Arizona were selected as finalists; the league announced on October 11, 2011, that University of Phoenix Stadium will host Super Bowl XLIX. This is the second Super Bowl contested at University of Phoenix Stadium, which hosted Super Bowl XLII in February 2008, the third Super Bowl played in the Phoenix area, as Super Bowl XXX was held at Sun Devil Stadium in nearby Tempe in January 1996; the New England Patriots had a rough start to their 2014 season, starting the season with a 2–2 record and hitting a low point with a humiliating 41–14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in week four.
By this point, the Patriots faced heavy criticism in the media quarterback Tom Brady. Former Patriots safety and teammate Rodney Harrison declared Brady "looked scared to death" in the pocket and "doesn't have any confidence in his offensive line." However, New England recovered with an NFL season long seven game winning streak, beginning with a dominating 43–17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in week five, went on to lose only two more games for the rest of the year, finishing the season with a 12–4 record and the number one seed in the AFC. They finished fourth in the NFL in scoring and eighth in points allowed, had the largest point differential in the NFL; the Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens 35–31 in the AFC Divisional playoffs, defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45–7 in the AFC Championship Game. Brady had another fine season in his 14th year as the team's starter, earning his 10th Pro Bowl selection with 4,109 passing yards and 33 touchdowns, with just eight interceptions, his top targe