The NFL ultimately is a small community. On any given weekend, there are players facing off against friends, former teammates and former coaches.
Week 10 is an especially good one for reunions, with no fewer than four quality matchups, all facing off for the first time.
We've heard some suggestions than Mark Sanchez's struggles at the pro level validate Carroll's concerns about the quarterback going pro too quickly out of USC. That's ridiculous. Sanchez was a top-five pick. The problems that have shown up in the NFL might have shown up in another season at USC under Carroll. (Matt Barkley, anyone?) Plus Sanchez would have missed out on an AFC title game run with the New York Jets.
Carroll knows better than anyone that Sanchez is a limited NFL quarterback without great weapons. The teacher should school his former pupil Sunday in Seattle.
Haley's exit from the Chiefs was messy. Haley believed Pioli used the media to distort his image and paint him as the problem in Kansas City. It got very personal. Pioli now is overseeing the worst team in the league, and his job is in jeopardy.