VIDEO: Remembering When NBC's Cameras Revealed Mike Holmgren's Entire Seahawks Playbook on Live TV by Accident

By michael obermuller
Live footage of the Seattle Seahawks offensive play-sheet on Sunday Night Football.
Live footage of the Seattle Seahawks offensive play-sheet on Sunday Night Football. / NBC, Official JaguarGator9 on YouTube
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Two aspects of the NFL that separate it from the rest of the sports world are the importance of coaching and the art of playcalling.

Football is often a chess match between offensive and defensive gurus, with the players acting as the pieces, but NBC's broadcast team must have forgotten that during their Sunday Night Football coverage of this 2007 game.

The matchup was the Seattle Seahawks versus the New Orleans Saints, but the story became one that involved numerous NBC blunders.

First, the overhead camera almost took out Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Then, an NBC camera gave the world a live look into Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren's playbook. I've heard the old joke about one team paying the refs, but never the national coverage team.

You might say, well the Saints coaches aren't watching NBC's coverage, they are focused on the game (which they were already winning 21-0 to be fair). True, but someone within the Saints organization might be watching. Someone that could relay information to Sean Payton.

Better yet, another coaching staff might have gotten a sneak peek into Seattle's offense going forward. Holmgren likely had to switch up his entire offense after this, which is quite a large task during the middle of a season, and it's all NBC's fault. What a mess!


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