Adding clarity to the NFL’s new bag rule

Last week’s announcement of an improved public safety policy at CenturyLink Field prompted a lot of questions about what type of bags, items, and clothing are and are not OK to bring into the Seahawks’ stadium moving forward. Our FAQ does a good job at addressing some of those primary concerns, but a few visuals might help you gain a better grasp of what to expect in 2013.

On Tuesday, June 18, NFL Chief Security Officer Jeff Miller appeared on NFL Network’s NFL AM to address the change of policy that will affect each of the League’s 32 clubs. In the video above, Miller explains that creating a secure and safe environment is top of the list for the NFL, especially after the tragic Boston Marathon bombings that took place back in mid-April.

“The bottom line is that our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” Miller said. “It is the number one priority of our owners and Commissioner [Roger] Goodell.”

It’s important to remember that you will still be allowed to bring all of the same type of items you were permitted to bring before. The change comes in the type of container you carry those items in with – packs may not exceed a size of 12” x 6” x 12″ and must be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC. The only exception comes with small clutch hand bags, which may still be carried into the stadium.

While public safety is the driving force behind the change, getting fans into the stadium at a faster rate played a role as well. Long lines have slowed gameday entry into some of the League’s stadiums to a crawl, and the NFL hopes see-through bags will help expedite that process.

“We’re going to be able to move fans more quickly through the gates because it’s a lot easier to screen these clear bags that you can see into,” Miller said. “We believe that this step is a minor step to take to provide a much higher level of public safety in and around our stadiums.”

Below are a few examples of stadium-safe pouch, tote, and cinch bags that will become available at the Seahawks Pro Shop around the middle of August.

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Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 29:

The list of candidates for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class was announced Wednesday and Elliott Harrison of NFL.com lists his Top 10. Checking in at No. 5 is Cortez Kennedy. Says Harrison: “If there is one guy on this list of 10 certain Hall of Famers who just flat out kicked ass, it’s Cortez Kennedy. You could make the argument that the best player in pro football in 1992 played defensive tackle on a 2-14 team. While the Seahawks were awful, their third-year defensive tackle out of the University of Miami was unblockable. He had 14 sacks and four forced fumbles from the interior line. How about being named Defensive Player of the Year on a two-win team that featured Dan McGwire and Stan Gelbaugh at quarterback? Oh, and by the way, Kennedy went to eight Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team.” All we can say to that is, COULD NOT AGREE MORE.

Duff McKagan – yes, that Duff McKagan – offers his thoughts on a double-victory weekend in Seattle for ESPN.com. Says McKagan: “What do we take away from Sunday’s 13-10 victory over our NFC West rivals, the Arizona Cardinals? It was great to see maligned quarterback Tarvaris Jackson finally sync up with wide receiver Sidney Rice and to see our defense stop a team when it counted. It was nice to finally get a win this season after opening on the road with two losses, and I shall not give up hope of a “rebuilding-esque” .500 season. With our schedule though, the Seahawks will have to overachieve their demonstrated talent level to get there.”

 

Also at ESPN.com, Mike Sando – yes, that Mike Sando – has injury situations that matter for the NFC West. Sando on the Seahawks: “The Seahawks’ latest injury-related change to the offensive line will not affect the game-day rotation. Assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable underwent back surgery that will keep him from coaching for the short term. On the field, Seattle appears likely to start the same five linemen in the same spots in back-to-back weeks, something the team has not done this season. The line made strides overall against Arizona, but Paul McQuistan struggled through a tough matchup against Calais Campbell in his first game as Robert Gallery’s injury replacement at left guard. Fullback Michael Robinson’s absence since Week 1 has hurt the special-teams coverage units. He’s back this week. Strong safety Kam Chancellor is expected to start despite resting a thigh injury Wednesday. Receiver Sidney Rice made it through his Seattle debut without aggravating his shoulder injury. His availability is big for the passing game.”

At the News Tribune, Dave Boling and Eric Williams double-team the hot topic of the day – Aaron Curry. Says Boling: “Aaron Curry came up with a nice interception and some good plays in the Seattle Seahawks’ practice Wednesday afternoon. For the scout team. The scout team, which runs the coming foes’ plays to prepare the Seahawks’ starters, is generally manned by young players and backups. Not guys like Curry, the fourth player taken in the 2009 draft. So it’s an ignominious position for Curry, who was demoted from his starting outside linebacker spot last week.”

Says Williams: “Curry was candid in answering questions from reporters about his situation before practice Wednesday. He indicated that rumors about him potentially being traded are just that, and he remains committed to earning back his starting job. ‘I’m at peace,’ he said. ‘I have a complete peace of mind right now. I’m feeling blessed. I’m taking this trial that I have and just capitalizing on it.’ ”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald checks in with Mike Williams, last year’s leading receiver who did not have a reception in Sunday’s game. Says Williams: “When you win a game, that’s all that’s important. It’s selfish to be talking about your own thing when you got your first win as a team and first step in the right direction. All I can do is control what I can control, and that’s get back out here and get to work.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the other side of the Curry situation – the play of rookie K.J. Wright, which also prompted the coaches to make the switch. Says coach Pete Carroll: “K.J. has done very well. He’s been a guy that has just blown us away with how fast he could learn.”

We’ve also got the other events of the day covered in words and video, including a visit from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and how Cable was able to be at practice without really being there: “The club Skyped the 105-minute, full-pads session so Cable could watch it.”


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