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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Want Pass Rush, Offensive Players - SB Nation Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks have some specific needs - speed at the linebacker position, pass-rushing at defensive end and defensive tackle, and obviously at quarterback.
Ravens, Texans bucking NFL’s pass-happy trends – Audibles
Legendary Ohio State coach/mad man Woody Hayes is the one credited with popularizing the "three yards and a cloud of dust" offensive strategy, later employed by arch-rival Michigan under Bo Schembechler. It was a philosophy predicated on constantly running the ball, mostly between the tackles, with the goal of wearing down the opposition.
Mac's Football Blog: Baylor QB Robert Griffin III To Enter 2012 NFL Draft
Baylor University quarterback Robert Griffin III has informed had coach Art Briles that he will not return for his senior season and will enter the 2012 NFL Draft, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.
Mac's Football Blog: Broncos Add WR D'Andre Goodwin To Active Roster
A native of Denver who played his college ball at the University of Washington, Goodwin signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent and caught four passes for 61 yards during the preseason. Goodwin has spent all but three weeks of the 2011 season on the Broncos' practice squad.
NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Playbook: Fullback, commitment to run key to Saints success "
After being cut seven times since 2008, fullback Jed Collins has found a home in New Orleans. His individual numbers won’t stand out (with just 4 carries for 4 yards and 11 catches for 50), but Collins has been a critical part of a Saints’ run game that resembles more of the 2009 Super Bowl champion squad than a 2010 team that veered heavily toward the pass game.
Off-Season Depth Chart Review – NFC West | ProFootballFocus.com
Seattle Seahawks The Seahawks are similar to Arizona in that they technically have a quarterback in place, but could use an upgrade. Tarvaris Jackson was given a two-year contract last off-season and is the current favorite to open 2012 as the starter. Charlie Whitehurst is an UFA and they like Josh Portis, but it’s unlikely they’ll feel good about him as the No. 2. Instead, expect the team to draft their long-term quarterback this off-season. If they don’t, they will be in the market for a Matt Flynn, Josh Johnson, or Kyle Orton.
Draft Breakdown — Robert Griffin III will enter 2012 NFL Draft
After much deliberation, one of college football’s most intriguing prospects has decided to go pro. According to multiple reports, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has opted to forgo his senior season with the Bears and will petition to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
Harbaugh says he didn't provoke Saints before preseason game - Sacramento Sports - Kings, 49ers, Raiders, High School Sports | Sacramento Bee
Building close, congenial relationships with other NFL coaches isn't exactly Jim Harbaugh's forté. Just ask Lions coach Jim Schwartz. Or Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
2012 NFL Mock Drafts - CBSSports.com NFLDraftScout.com
With the first round of the NFL playoffs in the books, the first 24 picks of the 2012 NFL draft are set. Well, almost.
A closer look at Tim Ruskell's drafts in Seattle - Inside the Bears
When he was hired by the Seattle Seahawks in 2005, Tim Ruskell walked into a difficult situation as the team's president of football operations and general manager.
Following Ryan's Lead
When the Seahawks' special teams were good in 2011, they were very good. But when they weren't, well, that's why improving the continuity and consistency are coordinator Brian Schneider's goals for 2012.
Seahawks should consider multiple quarterback picks " Seahawks Draft Blog
Robert Griffin III, Heisman winner and productive quarterback from Baylor, will today reveal his decision to turn pro. Consensus opinion is that teams will have to move into the top three to draft him, although I remain somewhat sceptical. Nevertheless, if the Seahawks want to get into this party they’ll definitely have to move up, at least in front of the Dolphins. In many ways Griffin represents what the Seahawks have been looking for at the position. He makes very few mistakes, he’s capable of extending plays with his athleticism and running all of the bootlegs, developing routes and play-action’s in the playbook. Griffin’s got the arm to make difficult throws, but crucially he’s savvy enough to make the right calls and be that ‘point guard’ type that Pete Carroll has talked about.
Pass Play Percentages 1970-2011 " Pick 256
Traditionally, bad teams throw the ball more than good teams. It might seem a bit odd considering the success that pass-heavy teams have had in the last decade, but good teams with pass-oriented offenses tend to build big leads and thus run the ball more in the 2nd half to chew up clock. Conversely, bad teams might be run-oriented but end up throwing a lot more than they run since they are playing from behind so frequently. The 2007 Patriots are a great example of this. Tom Brady, Randy Moss and company are remembered for a high-octane passing attack. However, you might be surprised to know that they threw the ball less than 1% more than league average. Over the course of the year, the Patriots called a pass play 57.4% of the time. League average in 2007 was 56.5%.
Cliff Avril wants to stay in Detroit, but Lions’ line is getting expensive | ProFootballTalk
Lions defensive end Cliff Avril is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, and he says he’s hoping a long-term deal can get done to stay in Detroit.
Advanced NFL Stats: Punting "Mainly Blows"
...that is, according to a recent in-depth analysis.
Giants' D-line flattens Ryan, Falcons' offense - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
In the year of the passer, can the New York Giants make this the postseason of the pass rusher?
Rams meet with 3 candidates for general manager - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The St. Louis Rams are interviewing Lake Dawson of the Titans and Les Snead of the Falcons for their vacant general manager position while awaiting word from Jeff Fisher on their coaching opening.
Deep Posts: Drew Brees, Robot Quarterback | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
How good was Drew Brees against the Detroit Lions in the wild-card round last Saturday night? Even better than you may think: 33 of 43 for 466 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, and two sacks — well, that looks still more impressive when you factor in that he threw just one pass that was a negative play. In the end, according to advanced opponent-adjusted metrics, it was the second-best quarterback performance of the last 20 years. Also: Happy Tim Tebow stats!
Report: Browns May Have Interest In Kevin Kolb | SI Tracking Blog – Tracking the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and NCAA On Twitter
The Cleveland Browns reportedly could have interest in quarterback Kevin Kolb should he become available this offseason, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Titans' Dawson to interview for Rams GM job | National Football Post
Tennessee exec has spent five years over pro personnel.
Can the Broncos limit the Patriots' TEs? | National Football Post
Three routes that could create matchup issues for Denver.
Dolphins deny report of contact with Oregon's Kelly | National Football Post
TV station in Eugene reported contact with Ducks coach's agent had been made.
Is Virginia Tech RB David Wilson the draft’s number two RB prospect? | National Football Post
The Virginia Tech Hokie really impressed on tape…
Cosell’s Watching the Wild Cards: Saints Offense vs. Detroit : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Wild Card Weekend coaching tape: Saints offense vs. Lions Defense.
Seahawks.com Blog | Sutton signing announced "
The Seahawks have officially signed Tyrell Sutton to a future contract. It’s just that the former running back for the Panthers had beaten the team to the formality by announcing the move on Twitter.
New Grantland Blog: Drawing Up the National Championship and A.J. McCarron’s Smash Concept | Smart Football
Many of those downfield completions came on the "smash" concept, which involves an inside receiver running a 10- to 12-yard corner route and an outside receiver simply stopping at five yards. It’s a high/low concept: One wide receiver is deep while another is underneath, so the quarterback can read that defensive back. If he comes up for the five-yard hitch on the outside, the quarterback throws it to the corner route; if the defensive back hangs back, he drops it off short to the outside wide receiver. It’s a very basic concept, but still a great one. Indeed, even Southern Cal quarterback Matt Barkley pointed this out on Twitter, noting that Alabama’s success came on "smash routes all day."
The Teams Who Should Have Signed Brett Favre In 2011: A Statistical Study - SBNation.com
This season, Brett Favre took a one-year break from the NFL. Herein, we take a look at how well he would have played in 2011, and we find that several teams would have been better off to sign him. Gee whiz. Sure would have been great.
THE RAID ON AOL: How Vox Pillaged Engadget And Founded An Empire
Engadget seemed healthy. Back at the beginning of February, AOL’s marquee technology blog was coming off its most trafficked month in site history. It had survived the reorganization that gutted many of AOL’s other verticals, including the similarly male-focused sports site FanHouse. And it had served as the "official blog" of the 2011 CES trade show for the third year running.