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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 12
Early in the fourth quarter, Seattle's red zone interception is negated when Earl Thomas gets flagged for roughing the passer, and Miami scores a tying touchdown on the next play. Thomas was jumping to block the pass, and was actually in midair when the ball was still in Ryan Tannehill's hand. At that point, what's Thomas supposed to do? He can't fly! (After the game, Thomas confirmed, "I can't fly. I'm not Superman. I did everything possible to try and not rough the passer.")

ProFootballWeekly.com - Mixed signals in San Francisco
“It’s a unique situation to have two really good players,” Harbaugh said. “Could we (go week to week)? Yes, we could.” On Friday, after Donte Whitner told the “Dan Patrick Show” that the Niners’ players were under the impression Kaepernick would start vs. the Saints, Harbaugh refused to confirm his starting strong safety’s declaration. “It’s just not something we think is an advantage for us to talk about,” Harbaugh said. “And you may have your opinions on it. It’s unorthodox. So be it. You can call me names if you want, or make sport of me. But, that’s the way we’re going to go about it.”

Seattle’s #1 need is defensive tackle « Seahawks Draft Blog
There’s still a lot of football to be played, but yesterday’s 24-21 defeat to Miami made something pretty clear – this team must upgrade at defensive tackle. #1 need, straight up.

Walkthrough: Lance Kendricks, Sam Bradford remind us all that the play-action works - Turf Show Times
Join us for an entertaining, educational look at Lance Kendricks' touchdown.

NYT: More N.F.L. Teams Hire Statist
Jeff Dominitz grew up rooting for the Washington Redskins during their glory years under Joe Gibbs. So when an N.F.L. team called him in 2006 about a job doing statistical research and analysis for the scouting department, he could not say no. He left his teaching position at Carnegie Mellon and, temporarily, his family and wound up living alone near the team's headquarters.

Doug Martin, Alfred Morris must avoid rookie wall; more notes - NFL.com
6) Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle Seahawks Wagner has already established himself as one of the NFL's most athletic and explosive linebackers, racking up 90 tackles, two sacks and one interception so far. With some potential defensive suspensions looming, the Seahawks must continue to get big plays from Wagner.

Three things we learned from Seahawks' debacle | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Russell Wilson is the most consistent thing the Seahawks have right now. Hard to imagine that would be the case back in September when the biggest concern among fans was whether this rookie quarterback was holding his team back. He completed 16 consecutive passes in one stretch of Sunday's game, an NFL rookie record, but that's only part of the story. In his last four games, which include two on the road, he is 74-for-105 passing for 821 yards and nine touchdowns. He has been intercepted once. That's a passer rating of 118.

Monday metatarsal musings
Or footnotes: Forget Jekyll and Hyde, after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins in Miami the disparity between the Seahawks who play on the road and the Seahawks who play at home has transcended even clichés.

QBR ranks: Wilson, Kaepernick set pace - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The most athletic quarterbacks in the NFC West played the best in Week 12. Seattle’s Russell Wilson (league-high 90.7 Total QBR) and San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick (72.3) repeatedly made "wow" plays, both with their arms and their feet.

Week 13 - Carroll Press Conference Monday
Pete Carroll discusses the disappointing loss on the road in Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins.

Pete Carroll on reported Sherman/Browner suspension: 'This is a league issue.' | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
"Really, we can't comment on that at all," Carroll said. "That is a situation between the players and the league, and we have no position to comment in any way about it."

Sherman's Adderall defense: Accidentally drank it
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, suspended for four games for violating the NFL's doping policy, says he unknowingly ingested Adderall prescribed to a teammate, according to a person informed of Sherman's explanation.

Browner, Sherman continue to deny taking PEDs | ProFootballTalk
Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner continue to deny that they have ever taken performance-enhancing substances despite facing four-game suspensions for testing positive.

Source: Richard Sherman says he accidently ingested Adderall - NFL.com
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is telling friends that he didn't know he was ingesting Adderall when he drank from a teammate's bottle, a source close to the player told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Monday. Sherman says the teammate has a prescription for Adderall and placed a crushed pill in the bottle, according to the source.

Richard Sherman denies report claiming accidental Adderall use, Brandon Browner implies a sample switch | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Well, this just got interesting. On Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner were facing four-game suspensions for violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. The specific violation was not mentioned until later, when it was revealed that both players tested positive for Adderall, a stimulant prescribed to treat attention deficit disorder that's been in the NFL news a lot recently. Both players intend to appeal their pending suspensions.

Colin Kaepernick becomes latest QB to rise under Jim Harbaugh - NFL.com
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has a knack for getting the most out of his quarterbacks, Albert Breer writes, which should mean big things for young upstart Colin Kaepernick.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma QB: The enigma of the 2013 NFL Draft - NFL.com
Landry Jones is the most naturally talented quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft class, but he might not hear his name called on Day 1. What gives? Bucky Brooks scouts the Oklahoma senior.

This Week's Prospects On The Move | National Football Post
The NFP takes a look a three prospects whose draft stock is moving.

Bucs CB Eric Wright loses appeal; will serve 4-game suspension for PEDs - CBSSports.com
It seems that every week another NFL player is getting suspended for violating the league's rule on performance-enhancing drugs because of the alleged use of Adderall.

The Hard Life of an NFL Longshot | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
If you haven’t read Charles Siebert’s feature on his nephew, Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Pat Schiller you need to take 30 minutes to do so. Schiller was an undrafted free agent signed by an NFL team. This is a strong, interactive feature that also features video segments of Schiller talking about his experiences and playing…

ReFo: Seahawks @ Dolphins, Week 12 | ProFootballFocus.com
Coming off a bye the Seahawks looked to take advantage of a slumping Dolphins defense. Khaled Elsayed looks at what happened as Miami pulled the home upset.

ReFo: Rams @ Cardinals, Week 12 | ProFootballFocus.com
The Cardinals are in dire straits at QB and its not getting better. Khaled Elsayed reviews who on the Rams took advantage and who on the Cardinals didnt.

Game Scripts, Part II: Analyzing team seasons
Yesterday, I rolled out Game Scripts, a way to measure the flow of every game since 1940. The sum of each team’s Game Script in each game can be used to give us an average Game Script score on the season. You might think that this number would be a good proxy for how dominant a team was, and that’s largely true: the teams with the highest game script scores tend to have been the most dominant teams. However, there are some reasons to be cautious with this approach: game scripts are not adjusted for strength of schedule and in any given game, the losing team can end up with a better score than the winning team. That said, here are the teams with the highest Game Scripts since 1940:

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