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Something... feels different. This is weird. No game this week. Sad.

Football Godfather: Russell Wilson | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Then there’s Wilson. To me, Wilson is like the Godfather. Quiet, charming, refined, but he’ll rip your heart out.

Russell Wilson of Seahawks Shows Talent and Poise in Loss - NYTimes.com
In the morgue silence of the Seattle locker room, several Seahawks sat frozen on folding chairs, staring straight ahead at nothing. A few heads were hidden beneath white towels. One player sniffled.

Russell Wilson proves he’s the rookie of the year | ProFootballTalk
Two weeks ago today, we declared Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to be the PFT offensive rookie of the year, based on the regular season. Plenty of you disagreed. Two weeks later, no one should.

Seattle Seahawks burned by final blitzes vs. Falcons - NFL.com
The Seattle Seahawks love to attack. But their pass rush was ineffective Sunday against the Falcons, and the decision to send an extra man at Matt Ryan potentially cost the 'Hawks a trip to San Francisco.

Packers' Jennings, Driver consider their futures
One NFC scout is skeptical. He doesn't see Jennings signing the five-year, $55.5 million deal Vincent Jackson did with Tampa Bay last off-season, saying he no longer categorizes Jennings as an "elite" receiver. "I put Vincent Jackson last year up in the elite spectrum, a Pro Bowl-caliber player," the scout said. "He's also 6-5 and still can do a lot more things. Greg can't compete with Vincent right now. I'd say the market is going to be much smaller than that."

Brad Biggs's post on Chicago Bears | Latest updates on Sulia
Here is my Q&A with #Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell after Sunday’s game. He is in the mix for the #Bears head job.

Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu tries to rebuild himself and his career | NOLA.com
"I only have one more shot," Mathieu said in an interview with NOLA.com. "This is my last chance. I don't have any more after this, or I can't get accepted to the NFL. This is truly my last shot, it's all I've got. "I think people understand that. You can't keep making the same mistakes and I understand that and accept the responsibility. I'm a better person, in a better spirit and much better place right now. Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, I feel great in all aspects of my life.

Pro Football 360 - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
After Colin Kaepernick lit up the Packers, has opinion shifted in favor of the read option? Pete Prisco and Will Brinson join Kevin Corke to debate the subject.

Seahawks' season ended with blown chances
He flew through the gap as Miller stood and blocked the man outside of Moore and Moore tackled Robinson for a one-yard loss. It was no points for the Seahawks on the turnover on downs. "If I could have taken another rotation with my legs I would have had enough power," Robinson said. "There were more guys there than we could block," said tackle Russell Okung. Seattle was in an I-formation and there was option to flip it to the tailback if the defense bunched itself in the middle. Wilson said he had no choice, but to hand it off because a linebacker was standing up on the edge to take the pitch. "I saw them run this play on film," Moore said. "As soon as the tight end stood up, I was gone through the gap; I shot my gun."

Three things we learned: Falcons 30, Seahawks 28 | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Three things we learned 1) Marshawn Lynch’s foot injury was more serious than advertised. He didn’t look like the same guy who had rushed for more than 100 yards in five successive games. He gained 46 yards on 16 carries in Atlanta, matching his second-lowest rushing total of the season and notching his second-worst per-carry average. The Falcons deserve credit. Their defense sold out to stop the run, but the fact that Lynch’s longest rush of the game came on Seattle’s second possession and resulted in a fumble spoke to the fact he wasn’t in top form. Coach Pete Carroll didn’t make a big deal out of Lynch’s sprained foot, but the fact the injury caused Lynch to miss two days of practice during the week was a pretty good sign it had a bearing on Sunday’s performance.

On Gus Bradley, the Seahawks defense, and postseason stock
In speaking to Seahawks defensive players last week, three things seemed clear about Bradley: 1) Players want to play for him. He was described as a "player's coach" by multiple players. One player called him "new-school," and said that he's the type of coach whom players will listen to and follow. 2) He's full of energy and optimism. Cornerback Richard Sherman said Bradley never seems to have a bad day, ever boasting energy -- even when he's sick, or his voice is hoarse. So if a high-energy coach is appealing, Bradley should excite you. 3) The Seahawks run Bradley's defense. I wanted to know specifically what role Bradley possesses, particularly because Pete Carroll has a decorated resume with defense. I was told that Carroll has influence, but Bradley puts together the game plan and makes the calls.

Not bad when QB is least of team's worries - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Starting NFL quarterbacks have gone 78-8 during the 2012 regular season and playoffs when posting Total QBR scores as high as the 86.4 Russell Wilson posted for Seattle during a 30-28 divisional playoff defeat Sunday.

Thiel: Seahawks wanted the win for Wilson | Sportspress Northwest
"I don’t even want to think about this," he said. "It’s a tough one to get over. It’s going to take a long time." Finally, tight end Zach Miller, buoyed by the individual game of his career (eight catches, 142 yards, one glorious touchdown), had the presence of mind to drill down past the anguish to the core of the ache. "We wanted to win it," he said, "for him."

Injury doesn't slow down Seahawks' Miller | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Seahawks tight end Zach Miller, who injured his left foot in the first quarter, caught 8 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.

Seahawks' rookie QB Wilson has 'it' factor | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Is it against the rules to suggest that an athlete had a legendary performance in a loss?

Seahawks' tight end Zach Miller catches eight passes for 142 yards | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Zach Miller's biggest game for the Seahawks before Sunday was 59 yards receiving. He caught eight passes for 142 yards against the Falcons, which was just one yard short of Darrell Jackson's franchise record for receiving yards in a playoff game.

Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson dazzles even in defeat to Falcons | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Rookie Russell Wilson passed for 385 yards, nearly leading the Seahawks to the NFC Championship Game. The Seahawks overcame a 20-point deficit to take the lead late against Atlanta, but lost when the Falcons made a field goal in the final seconds.

Seahawks-Falcons, by the numbers | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
20—Points, the biggest deficit Seattle face all season. The Seahawks were able to overcome even that big of a hole, only to lose the lead in the final seconds.

NFP Previews The East West Shrine Game | National Football Post
Russ Lande gives insight into eight prospects NFL teams will be watching closely at the East West Shrine Game.

It's time for teams to hire game managers | National Football Post
Game management blunders happen far too frequently in the NFL. Just look at the Divisional Round as an example.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 19 DVOA Ratings
The playoff odds report is updated through the wild card games. You will find DVOA matchup pages for the AFC and NFC Championship games on the FO Premium page. Remember that the equation used to determine win probabilities for the playoff odds report is not as complex as the one used for FO Premium picks, so picks may differ.

Cardinals want a second interview with Mike McCoy | ProFootballTalk
The Mike McCoy train is gaining speed, and it looks like you better hurry if you want on board.

East-West Shrine Game 2013 practice report: Colin Klein does not impress - SBNation.com
The East-West Shrine Game doesn't start until Saturday, but there's a whole week of practice to look forward to. We'll be spending each day looking at who impressed and who disappointed in these sessions.

Zach Miller tore his plantar fascia on third play of Sunday’s game | ProFootballTalk
After the Seahawks’ first offensive series of the game, tight end Zach Miller left the field and went to get his foot checked out by the team’s medical staff.

East-West Shrine Game 2013 - SBNation.com
The East-West Shrine Game doesn't start until Saturday, but there's a whole week of practice to look forward to. We'll be spending each day looking at who impressed and who disappointed in these sessions.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Insider: Successful teams' leaders police selves
"If you listen to all the reports coming out of Dallas right now, you would think they just won the Super Bowl. Did people not watch what just happened at USC last year? (Former USC defensive coordinator) Monte Kiffin was run out of there. It was the same story at the end of his tenure in Tampa Bay. The defense collapsed down the stretch. The guy is 70-some years old. He is done. … I didn’t think the defense was broken in Dallas. They are not addressing the real issues. This was just window dressing. You’ll see. Give it another year and watch what happens."

NFL Free Agent Master List '13 - Free Agency Update - Rotoworld.com
With access to NFL Players Association data, Rotoworld can generate the most accurate free agent list on the internet. The players are ranked in order of how we see them being valued on the open market.

Cook not happy to lose position coach | Titans Insider
Tight end Jared Cook is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March, and he’s a player the Titans are very much interested in retaining.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " DeMaurice Smith Addresses RG3 Injury and the Field Conditions in Washington
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith joined Inside the Locker Room on ESPN Radio 980 in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Robert Griffin III injury situation, the progress they’d like to make in terms of medical treatment on NFL sidelines and the condition of the field in Washington last weekend. Finally, he shared some discomforting details regarding a team doctor the NFLPA is attempting to get ousted in San Diego.

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