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The Tape Never Lies: Breaking down Sam Bradford’s approach to a game-winning drive | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs | theScore.com
Every quarterback dreams of The Drive. It’s a euphoric sequence of throws that encompasses a passer’s career, good or bad, in the span of a few minutes. Most remember it as the unfathomable five-minute, 98-yard drive executed by John Elway in 1987 against the (forever) cursed Cleveland Browns, but it’s not always that historic and mesmerizing for others.

How Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey Are the Weapons Sam Bradford Needs | Articles | Draft
Since Sam Bradford was drafted in 2009, he's been ranked 19th, 23rd, and 18th in league-wide yards per game, despite ranking 7th, 25th, and 13th in pass attempts in those seasons. It's obvious that the Rams are committed to Bradford, as they traded the #2 overall pick in 2012 which could have been used to take Robert Griffin.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Want to play CB for the 49ers? Only 6-footers need apply
During the draft, general manager Trent Baalke was asked how the 49ers will address the proliferation of speedy slot receivers such as Percy Harvin and Tavon Austin in the division. "... It takes scheme sometimes to take care of different schemes that other people are throwing at you," Baalke said. "No different than it does when they're playing against us and our personnel. This is a matchup league. It's a personnel matchup league. And you either do it with personnel, or you do it with scheme. Those are the two ways you take care of it."

Whitner: Brooks is sorry | CSN Bay Area
"He explained the situation," Whitner said Wednesday. "I gave my input on it and we left it at that. He's tremendously sorry for what he did. Anybody would be embarrassed and he just has to move on and make he continues to make the right choices from this point forward. He'll be OK."

How Corner Blitzing Helps Defend The Read-Option - Hogs Haven
The hot topic of the NFL this off-season has been defending the read-option. We look at how the Carolina Panthers used their slot corners to help them attack the Redskins read-option.

Chip Kelly, RGIII, Tony Romo demand attention at training camp - NFL.com
With Jason Garrett stepping back in the play-calling department, is Tony Romo taking control of the Dallas Cowboys' offense? Ian Rapoport enters training camp with seven significant questions.

Five questions as Seahawks begin training camp - 710sports.com
The Seahawks may be returning all but two starters from a team that went 11-5 and had the best December of any franchise in the league, but this team has plenty of questions that will be answered in the six weeks, starting with these five. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at 710sports.com

Risky business: Biggest chances Seahawks have taken - 710sports.com
The Seahawks' front office has given out more chances than it has taken over the past three years.

Seahawks set to open camp amid hype | The Columbian
Pete Carroll is used to the glare. It was part of the deal coaching at USC.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Brief Thoughts on the Eve of Training Camp...
Our franchise is about to field the best squad in their history.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Hawk Blogger 2013 Seahawks Training Camp Tips & Handout
It is almost that time. A new football season is about to begin. The Seahawks have sold out every public training camp for the first time ever. That means a lot of new faces will see players vying for a roster spot for the first time. I have spent more than a normal amount of time at these sessions in the past, and wanted to offer a few items to help make your visit even better.

Willis Prepares for ‘Tough’ Schedule
Patrick Willis begins his seventh training camp this week and plans on using it to get prepared for one of the toughest regular season schedules he’s ever faced.

Patton Embraces WR Competition
If Quinton Patton ever needs extra motivation, all the rookie wideout needs to do is look down at the black bracelet on his right wrist. “Compete like a champion... No excuses,” is written in white letters on a thick black rubber band.

Five NFL scheme changes to watch: Offense - NFL.com
Chip Kelly plans to reinvent the wheel on offense in Philadelphia, but the Eagles coach isn't the only one. Rob Chudzinski's Cleveland Browns and four other teams are shaking things up.

These NFL coaches are facing the hot seat in 2013 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Ron Rivera may have two years remaining on his contract, but he isn't ignorant to the fact that he may not be long for the Carolina Panthers job if he doesn't start winning.

What happens after 300 carries? | National Football Post
After recording 300+ rushing attempts in a season, how many running backs come back the following year to post comparable numbers? The answer may surprise you.

The 2013 offseason and its ripple effect | National Football Post
The NFL will tighten the screws on players, owners and their scouting staffs in the upcoming year.

PFT Preseason Power Rankings No. 1: San Francisco 49ers | ProFootballTalk
The San Francisco 49ers earn the top spot in our preseason power rankings after a trip to the Super Bowl last season. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick took over the helm midseason and was able to get the 49ers past their NFC Championship game appearance of 2011 and back to the game's biggest stage.

NFL, NFLPA finalize details over HGH population study | ProFootballTalk
In a four-hour meeting that occurred on Wednesday, the NFL and NFLPA finalized the arrangements for an upcoming HGH population study. Per a source with knowledge of the discussions, "some progress" was made regarding full-blown HGH testing.

Inside Linebacker Moldbreakers: London Fletcher and Patrick Willis
Last year, I wrote about how rare and impressive it was to see Ray Lewis and London Fletcher still playing at high levels. Lewis did not have a great 2012 season, but managed to walk away from the game as a defending Super Bowl champ. Fletcher was even better, and was named a second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.

Battle Stations - Training Camp Lowdown - Rotoworld.com
NFL training camps are unique because actual jobs are won and lost. And nowhere is the “may the best man win” mantra more evident than at the crucial running back position.

In 2013, Charlie Weis Has It Right | Smart Football
Charlie Weis, in 2005: Every game, you will have a decided schematic advantage

The 2012 Colts were very rookie-heavy, with one big exception
Last week, I wrote about how the 2012 Redskins were powered by a pair of rookies in Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris. The only team whose rookies had more passing/rushing/receiving yards in NFL history was the 2012 Colts, while the only non-expansion team with a higher percentage of yards from rookies was the ’55 Colts.

43-Day NFL Warning: The Way-Too-Early Position-Battle Winners, Skill Players Edition - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Montee Ball vs. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos, running back Depending on how the Von Miller suspension works out, running back will be the biggest question for a Denver team that comes into this season as the favorite in the AFC. Ronnie Hillman has made his stance on the job opening clear, but I think we can safely say there’s a conflict of interest in play there.

Special Teams: Be More Efficient and Effective | Coach and Coordinator
In the next week or two most of us will be in what we all probably consider our favorite time of the year. It’s our opportunity to focus solely on being football coaches. There are no classes to teach, no papers to grade, and our players can focus on football as well.

2013 NFL Scouting: New Faces Look to Shake Up the NFC South
In what just might be the NFL's most competitive division, the members of the NFC South are all heading the training camp with a legitimate shot of winning the division. The Atlanta Falcons are still the favorites, but after a strong offseason the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't too far behind them. And while 2012 wasn't a banner year for the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, both teams have a decent shot at bringing home a division title as well.

How Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey Are the Weapons Sam Bradford Needs | Articles | Draft
Since Sam Bradford was drafted in 2009, he's been ranked 19th, 23rd, and 18th in league-wide yards per game, despite ranking 7th, 25th, and 13th in pass attempts in those seasons. It's obvious that the Rams are committed to Bradford, as they traded the #2 overall pick in 2012 which could have been used to take Robert Griffin.

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