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Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, info, interviews, analysis --  from around the interwebs.

Week 5 Film Review, Including Giants-Seahawks -
A look back at some of the games from Week 5, with the benefit of film analysis:

The GM's toughest job | National Football Post
The conundrum for many NFL clubs is the challenge of balancing winning today versus the development of young players for tomorrow.

The real reason for the NFL’s passing explosion. - Slate Magazine
Week 5 saw no relief from this season’s torrent of passing yards. Eli Manning and Matt Schaub each threw for more than 400 yards in losing efforts. In fact, seven of the 10 games with a 400-yard passing line this season have come in losses. A losing quarterback, forced to throw as part of a futile comeback effort, often throws for more yardage than the winner, which tells us something about using total passing yards as a measure of effective offense.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Seahawks Bye-Week Report Card: Offense
I was going to call this a "First Quarter Report Card" after Seattle's first four games, but never got a chance to finish the piece before the Seahawks crashed through the Meadowlands and left a Doug Baldwin-shaped hole behind them.

Top ten senior prospects | National Football Post - Our first look at the nation’s top ten senior prospects…

Race for Rookie of the Year: An Undrafted Revelation |
7. [-] Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks, +5.4 receiver rating (181 snaps) . It’s become harder and harder to resist the undrafted rookie who continues to impress for the Seahawks.  He walked out with a touchdown against the Giants, but he made more impressive plays than taking advantage of one blown coverage.  A camp star turned productive NFL receiver, and just five games into his career.

Spending more doesn't always equal success | National Football Post
The dramatic dismissal of the New York Yankees from the American League playoffs at the hands of the Detroit Tigers illustrates that the investment of disproportionate dollars by a franchise does not necessarily ensure success on the field.

Goodbye Aaron Curry
Well, the news we have been expecting to hear for a while has come: Aaron Curry has been traded. Curry will be going to the Raiders for a 7th rounder and a 4th or 5th round pick in 2013.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: First Weekly Podcast on KJR With Dave "Softy" Mahler
After trading glances across Twitter, Dave "Softy" Mahler and I did the first of what we hope is a series of conversations about the Seahawks. Mahler is a good guy who grew up in the area, and a passionate fan along with being a long-time radio host on KJR 950.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: The smartass guide to the LuckStakes, sans Seattle. Cry or rejoice as you see fit.
Who really has a shot at drafting Andrew Luck? Who's plummeting in free-fall towards the bottom of the barrel, and who's losing out by inexplicably winning? Here's the leading contenders.

Brock and Salk - Blu - Podcasts -
What is a reasonable expectation for Tim Tebow now that he is Denver's starting quarterback? Why is Huskies defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu rated among the nation's top senior prospects? Does Mike Bellotti want to get back into coaching?

Tom Cable getting better, just like Seahawks linemen | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Sometimes, in the NFL, you’ve gotta coach hurt. Tom Cable, the Seattle Seahawks’ assistant head coach and offensive line coach, has proved that during the past couple of weeks as he recovers from the serious and extensive back surgery that he underwent Sept. 26.

Second helping of Curry | Seahawks Insider
Okay, word is that the Seahawks are not expecting to have comments or statements on the Aaron Curry situation today. The understanding here is that the terms of a trade with Oakland are agreed upon, but must be approved by the league. It is possible things could come together and be made official tonight.

Seahawks reportedly to trade Aaron Curry to Raiders | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News -
The Seahawks will trade linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders for draft picks, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday, citing a "source familiar with the deal." Blog | Wednesday in Hawkville "
But nine players remained sidelined for the team’s final practice in their bye week: quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, running back Marshawn Lynch, tight end Zach Miller, center Max Unger, left guard Robert Gallery, offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre, linebacker Leroy Hill, cornerback Marcus Trufant and rush-end Jameson Konz.

2011 Seahawks Week 5: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things I noticed while watching the Seattle Seahawks' 36-25 road victory over the New York Giants in Week 5:

Alexander, Lewis catch the eye against struggling Texas " Seahawks Draft Blog
A cautionary note here: the tape you see below is very impressive. You will see two Oklahoma defensive lineman dominating their opponents in a manner which will leave you impressed and hoping they’ll swap red for blue next season when they enter the NFL. What’s more, they’re both possible scheme fits in Seattle – which kind of helps.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks LB Aaron Curry to be traded to the Raiders | Seattle Times Newspaper - Linebacker Aaron Curry appears headed out of Seattle as he is expected to be traded to the Oakland Raiders. news: Seahawks give their fans opportunity to clean house - Seahawks faithful: Having a tough time sleeping with that florescent-green Aaron Curry jersey glowing from your bedroom closet? Seahawks fans: This throwback gem doesn't need to plague your gameday lineup, but you better move fast. (John Froschauer/Associated Press) Your troubles are over. news: Carroll views James as pass rusher, but NBA star wants the ball - LeBron James continues his (perhaps-from-boredom) flirtation with an NFL career. With apparently little to do during the dragging NBA lockout, James on Tuesday exchanged a flurry of tweets with ESPN senior writer John Clayton, inquiring about the deadline for NFL teams to sign free agents (it's next Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET).

From fourth to last: Former top pick Curry traded to Raiders after demotion - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports - The failure of the Tim Ruskell era is complete.

Seahawks' Curry ready to live up to expectations - NFL - Yahoo! Canada Sports - High expectations come with high draft picks, especially when you're the highest-picked player at your position in nearly a decade. That's what happened to Wake Forest outside linebacker Aaron Curry(notes) when the Seattle Seahawks selected him fourth overall in the 2009 draft.

ESPN's Todd McShay 'shocked' by Aaron Curry's play - Daily Links Blog - - "I am shocked," McShay told "Brock and Salk" on Friday, adding that he considered Curry to be the safest pick of the 2009 draft.