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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Cover-2: Birds Out of Hand
That "Dream Team" stuff? Yeah, it's out the window in Philly. The Eagles are 1-4 after an offseason in which they put several new cogs in the machine, including cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. It was thought that the addition of those two, put together with elite cornerback Asante Samuel, would make it very dangerous indeed for any quarterback to test the Eagles' defense.

10/13: Pete Carroll and John Schneider manned up - Blog -
Brock and Salk applaud Seahawks general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll for their decision to part ways with linebacker Aaron Curry, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft.

FP - Top 10 Things I Knew I Knew Going into 2011
Cris Collinsworth looks back at what he thought would happen this season.

32 Teams, 32 Observations |
Seattle Seahawks: Fourth round pick K.J. Wright started the season at middle linebacker, and is now starting on the strong side. They have limited him to just 119 snaps in his four games, but he has at least one stop in each game and has a +3.4 run defense rating.

VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style -
In these desperate NBA times, we've seen a superstar like LeBron James discuss jumping to the NFL. While the league wouldn't comment on it when we asked them, and while it's unlikely that 'Bron actually ever makes that jump (for any number of reasons, really), Pete Carroll is courting him to Seattle pretty, pretty hard these days.

2012 NFL Draft player comparisons: Matt Barkley and Vinny Curry - Mocking The Draft
This probably seems like a cop out comparison since both are Southern California players. But from an ability and football intelligence standpoint, they're pretty identical.

Injury to Nebraska DT Jared Crick shouldn't hurt NFL Draft stock - Mocking The Draft
The 2012 NFL Draft stock of Nebraska's Jared Crick took a serious hit today when it was announced he will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle.

NFL Odds And Lines For Every Game In Week 6 -
Who's going to win in Week 6? Here are the odds on every NFL game this week.

Mac's Football Blog: Buccaneers Waive RB Allen Bradford
A 2011 sixth-round pick (187th overall) out of USC, Bradford had 24 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown with three tackles on special teams in the preseason, earning a spot on the 53-man roster. The 5-foot-11, 235-pound Bradford was inactive the first four weeks of the season before gaining 13 yards on five carries in the Buccaneers' 48-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Signature Stats Snapshot - Yards Per Route Run |
Other figures in the Top 10 include the now I.R’d Kenny Britt, and one of the success stories of the young season, Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks picked-up the rookie undrafted and he’s turned into a player they simply can’t do without and, as a result, he’s made himself a bigger part of the offense. He’s run 123 routes and picked up a healthy 2.72 yards per route run. Below is a list of the Top 10:

Are you really going to blitz Aaron Rodgers? | National Football Post
The Falcons tried--and failed. Let's break down the video

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.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Seahawks Bye-Week Report Card: The Palmer Ship Has Sailed and Other QB Thoughts
Had you shown me that a couple weeks ago, I might have gotten excited. Earlier this year, 17 Power was one of a couple of Seattle blogs passing on low-level rumors that the Seahawks were pursuing Palmer in trade. A couple people were insisting that a certain price has been named; others quoted only an intangible interest. Nothing ever materialized, but the interest wasn't disproven either. Palmer, though modestly aged and beset by injuries, is nonetheless a potential short-term franchise quarterback with the skills to produce. He isn't doing anything in his non-retirement in Cincinnati, and the Bengals can only stand to benefit from trading him. It was a needed and potentially exciting prospect for a team struggling at the most important position, and I was hopeful it would happen. Now...mehh. Not so much.

10/13: Would you trade Baldwin, picks for Palmer? - Blog - - In Thursday's Wrap Up video, Brock and Salk discuss the whether sending Doug Baldwin and draft picks to the Bengals for Carson Palmer would make sense for the Seahawks. That trade was recently proposed by Gil Brandt of

Seahawks send Aaron Curry to Raiders for low draft picks | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Analysts will sort through the merits of the Seahawks’ pending trade of linebacker Aaron Curry to Oakland. And they will debate the degrees of disappointment that followed his high-pick status.

Aaron Curry not an instant answer - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN - Essentially, this is a low-risk endeavor for a team that has long taken on players such as Curry. He was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2009 by Seattle. He lost his starting job this year.

Curry fall-out | Seahawks Insider - Some in the media have tried to measure him against the great sports busts in Seattle history. (I've included one of those links). To me, that seems about as enjoyable as going back and rating your colonoscopies.

Inside the playbook: Bills' defense vs. Vick | National Football Post - A new way to look at the Xs and Os of the NFL game

Seahawks Blog | None of Ruskell's first-rounders remain Seahawks | Seattle Times Newspaper - For all the changes to the Seahawks roster last year -- and there were nearly 300 of them -- it wasn't until this year that Seattle cut ties with some of the players picked to be cornerstones under former president Tim Ruskell.

The human sponge - As the Seahawks' No. 3 QB, Josh Portis gets few reps in practice to hone his skills. But the rookie free agent continues to prepare so he'll be ready when needed, especially with starter Tarvaris Jackson's status unclear for the Oct. 23 game against the Browns.

Five thoughts on Aaron Curry's departure - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Five thoughts on Aaron Curry's departure from the Seattle Seahawks via trade to the Oakland Raiders, pending NFL approval:

Jerry Brewer | Curry's play never matched the pre-draft hype | Seattle Times Newspaper - In reality, Aaron Curry truly did possess unbelievable talent.

Aaron Curry: Why would you do that? - Seahawks News - - I worked the draft-day broadcast for 710 ESPN Seattle in 2009 with Mike Salk and Clare Farnsworth and when the Seahawks picked Aaron Curry with the fourth overall pick, I was elated. I relayed that story here, and like many, I felt the 2008 Butkus Award winner out of Wake Forest was the safest pick in the 2009 draft.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Final Word On Aaron Curry - Tim Ruskell's name makes my teeth clench. He did more damage to the Seahawks franchise than Bill Leavy, Ken Behring, and Etric Pruitt combined. Nearly every personnel decision he made was wrong, and by the time he had cursed the team into position for a #4 overall draft choice in 2009, I had already decided he was Seahawks Enemy #1. It is always easy to second-guess decisions from general managers, but with Ruskell, I spent a fair amount of time criticizing his decisions immediately after they were made. One of the lone exceptions was a his pick of Aaron Curry with that 2009 first-round draft choice. news: Seahawks ship off former first-round pick Curry to Raiders"He came in and said how much he had learned from us and how much he's going to miss us and everything," linebacker Leroy Hill said. "It's a new beginning for him, and hopefully he steps to the plate. I think down there, he won't have all those high expectations that he had here, so he can relax and just play ball. I wish him luck and think everything will work out for him."

NFL - QBR reveals what really matters in the red zone - ESPN
Peter Keating examines the best and worst QBs in the red zone and determines what we can learn from them. The answer? QBR reveals why what's really important is not committing turnovers.

NFL - The Seattle Seahawks are combining a formidable run defense with an improving offense - ESPN - Vince Verhei of Football Outsiders looks at the Seattle Seahawks, an improving team coming off a win against the New York Giants. The playoffs aren't likely for Seattle, but week-to-week improvement offers hope for the future.