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SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 2: Defensive lineman Alan Branch #99 gets fired up during play against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Falcons won the game 30-28. (Photo by Stephen Brashear /Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 2: Defensive lineman Alan Branch #99 gets fired up during play against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Falcons won the game 30-28. (Photo by Stephen Brashear /Getty Images)
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What's the story with McDaniels and the Rams? | National Football Post
After four weeks, coaching staffs start to do some self-scouting. Is the game plan working? What do we have to change? Do we need mix up the lineup? Questions that you want to get answered before you move onto the "second quarter" of the regular season. ICON Bradford and the 0-4 Rams are struggling to produce points in Josh McDaniels' offense. In St. Louis, that has to start with Josh McDaniels and his offensive script—because it has been a bust.

My top five quarterback prospects | National Football Post
An early season look at the nation’s top five quarterback prospects in my eyes… news: Career change? Heat star James practices with high school team
Is LeBron James taking his talents to the NFL?

6 Changes Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks Must Make | Bleacher Report
Since 1990, approximately one team per season has started 1-3 and made the postseason. The 1-3 Seahawks are in position to join the club.  Seattle's up-and-down season has been plagued by inconsistency. Struggles in all three phases of the game have contributed to their record; slow starts, an inability to put points on the board and general miscues have all been factors in their play.

10/5: Doug Baldwin among Seahawks' surprises - Blog -
In Wednesday's Wrap Up video, Brock Huard discusses the surprises and disappointments on the Seahawks through the first quarter of the season.

Brock and Salk - Blu - Podcasts -
Knowing the Falcons were going to ice Steven Hauschka before his 61-yard attempt, should the Hawks have hiked the ball after the whistle just to see if he had enough leg? How does a silent snap count works?

Thoughts from Week 4, including the dumbest play of the season - NFL - Football
Aaron Curry trade Curry was the fourth pick in the NFL Draft and has struggled to live up to his draft status in Seattle. When Curry came out, I interviewed 25 teams, and every one of them told me Curry was a top-10 pick. After watching tape, I agreed. He was active, instinctive and aggressive. I thought he would be a good strong-side linebacker who would be effective as a blitzer and good enough in coverage.

A Surprisingly Good Jackson: Bad for Luck
I take back everything I said about Tarvaris Jackson. I didn’t think he’d ever look like a capable NFL quarterback, much less a Pro Bowler.

Manning on Hawks: "We expect it’s going to be a tight game" | Seahawks Insider
We talked with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning via conference call this morning.

From the sidelines: Seahawks vs Falcons
Even in the face of a loss, Carroll and the Seahawks are buoyed by an impressive performance in the second half on Sunday.

Seahawks | Seahawks can use recent history against New York Giants as measuring stick | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks' next opponent is a historical landmark. That has nothing to do with the fact the New York Giants joined the NFL in 1925, making them elder statesmen along with teams like the Packers, Bears and Cardinals.

Seahawks' rookie receiver Doug Baldwin making his mark | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
He was too small, too slow and deemed not athletic enough to be selected in this year’s draft. But Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin used it as motivation, signing with Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent. And after four games, Baldwin has a hard-earned title: Seattle’s leading receiver.

Giants won't recognize Seattle run defense - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The New York Giants' 41-7 victory at Seattle last season came a week after the Seahawks lost Red Bryant and one of their other top run defenders at the time, Colin Cole, to injuries. They were also without Brandon Mebane, another starting defensive lineman.

Seahawks at Giants look ahead - - Suddenly, the Giants have momentum after back-to-back comeback victories on the road. And here come the lowly Seahawks, desperate for a victory after falling short in a comeback against the Falcons. Seattle is desperate to get off to a good start Sunday, having been outscored in the first half this season, 67-13. The Giants face a struggling offense that is averaging 14.5 points per game (29th in the NFL), 254.0 yards (32nd), 186.5 passing yards (28th) and 67.5 rushing yards (31st). Meanwhile, Eli Manning is off to an MVP-type start, Hakeem Nicks has emerged as one of the best receivers in the NFL and Victor Cruz had turned himself into a legit threat.

2011 Seahawks Week 4: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Five things I noticed while watching the Seattle Seahawks during their 30-28 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4:

TE Miller sits out practice, CB Maxwell returns | Seahawks Insider - Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said that he was a little optimistic in his initially assessment of linebacker Matt McCoy, and that in fact he will needed to have arthiscopic knee surgery in a week to repair damage in his knee, and will be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Cover-2: View From the Press Box - Who says you never get a second chance to make a first impression? Not Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, who is trying to make a place for himself in the NFL after five seasons in the Canadian Football League. Browner was a Defensive Freshman of the Year at Oregon State in 2003, he came out for the draft as a redshirt sophomore in 2005, but didn’t get picked –- despite his productive play and 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame, teams were hesitant to buy in.

The Odds Are Against The Seahawks In 2011 - The Daily Drip - SB Nation Seattle - Entering this season, there was a lot of hope and optimism surrounding the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. After a surprise playoff appearance last year, it was easy to get excited about a young team as they continue to develop. Unfortunately, a slow start has placed a damper on some of those expectations, and the odds are now stacked pretty heavily against the Hawks.

Seattle Sports - Podcasts - - Seahawks linebacker Jameson Konz discussed his promotion to the active roster, his move to the defensive side of the ball and the plans for him on special teams.

Seattle Sports - Podcasts - - Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch breaks down the run game and the improved offensive line play from Sunday.

Seattle Sports - Podcasts - - Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spoke with the media after practice about what he has seen from wide receiver Doug Baldwin and his future plans to run the no-huddle offense.