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Happy Thursday everyone.

Breaking Through by Breaking the Rules | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
My piece Logic (Newton) or Chance (Luck)? got a comment the other day that sparked a thought I want to share. Here’s the comment and my response:

Sarkisian: Comments not 'a knock on Andrew Luck' -
Recently, Washington Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said if he were running the team with the first-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, he'd take Southern Cal's Matt Barkley over Stanford's Andrew Luck.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 9 Quick Reads
Jackson's third interception came on a Hail Mary at the end of the game. That doesn't count as a turnover in his DYAR. His other two interceptions came on his last throw of the third quarter and his first throw of the fourth. Those turnovers do count.

Revisiting first round projections: 9th November " Seahawks Draft Blog
On October 7th I wrote this article noting which players I believed were worthy of first round projections. I wanted to go back and review this list and also update it based on the games I’ve watched since. It’s important to remember that in some cases I’ve just not seen enough evidence to grade a player. For example, I’ve not had the opportunity to truly focus on Georgia’s rising linebacker Jarvis Jones – therefore I can’t offer a true evaluation. This is supposed to be a work in progress, moving towards the introduction of the weekly mock drafts that will begin in the upcoming weeks.   

32 Teams, 32 Observations - Week 9 |
Seattle Seahawks: Center Max Unger rated as one of the worst run-blocking guards as a rookie in 2009, played just one game in 2010, but now, after moving to center, he rates in the Top 10 in terms of run blocking.

The PFF Mid Season All Pro Team |
Safeties: Kam Chancellor (Sea) and Eric Weddle (SD) Even after having the worst game of his career Chancellor is still our top ranked safety. He makes plays all over the field. Weddle was erroneously ranked as a worse free agent than Danieal Manning, Michael Huff and Quintin Mikell by myself. Even I get it wrong sometimes, but between the four analysts we got it right this time with his All Pro nod. Second Team: Troy Polamalu (Pit) and Jairus Byrd (Buf)

NFP Week 9 rookie report card: Second-year QBs | National Football Post
Last week when I wrote a post on some of the rookie quarterbacks (and Tim Tebow), a reader suggested that I write up how the second-year quarterbacks are playing. I thought that was a great idea, so here is a look at Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy.

Would the All 22 footage be a good thing??
To sum it up, the All 22 footage is shot from endzone cameras and gives a view of all the players on the field. This footage is available to coaches and some of the media but it isn’t available to fans. The main reason it isn’t available is, according to Charley Casserly (former GM who was on the competition committee) "it would open players and teams up to a level of criticism far beyond the current hum of talk radio". Basically it would give fans more to talk about and more to complain about and they don’t want that.

Wednesday Pete Carroll notes | - Seahawks blog
The Seahawks begin the second half of their season with this week's game against the Baltimore Ravens, but before practice got underway, Pete Carroll had his usual Wednesday press conference. As has been the case the past couple of weeks, there hasn't been a ton of injury news other than the status of still hurting QB Tarvaris Jackson, who will once again likely be limited to some degree this week in practice, but should play Sunday.

Seahawks: The good and the bad | - Sports - According to the NFL calendar, the Seahawks are halfway done. Their play, however, shows that the Seahawks are much further than that from being a finished product.

Chalk Talk: Price survives blur of Oregon's defense - Blog - - Oregon made things tough on Keith Price, intercepting Washington's quarterback twice and holding him to his lowest passing yardage total since the season opener. In this week's edition of Chalk Talk, Brock Huard breaks down the third-quarter touchdown pass to Kasen Williams, which was one play where Price was able to get the better of the Ducks defense.

Hawks at midterm: Growing pains | Seahawks Insider - With only 11 players still left from the initial roster they took over, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have cycled through some 500 roster transactions since January 2010.

Seahawks Blog | By the numbers: Ravens at Seahawks | Seattle Times Newspaper - "It starts off with Marshawn. He's definitely one of the top two or three running backs in the National Football League. He's a violent runner. You go back and you look at that playoff game against the Saints last year where he took the game over with his running style. It was just incredible. I love the young offensive line. I think they've got some very athletic guys in there and (Robert) Gallery kind of holding them all together.

His style of play, he gets after it. Sidney Rice is a guy we really struggled with when he was in Minnesota a couple of years ago. He and Tarvaris (Jackson) have history, and then Doug Baldwin, I mean this guy from Stanford -- one of Jim's guys -- he's catching the ball in the slot all over the place. He's starting to look like a Wes Welker-type guy in the slot. And then Zach Miller, in Oakland, we couldn't really stop him when we played them. Our guys are familiar with the playmakers that they have on offense."

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks thoughts on Joe Paterno, Penn State allegations | Seattle Times Newspaper - Seahawks fullback Mike Robinson played at Penn State 2002 to 2005, when he was a quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate. He was asked about the situation at his alma mater: "First off, I want to express my deep sorrow for the children that are involved. I have three kids myself, and I can't imagine what those families are going through today and have went through in the past."

Growing pains - The Seahawks have reached the midway point of their second season under Pete Carroll at 2-6, and the problems leading to their slow starts and unfulfilled finishes have their coach frustrated.

Tuesday’s draft mailbag " Seahawks Draft Blog - There’s a lot of unanswered questions in the comments section so rather than go through all the individual articles I’ve just listed the questions and answers here in a mailbag session. Feel free to build off the discussion here or ask any further questions.

LuckWatch: Seahawks' QB maneuvering - NFC West Blog - ESPN - The Seattle Seahawks' handling of the quarterback situation this season has produced quite a bit of confusion. When in doubt, follow the money.

Moments In time: Seahawks vs Ravens - 2003, Seahawks, NFL history, results - In an overall wild game, the Seahawks and Ravens went to overtime in 2003 to decide the outcome. What a game it was. In a game that totaled 85 points between the two teams, it was a slow start.

The Fall of Fat Albert... Plus Five Others Who Should Follow - The Triangle Blog - Haynesworth isn't the only player whose time should be up, though; there are veterans around the league who are simply collecting a paycheck they don't deserve and occupying playing time that should be going to younger, hungrier players. (Yes, Chad Ochocinco is one of them, but we are contractually limited to only one Pats kick-in-the-teeth per post by our editor in chief.)

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Kevin Kolb Still Hopes He’s Able to Play Against His Former Team This Weekend - Kevin Kolb joined XTRA 910 in Phoenix with Bickley and MJ to discuss watching his team snap their six-game losing streak with him on the sidelines injured, the play of backup quarterback John Skelton, what it felt like to sit out, the status of his foot injury, the need to practice during the week to play on Sundays, what it might feel like to miss his return to Philly and making sure he holds on to his starting gig.

Twitter / @RickMaese: Redskins sign OT Tyler Pol ...
Redskins sign OT Tyler Polumbus... 6-8, 300 pounds... Big