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SEATTLE - DECEMBER 01: Leon Washington #33 of the Seattle Seahawks is hit by Akeem Jordan #56 of the Philadelphia Eagles on December 1, 2011 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - DECEMBER 01: Leon Washington #33 of the Seattle Seahawks is hit by Akeem Jordan #56 of the Philadelphia Eagles on December 1, 2011 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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How to be a great sports agent Part II | National Football Post
Breaking down the three primary roles when it comes to representing athletes.

Stats don't tell the story of Zach Miller's impact - Blog -
Five Seahawks have more receptions this season that Zach Miller, the tight end Seattle signed in the offseason to a five-year, $34 million contract. Miller, coming off a Pro Bowl season, has 18 catches for 188 yards and no touchdowns. Bob Stelton and Dave Wyman explain in the video below why Miller is having a better season than those numbers would suggest.

Hawthorne, Brock do not practice | Seahawks Insider
Seattle Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne’s knee apparently still is giving him some trouble. Hawthorne did not practice today, along with defensive end Raheem Brock (calf). Cornerback Byron Maxwell (illness) did take some reps in practice and was limited, along with fellow cornerback Kennard Cox (hamstring).

Seattle & Atlanta Fans Lambasted Mora for Poor Personnel Evaluation, Lack of Leadership & Ineptitude - Bruins Nation
In last 48 hours we have been looking into Jim Mora's track record and experience as a football coach. As discussed Mora's resume raises a lot of concerns. We have also been looking into reflections on Mora's coaching from Seattle and Atlanta fanbases on SBN. What we have found out so far is pretty troubling and seems to raise more red flags around Mora. Take for example this post from abender20 on SBN's Seahawk's blog Field Gulls. When the decision to fire Mora was announced to the Seahawks fanbase, here is how abender20 ripped into Mora for his difficulties with player evaluation:

Thursday draft thoughts: Peyton Manning to be cut? " Seahawks Draft Blog
At the start of November I discussed the conundrum facing Indianapolis - it’s idealistic to believe Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck can co-exist on the same roster. Sure, it worked perfectly for Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, but Rodgers wasn’t the #1 overall pick and a storied college quarterback seen by many to be nearly flawless. This week we’ve seen Archie Manning state the obvious over this situation, with Mike Florio at PFT basically summing it up in this piece. Something has to give.

Q&A: NFL Films’ Greg Cosell breaks down the Miami Dolphins and Sunday’s game vs. the Eagles | The Daily Dolphin
Greg Cosell never played a single down in the NFL, never coached any position and never scouted for any team. But Cosell has insight into the NFL that few outsiders possess. As executive producer of ESPN’s "NFL Matchup" show and a senior producer at NFL Films, he has access to the precious coaches film each team uses to scout their opponents each week. Cosell, who lives in Philadelphia, has watched hours and hours of film on the Dolphins this season, and was kind enough to speak with me for a few minutes about the Dolphins and this Sunday’s game against the Eagles. You can also watch him break down the Dolphins in this video on the Eagles’ web site. (For that matter, watch my video on the Eagles’ web site, too.) Here are the highlights of our conversation:

Mac's Football Blog: NFL To Conduct Eight Regional Combines
The National Football League has announced that they will conduct eight regional scouting combines for draft-eligible players that were not invited to Indianapolis for the national Scouting Combine.

Top NFL GM Candidates | Razz Report Blog
There are several promising future GM types in NFL front offices today. The "Scout type" model is the best way to go in terms of building a consistent winner. As former Coach Jimmy Johnson likes to say, "the talent guy is more important than the owner and even the Head Coach", a statement few coaches will admit. Everybody knows talent is and always will be the key to success. Below is a list of top flight evaluators who would be outstanding GM’s if given the opportunity and should be on every NFL Owner’s short list.

The Tape Never Lies: Breaking down the Cover 0 | Goal-Line Stand | Blogs |
Putting the Zero in Cover 0 Understanding football in-depth can be a difficult task at times. There are multiple players out on the field whose responsibilities are changing not only by the snap but by the second, as defenses look to disguise their intentions. However, there are always keys to identifying certain things in football before and after the snap. In the next five Thursday installments of this column, a variety of coverages used by NFL defenses will be analyzed. For starters, today’s topic is the Cover o.

Martz says Bears will be more aggressive with Hanie | ProFootballTalk
Conventional wisdom would suggest the Bears would dial back their aggression after Caleb Hanie’s six interceptions in the last two weeks. Hanie was sacked seven times last week.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Will Robert Griffin III Bring the Heisman Trophy Back to Waco?
Robert Griffin III joined WQAM in Miami with Steve and Gino to talk about what changed for him this year, whether or not he takes extra pride in building a program like Baylor into prominence, whether or not winning a Heisman Trophy was a goal of his, if his teammates have been getting on him about being a Heisman Trophy finalist, and whether or not he has thought about going into the NFL next year.

Smart Links – Strategery Round-Up: two-tight ends, the 3-4 defense, rocket toss and "Iso" – 12/8/2011 | Smart Football
[W]hen I first starting coaching listening to Woody Hayes talk about designing an offense. He talked about you start with your schedule and rank all your opponents from one to ten in terms of toughness to beat. Then you base your offense on beating the top 3 or 4 teams. That’s it. Once you are done there you just make sure you’re sound against everything else.

The Shutdown Corner Week 14 Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
We're back with another weekly podcast featuring our favorite X's-and-O's analyst — Greg Cosell, the longtime NFL Films maven, who's also the executive producer of ESPN's "NFL Matchup." As always, we go through this week's upcoming games with a scout's eye and Greg in control of the All-22 tape.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Consistency in Tennessee
The thing that amazes me the most about Tennessee’s offensive linemen is how consistent they are. Watching Michael Roos play this season has been like waking up to "I’ve Got You Babe" on the radio in Punxsutawney.

Analysis Notebook: Week 13 |
Week 13 brought its fair share of interesting plays to the table, including one that required a half-hour round table discussion between PFF Analysts just to try and work out exactly what one player thought he was playing at on a given play. Sam Monson and Ben Stockwell return for another week of plays that deserve to be highlighted for one reason or another. We’re going to take a look at an all-too-rare sight this season for Chargers fans, an impressive run play, and a momentum-swinging pick-six.

QB Grading - Our Normalization Process |
For those of you that have premium memberships, you may have seen some odd things going on with the quarterback rankings this morning as we worked through the early hours to implement some changes to how we present our quarterback grades.

Offensive Lines: Mid-Season Report |
With the season fast approaching it’s end, it seems about time to influence some Pro Bowl voters at a spot where talent is too often overlooked, the offensive line. As we did back for the 2010 season, we’ve looked at our individual ratings for every single offensive lineman on each NFL team, added them up and come up three different categories to rank them: Pass blocking, run blocking (including screens), and penalties.

An inside look at the NFL's red zone route tree | National Football Post
Breaking down the Packers, Saints and Cowboys.

Leading by example
After missing 20 games the past two seasons because of injuries, Leroy Hill is back to being his old self and making plays as the weakside linebacker in the Seahawks' 14th-ranked defense.

Lemuel Jeanpierre an example of Seahawks' new depth | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre is a prime example of the difference in coach Pete Carroll’s first season back in the NFL – last year with the Seattle Seahawks – and his second season. It’s called depth. Blog | Up next: St. Louis Rams "
Star power: Steven Jackson. Not much has changed in the three weeks since the Seahawks and Rams met in St. Louis. The Rams have lost two more games; the Seahawks have split a pair. But Jackson remains the obvious choice here. Last time it was by merit. This time, it’s by default, but also merit – despite his 10-carries-for-19 yards performance against the 49ers. Jackson was riding a streak of three consecutive 100-yard rushing performances enter the Week 11 game against the Seahawks, who held him to 42 yards on 15 carries. He hasn’t reached triple digits since, but Jackson still leads the Rams in rushing (832 yards) and touchdowns (five) and is tied for third in receptions (27). And, stopping the Rams still starts with containing Jackson. Blog | Wednesday in Hawkville "
The P-word. While the Seahawks were going 3-1 to open the second half of their season, the Bears and Falcons split their first four games, the Lions went 1-3 and the Giants 0-4. The sum of those records is that the Seahawks, even at 5-7, could make a playoff run – if they continue to win; the 6-6 Giants and 7-5 Lions continue to struggle; and the 7-5 Bears and 7-5 Falcons slip.