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NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post - As I make my way around the NFL on my camp tour this summer, I still see Bill Walsh’s footprints everywhere I go. Probably always will. The former 49ers coach has been gone for four years now, and his last year as an NFL coach was in 1988, but his legacy is evident on every team in the league and really, wherever football is played. I believe the only coach who worked on one of Walsh’s NFL staffs who still is coaching in the league is Browns defensive assistant Ray Rhodes. Some, like Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, served under Walsh as part of the minority internship program which Walsh championed.

NFL Game Center: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos - 2011 Preseason Week 3 - The Denver Broncos think they have an answer to the NFL's most feared pass-rushing tandem of Pro Bowlers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis in Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. "Fastest dudes I done seen off the ball," Broncos middle linebacker Joe Mays said after watching them sandwich Tarvaris Jackson all night in Denver's 23-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night. "They can rival the Colts' defensive ends right now as fast as they can get off the ball."

Tim Tebow's NFL beginnings mimicking Seahawks' Tarvaris Jackson - The Denver Post - After handing Seattle's starting quarterback duties to Tarvaris Jackson, the former backup who didn't quite develop into the player the Vikings had hoped, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll noted that Jackson "has got something to prove."

Fretting over NFC West offensive lines - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Brad from Harrisburg, Pa., wants to know what is going on with the San Francisco 49ers' offensive line. "I don't expect the quarterback to stay clean all game," he wrote, "but when the quarterback doesn't have time to make a three-step drop, there are issues. Thoughts?"

Seahawks Blog | What we learned: Seahawks at Broncos | Seattle Times Newspaper - Things might get worse for Seattle's offense before they get better. The Seahawks made their decision to start from scratch on the offensive line. New position coach, two rookies on the right side, new left guard and new position with Max Unger. That's over and done with. The question is how many lumps they'll have to take before that results in an improved line. There's nothing else to do now but work, wait and maybe see if a veteran like Paul McQuistan can be a temporary stopgap. There are signs Seattle will run the ball better this season, but that's not saying much since the Seahawks averaged 89 yards rushing last season, fourth lowest in franchise history. And there's now three weeks worth of evidence that pass protection is going to be a major problem. There's no way to fake either continuity or experience on the offensive line, and Seattle doesn't have much of either.

Three things revisited: Seahawks-Broncos - NFC West Blog - ESPN - First-team offense touchdown: The Seahawks left most of their starting offense in the game until quarterback Tarvaris Jackson connected with backup tight end Dominique Byrd for the No. 1 unit's first touchdown of the preseason. There was 14:16 left in the fourth quarter at that point, later in the game than a starting offense would generally play even in a third preseason game. Jackson frequently faced pressure, a common theme for him to this point. He was effective on a couple bootleg throws, but he took five sacks and averaged only 4.2 yards per attempt. Offensive rhythm remained elusive. The Seahawks emptied their backfield on a couple third-down plays. They could not beat the pressure with quick completions in those situations. The team will need better pass protection to develop timing. Backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst got no first-team reps. He had to wait longer than expected to enter the game after undrafted rookie receiver Doug Baldwin broke a 105-yard kickoff return. The Seahawks kicked the tying field goal with 1:16 left as if to buy extra reps for Whitehurst, but the Broncos drove down for the winning kick as the fourth quarter expired.

Sacked at Mile High - The Seahawks' No. 1 offense finally scored against the Denver Broncos on Saturday night, but the pass protection continued to be a problem as Tarvaris Jackson was sacked five times in a 23-20 loss.

Mediocre production doesn’t faze receiver | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Where’s Sidney? That’s a question after three exhibition games for the Seattle Seahawks. Sidney Rice, the Seahawks’ $41 million playmaking receiver signed in free agency, has not had much of an impact for Seattle with four catches for 22 yards and no touchdowns. Rice did not play in the first exhibition at San Diego. He finished with two catches for 11 yards against Minnesota in the second exhibition, following that up with another two catches for 11 yards against Denver on Saturday.

Seahawks | Seahawks' offense remains ineffective | Seattle Times Newspaper - Seventeen fourth-quarter points were enough to make the Seahawks' exhibition game at Denver a nail-biter that the Broncos won on the game's final play. Those 17 points weren't sufficient to overshadow the concerns about Seattle's starting offense.

Seahawks offense still sputtering in loss to Broncos | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Well, at least they scored. The Seattle Seahawks’ starting offense finally got its first points of the exhibition season, a 52-yard field goal by Jeff Reed on the team’s 12th drive of the preseason.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Cutting to 80: The Path To A 53-Man Roster - NFL teams are required to trim their rosters from 90 to 80 players on Tuesday. The first cuts are usually to 75 players, but the NFL is wisely giving teams some extra time to evaluate players in this shortened off-season. A quick explanation of PUP (Physically Unable to Perform). The PUP list is something that allows teams to keep injured players on their roster without counting against the 53-man limit. Players currently on the PUP (Colin Cole, Cameron Morrah, Deon Butler, Roy Lewis) DO count against the 80-man roster, so the Seahawks will need to cut 10 other players. Players that remain on the PUP list when the 53-man roster is announced will have to sit out the first six games of the season.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Morning After: Broncos Beat Seahawks, 23-20 - It has been nearly 10 years since the Seahawks had an unaccomplished quarterback and an inadequate offensive line. Any fan that joined the ride following the 2005 season has never witnessed that fatal combination. That is, until this pre-season. In a game that will surely ratchet up the anxiety levels in an already unsettled fan base, Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson turned in another unimpressive outing that was inextricably linked to a no-show from his offensive line.

Carroll: "We've got a lot of work to do" - Blog - - Seahawks starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson played into the fourth quarter against Denver Saturday night, and was somehow able to walk off the field under his own power. The Seahawks fell to the Broncos 23-20, after Denver scored the game-winning field goal as the clock expired.

Thoughts vs Denver (Pre-season Game 3) " Seahawks Draft Blog - I’ve not looked at the tape again since initial viewing, mainly because the first half was torture to watch and why would I want to ruin a perfectly acceptable weekend? Even so I wanted to put a few thoughts down based on Seattle’s third pre-season game at Denver on Saturday.

Why can't the Seahawks pass? Let me count the ways - Blog - - How the heck am I supposed to tell what kind of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson can be in Seattle? Every time he drops back to pass, he looks like he's playing bumper cars in the pocket! Jackson dropped back 27 times against the Broncos on Saturday. He only got to throw 22 passes. That means he was sacked 18.5 percent of the time! The rest of the plays weren't much better as he completed just 13 balls. Take away the five completions against the backup defense, and he was sacked on nearly 23 percent of his attempts! Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was under constant pressure against the Broncos. Yikes.

Marcus Trufant takes a steep pay cut | ProFootballTalk - Linebacker Aaron Curry isn’t the only member of the Seahawks who agreed to a reduced contract earlier this month.  Veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant has dropped his pay dramatically for 2011, per a league source.

Draft Breakdown — 2012 NFL Mock Draft - …where it's always draft season.

NFL Films’ Greg Cosell Part I: Personnel Interrogation " The Rookie Scouting Portfolio - Cosell on Chancellor and others...

Making the cut: Seahawks safety Mark LeGree has 'no regrets' - Blog - - "He's intelligent, he's sharp, he's humble," said ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton after speaking with LeGree for the very first time in May. The rookie free safety out of Appalachian State was selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round of this year's draft. After logging 22 career interceptions as a three-time All-American in college, LeGree may not find himself on the Seahawks' final roster. "It's not going as great as I thought it would be," LeGree explained of his training camp experience. "But I'm still out here fighting, trying to make the most of my opportunities and earn a spot on this roster." LeGree feels he hasn't been performing that well, given the high expectations of both himself and the team.