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Smart Notes – zone runs, slot coverage, goal-line defense – 8/8/2011 | Smart FootballThe basic tenants of zone blocking are these: 1) Each offensive lineman is responsible for the playside zone 2) The defense moves, so how do counter act that? 3) We have five offensive lineman, it is therefore our job to block five defenders.

NFL's supplemental draft set for Aug. 17 - CBSSports.comWhile former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor continues to wait and wonder whether he is eligible for the NFL supplemental draft or if he’ll have to spend this season playing in Canada or the UFL, the NFL is going forward with its plans to hold the draft. It’s just that the league hasn’t announced who actually can participate. Blog | Camp Carroll: Day 11 "A recap of the afternoon practice at Seahawks’ training camp on Monday: Blog | The day in pictures "

Josh Portis faces new challenges after tumultuous college career - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports RENTON, Wash. -- His cousin may be former Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis(notes), but undrafted free agent quarterback Josh Portis(notes) is perhaps best known for his trip through three different colleges from 2005 through 2010. He started at the University of Florida, but transferred to Maryland after less than a season and sat out the 2006 season due to transfer rules, and was ruled ineligible for the 2007 season after he was caught cheating on a pop quiz. He played for the Terrapins in 2008 and then transferred to Division II school California (PA) after inconsistency put him on the Maryland bench. He ripped up D-II defenses in 2009 and 2010, but questions about his multiple transfers and undeveloped skill set kept teams from drafting him.

Branch key part of defensive line overhaul | The Associated Press | NFL | Washington ExaminerAlan Branch was looking for an opportunity to start. The Seattle Seahawks were happy to oblige. Seattle targeted Branch as someone they wanted to acquire as early as the draft in April. When the lockout was lifted, the Seahawks followed through by signing Branch during the free agency frenzy of a week ago. "I didn't really find that out until after because of the lockout and everything but, I mean, once I found that out. ... Being a backup on a different team and knowing that another team wants you, that's a really good feeling to have in your back pocket," Branch said.

San Diego Sports | San Diego Chargers are Locked and LoadedLocked and loaded, these San Diego Chargers. They probably can't wait for the NFL season to open. The fans can't wait either.

Will Pete Carroll Repeat? How The Seahawks Coach Is Shaking Things Up In Seattle | Neon TommyHe is the first head coach since Steve Mariucci to jump from college to the NFL and win a division title in his first year. Aside from those two, that feat hasn’t been accomplished since the NFL/AFL merger. Yet, some still remain skeptical. They revert to the same criticisms: "This isn’t the PAC-10, it’s the National Football League;" "He’s too much of a ‘player’s coach’;" and the ever popular "He’s too ‘rah rah’ for the NFL." Keep doubting--it only feeds the competitor in him. Pete Carroll is doing it his way.

Bryant gung-ho to revive groove - Seahawks - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sportsRed Bryant finally made an impact on an NFL football field last year. But after his season was cut short by a knee injury, the defensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks wants to prove his good play wasn’t a fluke.

What to make of Seahawks' new offense - NFC West Blog - ESPNKevin from Austin, Texas likes the Seattle Seahawks' additions on offense and wonders whether the newcomers are as good as advertised

Seahawks Preseason, Week One: What To Watch - SB Nation SeattleRemember the NFL Lockout? Yeah, that's over. Guess what? We get real live NFL football this week. The Seahawks kick off the NFL Preseason with a matchup against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday at Qualcomm Stadium (August 11, 5 PM). Though most casual fans scoff at the idea of the preseason in general and may not get too excited to watch mostly second- and third-string players duke it out in sloppy, ugly, disorganized football, I ...AM....STOKED.

Seattle Seahawks Training Camp: Year 2 of Turnover Yields 8 Changes to Watch | Bleacher ReportThe Seahawks have wasted little time rebuilding the program since the start of free agency; Pete Carroll and John Schneider are approaching the turnover in year two with the same, surprising vigor they displayed in year one...

How will coaches apporach the NFL preaseason? | National Football PostWith five games set for this Thursday night, how do you approach the preseason schedule as a NFL head coach? Think about it: no offseason, mini-camps or OTAs. Plus, with the new contact regulations in camp, two-a-days are a thing of the past. Again, limited practice time to install and run your schemes in competitive settings. ICON Will Packers fans see more of Aaron Rodgers on the field this preseason? Maybe it is time to tell the veterans to hold off on the visor and bag of sunflower seeds after a couple of plays this weekend?

Seahawks Blog | Jameson Konz: What a rush | Seattle Times NewspaperThe position switch is the sort of thing you see in college. A running back is moved over to play safety. A defensive end switches to the offensive line. Happens all the time as coaches try to find where their pieces fit best.

Leroy Hill is focused solely on football - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.comFor 581 long, arduous days, Leroy Hill's life has been a roller coaster of emotion. The seventh-year Seahawks linebacker hasn't started since the final game of 2009, and only played a handful of downs on special teams before a season-ending Achilles injury wiped out his 2010 season.

Seahawks scramble as exhibition season looms " Sports " The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO: John Schneider’s office sits on the second floor of the Seahawks’ lakeside headquarters, overlooking the facility’s double-doored exit onto the practice fields. The symbolism is unintentional, but apt. Schneider is the general manager who oversees which players get to run onto that field, and for the past 12 days his office has been mission control for an overhaul that was as remarkably deep as it was speedy.

‘Trying to make plays’ - MonroeNews.comNeal Howey and Jeff Maddux never played against each other in high school. Howey went to St. Mary Catholic Central and Maddux attended Monroe High. Those schools don’t play each other in football. "Jeff’s a good friend of mine," Howey said. "I’ve known him a lot of years. We’ve always had that SMCC-Monroe High rivalry, but we never played in high school."

When Football Let Us Down: The Most Depressing NFL Eras Of Our Lives - THE 1990s SEATTLE SEAHAWKS by Brian Floyd There was a time when the Seattle Seahawks nearly became the Anaheim Seahawks. The moving trucks showed up at the team headquarters in Kirkland, with then-owner Ken Behring hellbent on taking the team away and bringing an NFL franchise back to L.A. And he wasn't messing around. Looking back, that should've been the moment I realized what a tortured life Seattle sports fans live.

A few minutes with Alan Blanch | Seahawks InsiderNew Seattle Seahawks tight end Alan Branch played defensive end for NFC West rival Arizona for four seasons, but now the University of Michigan product will move inside for Seattle, and is tentatively slated to start next to Brandon Mebane at defensive tackle. "I’m just a little more aggressive, that’s the main thing," Branch said about his new role. "I’m still kind of reading, but mostly it’s just aggression and getting in the backfield as much as possible in this defense, and that’s the way I kind of like it." Blog | Camp Carroll: Day 11 "FOCUS ON Malcolm Smith. Some people are just never happy. Like the rookie linebacker from USC. Today, that was a good thing. Because as good as the seventh-round draft choice in getting his hands on three passes, Smith thought he should have been better.

Reflections on a new SeahawkGetting used to seeing himself in a new uniform took a little time for just-signed Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller. But his adjustment period to the new-look running game took no time at all.

Quick hitter after practice | Seahawks InsiderA little vignette that I think is important to report as a reflection of a young player growing into his position. On a short pass to Golden Tate, a defender bulldogged him a little roughly. Defensive end Dexter Davis came over to get a little frisky himself. But tackle Russell Okung would have none of that. He hurried over and needed only a quick shove to put an end to Davis' involvement. This offense hasn't had that kind of enforcement for a few years, and Okung clearly is stepping up.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Lockout Hangover: LinebackersIf you're using tackle numbers to evaluate linebackers, you should probably be aware that you're using a useless stat. If a linebacker has high tackle numbers, there might be all kinds of reasons for it, including some that have nothing to do with good performance. Such as:

Fan-demoniumThere are fair-weather fans, fans for all seasons and even fans for no apparent reason. moment: When they went to the Super Bowl. Then there are fans like Kenny Burns. True blue, through and through. He already has attended several practices at the Seahawks’ training camp and is scheduled to hit several more.

Seattle Seahawks training camp: Red Bryant's health a concern - NFL - Sporting News: Defensive end Red Bryant just might have been the biggest factor on Seattle's defense, and not just because he's the heaviest. Through six games, Seattle ranked in the league's top 10 in rushing defense. Bryant suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first half of Seattle's seventh game. The Seahawks finished the season ranked No. 21 against the run.

QB Josh Portis appreciates the opportunity - Blog - MyNorthwest.comUndrafted free agent quarterback Josh Portis has impressed throughout training camp. Trading reps with Charlie Whitehurst before Tarvaris Jackson was able to participate, Portis has seen his fair share of the action. Rookie quarterback Josh Portis was undrafted out of California University of Pennsylvania. (AP) "I'm just out here competing every day and am blessed to have this opportunity," Portis said after practice Monday. "It's a real big opportunity. It's a first chance for me to actually get out there on the field and compete with the guys. If football's not fun, you shouldn't be playing it.

The Lowdown on Jimmy Wilkerson | AugustWhen the Seahawks signed ex-Saints DE Jimmy Wilkerson to the roster earlier this week, I had honestly never heard of him before.  So, to help us get to know the new guy, I asked Andrew Juge of fellow Bloguin football blog Saints Nation if he wouldn't mind sharing his opinion with us.  Here's what he had to say:

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