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Discerning Errors From Deficiencies: A WR’s Hands " The Rookie Scouting Portfolio - No prospect is perfect. Although I can hear some of you thinking Andrew Luck’s name (or maybe that’s the voice in my head and I just don’t want to admit it), this isn’t a post about the Stanford quarterback. It’s about learning to project a player’s potential by his errors. Failures often reveal more about a prospect’s upside than his successes. Fans and evaluators alike (present company included) often fail to discern the difference between a correctable error and a deficiency that requires more serious work and may never improve. Based on my six years of extensive film study, I’m going to share with you lessons I’ve begun to learn that will help you develop a more critical eye.

Seahawks offensive line starters uncertain for Sunday - Blog - - The Seahawks offensive line just got a whole lot younger on Friday afternoon. "It is what it is," head coach Pete Carroll said Friday after practice. "There’s no reason to spend any time on it. That’s what it is."

DL Hargrove to sign with Hawks | Seahawks Insider - Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove has indicated through his twitter account that he will sign with Seattle this weekend. The Seahawks have not confirmed the signing, but it's expected to become official on Saturday. If Hargrove signs by Saturday, he would be eligible to play in Sunday’s game at San Francisco, and the Seahwks would have to release a player to clear a spot on the 53-man roster. Blog | Friday in Hawkville " - FOCUS ON The offensive line. After the team’s final practice to prepare for Sunday’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco, coach Pete Carroll stopped short of ruling anyone out for the regular-season opener. But he also added, "The way we practiced is the way it’s looking."

Week 1 - Carroll Press Conference Friday - Carroll Press Conference Friday. Blog | Media watch " - Wondering how to watch, listen to or otherwise follow Sunday’s game at San Francisco? Here’s all the pertinent media information for the Seahawks-49ers game:

Defenses will dislike rookie lineman Giacomini | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Depending on who’s healthy at game time on Sunday, Breno Giacomini could be the starting right tackle when the Seattle Seahawks open their 2011 season at San Francisco. For a scouting report on Giacomini’s attributes, a solid source is defensive end Raheem Brock, who faces the towering 6-foot-7, 318-pound Giacomini in practice. "He’s strong and a pretty good pass blocker, as well; he’s definitely improving," Brock said. And his attitude? "Yeah, he definitely irritates me," Brock said, adding: "That’s a good thing."

Players NFC West teams cannot lose - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN - Seattle Seahawks 1. Red Bryant, DE: Opposing coaches tend to take special notice of Bryant's massive frame when discussing the Seahawks' defense. "He weighs around 330 and looks every bit of it," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said this week. It's an exaggeration to say the Seahawks go from very strong against the run to utterly helpless when Bryant isn't available. It's only a slight exaggeration, however. Bryant combines surprising quickness over short distances with sheer size to make running against Seattle difficult. The run defense collapsed without him in 2010.

With lock on a job, Seahawks' Ryan a cut above - Jon Ryan has just experienced cut-down day in an unaccustomed form. On Thursday, the Regina-born Seattle Seahawks punter got a haircut for the first time in 25 months. The lengthy clippings will be donated to Locks of Love, which provides hair prosthetics to children in Canada and the United States who have lost their hair while undergoing medical treatment, such as chemotherapy.

Seahawks Blog | How did K.J. Wright end up Seahawks man in the middle? | Seattle Times Newspaper - Tarvaris Jackson isn't the only new quarterback on Seattle's team this season. For the past six years, that's the designation Lofa Tatupu held on the Seahawks defense. He was the nerve center of that unit, the rock everyone else leaned upon. There were six different Week 1 starters at middle linebacker in Mike Holmgren's first six seasons with the Seahawks. There was just one his last four seasons.

Take 2 | Confessions, predictions from a Seahawks fan on eve of season | Seattle Times Newspaper - Another season of Seahawks football is upon us. The 36th to be exact. Time for the 12th Man to warm up the vocal cords and block out Sundays from decent society. Time to scream at the officials and urge Pete Carroll to go for it on fourth down. Time for anxiety, heartbreak and jubilation. Often all three in the same afternoon.

Seahawks-49ers Preview - Sep. 9, 2011 - NFL - Game Preview - The San Francisco 49ers haven't posted a winning record in eight seasons. There seems to be plenty of optimism, though, that a new coach can help them put an end to that streak. Jim Harbaugh makes his NFL coaching debut as the 49ers host the defending NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. San Francisco went 6-10 under Mike Singletary last season and is among three teams that have not finished over .500 since 2002, when it went 10-6 and made its most recent playoff appearance. "I'm not getting any younger," four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis said. "It's about now and tomorrow. Not about trying to develop and become." Enter Harbaugh, who guided Stanford to a 12-1 record in 2010 and will try to lead the 49ers back to the postseason and to prominence.

49ers to kick off Harbaugh era against re-tooled Seahawks - - San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith knows that his team's season-opening matchup with Seattle has a little extra weight to it because it is a divisional matchup. Given that it took only seven victories to win the NFC West last year, a victory in Week 1 could be big for both clubs. Smith and the 49ers get their season underway against the defending-champion Seahawks this Sunday at Candlestick Park.

Five prospects I'll be scouting closely Saturday - - Each Friday I list my "Five prospects" that I'll be focusing on for the upcoming weekend. In reality, I'm focusing on dozens of prospects each week, but the players listed below are playing in high profile games and against the caliber of competition that I believe provides us with an opportunity to truly assess how a collegiate player might fare when asked to make the huge jump to the NFL.

Alex Gibbs teaches the outside zone/wide zone to Dan Mullen, Steve Addazio, and Urban Meyer’s old Florida staff | Smart Football - This unbelievable set of videos is courtesy of Brophy. I don't know what he had to do to obtain these (nor do I want to know), but you're all the beneficiaries

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