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And boom goes the dynamite.

Updated mock draft: 11th January " Seahawks Draft Blog
I’ve gone against my convictions this week. Tony Pauline at Draft and is one of the best in the business at getting the inside edge on what teams are thinking in the draft. Last year he quoted sources claiming Tyron Smith would be a top-ten pick long before people were even including him in their mock drafts. The Dallas Cowboys drafted Smith ninth overall. When Pauline reports on what the teams are thinking, it’s worth taking notice.

Good, and only getting better
As good as the Seahawks’ defense was during the 2011 season, coordinator Gus Bradley and coach Pete Carroll see even better things for this unit – and from this unit – in 2012.

Sophomore Superstars |
You know when you’re a kid and its Christmas–you get that new toy and you just have to play with it. You forget about the toy that had kept you going for the last few months because something shinier had come along.

Xavier Rhodes Not Entering NFL Draft, Will Return To Florida State - Tomahawk Nation
Florida State's defense landed one of its most important recruits Monday without leaving campus when redshirt sophomore cornerback Xavier Rhodes informed football coach Jimbo Fisher that he would be returning for his junior season. A two-year starter, the tall and talented draft-eligible corner weighed his options carefully before coming to his decision.

Fantastic inside zone and "pin-and-pull" outside zone cut-ups | Smart Football
Under former coach Glen Mason, Minnesota, while not a great team, was one of the best rushing teams in the entire country during that time. And while they had some very good backs — including both Lawrence Maroney and Marion Barber III at the same time — they did it by being extremely simple: the inside zone and the outside zone, primarily with "pin and pull" blocking. Below are some great game film cut-ups of both:

Analysis Notebook: Wild Card Round |
Playoff football is upon us! We’ve hit the postseason in the 2011 NFL year and, though the games are fewer, we are still going to bring you some of the more interesting plays we have seen from the week’s action. Our top analysts, Ben Stockwell and Sam Monson, have each provided a play from the Wild Card games, including one that Sam claims may just be his favorite of the season. So take a look through this week’s Analysis Notebook, and let us know what you think and which plays you would have drawn attention to.

2012 NFL Draft early entrants - NFL -
It's that time of year, when players with pro dreams decide to leave college football behind early. Below is a full list of underclassmen who will enter the NFL Draft. The 2012 NFL Draft will take place on April 26-28.

NFL scouts barred from NFLPA Collegiate All-Star game - NCAA Football -
The NFL has barred scouts from attending a Jan. 21 bowl game organized by the players' association, upsetting the union. A league rule prohibits team scouts from being at practices or games of a college all-star game that includes underclassmen. The NFLPA Collegiate All-Star game at Carson, Calif., will include underclassmen who have given up their eligibility and declared for the draft. One junior already committed is offensive lineman Brandon Washington of Miami, Fla.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers has the look of '60s dynasty - Richard Rothschild -
There has been no greater National Football League dynasty than the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s. Fifty years ago this postseason, the Pack won the first of their five championships in seven years, an achievement unmatched in NFL history. Only the Chicago Bears of the 1940s and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s have even won four championships over a similar time period.

Rams will interview Rob Chudzinski | National Football Post
St. Louis continuing search during wait for Jeff Fisher

Defending Tebow and the "Swap Boot" | National Football Post
Going to the chalkboard to talk Xs and Os.

Report: Rams will interview Saints assistant Aaron Kromer | National Football Post
St. Louis expanding search for head coach

A very early Top 5 for 2012 | National Football Post
Which teams could be primed for standout seasons next fall?

Draft Talk 15.0 | National Football Post
Jason McIntyre, Founder of The Big Lead joins Wes Bunting to talk a pair of Alabama prospects, Vontaze Burfict and a little Jets.

Cosell’s Watching the Wild Cards: Tebow’s Arm Broke Steel : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Wild Card Weekend coaching tape: Broncos offense vs. Steelers defense.

Cosell’s Watching the Wild Cards: Methodical Texans Move on : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Wild Card Weekend coaching tape: Texans offense vs. Bengals defense.

Cosell’s Watching the Wild Cards: Manning Made Giants Offense Go : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Wild Card Weekend coaching tape: Giants offense vs. Falcons defense. news: Are the Jets better off without Mark Sanchez?
Changes are under way in New York, with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer exiting and Tony Sparano coming in as his replacement. And on Wednesday morning, an eyebrow-raising story hit the NYC tabloids, with unnamed players suggesting QB Mark Sanchez is unmotivated and the team would be crazy not to go after Peyton Manning if he becomes available. It begs the question: Are the Jets better off without Mark Sanchez?

Why young, ascending DBs can't get cocky - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr., in updating his draft-day grades for NFL teams for this Insider piece, says Seattle Seahawks rookie fifth-round pick Richard Sherman has helped to make the Seattle secondary "one of the best in the NFL in a really short period."

2012 NFL Draft: Tennessee-Chattanooga's B.J. Coleman top small-school QB - Mocking The Draft
Matt Elder of is back today, this time breaking down his top small-school quarterback prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft. Obviously my question is bold, his answers are italic.

Behind enemy lines: Chattanooga's B.J. Coleman
Scouting the game-changer for the Chattanooga Mocs.

NFL mock draft: Colts lock in on Luck; Browns turn to Heisman winner Griffin - NFL - Sporting News
11. (Tie) Seattle Seahawks: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina. K.J. Wright was solid as a rookie this season, but he's not an elite linebacker. Brown is an explosive player who can contribute as both a linebacker and pass rusher.(Note: The 11th pick will be decided by a coin flip at a later date.)

NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M | Scouting Reports
"Ryan Tannehill is an extraordinarily gifted athlete, physical specimen, and has impressive character qualities to boot. Will likely blow up the combine and do very well in interviews. Really excels in the classroom as noted in the Background/Character section, and has the leadership qualities needed at the quarterback position. Has size/mobility combination to create 2nd lives for himself, buy time, and make big plays for the offense, while also showing the confidence and presence to manipulate the pocket. Runs very well for his size, timed in the low 4.6's back in 2006 as a high school recruit.

Former NFL QB doubts Tarvaris Jackson will improve - Blog -
Pete Carroll has tried to assuage skepticism of Tarvaris Jackson by saying that an offseason to get healthy and work with teammates should lead to improvement from the Seahawks quarterback. Rich Gannon doesn't see that happening. The former NFL quarterback joined "The Kevin Calabro Show" on Tuesday and said he thinks Jackson is playing as well as he ever will.

Ranking the Draft’s Top 10 Quarterback Prospects | National Football Post
And five QB prospects who were close, but missed the cut.

NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Want Pass Rush, Offensive Players - SB Nation Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks have some specific needs - speed at the linebacker position, pass-rushing at defensive end and defensive tackle, and obviously at quarterback.