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The argument to take Brock Osweiler… in round one " Seahawks Draft Blog
It was revealed today that Tyler Wilson won’t be entering the 2012 draft and will return to Arkansas. Barring any last minute shocks, we know what’s out there for the Seahawks. Amid all the talk of improving the front seven and especially the team’s pass rush, one need sticks out so much it’ll trip you up. The Seahawks need a quarterback. I started this blog in 2008, and we’ve talked about this subject virtually every week since. Back then it was a case of fixing the roof while the sun was shining - drafting a successor for Matt Hasselbeck before he departed. It started raining, and the house flooded.

2012 NFL Draft: Scouting Reports, Positional Rankings, Player Analysis, Videos, News & Notes - SB Nation Seattle
The 2012 NFL Draft happens April 26-28th. Find out everything you need to know about the top prospects and possibly some sleeper targets for your team, right here.

Jeff Fisher: "Rams Are The Best Fit For Me" - Turf Show Times
Jeff Fisher decided to become the next head coach of the St. Louis Rams today. He also broke his media silence, at least media silence in his direct contact with the press as opposed to leaking info via sources. He spoke highly of the team he'll lead this season in an interview with the Post-Dispatch.

Jeff Fisher Expected To Hire Gregg Williams As His Defensive Coordinator - Turf Show Times
Jeff Fisher is expected to fill out his coaching staff quickly now that he has accepted the job as the St. Louis Rams' head coach. Several names are being mentioned as possible hires. Peter King of reported on Friday that Fisher is expected to hire Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator.

Rams Hire Jeff Fisher: Fan Approval Poll - Turf Show Times
I forgot that it has been less than two weeks since the St. Louis Rams ended their lost 2011 season. It's not one most fans will remember, nor should they, except for the whole historical lesson thing. A new era started officially for the Rams today, with the news that the team hired Jeff Fisher to be their next head coach.

Bill Barnwell breaks down Sunday's New York Giants-Green Bay Packers playoff matchup - Grantland
Part 4 of our team-by-team breakdown of this weekend's NFL playoff action

Bill Simmons answers more reader e-mail and makes his NFL picks - Grantland
The Sports Guy goes to his inbox once again in order to keep his perfect playoff record intact

Aaron Rodgers leads 2011 Football Outsiders (Insiders) All-Pro team - NFL - ESPN
FS: Earl Thomas, Seahawks Safety is the toughest position on the field to analyze with advanced statistics. You have the usual problems with a lack of standard stats, and if you want to try game charting, you run into the problem where safeties are often not even on the screen. Still, we can pick out some impressive stats for Thomas. Seattle was fourth in Success Rate and third in average yards allowed per pass against deep passes (over 15 yards through the air). Thomas also ranked fifth among safeties with 19 Defeats.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | AFC Divisional Round Preview
The AFC playoffs give us two games that are expected to go very differently. Denver-New England is expected to be a shootout. Baltimore-Houston is expected to be a defensive struggle. Both games are rematches. Our stats see one game as a lot closer than the other.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | NFC Divisional Round Preview
Offense, baby. Points! Scoring! That's what the best NFC teams were about this year. Well, most of them anyway. New Orleans, Green Bay, and the New York Giants all combined strong offense with porous defense. San Francisco, on the other hand, had a running-and-defense model and will try to prove that defense still wins championships. That is, if defense ever won more championships than offense in the first place, which it probably didn't.

Why the 49ers Can’t Win on Saturday |
The 49ers have a lot going for them this weekend when they face the Saints, but this game is going to come down to how each team fares in the red zone, and that will ultimately prove to be their Achilles heel. San Francisco is playing at home, and New Orleans does not have a road playoff win in the franchise’s history (0-4). The 49ers have the best defensive player in football (Justin Smith), and arguably two of the next three on that list this season (ILB duo of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman). They will also field the player that led the entire league in our Pass Rushing Productivity metric this season in the shape of Aldon Smith. If ever a defense was set up to combat the Saints, it’s the 49ers.

The Scramble: Exploitable |
After a week off to wrap up some end-of-season chores, the Scramble returns to take on another assignment. This time around we’ve directed our efforts toward the upcoming Divisional Round games and took some time to reduce each team to a simple set of strengths and weaknesses (with aid from PFF’s lead analyst, Ben Stockwell). Given how those weak points are magnified come this time of year, our focus landed squarely there.

Jeff Fisher lured to coach Rams by Sam Bradford, offer of control - Peter King -
Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher spent much of this week torn between the defensive readiness of the Miami Dolphins to contend now and the better all-around shape of the Rams as a franchise, one NFL source indicated Friday afternoon. He chose the Rams, at least in part, because he was likely to be able to have more of a say on personnel than he was in Miami.

Divisional Round predictions | National Football Post
One big upset headlines four must-see matchups.

NFL Divisional Playoffs: Five things to watch | National Football Post
Smith's production, Giants' front four, Tebow vs. Belichick... Blogs " Blog Archive Three and out: Griffin a candidate for Browns "
Holmgren won’t anoint Colt McCoy: Browns President Mike Holmgren announced last week that there will be a quarterback competition next season to determine a starter between McCoy, Seneca Wallace and … Robert Griffin III? It could happen, as Griffin has declared for the 2012 NFL Draft and the Browns have the fourth overall selection in April’s rookie extravaganza. That’s an exciting proposition for a team that hasn’t had a consistent signal-caller since, well, before it returned to the league via expansion in 1999. If Holmgren and the Browns do land the Baylor product, it’s hard to envision a scenario where McCoy is more than a backup — and Griffin doesn’t emerge into a potential fantasy sleeper in both seasonal and dynasty leagues. news: After endless coaching turnover, Jackson ready for Fisher era
Steven Jackson didn't necessarily expect the biggest news of the St. Louis Rams' turbulent offseason -- the hiring of coach Jeff Fisher -- to break during his Friday morning flight to Los Angeles, but as soon as his plane touched down, the number of text messages buzzing on his phone told him something big was in the works. news: Fisher chooses to coach Rams over Dolphins
The St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with Jeff Fisher to be their next head coach, a league source told NFL Network's Michael Lombardi on Friday. The team later confirmed that it is finalizing a deal to hire the 53-year-old Fisher.

How much will it cost to keep 'Beast Mode'? - Seahawks News -
Marshawn Lynch bulled his way to more than 1,200 yards and set Seahawks touchdown rushing records in 2011. Because of that, the guy nicknamed "Beast Mode" is due for a big pay day. Will the Seahawks reward Lynch with a nice contract or will he land a better deal elsewhere?

NFL Free Agent Master List - Offseason Low Down -
The 2011 free agent class was the deepest, most talent-rich in league history. The 2012 class comes pretty close.

Seahawks sign Lompoc native Vai Taua for upcoming season | | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles
Lompoc native Vai Taua will receive another shot at playing in a regular season NFL game. The running back has signed a reserve/futures contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

QB Flynn divine after two starts | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Today our subject is Matt Flynn, the Green Bay Packers substitute recently determined to be a person of interest in the Seahawks’ manhunt for an impact starting quarterback.

Roster analysis | Seahawks Insider
We’ve still have almost two months until free agency begins in early March, but I thought we’d take a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks roster to get a better picture of where the team sits heading into Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider’s third offseason. The Seahawks have 22 free agents, including 18 unrestricted free agents. So the team will have some decisions to make moving forward on players like running back Marshawn Lynch, fullback Michael Robinson, linebacker David Hawthorne and defensive end Red Bryant, along with the continued development of competition at each position.

What Jeff Fisher's hiring means for Rams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The St. Louis Rams can finally exhale with news that Jeff Fisher has agreed to become their head coach. With all due respect to the other candidates the Rams dutifully considered, the organization needed to secure its top choice to proceed with confidence.

Beyond Rams, who gains from Fisher hire? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL teams generally would not welcome a proven winning coach to a division rival. The Arizona Cardinals won't mind seeing Jeff Fisher land in St. Louis, however, because the move eliminates their defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, from consideration for the job. Horton interviewed for the position and could have been appealing relative to the other candidates beyond Fisher. A look at other potential beneficiaries of Fisher's hiring, beyond the Rams:

49ers look and act like they belong here–because they’re about two years overdue | Talking Points
Seeing the shaky Seahawks win the NFC West then shock the Saints in the first round … that was the revelation for Frank Gore. "I watched them," Gore said this week. "It sucked. You saw Seattle going to the playoffs and win in the first round, beat New Orleans … knowing we were a better team than them. "They were playing in our spot."

The Jeff Fisher Hire Wasn't Just a Hire; It Was A Statement - Turf Show Times
For a team that's won just 15 games in the last five years, the St. Louis Rams seem to have been awfully close to relevance. A week 17 playoff play-in. A popular pick to win the NFC West before the 2011 season. We've been on the precipice.