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Quinton Coples: the draft’s greatest mystery " Seahawks Draft Blog
Quinton Coples was the best player on the field at the Senior Bowl. He looked like a ringer, hand plucked from the NFL to show prospective rookies how it’s done. He consistently beat his man off the edge, dipped inside, showed great hands to avoid blocks and the burst and explosion you’d expect given his physical potential. Yet rather than celebrate this display, we’re left asking why it wasn’t on show during the regular season.

2012 NFL Draft: Coples makes statement; Sanders needs to shine at Combine - NFL - Sporting News
After a week of competition, the Senior Bowl took place Saturday. While few NFL people were still in Mobile, Ala., to watch the game, you can be sure that personnel men from every NFL team will end up reviewing the film to see if what they saw this week during practice matches what they saw in the game. With this phase complete, preparations continue for the 2012 NFL Draft, which will begin April 26 in New York.

Kirk Cousins, Isaish Pead shine brightest at Senior Bowl - Tony Pauline -
The scouts and coaches left Mobile, Ala., on Thursday. The fans and campers headed home Saturday night after the North dominated the South 23-13 in the 2012 Senior Bowl. Several of the prospects we mentioned during the practices stood out during the contest, while a few who were quiet during the week also had nice performances. Here are the risers and sliders from the annual showcase for senior NFL prospects.

WRs steal the thunder, boost stock in Senior Bowl -
As usual, the quarterbacks generated most of the hype throughout the week of practice at the Senior Bowl. But during the game Saturday it was their receivers who stole the spotlight as the North defeated the South, 23-13.

Ten Burning Questions: Eli-Peyton, Brady-Belichick legacy, Coughlin - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
The only thing better than watching one of the best Super Bowls ever is to see it again -- and to see it live. That will happen when the New York Giants and New England Patriots pick up where they left off at Super Bowl XLII in Indianapolis on Feb. 5 in a game that features the same quarterbacks, same head coaches and, hopefully, the same frantic finish.

Irsay wants to avoid sentimental decision: "This isn’t fantasy football" | ProFootballTalk
Colts owner Jim Irsay denied a report Saturday night that claimed he has already decided to release Peyton Manning sometime in February.

Between London and lease, the Rams could fill Goodell’s L.A. vision | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
If Roger Goodell is looking to start a fight with the city of St. Louis, it certainly appears that the city of St. Louis is eager to respond in kind. The NFL's recent announcement that the Rams would play one "home game" in London in each of the next three seasons was certainly another peg in the Commissioner's global outreach program.

Decision on Peyton Manning may have been made ‘weeks ago’ | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Peel away the layers of the ongoing Peyton Manning-Indianapolis Colts drama, and you get more layers. After the verbal tennis match between Manning and team owner Jim Irsay, and the alleged reconciliation/resolution, it seemed that we were back to watching and waiting to see whether Manning's neck and nerve injuries would heal in time for Irsay to decide whether to pick up the quarterback's $28 million roster bonus on March 8, and make him the face of the team's rebuild.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Aggressiveness Index 2011
But there is one aspect of the game that virtually all statistical analysts agree on: NFL coaches should be going for it on fourth down much more often.

2011 PFF All-NFC West Team |
The most maligned division in the NFL once again produced a mixed bag from its teams this season and for the eighth straight year an NFC West squad collected a postseason victory. The division produced one of the best sides in the NFL, one of the worst, and two teams who had up-and-down season that offered hope to the optimistic that they might make strides next season and equal evidence to doubters that they could fall back in 2012.

Pro Bowl, 32 Observations |
It was just about a month ago that the Pro Bowl teams were announced, and the theme of the 32 teams 32 observations was players who made the Pro Bowl. Now that the game is upon us we’re offering a second edition of the 32/32 with a Pro Bowl theme.

PFF Pro Bowl Selections |
So here it is, the one the players really want to see. No hype, no bias, just a simple acknowledgement that–on the field of play, for the first 14 games of 2011–they were among the best at their position. It’s not based on highlight reels and you get as much credit for playing well early as you do late (during the regular season, winning the first game counts the same in the standings as winning the last). We absolutely don’t lean towards players from teams that have the best records. It’s the ultimate capitulation to the power of hype when a coach says "yes he played well, but for him to get any recognition we have to play better as a team". Why? This is about selecting the best players, not about the laziness of people who can’t be bothered to watch or research teams that are playing poorly.

Cosell Talks: A Look Back at Week 9 Giants/Pats : NFL Films Blog
Super Bowl 46 is a rematch – not of Super Bowl 42, but of a game played in Week 9 of the 2011 season. That’s when the Giants last played the Patriots, beating New England 24-20. The game winner came in the final 20 seconds – Eli Manning to Jake Ballard in the back corner of the end zone.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
Why Fisher chose St. Louis; Scout Talk on Senior Bowl standouts; coaching moves and more. news: Report: Eagles, Jackson drastically differ on WR's worth
The contract status of wide receiver DeSean Jackson has lingered around the Philadelphia Eagles for almost an entire year. Blogs " Blog Archive La Canfora: Manning decision made weeks ago "
The he said-he said between Colts owner Jim Irsay and QB Peyton Manning this week ended awkwardly with a joint statement from the duo, an effort to "dispel any misperceptions." Apparently, they hugged talked it out.

Red Bryant wants to be a more complete player - Blog -
Red Bryant has done a few things the last two seasons that aren't typically asked of defensive ends. Along with emerging as a dominant run defender, Bryant has blocked four kicks and intercepted two passes, including one he returned for a score.

The truth hurts: How injuries affected West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers have become the hunted in the NFC West. Having already take aim at their 2011 turnover differential, let us consider another reason for a potential 2012 regression from 13-3.

Mailbag: Should 49ers trade Crabtree? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Brandon from Winston Salem, N.C., thinks the San Francisco 49ers should consider trading Michael Crabtree after the team's wide receivers failed to produce much during the playoffs. He says Crabtree has questioned Alex Smith's validity as the starter in the past and notes that the current staff would have little invested in Crabtree, anyway.