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Mike Ehrmann

Humpday, y'all.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 12 DVOA Ratings
There's very little change this week on top of the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings. San Francisco is still number one, although the gap between the 49ers and Patriots is very small. The Patriots inch ahead into the top spot in weighted DVOA, which gives more strength to recent games. A couple of teams in our "big nine" change places, but the same nine teams have now been in the top nine spots for three weeks, each week with a reasonable gap between them and the 23 teams below them.

Breaking It Down: Janoris' Pick 6's Part 1 - Turf Show Times
Janoris Jenkins makes plays. Let's take a look at how one of the plays he made against the Cardinals developed.

Breaking It Down: Janoris Jenkins' second pick six - Turf Show Times
The second pick wasn't nearly as instinctual as the first. Let's take a look.

2013 NFL Mock Draft - Bjoern Werner moving up quickly
Let’s preface this again by saying that I think Matt Barkley winds up in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft but I see it coming via trade in the latter portions of round one, ala Brady Quinn. Ouch that comparison hurts. Another name that will be popping up is Aaron Murray. If Murray can take it to the ‘Bama defense and find his way into the National Title game, he will see a major rise in his draft stock, should he decide to declare. Anyways, here’s my latest 2013 NFL Mock Draft, as always feel free to leave comments.

Tyler Bray and Logan Thomas among junior quarterbacks considering 2013 NFL Draft -
It's been a disappointing season for the junior class of quarterbacks, but that hasn't stopped them from considering the 2013 NFL Draft.

2013 NFL Draft: Keenan Allen - Not Just a Receiver | Articles
When one utters the name Keenan Allen among college and pro football circles, what usually comes to mind is a top-flight pass catcher who has been the brightest spot for a California program who that has seen better days having relieved their head football coach of his duties on Tuesday.

Are young corners ready for prime time? | Seahawks Insider
The motto for NFL teams when a starter goes down due to injury or suspension is next man up. And that will certainly be the case if the Seattle Seahawks lose both starting corners to four-game suspensions, and Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman do not get a positive result in their appeal process due to the violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Any Given Sunday: Dolphins Over Seahawks
Some fans, some orange seats, and some sprinklers all popped in for Sunday's tilt between the Dolphins and Seahawks, where they were treated to two of the better rookie quarterbacks in the NFL: Miami's Ryan Tannehill and Seattle's Russell Wilson. Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville: Seeking a similar path to another road win in Chicago
Has there been a common thread in the Seahawks claiming a third of their wins on the road at one location? "I hope so. I hope so," Carroll said with a laugh. "We do know the setting. … We’ve found some success. We know how to travel there. We know what it takes and all that. We’ll try to bank of that the best we can and make the most of it." Blog | Up next: Chicago Bears
Star power: Brandon Marshall. The Bears have a galaxy to gaze at – linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs; defensive end Julius Peppers; cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings; returner Devin Hester; running back Matt Forte; even quarterback Jay Cutler. They have 27 Pro Bowl berths between them. But Marshall, in his first season with the Bears, ranks third in the NFL in receptions (81) and fifth in receiving yards (1,017); is tied for second in touchdown receptions (eight); and leads the league in third-down receptions (27). All of this on an offense that ranks last in the league in passing. Marshall, the ex-Bronco and former Dolphin, had 12 catches for 92 yards against the Vikings on Sunday, which put him over 1,000 receiving yards for the sixth consecutive season. Marshall is the first Bears receiver to top 1,000 yards since Marty Booker in 2002 and the ninth in franchise history to do it. "I definitely take pride in it," Marshall told reporters after the game. "There is a great quote out there that says: ‘Don’t confuse activity with production.’ You have to be productive in anything you do in life. I’m really proud to be a Bear and when I look back on my legacy as a football player, I want it to be as a Bear."

Chalk Talk: Another breakdown in Seahawks' run D - Blog -
NFL coaches weigh the benefits of rest and the potential for rust when deciding whether to keep players around or give them time off during a bye week. Pete Carroll chose the latter, and he regretted it after watching his Seahawks commit 10 penalties and make other costly mistakes during their 24-21 loss to the Dolphins. Carroll described the Seahawks' play on Sunday as "sloppy" when he joined "Brock and Salk" on Monday.

Anthony Barr (OLB, UCLA) vs USC " Seahawks Draft Blog
Anthony Barr hasn’t had much hype this year, yet only five players in college football have more sacks in 2012. Three of those five are Bjoern Werner, Jadeveon Clowney and Damontre Moore. Barr has 12 for the season in total, with the PAC-12 Championship game up next on Friday. He’s listed at 6-4 and 235lbs – about the right size to play the WILL in Seattle. Take a look and see what you think.

49ers' to-do list lighter after Bowman deal - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NaVorro Bowman has joined Daryl Washington and James Laurinaitis as NFC West inside linebackers with new contract extensions in 2012.

NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
1. Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks. Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner face potential four-game suspensions for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. News of their troubles broke shortly after Seattle suffered a 24-21 defeat at the Miami Dolphins. That defeat damaged the Seahawks' pursuit of a playoff berth. Losing Sherman and/or Browner down the stretch would further compromise those chances.

Seattle Seahawks: Breaking Down Who Fills the Void at Left and Right Cornerback | Bleacher Report
By now, we all know that Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner and his counterpart Richard Sherman have been hit with a four-game ban from the NFL for failing a league-administered drug test...

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: I CONCEDE NOTHING
The Seahawks have played six road games in 2012, and every one of them has been decided in the last five minutes of the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, Seattle has lost FIVE of those six games. Today's defeat in Miami had the hallmarks of familiar Seahawks tragedies: TWO blown 4th quarter leads to an inferior opponent, aided by incredibly questionable officiating. It felt like New York in 1998 or Baltimore in 2003, didn't it? It was the sort of loss that stimulates the "Same Old Seahawks" lobe within the brains of a million Twelves. We saw our excellent defense fail comprehensively in the 4th quarter, and we saw our Pro Bowl running back get held to only 46 yards on 19 carries. That pain was compounded by a cruel post-game twist: Starting CBs Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman are facing 4-game P.E.D. suspensions (pending appeals).

Widespread offensive-line issues reveal trend in team building -
Why are so many contenders, including Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers, plagued by protection issues? Albert Breer says there is a broad devaluation of offensive linemen in today's NFL.

Jake Locker 'excited' by new Titans OC Dowell Loggains -
"Any time somebody gets fired, you hate to see it, but I've had an opportunity to work with Dowell these last few years, as well, and I really respect him," Locker told The Tennessean on Tuesday. "I really like him as a coach, and I am really excited to see what he brings to the table for us as an offensive coordinator. ... It means a lot to (Loggains), I know that, and I know he is going to do everything within his power to be successful and win games. He is young, and he is eager, and hopefully that will wear off on our guys."

AFC West Practice Squad Breakdown - Part Two | National Football Post
Russ Lande looks at five more intriguing AFC West Practice Squad players.

'Playing for jobs?' | National Football Post
We talk about it every NFL season, but what does it really mean? Here's my take.