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Pete Carroll is a man with a plan -
"The reason it's so important to have this atmosphere is I want these guys to be alive, I want them to thrive," Carroll said. "Think of your favorite teacher you ever had in school, the one who made it the most fun to go to class. They surprise you. They keep you guessing. They keep you coming back, wanting to know what's going to happen next."

Russell Wilson stays even keeled | ProFootballTalk
Football is an inherently emotional game. That’s why it’s important for the leader of an offense to stay calm and consistent.

Adrian Peterson leaves Seahawks’ dignity in tatters | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
RENTON – One of the best run defenses in the league the first half of the season, the Seattle Seahawks may have to get some extra work in on tackling dummies this week. - Rookie QBs shine while 2011 class mired in slump
PFW publisher Hub Arkush analyzes the QB classes from the past two NFL drafts. - PFW's Midseason All-Pro Team
RB Marshawn Lynch / Seahawks — Lynch’s "Beast Mode" style has set the tone for Pete Carroll’s physical Seahawks, who have held their own in a bruising NFC West. Always falling forward and rarely losing yards, Lynch is on pace to crack 1,500 rushing yards for the first time in his career, gaining a personal-best 97.9 yards per game.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 9 DVOA Ratings
Week 9 was a good week to have a bye, apparently. The Denver Broncos still have yet to play a game with a DVOA rating below 0% this season, but a closer-than-expected matchup with Cincinnati (single-game rating: 13.4% DVOA) drops the Broncos down below San Francisco and New England, two teams that had last week off.

Raiders add Aaron Curry to active roster | ProFootballTalk
After spending all season on the physically unable to perform list, Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry is finally ready to go. The Raiders announced today that Curry has been moved to the active roster.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Seahawks 30, Vikings 20
It wasn't that long ago that I was a ranting, raving, spittle-spraying Matt Flynn disciple (you can look it up). Just a few weeks ago I was in a panic- My reasoning was that since the Seahawks clearly had an elite defense and running game, we were potentially blowing a chance at a Super Bowl run by "wasting time" developing a rookie QB. Matt Flynn would at least avoid the big mistakes! He could be like Trent Dilfer on the 2000 Ravens or Brad Johnson on the 2002 Bucs! Russell Wilson will cost us wins while he's learning on the job! Attica! ATTICA!!!!

Adrian Peterson’s All-Or-Nothing Day " West Coast Bias
This Sunday, the Seahawks pulled out an impressive 10-point win over the Minnesota Vikings. The offense continued to make strides, putting up a season-high 30 points, with Russell Wilson completing 66.7% of his passes for 173 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Blog | Up next: New York Jets
Series: Seahawks lead 9-8, including a victory in the last meeting – 13-3 in Seattle on Dec. 21, 2008, in Mike Holmgren’s finale home game as coach of the Seahawks. That snapped the Jets’ five-game winning streak. Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville: Trio land midseason All-Pro honors
Midseason All-Pros. That would be Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, as selected by Pro Football Weekly. The Seahawks’ leading rusher, left cornerback and free safety were tabbed by the online publication today for their obvious efforts in the first eight games of the season. Here’s what PFW had to say in selecting each, with additional statistical information:

Chain reaction led to season-ending injury - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield might still be healthy and playing for the Arizona Cardinals if his Week 9 opponent hadn't suffered a hip injury Sunday.

Spotlight comes with job for West punters - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five times in nine weeks an NFC West punter has earned acclaim from ESPN punter awareness coordinator Mark Simon.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks offense take another step - Blog -
"He looks poised and comfortable," Carroll told "Brock and Salk" on Monday, "and I think we're just gonna see this guy keep getting better."

Seahawks use Lynch, strong finish to snap skid - Seahawks News -
"Finishing is huge in this program, the awareness of it, the concept of it what it takes to finish is a big deal to us. ... We put together a really good finish to this game and that really was the story to me," Carroll said Monday. "There are issues that we have and stuff that we're working on, but we put together a great fourth quarter on defense and on offense and owned the football and controlled the football game."

Reading between the lines: Pete Carroll and Seahawks defense | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Adrian Peterson rushed for more yards Sunday than any Seahawks opponent since Pete Carroll became coach so Seattle's defense was not-so-surprisingly a subject of conversation Monday. Here's what Seattle's coach said, and what we think he might have meant:

AFC North - Practice Squad Breakdown Part Two | National Football Post
NFP breaks down 5 practice squad players from AFC North.

NFP Week 10 Power Rankings | National Football Post
Roethlisberger and the Steelers are on the move.

Arians, Kelly, Bradley should be among NFL head coaching candidates in 2013 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Gus Bradley, defensive coordinator, Seattle Seahawks -- The 46-year-old coached linebackers on Monte Kiffin's staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before he was hired by Jim Mora to coordinate the defense in 2009. With Pete Carroll also mentored by Kiffin, it was not much of a surprise when Bradley was one of two assistant coaches retained by Carroll when he took over the Seahawks in 2010. In the last three seasons, the Seahawks have built one of the NFL's most physical and multiple defenses, which Bradley deserves equal credit for. Bradley could be the in-house heir apparent for Carroll in Seattle, a set-up that didn't work out so well the last time that organization tried it (Mike Holmgren-to-Mora).

The Shutdown Corner Midseason All-Underrated Team: The Offense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Quarterback: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks San Francisco's Alex Smith almost made this spot, but after looking at a few key numbers for both quarterbacks -- efficiency in third-down, red-zone, and fourth-quarter situations -- the third-round rookie from Wisconsin gets the nod. Wilson, who wasn't expected to start this season and got all kinds of pre-draft scouting dings as a result of his 5-foot-10 5/8 stature, has become the epicenter of the Seahawks' offense in the last few weeks. It's an impressive feat for a team that's been run-based and centered around Marshawn Lynch.

Outside the Game: Steven Jackson wants to leave a legacy | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
"Each and every day, I focus on my job, but I also take in living in the moment," Jackson recently told Yahoo! Sports. "I won't always be here."

The Progression of Doug Martin | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
By Nick Whalen Editor’s Note: Whalen submitted this piece Sunday morning prior to Martin’s 251-yard, 4-touchdown rout of the Raiders defense. Martin did not leave big-play opportunities on the field. Due to the injury concerns, most high profile RB’s come into the NFL as underclassmen. So despite being a senior, Doug Martin was a running…

O'Brien Schofield of Arizona Cardinals out for season - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals have lost starting outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield for the season with an injured left ankle.

ReFo: Cardinals @ Packers, Week 9 |
The Packers pulled out another win and are starting to roll, while the Cardinals look on the verge of collapse, who decided this contest?

Pro Bowl Cheat Sheet: The NFC |
Kahled Elsayed gives out his choices for the NFC Pro Bowl with over half the season now gone

Race For Rookie of the Year, Week 9 |
2. Russell Wilson, QB, SEA (+15.0) While other rookies got all the press this week, the performance of Wilson was shamefully overlooked. He was near flawless against the Vikings and makes mockery of not just where he was drafted, but of his rookie status.

PFF 'Had a Bad Day' Team of Week 9 |
Quarterback: Christian Ponder, MIN (-5.5) Brandon Weeden actually walked away with a lower grade, but he at least resembled an NFL quarterback for portions of his game. Ponder managed just 27 yards in the air to his receivers and struggled despite his running game working so well. No quarterback looks as limited.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Rex Ryan Is More Interested In Evaluating His Entire Roster Than Simply Tim Tebow
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