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Evaluating quarterbacks | National Football Post
It's not an exact science, and it's so much more than just looking at stats.

He’s Seahawks’ life coordinator | Dave Boling - The News Tribune
Spring is busy for Maurice "Mo" Kelly, as the newly fledged Seahawks rookies arrive and he begins the important duty of taking them under his wing.

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts -
Is a lack of height or weight more difficult for a quarterback to overcome? What are reasonable expectations for the Broncos with Peyton Manning at quarterback? How excited are Washington State fans for the beginning of the Mike Leach era?

Kellen Winslow trade not a 'message,' Bucs' Schiano says -
New Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano insists he wasn't sending a message by trading tight end Kellen Winslow, just improving the football team. Tampa Bay dealt Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks for a draft pick on Monday night and signed former Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark.

Goal of Winslow trade may have been helping Freeman | ProFootballTalk
So why did the Bucs bail on tight end Kellen Winslow, giving him to Seattle for a seventh-round pick that could become a sixth-round selection? The folks at have an intriguing theory.

1620 The Zone Podcasts - Play Now
May 22 Seg 13: Barrett Ruud **** (18:15)

Bob and Groz Show - Podcasts -
Roy Cummings, who covers the Buccaneers for the Tampa Tribune, joined "Bob and Groz" and described Kellen Winslow as hard working, competitive and accountable, saying he isn't sure why the new Seahawks tight end has a reputation as a malcontent. Cummings also discussed the knee injury that has limited Winslow in recent seasons.

Brock and Salk - Podcasts -
Mike Sando of joins "Brock and Salk" and discusses what tight end Kellen Winslow brings to the Seahawks, why the Buccaneers wanted to trade him, his reputation as a malcontent, the knee injury that has kept him from practicing in recent seasons and how he fits into the Seahawks' locker room. Sando also shares his observations of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

OTAs underway
On a rainy, windy day along the shores of Lake Washington, the Seahawks' offense finally faced a defense - and vice versa - as the team kicked off the OTA portion of its offseason program.

Cosell Talks: Sam Bradford / Josh Freeman : NFL Films Blog
The last couple of weeks, I have written about Matt Ryan, Michael Vick, Matthew Stafford and Cam Newton. This week, I will continue to spotlight the quarterback position, focusing on two young players who detoured in 2011 after strong seasons in 2010. Sam Bradford set an NFL record for most completions by a rookie quarterback (the previous mark was held by Peyton Manning). Josh Freeman threw 25 touchdown passes and only six interceptions in his first full season as a starter. Both Bradford and Freeman had the look of soon-to-be-elite NFL quarterbacks. It did not work out that way last season. Blog | Unlocking Wilson: 4-2-3-5 "
The latest print edition of Sporting News is all about the NFL Draft and includes an extensive article looking at the quarterbacks who were selected. Russ Lande, a former NFL scout turned SN draft expert, rated the passers in five categories and Russell Wilson made the Top 5 in four of them.

Bruce Irvin vs Russell Wilson " Seahawks Draft Blog
Game tape when two of Seattle’s 2012 draft class met in the Champs Sports Bowl. For what it’s worth, NC State won 23-7 with Russell Wilson going 28/45 passing for 275 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Wilson also added 41 yards on the ground. Bruce Irvin recorded two sacks.

NFL - Can the Seattle Seahawks contend with Matt Flynn in 2012? - ESPN
Even though the Seattle Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft and have Tarvaris Jackson on the roster, it appears that free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn will be the Week 1 starter. Flynn has played well in his brief starting tenure for the Green Bay Packers, but how does he fit in Seattle's offense? And with a strong defense, how far can the Seahawks go this season?

Think 'Ace' personnel with Kellen Winslow in Seattle | National Football Post
TE can be the 'move guy' in Seahawks offense.

Seahawks trade for Kellen Winslow; hope to make 2-TE sets more productive | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
In 2011, per the game-charting of's Brian McIntyre, the Seattle Seahawks put two tight ends on the field 39 percent of the time, one of the highest figures in the NFL. However, they didn't get much production from those tight ends. Former Oakland Raiders tight end Zach Miller, acquired as a free agent before the 2011 season, caught just 25 passes on 44 targets for 233 yards and no touchdowns -- Seattle's injury-weakened offensive line put Miller in a position to block most of the time. Despite that, Miller led the team in all categories at the position.

What tight end Kellen Winslow brings to the Seahawks - Blog -
John Schneider and Pete Carroll never rest when the opportunity comes to upgrade their roster, whether it's with draft picks, rookie tryouts, cap casualties, free-agent signings or trades -- like the one they made Monday night that sends a conditional seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers for Kellen Winslow Jr.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2011 Special Teams Tackles
Let's continue our series presenting various 2011 stats from the multitude of Football Outsiders spreadsheets. Today, we'll look at special teams tackles, both last year and over a three-year period. Return Tackles are simple: The total number of tackles (and assists) that a player makes on kick and punt returns. This doesn't count onside kicks or end-of-half squib kicks.

2012 Fantasy Football Podcast: NFC Offseason Wrap Up - Mocking The Draft
2012 fantasy football season is right around the corner, and here at Mocking the Draft, we are prepared to give you an offseason's worth of coverage. We have started up a weekly podcast to get you ready for your fantasy drafts.

NFL - Veteran backup quarterbacks in abundance - ESPN
One of the big mistakes of the 2011 season was at backup quarterback.

Under Pressure: Mark Sanchez faces impossible task -
Around the League will examine one key player under pressure on each team heading into the 2012 season. First up: The New York Jets

Russell Wilson and Short Quarterbacks: How Much Does Height Matter at QB? | The Big Lead
Dan Pompei ran some interesting numbers in a column this weekend about passes batted down at the line of scrimmage for this year’s rookie quarterbacks. Russell Wilson, Seattle’s third round pick, had only two balls batted down at the line of scrimmage despite his 5’10″ height. The four first round quarterbacks? Andrew Luck with 2, Robert Griffin with 9, Brandon Weeden with 8, and Ryan Tannehill with 19.

Winslow may only be a role player in Seattle | ProFootballTalk
New Seahawks tight end Kellen Winslow is a big name and he’s only 29 years old, but he may not have a whole lot left after at least six career knee surgeries. There’s a reason the Bucs gave him up for a conditional seventh-round pick. Tony Softli - Offseason Team Preparations Start Now
Like all schedule-driven corporations in America and around the world, the NFL is no different. And yet, what a difference a year makes.

Positives To Kellen Winslow Trade to Seattle Seahawks - NFL Trades, transactions
The Seattle Seahawks made a great move on Monday by acquiring TE Kellen Winslow from the Buccaneers and all they had to give up was a conditional 2013 7th round draft pick that will be a 6th round pick if he makes the team and makes some plays.

Word From the Birds Blog | King hurt, Beanie rehabs and a good first OTA
The Cardinals had almost everyone on the field today to start OTAs. One man who had hoped to be out there was veteran tight end Jeff King, but it turns out he suffered a partial tear of his quadriceps tendon recently working out at the facility. He had surgery to repair it and is scheduled to return for training camp.

Greg Schiano not interested in Kellen Winslow questions | National Football Post
Bucs coach says team is moving forward.

Are the Bills legitimate playoff contenders? | National Football Post
Surviving the first six games could pave the way for a 10-6 season.

Is Marcus Lattimore still the draft’s best RB prospect? | National Football Post
Is he in the same class as Adrian Peterson and Trent Richardson?