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Michael Robinson #26 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with Ron Parker #36 (L) and Heath Farwell #55 after scoring a touchdown on a blocked punt against the St. Louis Rams.
Michael Robinson #26 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with Ron Parker #36 (L) and Heath Farwell #55 after scoring a touchdown on a blocked punt against the St. Louis Rams.

Really lookin' forward to the weekend, you guys. (Yes, I steal from @dadboner).

Smith: 'We got to get better'
"This is the honest truth: I could absolutely care less on yards per game," Smith said Wednesday after the second day of practice at 49ers organized team activities. "I think that's a totally overblown stat. Because if you're losing games in the second half, guess what? You're like the Carolina Panthers and you're going no-huddle the entire second half and, yeah, Cam Newton threw for a lot of 300-yard games, that's great. You're not winning, though."

Seahawks LB Heath Farwell: Special Teams Ace - SB Nation Seattle
The Seahawks didn't waste any time on the first day of free agency back in March, making waves by re-signing one of their core defensive players in Red Bryant. Flying under the radar in the news and in stories that day was the fact that the Seahawks also had re-signed special teams standout Heath Farwell, a seventh-year linebacker out of San Diego State.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2011 Defeats
More today from our many, many spreadsheets of stats from the 2011 season. Today, we'll look at which defenders had the most Defeats in 2011. Defeats are defined as any play (tackle, assist, pass defensed, interception, or forced fumble) that does one of three things:

Was Kellen Winslow a locker room cancer? - Bucs Nation
On Kellen Winslow's tenure with the Bucs, and his supposed personality issues.

Beanie Wells: Microfracture? " Second Opinion
When asked about his late January knee surgery yesterday, Beanie Wells told reporters that it was "just a scope," then suggested it was "a little more complicated" than meniscus surgery. When asked specifically about microfracture surgery, Wells reportedly smiled but said no more, seemingly hinting he did have a microfracture procedure. Meanwhile, Wells’ agent Scott Howard told ESPN’s Mike Sando that Wells "did not undergo microfracture surgery or any other procedure requiring an extended recovery period," but that the plan is to limit him until training camp.

A quick playbook session on the NFL 'boot' game | National Football Post
Chalkboard breakdown, coaching points, keys, etc.

Winslow Sr.: Seahawks trade good deal for son - Chicago Tribune
"I think it might be easier to get to Seattle than it would be to get to Chicago from here," Winslow said Tuesday. "More direct flights. The direct flights from Chicago to Dayton, Ohio ... they are small planes, they are expensive flights. And you are better off driving."

Shaping the Slot |
PFF's Steve Palazzolo explores the various fits for the evolving role of slot receivers in the NFL.

Randy Moss off to great start with San Francisco 49ers in comeback - Ann Killion -
SANTA CLARA -- Randy Moss arrived in the Bay Area in 2005 with sirens blaring and a police escort.

Under Pressure: Measuring Mike Holmgren's impact -
Mike Holmgren is entering his third full season in charge of the Browns, and it's time to measure the accomplished team-builder's progress. 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.

Hitting the Books | National Football Post
Educating my clients through the wise words of others.

Cardinals' William Gay lining up with starters -
William Gay brings a little bit of that physical style Steelers play to the Cardinals secondary, which is looking to add a few bruisers. He's lining up with the starters in OTAs, but we'll see what happens by the time the season starts.

Breaking down Bears' Hester in a slot alignment | National Football Post
Using video to highlight the WR on the 'Smash-7' concept.

Checking in with Bradford on ankle, more - NFC West Blog - ESPN
More than seven months have passed since Sam Bradford's ankle buckled during the St. Louis Rams' game against the Green Bay Packers last season. Blog | (New) number, please "
Kellen Winslow, the tight end who was acquired Monday in a trade with the Buccaneers, will wear No. 82. So tight end John Nalbone, who had been wearing that number, switched to No. 84. Blog | Winslow: Quite the reception "
Kellen Winslow’s first practice as a Seahawk began with a hearty welcome from offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as the tight end who was acquired Monday in a trade with the Buccaneers joined his new team for today’s OTA session.

2012 St. Louis Rams Depth Chart: 3 Positions That Won't Be Resolved Any Time Soon - Turf Show Times
Some nights, I lie still (or is it lay? I hate that crap) and wonder to myself... Why are some YouTube videos so properly color-balanced? Why do the colors in mind match the colors pressing against the rods in my eyes? What do the chartreuse-loving Americans, soaked by the sun amid the amber waves of grain, have to do to finally get a yellow-soaked video talking about the St. Louis Rams? You're welcome.

Why Sam Bradford Struggled In 2011 & Why The St. Louis Rams QB Will Rebound In 2012 - Turf Show Times
Can St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford get his mojo back in 2012? Yes, and here's how.

Seahawks QB competition is still Matt Flynn's to lose - Blog -
Russell Wilson has been front and center the last month, from being drafted in the third round to forcing his way into the team's quarterback competition after his impressive showing during a rookie minicamp.

Video: Developing rapport with Winslow - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"What happens in a game when things that you prepared for, all of a sudden you get a different technique or something that maybe that hasn't happened before occurs?" Manning said during Super Bowl week. "Can you tell by their body language, by the stem of their route, exactly what they are going to do? You have to scramble or move in the pocket and the timing is a little off, how are they going to react to those situations?"

NFL - 10 best players who had their seasons shortened - ESPN
There were plenty of big names who lost a good portion of last season to injuries. Some were on teams that could've made postseason runs. Others were in positions to help their respective squads enjoy breakthrough years. All understand how critical this fall will be to their careers. Once you've been frustrated by injuries for an entire season, your appreciation for the game usually spikes the following year.

NFL Players Association files suit vs. NFL, alleges collusion in 2010 - ESPN
The contentious relationship between the NFL and the NFL Players Association continued Wednesday when the union filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the league and its owners conspired in collusion to establish a "secret $123 million salary cap" in 2010, which under the previous labor agreement was designated as an uncapped year of spending.

Rob Gronkowski-Aaron Hernandez among league's top 10 duos -
Watching television, it's almost impossible to go 15 minutes without seeing a preview for the movie "Avengers." The trailers all show various clips of the Marvel Comics superheroes joining forces. I still have yet to see the film, but it looks like I might be in the minority. ("Avengers" just finished No. 1 at the box office for the third straight weekend.) Blog | Rookie tight end released "
The arrival of Kellen Winslow Jr. has led to the departure of Cooper Helfet.

Secrets to Getting the Most out of Your Football Film Study |
In the NFL, everybody is the best of the best. What separates the best from the average players (unless you’re a superstar with ridiculously special talent) are the intangibles. One of the most important intangibles is being wiser than your opponent. I believe that best way to get that done is to learn the basics of effective football film study. Here are some things to look out for when studying film.