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2012 NFL Position Battles: Quarterbacks | NFL Articles
The 2012 NFL Draft is now in the rear view mirror and training camp is still a couple of months away. We’re entering the most brutal time of year for football fans, as it feels like there’s hardly anything going on until August.

2012 NFL Position Battles: Running Backs | NFL Articles
One of the results of the NFL's evolution to a pass first league is that there isn't much of a need for a true work horse running back on most teams. Gone are the days of true "ground and pound" football where a running back would carry his team up and down the field for 16 games.

Did Flynn know what he was getting into in Seattle? -
Pete Carroll is making Matt Flynn work for his guaranteed $10 million deal with Seattle. Rather than be annointed the starter, Flynn is involved in a three-way split of reps during OTAs.

The establishment sports reporter vs the basement dwelling sports blogger. Can we coexist peacefully? " The Matchups Zone
Over the past few years the number of NFL and scouting blogs have grown exponentially. It seems as though that’s not the only thing that has grown. The disdain by the professional sports journalism and commentator establishment of this new media movement has grown as well. Can the two worlds ever coexist? Should they even try?

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Top 5 Fun To Watch Seahawks Defenses
John Elway tried calling out the signals. He really did. The Kingdome crowd was doing its best to play defense through endless waves of sound, and it often worked. Rufus Porter stood along the edge in an upright sprinting stance. Elway was going to unwittingly fire the starting gun of a race where the finish line was his face. Somewhere in the din, the Broncos quarterback yelled, "Hike!" and the race was on. Porter has taken two steps before the lineman moves to block him. It's too late. Porter is running the perfect parabola around the blocker and is closing quickly on his target. Boom.

The Best + Worst Of The John Schneider Pete Carroll era - Seattle Seahawks Blog
NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings you a list to keep you busy this offseason. While many are anticipating football season's arrival, Brandon has broken down the 5 best and 5 worst transaction of the Pete Carroll and John Schneider era in Seattle. From letting Matt Hasselbeck and Josh Wilson go to acquiring Marshawn Lynch and Leon Washinton, PCJS has left their stamp on this team.

Pete Carroll & John Schneider Give Tim Ruskell A Heart Attack - NFL, Seattle Seahawks
NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings us a list of futility for current Seattle Seahawks players. Ex-GM Tim Ruskell was known for wanting a squeaky clean team, but Pete Carroll and John Schneider changed the ambience of the locker room. By signing the likes of Kellen Winslow, Marshawn Lynch, Golden Tate, Bruce Irvin and the resigning of LeRoy Hill, plainly obvious the new regime in Seattle would have given Ruskell a coronary.

Vickerson adds weight, sheds money in search of starting job | ProFootballTalk
Despite all the excitement and anticipation in Denver given the arrival of Peyton Manning, the fact remains that: (1) the schedule is front-loaded with potent offenses; and (2) the Broncos’ defense has been suspect at times.

If Brees sits out in 2012, things get very interesting in 2013 | ProFootballTalk
Recently, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported that, under the CBA, the NFLPA believes Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be entitled to a 44-percent raise in 2013, if the Saints use the franchise tag on him again. But Brees has available to him a much more potent tactic, if he’s willing to walk away from $16.371 million in 2012.

Class of 2013 Texas RB chooses Ducks over Longhorns | National Football Post
Wilson becomes first player with Texas offer this cycle to turn down Brown and Co.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
Thompson shakes it up in Green Bay, a look at the new trading trend and all the latest NFL dope.

Nine really random things and whatever else is going on around the NFL… -
A quick and random spin through what the heck happened in the NFL this week …

Saints add signing bonus to Chris Ivory's contract -
Though the Saints were not required to, a source with knowledge of Ivory's contract said the team has tacked on a $72,900 signing bonus to the final year of his contract, making up for the income he lost while on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list last season. No additional years were added to the contract, and Ivory is still scheduled to be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

St. Louis Rams Tight End Coach: Rob Boras - Turf Show Times
One position that's been relatively overlooked for their poor play on the offensive side of the ball for the St. Louis Rams is the Tight Ends. Inconsistencies, in both blocking and passing, have made them just another cog in the disappointments we've seen from our offensive line and wide receiver corps over the past couple of seasons. While other teams, a la Patriots and Saints, are producing tight ends that tally over 1300 yards and score double digit TD's in a season, the Rams top TE amassed 352 yards and zero touchdowns in 2011.