The PBP: Michael Brockers and the Power of Power - Turf Show Times
For the first Playbook Projector piece of 2012, we're going to look at the Rams' first selection of the 2012 NFL Draft: Michael Brockers. (NOTE: If you haven't read the previous installments of the PBP, I highly suggest you do so. The PBP piece on gaps and techniques is especially relevant.) On February 22, 2008, just a few days before a Spagnuolo-coordinated New York Giants defense (and one of the most unbelievable plays in sports history) ended the Patriots' perfect season, Brockers committed to attend LSU. A 6'6", 260-pound defensive end upon signing, he blossomed into a powerful nearly 290-pound tackle as a RS freshman going into the 2010 season.
Seahawks notes, but no Brian Banks yet - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"They want me to get out more on some routes moreso than last year, when I was in protection a lot," Miller said following practice Wednesday. "Then I'll be in protection sometimes as well. And then with Kellen, I don't know if you saw him out there today, but he's such a good receiver, he makes plays on the ball. He is going to be great for us to run in two-tight end packages."
Jason Jones impresses, Clemons still absent | Seahawks Insider
Defensive end Jason Jones has been one of the players head coach Pete Carroll has raved about so far during offseason work. We had an opportunity to talk to Jones for the first time this afternoon. Jones said he was a basketball guy coming out of high school, and only started playing football his junior year.
Bruce is loose: Seahawks rookie running wild | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Chris Clemons was not present at the team's offseason workout on Wednesday, which is not all that significant in and of itself. These workouts are voluntary, and Clemons was not present for the team's workout last Thursday, which was open to the media.
Who's afraid of a quarterback competition? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Pete Carroll and Ken Whisenhunt aren't into fake quarterback competitions this offseason. They want legitimate ones.
Seahawks.com Blog | Wednesday in Hawkville: Winslow catching up, catching on "
Rishaw Johnson. During his Town Hall gathering, Carroll also sang the praises of the 6-foot-3, 313-pound guard from California (Pa.) University. "I want you to watch Rishaw Johnson, now," Carroll said. "This guy is an exciting football player." Today, Johnson was working at right guard with a No. 1 line that also included left tackle Russell Okung, left guard Paul McQuistan, center Max Unger and right tackle Breno Giacomini. How did the rookie do? "I’d say really well," Unger said.
Charting Jake Locker - Distance and Direction Thrown - Music City Miracles
Continuing with the Charting Jake Locker series, today we'll dig into the distances and direction thrown by Locker. When charting Locker's throws, an important thing I wanted to understand was the distance the throws traveled. Just the yardage picked up doesn't tell the whole story. For example, on the 16th dropback by Locker in the New Orleans contest, he threw the ball 3 yards on a quick slant to Williams, who then took it another 51 yards. Later, on snap 22, he threw the ball 34 yards up the seam to Washington who then took it another 6 yards for a touchdown. On paper, the Williams play is more impressive from a Y/A standpoint, yet the throw to Washington was clearly more difficult.
NFL Podium Awards: Calvin Johnson snags the top spot - NFL.com
A.J. Green burst onto the scene as a rookie Pro Bowler last season, but is he one of the top three wideouts in the league? Daniel Jeremiah thinks so, giving Green a spot on his wide receiver podium.
NFL Podium Awards: Niners duo rules linebacker position - NFL.com
Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out NFL Podium Awards for the top three players at each position group. Remember, this list is based on where these players are ranked heading into the 2012 season. Today, he takes on linebackers.
Pete goes Carroll-ing
Pete Carroll held a Town Hall meeting at CenturyLink Field on Tuesday night, when a crowd of 300-plus got to ask questions of - and interact with - the Seahawks' third-year coach.
Post-Draft Review/Grade-San Francisco 49ers | The Sideline View
The 49ers were coming off of an appearance in the NFC Championship game, so they didn’t have a lot of needs coming into this year’s draft. But they had one big one on offense.
Post-Draft Review/Grade-Arizona Cardinals | The Sideline View
The Cardinals, if they want to seriously push for a playoff spot this season, have to improve at a few positions on offense and defense.
Clay: Fantasy Top Tens - Goal Line Stand - Rotoworld.com
Following the lead of colleagues Evan Silva and Chris Wesseling, today I’m releasing a list of my top-10 players at the four most important fantasy football positions: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end.
Vernon Davis: Randy Moss looks like the guy I used to watch | ProFootballTalk
Before he ever got to the NFL, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was a Randy Moss fan. Now Davis is a Randy Moss teammate, and he says the guy he sees on the field at Organized Team Activities shows off all the same athletic talent as the guy he watched — and tried to emulate — while he was developing as a football player.
NFL - Recent trend not on Seattle Seahawks' side - ESPN
NFL trades are funny. Because of the salary cap, it's hard for teams to find value for high-priced players they are trying to unload. Positions such as running back garner virtually no trade value. Only a desperate team is willing to give up a good draft choice to get a back, and it's hard to move a back who is 27 or older.
Beating the Blitz with the One-Back Offense (Bob Bratkowski) | Smart Football
The original one-back offense, the one that can trace its roots back to Jack Neumeier at Granada Hills high school and was popularized by Dennis Erickson, is both one of history’s best offenses and was a forerunner to today’s dynamic spread attacks. Bob Bratkowski, currently the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been one of its oldest practitioners. He coached under Erickson at Washington State, Miami, and the Seattle Seahawks, before striking out on his own in the NFL. He’s most famous — or infamous — for the decade or so he spent as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, where he coached some dynamic offenses but also was the target of a great deal of fan scorn.
Matt Barkley among QBs invited to elite Manning camp - CBSSports
Matt Barkley, Tyler Bray, Logan Thomas and Tyler Wilson were among the QBs invited to the Manning Passing Academy, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Why the Rams and 49ers may benefit from the Lions mishaps… - NFL.com
The Lions have had their share of off-the-field issues. Yeah… you may have read about it. Colleague Albert Breer broke it down nicely earlier today.
Navigating the NFL Injury Report: Concussion " Second Opinion
A concussion is defined as any traumatic and temporary impairment of neurologic function. Though sometimes applied confusingly in the past, this definition includes all brain injuries regardless of severity or length of symptoms. Minor symptoms, including a player having his "bell rung" without loss of consciousness or memory loss or an injury associated with only a few minutes of headache or confusion, should correctly be considered a concussion. Concussions commonly occur after a direct blow to the head, but rotational impacts around the jaw and neck can also cause a concussion.
Trust factor at work in trade, scout's move - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The relationship between Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers counterpart, Mark Dominik, played a role in the recent Kellen Winslow trade. Schneider said so during subsequent interviews, and it makes sense.
'Inside triangle' key to every team's 1st- and 2nd-down success on D - NFL - CBSSports.com
We hear coaches say "it all starts up front." when describing what a good football team looks like. That's not entirely accurate because what coaches really mean is "it starts up front inside." It doesn't matter if your favorite team is in a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense there is an inside triangle that is the foundation of the defense and if it isn't rock solid the rest of the package will crumble.
What is a zone blitz? | National Football Post
Going to the chalkboard to break down the basics of closed (strong) and open (weak) side zone pressure.
Rick Reilly: The Redemption of Brian Banks - ESPN
It's not every day that the Washington Redskins call up a man convicted of rape and ask him if he'd agree to a one-day workout, but it happened Tuesday. Oh, and the Kansas City Chiefs called Tuesday, too. And the Miami Dolphins. And they were three days behind the Seattle Seahawks, who will work him out on June 7.
49ers Blog and Q&A: 49ers OTA notes: Absences give clues to depth chart
The 49ers held their second, media-accessible OTA practice today. There were a lot more absences than there were last week, and that gave a little insight to the depth chart on both offense and defense.
Knile Davis (RB, Arkansas) vs LSU " Seahawks Draft Blog
Davis was primed for a huge 2011 before a serious ankle injury ruled him out for the entire season. Had he stayed healthy, he would’ve challenged Trent Richardson as the top running back in the country. He’s bigger than most runners at 6-0 and 226lbs, but he still has great speed and breakaway ability. If he can get back to his peak this year he’ll be competing with another returning runner – Marcus Lattimore – to be the first running back off the board in 2013. Davis is ranked at #11 on our top 40 watch list.
Priceline: The cost of Kellen Winslow | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Tampa Bay didn't up and give Kellen Winslow away. Not entirely anyway.
Seattle Seahawks 2012 Schedule Analysis | AthlonSports.com
Scheduling plays a huge role in the outcome of every NFL season. So the Athlon NFL editors will spend the next month dissecting each and every week of the 2012 slate for all 32 teams in the league.