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Breaking Down the Art of the Pass Rush Like Never Before | Bleacher Report
This article is my chance to dispense some knowledge I've acquired throughout the years, to those who have any interest whatsoever in such details. I hope to provide at least a glimmer of insight, into both what it takes to be a pass rush specialist and, perhaps, what you yourself can do to become one. Either way, it should provide you with a bit of sports-worthy enjoyment. Throughout my football career from high school to the pros, I was never thought of as a great athlete. Nor was I blessed with incredible height, strength or a body made of steel.

Playbook: Andre Johnson vs. Pacman Jones | National Football Post
Using video to break down the 'Out and Up' from the AFC Playoffs.

5 Big Ten players to watch in 2012 | National Football Post
These players will be on the spot this fall.

Stock watch: Super Bowl odds | National Football Post
The Niners are on a surprising rise while the Saints are heading south.

NFL players take their turn in the booth -
Michael Robinson calls the "Beast Mode" run by Marshawn Lynch. Good job here, though maybe he was a little too graphic with the description at the end. But Robinson is showing some promise.

Three and out: Fitzgerald not satisfied -
Seeking satisfaction: Personal accolades are not enough for Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. After being named No. 7 overall on NFL Network’s "The Top 100: Players of 2012," the receiver posted on his Facebook page; "I’ve completed 8 NFL seasons, while I am somewhat satisfied with personal achievements, I have come close only once to achieving the ultimate team goal." Fitzgerald added "My sincere hope is that we can get back to the playoffs on a regular basis and become Super Bowl Champions." The Pittsburgh product will need some help in order to attain that goal. The Cards still don’t know who their starting quarterback will be, and the pecking order beneath Fitzgerald has yet to be sorted out. While the current situation poses questions as a team, it bodes well for his continued fantasy success. Finishing among the top-five fantasy scorers at his position in two of the last three seasons, the receiver should again be drafted in the early-rounds as a No. 1 wideout.

The greatest calls in NFL history -- not you, Joe Buck -
With the completion of the broadcasting boot camp at NFL Films, our Adam Rank takes some time to listen to the greatest announcer calls in NFL history. Did Joe Buck make the list?

Trent Richardson headlines rookie candidates for 2013 'Top 100' -
Four standouts from the 2011 rookie class made "The Top 100: Players of 2012." Which guys from April's 2012 draft could make the cut next year? Daniel Jeremiah highlights Luke Kuechly, among others.

Kevin Kolb vs. John Skelton: Who will win Cardinals' QB job? -
The Kevin Kolb-John Skelton QB battle is intriguing, as the Cardinals' offense will look different depending on who wins. Bucky Brooks studies both signal callers and picks who he'd want under center.

Jared Cook seeks extension with Tennessee Titans -
Jared Cook became a fixture of the Titans' passing game in 2011 after hauling in 49 catches. The tight end is in the last year of his rookie contract and hopes to remain in Tennessee.

Terrell Owens dishes advice at NFL Rookie Symposium -
The rookie symposium is a chance for young players to learn how to handle the NFL. Terrell Owens took the stage Thursday to let them know no one is bigger than that game, not even him.

Robert Kraft, Patriots owner, wants a team in London -
Has the NFL maxed out its viewership in the United States? Patriots owner Robert Kraft believes it might have. He says the next step is expansion to the U.K.

Jon Ryan - Northwest Athlete Profiles, NFL, Seattle Seahawks Blogs, CFL
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Matt Church brings us a Northwest Player Profile of Seahawks punter Jon Ryan. Ryan was born in Regina Saskatchewan, played at the University of Regina, and got his professional start with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. With the noteriety he gained in the CFL, it didn't take long for the NFL to come calling. Ryan made his debut with the Grenn Bay Packers before finally landing in Seattle with the Seahawks.

2012 Seahawks Schedule - Five Easy Matchups, NFL Schedule, Seattle Seahawks Blog
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Matt Church weighs in with a Seahawks post about the five easiest 2012 NFL matchups that await the team this season. The Seahawks match up with the Rams in week four should be an easy win, if the secondary can shut down Sam Bradford that is. Another easy game with division implications is the week twelve match up with the Arizona Cardinals. Will Matt Flynn be the man?

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts -
John Clayton says new Seahawks Bruce Irvin and Jason Jones could combine for 19 sacks this season (12:15). Clayton expects Jones to have much more success this season as a defensive tackle, saying he could be among the league leaders in sacks at the position (13:06). Clayton also talks about Drew Brees' contract dispute with the Saints, the Titans' quarterback battle and when to expect a resolution to Chris Clemons' contract dispute.

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts -
Why is Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ranked so low (No. 94) in the NFL Network's list of the league's top 100 players? What does Brock make of LaDainian Tomlinson's comments about not winning a Super Bowl? What happens during Washington's Rising Stars Camp?

Was Browner's 2011 season as good as we thought? - Blog -
Brandon Browner intercepted six passes, returned two for touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement last season, his first in the NFL. The Seahawks' cornerback was also among the league leaders in penalties and at times was exposed by smaller, quicker receivers.

Re-Ranking The NFL's Top-10 Players -
NFL Network's top 100 players series ended with the revealing of the top 10 players. A re-ranking of those top 10 players gives us a number of changes to the NFL's top 10 players.

Four fantasy nuggets, from Fitz to Lynch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Four quick notes, one per NFC West team, from KC Joyner's newly published 2012 fantasy guide:

Brandon Browner Overrated? - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Its been an extremely unpopular opinion, but I just haven’t been able to buy into the idea that Brandon Browner is an elite CB. He’s good, but exactly how good is a matter of opinion, and my opinion is that he’s not as good as most Seahawks fans seem to think.

Kendricks Looks for Breakout Second Season
As Brian Schottenheimer and his staff prepared for the 2011 NFL Draft, one player that continued to catch their eye was a young tight end out of Wisconsin named Lance Kendricks.

Chat wrap: Expectations for A.J. Jenkins - NFC West Blog - ESPN
We went about 90 minutes on the NFC West chat Thursday because there really wasn't anything better to do on this fourth Thursday in June. Please do partake in the transcript. - Hot-seat meter: Ranking the coaches, 1-32
Job security is a precious commodity in the NFL that few head coaches enjoy. Not even winning can guarantee it unconditionally. They are paid exceptionally well, and NFL teams expect results. Not tomorrow, but today.

The Pro Football Focus Top 101 Players of 2011 |
Through a collection of pieces, we’ve put together the Official Pro Football Focus Top 101 players of the 2011 year. If you want some in-depth explanation of why these players made the list then click on the following individual posts to find out why:

Splits Happen
[Five years ago, my friend and founder Doug Drinen wrote the predecessor to todaay's article, but refused to go with this title. The principles remain fundamental to advanced analysis of any sport, so today I'll be revisiting them with current examples.] Our brains are really good at making connections and finding patterns. In The Believing Brain, Michael Shermer argued that we’ve made it to where we are today precisely because of our ability to do just that:

Joe Holland Scouting Report & Roster Projection - Niners Nation
49ers LB Joe Holland will be competing for a spot as an inside linebacker. What does his scouting report say about his chances?

A Bad Precedent - Injuries in Depth -
Adrian Peterson is a freakish, once in a generation athlete. I get that. He also won’t find himself on any of my teams this season. - Rams banking on Boudreau's expertise
New Rams head coach Jeff Fisher isn’t banking solely on his well-regarded staff of defensive coaches to come to the rescue in the wake of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ indefinite suspension. The way we hear it, Fisher is also counting on a major pick-me-up on the other side of the ball courtesy of new offensive line coach Paul Boudreau, who earned strong reviews in Atlanta, where he managed to develop a very capable unit despite a lack of heralded talent.

Three Years of Pass Rushing Productivity: Defensive Backs |
Day four of our look back at some of our Signature Statistics and we’re turning our attention to defensive backs as we bring you the final installment of our three year overview of Pass Rushing Productivity data. If you’ve missed what we’ve done with edge rushers, interior defensive linemen and linebackers, then click on the links and catch up. For this piece we’re focusing on those blitzing backs who are more famed for their coverage, but capable of making big plays rushing the quarterback, nonetheless. For those not familiar with our PRP stat, it goes beyond just looking at sacks, instead adding a new level of context by analyzing total pressure and looking at how many times a player rushes the passer. Hits and hurries are valued at three quarters the worth of sacks, all of those numbers are added up and then divide by the number of rushes before being multiplied by 100 to give the PRP rating.

Scouting for the 2013 NFL Draft: Big Ten
The Big Ten placed three players in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, including a pair if prospects from Illinois. There’s a distinct possibility the conference doubles the number of players selected in the first round next April, with still another pair coming from Illinois.

Cosell Talks Shonn Greene - Cosell Series -
I did a little game watching of my own on Shonn Greene recently, so I was anxious to hear the tape guru Cosell's take on the Jets' starting running back. Greene had a huge playoff run as a rookie in 2009. He's disappointed ever since. I mentioned some of my takeaways to Cosell, and he told me what he thought of Shonn Greene:

Cosell Talks Roy Helu - Cosell Series -
Thursday's interview with Greg Cosell of NFL Films began with a discussion of Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. Cosell's evaluation of Murray can be accessed at this link. I really wanted to get Cosell's take on a few young tailbacks who might be up and comers. Staying in the NFC East, we transitioned to another second-year runner in Washington's Roy Helu. I opened by asking for Cosell's overall take on Helu, after watching his rookie-year game tape.

Cosell Talks Ryan Mathews - Cosell Series -
With the two young NFC East backs out of the way, I shifted gears in Thursday's Greg Cosell interview to Chargers third-year back Ryan Mathews. I love Mathews this season. I love his skill level, potential, and the system in which he plays. I broke him down in late May. Cosell was effusive in his praise of Mathews' talent.

Cosell Talks DeMarco Murray - Cosell Series -
For the most part, I'm just going to let Cosell do the talking. It's better that way. He speaks incredibly concisely. We first discussed Cowboys tailback DeMarco Murray. I began by asking for Cosell's general impressions.