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UM receivers coach treats Super Bowl-winning father Pete Carroll to some high school football | The Miami Herald
What do you do on a Friday night when your Super Bowl-winning father comes to visit you in South Florida?

Biggest Takeaways at the Quarter Mark of the NFL Season | Bleacher Report
Our journey through the center of the sports universe is a quarter of the way done as the 2014 NFL season heads into Week 5, full steam ahead. The offseason lust for football has been quenched, though it's hard to believe we're already this far into the regular season.

In win-now mode, Marrone makes change to Orton - NFL.com
Bills coach Doug Marrone benched EJ Manuel on Monday in favor of veteran quarterback Kyle Orton. Gregg Rosenthal details the implications of the franchise-altering move and where Buffalo goes from there.

Coach Carlisle's Blog: Developing a Teaching Hierarchy
My last entry asked you if you have a philosophy and I talked about how I developed mine.  Along with your philosophy you need to also have a mechanism in place to apply the teaching principles of your philosophy.

Coach Carlisle's Blog: Developing a Philosophy
I had a great talk with a former intern.  He came in and informed me that he was working as the athletic trainer and strength coach of a team where he was now working.  This is a great kid.  While he was an intern he was constantly asking questions – good solid observations.

These NFL teams are desperate for a reboot. | SportsonEarth.com : Kenneth Arthur Article
In television, starting over is becoming the norm for success. With shows like American Horror Story setting the table for year-to-year story reboots, programs like True Detective and Fargo hope to take that format to the next level of narrative perfection, almost becoming the "college football" of the medium in that nothing and nobody will ever become stale. New year, new actors.

NFL franchises with the least coaching patience - SBNation.com
We weren't even out of the first month of the season before our first coach was fired. In this week's Absurd Power Rankings, we review the coaches who have had the shortest tenure with each franchise.

NFL Week 5: New England Patriots, Tom Brady biggest disappointment - NFL - SI.com
Two NFC South teams sought to improve their secondaries in the offseason by giving long-term deals to seemingly underrated players. The New Orleans Saints signed ex-Bills safety Jairus Byrd to a six-year, $54 million contract with $26.3 million guaranteed to shore up a secondary that had been shaky at best. It isn't any better now, and Byrd is clearly struggling -- he underwent back surgery in May, and that delayed his preparation with his new team, but he's missed five run tackles against four made, and though he hasn't been targeted much just yet (five receptions allowed on eight targets), things aren't working out so far for Byrd in Rob Ryan's scheme.

Andrew Luck Set to Have Best Season of His Career in Spite of Pep Hamilton | Bleacher Report
Not for the first time, Andrew Luck has done something unique.

Seahawks know key to stopping Washington’s Kirk Cousins - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
When the NFL released its 2014 schedule last spring, the Seattle Seahawks probably assumed they’d spend their bye week preparing to face third-year quarterback Robert Griffin III as the trigger man of the Washington offense.

Rookie Paul Richardson waiting his turn in Seahawks' receiver corps - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Plenty of wide receivers would say that grasping the complexities of an NFL offense or needing to pay much greater attention to detail is the biggest adjustment they face from college to the pros.

Luke Willson, Cooper Helfet ready for TE duty with Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks tight ends Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet were practicing their deep-snapping skills at practice Tuesday, just in case.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on SiriusXM radio: Bruce Irvin to return this week | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks are off today. But coach Pete Carroll was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio and said among other things that defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin will be back for Monday’s game at Washington:

Panthers' Frank Alexander suspended 10 games - NFL.com
The NFL announced that Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended 10 games for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse. Alexander was also suspended for the first four games.

Carson Palmer suffers setback, goes to see specialist - NFL.com
On Wednesday, Carson Palmer was supposed to be evaluated for Week 5. But the Arizona Cardinals quarterback saw a specialist for the nerve issue in his shoulder. Will the veteran return this season?

Trent Williams: Seahawks aren’t unstoppable, we can beat them | ProFootballTalk
"Can we beat them? Yeah," Williams said, via the Washington Post. "At the end of the day, they’re not robots. They’re human beings and nobody’s perfect. Nobody plays perfect every Sunday. They have been beaten before. It’s not like they’re unstoppable. They’re a great team, no doubt about it, but anything is possible in the NFL."

Rolando McClain, Steve Smith lead top 10 surprises - NFL.com
Rolando McClain and Steve Smith lead Around The NFL's list of top 10 surprises at the quarter-season mark. Find out where your team's biggest surprise ranks.

Sorting the teams at 2-2: Colts playoff-bound; Panthers in trouble - NFL.com
Andrew Luck's Colts and Cam Newton's Panthers have exactly the same record -- but one is headed for the playoffs while the other is in trouble. Gil Brandt makes sense of the glut of teams at 2-2.

NFL, DirecTV sign deal reportedly worth $12 billion over 8 years - CBSSports.com
If you like watching Sunday Ticket on DirecTV, the next eight years should be magical for you.

Jeff Fisher names Austin Davis starting quarterback in St. Louis | ProFootballTalk
The Rams have taken their time naming a starting quarterback for their last two games, but they’re returning from the bye week with a new approach.

Whisenhunt shoots down talk that Titans could trade Justin Hunter | ProFootballTalk
There's been talk in Tennessee that the Titans could trade receiver Justin Hunter. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says that talk is preposterous. "Are you kidding me? That's not something even in consideration," Whisenhunt said of trading Hunter, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

The AFC season at the quarter pole | National Football Post
San Diego and Cincinnati continue to make waves.

Entertaining headlines around the league | National Football Post
With so much competition for eyes and ears, who can you trust?

Jordy Nelson Is The Leader in Adjusted Catch Yards per Attempt
I have used the concept of Adjusted Catch Yards for a long time; that metric is the base statistic in my Greatest Wide Receivers Ever post. ACY, you may recall, is simply receiving yards with a 5-yard bonus for receptions and a 20-yard bonus for touchdowns. Why a 5-yard yard bonus for catches?