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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Final 2014 DVOA Ratings
With a big win over division rival St. Louis, the Seattle Seahawks once again ascend to the top of the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, just in time to finish No. 1 for the entire season for the third straight year. The Seahawks also take over the top spot in weighted DVOA and are our current favorite to win the Super Bowl, taking the Lombardi Trophy in 26.2 percent of our simulations. Seattle now looks like the best team in the league whether you are asking about the short term (recent weeks), medium term (the full 2014 season), or long term (since 2012). It's been a remarkable run of quality football.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | DVOA PLAYOFF ODDS REPORT
The playoff odds report plays out the season 50,000 times. A random draw assigns each team a win or loss for each game. The probability that a team will be given a win is based on an equation which considers the current Weighted DVOA ratings of the two teams as well as home-field advantage.

Rex Ryan's Greatest Gift to Jets Fans Is a Clean Slate | Bleacher Report
Rex Ryan gave Jets fans many gifts over his six seasons as head coach.

Jets' failings go all the way to the top; more Black Monday Snap Judgments |
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as the NFL’s annual firing/hiring season commences with Black Monday, a day for press conferences, packed bags and largely expected developments that have been signaled for weeks....

Inside Jim Harbaugh leaving the 49ers, Watt vs. Rodgers for MVP | The MMQB with Peter King
Jim Harbaugh and San Francisco went from three straight NFC title games to 'doomed from the start' in 2014. A source explains what went wrong. Plus, a breakdown of the playoff field, an MVP vote explanation and more from Week 17

NFL Playoff Musings: Hard to pick against Seahawks, Pats, but we'll try -
With the NFL playoffs set, it's hard to see anyone but the Seahawks and Patriots reaching the Super Bowl, yet our eyes turn to the Packers and Broncos.

2015 NFL Draft: RB Tevin Coleman bolting Indiana for NFL -
After a record-breaking junior campaign, Coleman will take his talents to the pro game where he projects as one of the better all-around talents available at the position

2015 NFL Draft: Block Party? Trio of OTs skip senior year for NFL -
An already strong offensive line class got a boost Monday with Miami's Ereck Flowers, Utah's Jeremiah Poutasi and Penn State's Donovan Smith each adding their names to the ever-growing list of underclassmen heading early to the NFL.

NFL Coaching Carousel: Which coaching archetype fares best? -
There have been 80 full-time head coaches hired since 2002: is it best to hire a former head coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, position coach or college coach?

Mike Pettine: We’re at a crossroads with Josh Gordon | ProFootballTalk
Browns coach Mike Pettine held a year-end press conference on Monday and he spent a lot more time talking about off-field issues that on-field ones. That was predictable after wide receiver Josh Gordon, cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel all landed in trouble with the team ...

Two Nevada sports books make Broncos 6-1 to win Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
As the postseason begins, the defending AFC champions are the fourth-betting choice to win Super Bowl 49 at a pair of major Nevada sports books. Oddsmaker William Hill U.S. and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook both listed the Broncos as 6-1 shots to win it all as of Monday.

Report: Jim Harbaugh signs with Michigan | ProFootballTalk
More than 30 years after Michigan persuaded Jim Harbaugh to play football at Ann Arbor for free, the school has now persuaded him to coach the team for slightly greater compensation.

Injury roundup: Jaguars' Sen'Derrick Marks tore ACL -
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, one of the team's best players, suffered an ACL tear in Sunday's finale. Check out other notable injuries we're keeping tabs on.

Cowboys' Henry Melton could miss playoffs with injury -
The Dallas Cowboys could be without Henry Melton for the playoffs. Ian Rapoport reported that the defensive tackle suffered a leg injury that is considered to be serious.

Niners GM Trent Baalke: 'This is a reload situation' -
After parting ways with coach Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke described the team as ready to compete after reloading, not rebuilding. What else did he and CEO Jed York say on Monday?

What to watch for: Wild Card Weekend -
Can Big Ben lead the Steelers past the hated Ravens? Will Tony Romo handle the pressure against the Lions? Here's what to watch for during Wild Card Weekend.

Takeaways from Seahawks 20-6 win over Rams - Dec. 28, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
For the second straight season, the road to the Super Bowl will come through Seattle.

York had philosophical differences with Harbaugh -
San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York is tired of the legal troubles involving his team, hinting Monday that the standards slipped under former coach Jim Harbaugh while pointing the blame at everybody involved including himself.

Seahawks DC Dan Quinn already linked to three head coaching vacancies | - Seattle Sidelines
Well that didn’t take long.

Snap count notes from Seahawks Week 17 victory over St. Louis | - Seattle Sidelines
Full playing time numbers are below, but first a few notes:

“We are in the finish mode right now.” Suring Seahawks following Pete Carroll’s mantra. Again. | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
When Pete Carroll had Steve Sarkisian as his offensive coordinator at USC about a half-dozen years ago Carroll’s one-word edict for their USC Trojans was “finish.”

Seahawks Morning After: Why Seattle is just as poised for a Super Bowl run as last year | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks have so far avoided the Super Bowl jinx and regained their swagger despite a midseason crisis and a flurry of injuries. Now armed with the NFC’s top seed, now no one wants to play them.

Report: Seahawks' Quinn drawing interest from 49ers, Falcons, Jets - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the 49ers, Falcons and Jets are expected to place official requests to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Steve Largent on Kam Chancellor: ‘He’s the real leader on the team’
Just before making a play that was symbolic of winning the Largent Award, Kam Chancellor was presented with the award by Steve Largent before Sunday’s NFC West title-clinching victory over the Rams.

Four takeaways from Pete Carroll's Monday conversation with 710 ESPN Seattle
Key takeaways from Pete Carroll's conversation with 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Salk"

Game at a glance: Seahawks 20, Rams 6
Thanks to a trio of fourth-quarter defensive plays, the Seahawks rallied for a victory over the Rams on Sunday that allowed them to claim the NFC West title and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Three things from the Seahawks' 20-6 win over St. Louis - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks finished the regular season with a 12-4 record with their 20-6 win over St. Louis. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Silver on 49ers and Jim Harbaugh's split - NFL Videos
NFL Media columnist Michael Silver explains what went wrong in San Francisco and why the club had to ultimately cut ties with former head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Shawn Oakman, Duke Williams won’t enter 2015 draft | Seahawks Draft Blog
Scratch off two names on our pre-Christmas first round watch-list. Shawn Oakman and D’haquille ‘Duke’ Williams won’t be part of the 2015 draft.

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn a hot NFL head-coaching candidate - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The body is barely cold on the 2014 NFL regular season, but coaching rumors surrounding one of Pete Carroll’s top lieutenants with the Seattle Seahawks are already heating up.

49ers seeking a latter-day Bill Walsh; offer little specifics on Harbaugh parting | The Sacramento Bee
Jed York and Trent Baalke on Monday stressed they are seeking a successful, Bill Walsh-type teacher to take over as head coach of the 49ers but offered no specifics for why they parted ways a day earlier with a coach who fit that description.

Three things from the Seahawks' 20-6 win over St. Louis - Danny, Dave and Moore | 710 ESPN Seattle
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks finished the regular season with a 12-4 record with their 20-6 win over St. Louis. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Sarah Colonna Engaged to Jon Ryan - Couples, Engagements, Athletes :
The couple met on Twitter last year

Norris' Mock Draft: Top 20 - Mock Drafts -
With the draft order set for 20 teams, Josh Norris offers his first 2015 mock draft of the season.

Jed York put under the lights in 49ers press conference - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers held a press conference on Monday featuring CEO Jed York and GM Trent Baalke. It was not a complete train wreck, but it was not pretty. We discuss some of the "highlights".

Seattle Seahawks Back to Full Strength, Appear Poised for NFC Championship Game | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks ensured that the road to the playoffs in the NFC will go through their city, with a 20-6 win over the St. Louis Rams at home on Sunday that made them the conference's No. 1 seed.

NFC Playoffs Q&A -- Can Seattle Seahawks withstand challenge of Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys - ESPN
NFC playoffs Q&A: John Clayton examines the top questions heading into the NFC playoffs, including whether anybody has a chance to dethrone the Seahawks.

Seattle Seahawks' historic defense makes sure road to Super Bowl goes through Seattle - NFL -
Thirty minutes after the Seahawks' latest victory, a 20-6 triumph over St. Louis, defensive end Cliff Avril stood at his locker. He didn’t celebrate. He didn’t boast. He didn’t want to place this defense in any historical context, even if the numbers it has produced over the past two seasons do that for him.

NFL coaching rumors 2015: Tracking top candidates for Bears, 49ers and the other vacancies -
Who will coach your favorite team next season?

Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Big Leagues: News and Notes - For Whom the Cowbell Tolls
There has been some news ranging across the spectrum this week about former Mississippi State Bulldogs. Here is quick round up of what is going on with Bulldogs in the Big Leagues.

Live chat with Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
K.J. Wright is finishing up his fourth season with the Seahawks.

Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers split: Team owner Jed York opens up new set of problems - NFL -
Jed York thinks he just solved a problem in forcing Jim Harbaugh out of San Francisco. As he will soon discover, he actually created a half-dozen more.