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Rams want Sam Bradford to compete for starting job | ProFootballTalk
The Rams have ended the last two seasons with quarterback Sam Bradford on injured reserve because of torn ACLs, but that hasn't soured them on having Bradford back in 2015. They aren't going to hand him the starting job, however. On Tuesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said, via Jim Thomas of the St.

2015 NFL Draft: Underclassmen flash NFL talent in Music City Bowl -
Scouts who watched Notre Dame's last-second 31-28 victory over LSU were probably attempting to focus on senior prospects like the Tigers' stud left tackle La'el Collins. Spectacular performances from underclassmen from both teams, however, stole the show.

2015 NFL Draft: Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft makes the jump to the NFL -
Despite only 24 catches as a junior in 2014, Kroft has made the decision to skip his senior season at Rutgers and make himself available for the 2015 NFL Draft

Five-prong playoff rankings: Pack, Broncos 1-2; are Seahawks still best? -
This five-pronged NFL playoff ratings system puts the Broncos and Packers in the super Bowl, but the champs may have something to say about these figures.

NFL Wild Card Playoff Picks: Steelers over Ravens, Panthers advance -
Who will make it out of Wild Card Weekend? You came to the right place to find out.

Harbaugh suggests York forced him out | ProFootballTalk
The joint press release said "mutual parting."  But it sure looks like former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh doesn't truly see it that way. Harbaugh recently explained his return to Michigan to Michael Rosenberg of

Holmgren: 'I've gotten a couple' coaching inquiries -
Is Mike Holmgren pondering a return to the sideline? With a handful of teams searching for new coaches, the former Packers and Seahawks coach told a Seattle radio station that the phone has been ringing.

Caldwell: Jaguars not counting on Justin Blackmon -
The Jaguars aren't relying on Justin Blackmon's return in 2015. "I think we have to treat it as a luxury," said GM David Caldwell. "If he comes back that's great, if he doesn't -- we can't count on it."

Ndamukong Suh, Lions have talent edge on Cowboys -
Now that Ndamukong Suh's suspension is overturned, the Lions have a major edge over the Cowboys in defensive talent. Does that advantage apply to the entire roster?

Cowboys send Henry Melton (knee) to injured reserve -
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday with a bone bruise to his right knee. How will his absence affect Big D's defense?

Bye week gives Seahawks time to mend for playoff opener - Dec. 29, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
The benefit of earning home-field advantage as the top seed in the NFC gives the Seattle Seahawks a week off to get healthy before their first playoff game on January 10.

2014 Seahawks by the numbers: Seattle earns top playoff seed for second straight year - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Whew! The regular season is finally over, and now the real season begins. The Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West and earned the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed with their victory Sunday over the St. Louis Rams.

The Seahawks’ versatile, increasingly valuable Will Tukuafu: “He lays the wood” | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The snap counts from the win over the Rams on Sunday show how much more 285-pound fullback Will Tukuafu played — on defense, too. He’s proving to be a find since the Seahawks signed him off waivers from San Francisco midseason. Coach Pete Carroll praised his uniqueness yesterday.

RENTON: Teams calling Seahawks about assistant for head-coaching interviews | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seahawks were just getting back from a walkthrough practice in Atlanta two years ago. A long, black limousine pulled up to meet the team’s bus in the hotel parking lot.

What's a futures contract, anyway? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I passed along in the past few days the news that a couple of recent Seattle draftees had signed futures contracts with other teams — WR Chris Harper with the Giants and RB Spencer Ware with the Chiefs.

As expected, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn linked to new openings | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Reports have Dan Quinn as a possible candidate for three different jobs, with one interview happening son

Hugh Millen’s analysis: How the Seahawks revived their offense against Rams | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks used three adjustments to restart their slumbering offense Sunday against the Rams.

Delisa Lynch, Brandi Carlile, Nancy Guppy and others give New Year’s resolutions | Nicole Brodeur | The Seattle Times
The hope, for some people, is that Marshawn Lynch’s New Year’s resolution will be to say more at postgame interviews than “Yeah,” and “Thanks for asking.”

How the Seahawks exploded 5 preseason myths this season | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Predictions that the Seahawks would go to a running back-by-committee and would suffer a Super Bowl hangover are among five story lines that have been disproved this season.

Earl Thomas shows why you should never doubt him | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Safety’s forced fumble on goal line against St. Louis encapsulates his pursuit of football perfection.

Drew Stanton needs a practice to play for Arizona Cardinals - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals need Drew Stanton to get through a full practice before clearing him for playoff action.

Rex Ryan scheduled to meet with San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons - ESPN
Former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan scheduled to meet with San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.

Pete Carroll glad to see Harbaugh go despite mutual respect - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
When Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked on Monday for his thoughts on Jim Harbaugh leaving the 49ers, he offered some kind words and well wishes instead of a parting shot. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Hawk Talk highlights: Will Jermaine Kearse be back in time for playoffs? - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Highlights from the latest 'Hawk Talk' with Danny O'Neil, including thoughts on whether wide receiver Jermaine Kearse will recover from his hamstring injury in time for the Seahawks' first playoff game. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

On the NFL’s best defense, no one played better in the past month than Bobby Wagner
Fourth-quarter honors: On a best-in-the-NFL defense packed with so many key contributors, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner had the most-productive impact in the last four games. Just ask Marshawn Lynch.

Ohio State’s Devin Smith is special, should be a first rounder | Seahawks Draft Blog
You don’t need to be 6-4 and 220lbs to be a leading NFL receiver. Size helps. Julio Jones, Megatron, Demaryius Thomas, Mike Evans. Players that are open even when they’re not. Throw them the ball. They’ll make the play. They’re also a key mismatch in the red zone.

Seattle Seahawks QB Snapshot: Russell Wilson - ESPN
A quick observation of quarterback Russell Wilson and how he played in the Seattle Seahawks' 20-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 17:

Tuesday Round-Up: Seahawks to receive "surge" in health with first-round playoff bye
A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Jets line up Seahawks’ Quinn, ask for 4 more coaching interviews | New York Post
The Jets’ search for a new head coach and general manager has begun.

These Seattle Seahawks might be better than a year ago - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Even Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll couldn't resist an I-told-you-so moment.

Jets to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has emerged as a candidate for multiple head-coaching vacancies. Jets owner Woody Johnson and his advisors Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf will fly to Seattle to interview Quinn for the Jets' head coaching job on Friday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily Ne...

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clutch Encounters: Season Review/Week 17
Wilson's 14th game-winning drive surpasses Matt Ryan (13) for the most through three seasons in NFL history. You might be extra impressed by that if you are a St. Louis fan. To get 14 game-winning drives for the Rams, you have to go all the way back to November 27, 2005 -- the day Ryan Fitzpatrick introduced himself to the NFL world.

Ugly truths about the 20 NFL teams that didn't make the playoffs -
The regular season is over. SB Nation's department of football epidemiology diagnosed where it all went wrong for the team's who aren't going to the postseason.

2015 NFL Draft order: Top 3 needs for all 32 teams -

Kawakami: Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor, Jed York on the radio: I don't know how 49ers management can keep making it worse, but...
Jim Harbaugh showed up for his introduction in Ann Arbor today just a few minutes after Jed York was done babbling on KNBR and once again the contrast was stark. First, the Harbaugh presser: His voice was cracking but not because he was over-emotional, it was because he caught a cold after his 49ers players dumped Gatorade on his head on Sunday–I can attest he was still wearing his wet sweater an hour after the game.

San Francisco 49ers News — Niner Insider Blog » Jed York on KNBR: ‘Winning with class is what matters’
Niners CEO Jed York went on KNBR this morning and was interviewed, aggressively, by host Brian Murphy.