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Adam Gase, Mike McCoy and Mike McCarthy are NFL’s best offensive minds | The MMQB with Peter King
SAN DIEGO — Football always seemed like war to Mike Martz. Not the carnage and loss—those don’t compare—but the strategy. Calling shots with the big-picture view of a general, he loved the way offensive football felt like moving 18th-century battalions into the right position to stun the opp...

My advice to Jed York | Cohn Zohn
Here is a link to my Sunday column in which I offer four pieces of advice to Jed York in a friendly spirit. The full text runs below: Dear Jed York, Becaus

Eagles' plan for Seahawks? Challenge Richard Sherman | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
He’s the best cornerback in football, a two-time all-pro, a play-making machine.

Jaguars' Sen'Derrick Marks is Hoss of the Week for wrecking Giants backfield -
The best players on the Jaguars don't get much attention because of the team's struggles, but one defensive lineman rolled through the Giants backfield in Week 13 and became a major part of a comeback that led to the team's second win of the season.

All-22: Option Football With Sanchez - Birds 24/7
As LeSean McCoy made his way from the locker room to his post-game press conference at AT&T Stadium last week, a defensive assistant congratulated him on his 159-yard effort against the Dallas Cowboys.

Eagles' Chip Kelly says Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson would succeed at baseball or football |
Although it seems silly now, the decision between football and baseball was a legitimate one at the time for Wilson, who was considered a strong prospect in both sports during his time at North Carolina State

NFL Power Rankings, Week 14: Eagles are the best team nobody's talking about - Bleeding Green Nation
NFL Power Rankings, Week 14 Compilation

Seahawks Defense Poised for Another Big Run | Bleacher Report
After watching the tape of the Seattle Seahawks’ defense the last two weeks, is there a team that truly wants to line up against this unit over the next month of the season, or possibly in the playoffs?

RENTON: Suddenly, the Seahawks are refreshed — youthful, even — entering another biggie in Philadelphia | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
From rugged to revitalizing.

Chip Kelly vs. Kam Chancellor: The chess match
Below you will find clips of two of Lesean McCoy's three longest runs of the season. The first came against Dallas in the first quarter, a 36-yard run. The second came against Tennessee in the second quarter, a 53-yard run. See if you notice any similarities:

Eagles coach Chip Kelly on visiting Pete Carroll’s Seahawks practice, hosting Russell Wilson at Oregon | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Apparently forgetting his Pacific-time-zone roots, Chip Kelly talked to us in the Seattle media on a conference call from Philadelphia this morning — at 6:45 a.m.

Which team would likely trade for Jim Harbaugh? | : Andrew Garda Article
It's one of the narratives from the NFL season which won't go away. The San Francisco 49ers and Jim Harbaugh have reportedly ceased getting along and are headed for an inevitable split

Rams DT Aaron Donald belongs in the Pro Bowl -
You might have missed the Rams rookie defensive tackle, but soon enough you'll know all about Aaron Donald. Retired NFL defensive lineman Stephen White makes the case for Donald to be a household name.

Kaepernick briefs media during his weekly session | CSN Bay Area
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick communicated that he wants Jim Harbaugh to return as 49ers coach next season during his weekly session with reporters.

EXTRA! EXTRA! 'Read' All About It: Know Your Enemy - The Chip Wagon
The Eagles welcome the World Champion, Seattle Seahawks to the Linc this weekend. Much of the lead-up talk this week will be about Chip Kelly's offense against Pete Carroll's defense. That should be a great match-up to watch. While we don't tend to do a ton of enemy scouting, I couldn't resist taking a deeper look at Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks offense which features a heavy, heavy dose of the read-option. It's  perhaps the biggest challenge the Eagles defense will have to face on Sunday. Warning, this post may also make you ask "What if Andy Reid drafted Russell Wilson?" You can't help but imagine just how dynamic Chip Kelly's offense would have been with Wilson at the helm:

Eagles Injury Report: Cody Parkey, Chris Polk limited in practice - Bleeding Green Nation
Eagles injury update for Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014.

Look who’s quarterbacking the Eagles against the Seahawks on Sunday
When the 8-4 Seahawks play the 9-3 Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday, Pete Carroll will renew his relationship with Mark Sanchez, the quarterback who played for him at USC before making an early jump to the NFL.

Ex-USC quarterback Mark Sanchez set to face Pete Carroll, Seahawks - LA Times
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez is preparing for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks — and former USC coach Pete Carroll

Eagles' Sanchez respects Seahawks' Carroll
Quarterback Mark Sanchez and coach Pete Carroll have relationship that goes back to USC.

Pete Carroll says Seahawks starting to play better just at the right time | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Coach says team starting to hit its stride, and its best football still might be to come

Turning Points: The plays that turned the tide in 49ers-Seahawks - Niners Nation
Time to break down a few of the key plays that were difference-makers in the 49ers Thanksgiving loss to the Seahawks.

Baalke addresses state of 49ers in aftermath of Seahawks loss | CSN Bay Area
49ers general manager Trent Baalke appeared on 95.7 The Game with radio host Damon Bruce on Monday for his weekly segment.

Malcom Brown & Eddie Goldman should be first rounders | Seahawks Draft Blog
The 2015 draft is going to be loaded with edge rushers. And yet we don’t hear that much about two key defensive tackle prospects.

Would you consider drafting Todd Gurley in the first round? | Seahawks Draft Blog
All the rumor and conjecture over Marshawn Lynch’s future in Seattle will continue for another week at least:

NFL Week 14 Playoff Implications: The Chargers Have A Pulse | FiveThirtyEight
The San Diego Chargers’ playoff chances, once as high as 75 percent, were on the verge of dropping into single digits Sunday as the team trailed the Baltimore Ravens by three late in the game.

Plenty of reasons to believe in the Seahawks down the stretch - Michael Grey | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks appear to have recaptured their championship form, a big reason for optimism during what will be a difficult closing stretch. - Grey Posts - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks say they're already prepared for Eagles' pace - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
For all that's been made about the challenges presented by Philadelphia's up-tempo offense, the Seahawks have had success against other teams that like to push the pace. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Pete Carroll sees Chip Kelly as an innovator - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"I did not get to know him very well," Carroll said of Kelly. "I have tremendous respect for the innovation. I don't know the history of how this works, but I think he has been as much an innovator in the game as anybody in college football."

Seahawks tight end Tony Moeaki catching on | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Injuries were a problem for tight end Tony Moeaki early in his career. But he caught on with the Seahawks this season and has been a major contributor in recent weeks.

Richard Sherman gets “a lot” of praise from fellow NFL players for calling league “hypocritical” | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Richard Sherman walked onto the same stage inside the Virginia Mason Athletic Center auditorium where last week he made waves across the NFL calling the league “hypocritical.” Alas today, he didn’t have a cardboard cut out of Doug Baldwin with him. “Apparently, someone kidnapped him, though,” Sherman said of the cardboard version of the Seahawks wide receiver. “We haven’t seen him after that. We were going to put out a search warrant for him. But you know how that goes …”

Seahawks revitalized after lengthy weekend off - Dec. 3, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
The four-day break that accompanied Thursday night's victory over the San Francisco 49ers has the Seattle Seahawks rejuvenated for the final four weeks of the regular season.

2015 top 10 NFL free agents: Who could be on market? -
Ndamukong Suh leads Chris Wesseling's list of the top 10 impending free agents for 2015. Where do others, like Cowboys stars Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray, rank?

Brees, Fitzpatrick lead Week 13 award winners -
Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was magical in a blowout victory over the Houston Texans, and New Orleans Saints signal-caller Drew Brees wasn't too shabby either, earning weekly accolades.

Andre Ellington dealing with 'severe' hip-pointer -
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is dealing with a "severe" hip-pointer injury, according to coach Bruce Arians. He will likely sit out practice this week and be a game-time decision Sunday.

NFL Execs would take Derek Carr over Colin Kaepernick -
Who's the better quarterback in the Bay Area: Colin Kaepernick or Derek Carr?

NFL Week 14 Game Rankings: crunch time for playoff contenders -
Week 14 means we're close to seeing teams punch their tickets to the playoffs, but first, they'll need to win more games to earn their spots.

BOOK: 49ers GM Trent Baalke wanted to hire Bill Parcells in 2011 -
Bill Parcells could have been the 49ers coach in 2011 if he wanted the job.

Hopefully, Tuck’s description of Raiders-49ers won’t be prophetic | ProFootballTalk
“I think the best thing for us now is to turn all of our attention and our focus to what lies ahead, and that’s this bloodbath that I think we’re about to have against the 49ers,” Tuck said earlier this week, via Scott Bair of  “Big rivalry game.  Everybody in this area has been waiting for this game for a long time.  I think that’s the best thing that could have happened after a loss like that, is to have this type of game where all of your attention has to be focused on the 49ers going forward.”

Week Thirteen Game Scripts: Rams, Jets, Jaguars, Bears Notes
Over the prior two weeks, we were short on comebacks. Things took a big turn towards exciting in week 13:

Uptempo Offense Fuels Eagles, Browns—Why Other Teams Should Hurry Up, Too | Bleacher Report
The NFL's fastest offense met the NFL's slowest offense on Thanksgiving with the NFC East on the line. Chip Kelly's hyper-caffeinated Philadelphia Eagles—no-huddle extremists trying to stay near the top of the playoff chase with backup quarterback Mark Sanchez in shotgun—faced the methodical Dallas Cowboys, who use DeMarco Murray and a deliberate pace to slow games down and take pressure off an improved-but-still-vulnerable defense. It was old-school tortoise-versus-hare.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Available talent fills needs of pass-happy league -
From the exorbitant salaries dedicated to quarterbacks, receivers, left tackles and cornerbacks to the rules adopted by the league encouraging scoring, today's NFL is built around the passing game. Fortunately, the 2015 draft offers exciting talent at each of these positions.