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Adam Schefter's feature “Waiting for Wilson” for Countdown evolved over years - ESPN Front Row
Good things come to those who wait” is an apt expression, especially when it comes to the Seattle Seahawks’ 2012 NFL Draft and their selection of quarterback Russell Wilson with the 75th overall pick.

Pete Carroll credits Seattle Seahawks' revival to crucial meeting - NFL.com
"We finally got clear on where we need to focus," Carroll explained late Wednesday afternoon. "It helped us in many ways, and the players were clear about their intentions going forward, and they spread that message. It was awesome to see the leadership take off. That's what happened here. Guys were working hard, busting their tail. But it was clear in the language in the room: The best is still out there for us."

How Bobby Wagner’s speed shored up the Seahawks’ defense | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The best way to understand Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is as a giant eraser — a cog in the middle of Seattle’s defense who quickly scrubs mistakes. Wagner is a tackling machine, and his return from injury has coincided with the Seahawks playing their best defense.

5 Bold Predictions for Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks | NJ.com
This one should be a little bit different.

Eagles-Seahawks preview: Stopping Sherman, Wilson, Lynch
First, a few newsy items: The Eagles announced that running back LeSean McCoy was excused from practice Friday for personal reasons … The Eagles listed tight end Trey Burton (hamstring) as questionable on the injury report. LB Emmanuel Acho (groin), K Cody Parkey (groin), DE Brandon Bair (elbow) and RB Chris Polk (ankle) were listed as probable. QB Nick Foles (shoulder) is still out.

NFL Week 14 intrigues: Eagles-Seahawks matchup, Hoyer vs. Colts - CBSSports.com
Here are 10 things from NFL Week 14 that intrigue me:

What to watch for in Seahawks-Eagles NFC clash - NFL.com
A white-hot Mark Sanchez will do battle with a surging Seattle defense in an important NFC clash this Sunday. Find out what else to watch for when the Seahawks take on the Eagles.

ESPN: Seahawks’ GM John Schneider ‘obsessed’ with Russell Wilson ahead of 2012 draft - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seattle general manager John Schneider targeted quarterback Russell Wilson for the Seahawks well ahead of the 2012 draft, an upcoming television feature reveals.

Friday in Hawkville: Seahawks plug their nickel with Byron Maxwell
The insertion of right cornerback Bryon Maxwell into the nickel back spot is paying dividends for the Seahawks’ No. 1-ranked defense as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

Lane questionable, Helfet doubtful for Seahawks against Eagles - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane and tight end Cooper Helfet began this week with iffy statuses and ended it the same way. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

New Seahawk Demarcus Dobbs has his own "Blind Side" life story - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks defensive end Demarcus Dobbs tells 'Danny, Dave and Moore' about his interesting upbringing, which is similar to the book and movie 'The Blind Side' about fellow NFL player Michael Oher. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Jonathan Cooper to make first career start for Arizona Cardinals - ESPN
Jonathan Cooper has been waiting a long time for Sunday.

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn says Seattle is ready for the no-huddle | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
No-huddle? No problem, the Seattle Seahawks have maintained all week about the prospect of facing the Philadelphia Eagles and their up-tempo attack.

Pete Carroll hopes to joke, visit with Mark Sanchez before Sunday’s game; lightest Seahawks injury list in weeks | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
I asked coach Pete Carroll before the team left for Philadelphia immediately following this afternoon’s indoor practice if he is going to make a point to visit with his former quarterback at USC Mark Sanchez before Sanchez quarterbacks the Eagles against the Seahawks on Sunday, or after the game, to say “Hi” or …

Refreshed Kam Chancellor a big reason for resurgence of Seahawks’ defense | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
You have to go back to 2005, Seattle’s first Super Bowl season, for the last time the Seahawks have allowed fewer points in consecutive games than the six total they’ve surrendered to Arizona and San Francisco the last two games. (Dec. 5 and 11, 2005, Seattle won 42-0 at Philadelphia and 41-3 over the 49ers).

What you need to know about Week 14's injury report - NFL.com
Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that cornerback Vontae Davis (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game with the Browns. What other big names appeared on Friday's injury report?

Guide to filling out the Pro Bowl ballot: Offense - NFL.com
You may think the Pro Bowl ballot is easy. But beyond the top tier of quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, who else do you pick on offense -- especially in the trenches?

End Around: J.J. Watt delivers a line for the ages - NFL.com
In the latest edition of the Around The NFL End Around, Dan Hanzus looks back at week that included Andre Johnson kindness, Johnny Manziel frustration and more Odell Beckham magic.

Cardinals tap Stepfan Taylor as starting RB on Sunday - NFL.com
Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has coached his team through some big injuries in the past, but can he do it again on Sunday when Stepfan Taylor starts for Andre Ellington?

Week 14 viewer's guide - NFL.com
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots travel to San Diego to take on Philip Rivers' Chargers. But what other games and details do you need to know for Week 14? Kevin Patra fills you in.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: The Top Rookie Pass Rusher
Teams looking for pass rushers in the 2014 draft didn't have a whole lot of choices in the first round.

Quarterback Musical Chairs
There are 13 teams with very clear quarterback situations for the near future. By that I mean, barring unforeseeable injury, you can say with 95% confidence who the team’s week 1, 2015 starting quarterback will be. Those teams are, in no particular order: Green Bay (Aaron Rodgers), Indianapolis (Andrew Luck), Carolina (Cam Newton), Baltimore (Joe Flacco), New Orleans (Drew Brees), Atlanta (Matt Ryan), Detroit (Matthew Stafford), Kansas City (Alex Smith), Pittsburgh (Ben Roethlisberger), Jacksonville (Blake Bortles), San Diego (Philip Rivers), Seattle (Russell Wilson), and New England (Tom Brady).

Fran Tarkenton on Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, PEDs, RG3 and NFL QBs | The MMQB with Peter King
Fran Tarkenton pulls no punches on today’s NFL. The Hall of Fame quarterback says Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice should never play again. He rails against the culture of painkillers and performance-enhancers. And he says RG3 is on his way to the same graveyard as JaMarcus Russell and Vince Young

2015 NFL Draft prospect preview: Who to watch in Week 15 - CBSSports.com
An in-depth look at the premier NFL prospects to watch in the top college football matchups this weekend

NFP Prospect Focus: Eric Kendricks and Justin Shirk | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel breaks down the two linebackers.

The process of evaluating quarterbacks | National Football Post
What do the scouts look for?

Eagles-Seahawks Odds: NFL Playoff Bye on the Line - Bleeding Green Nation
Looking at this week's betting lines.

Harbaugh defends Kaepernick’s conciseness | ProFootballTalk
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick never has been loquacious in his dealings with the media.  He was more truncated than ever during Wednesday's session with the press covering the team, prompting many to notice -- and some to even count the total number of words Kaepernick uttered while responding...