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Sherman reiterates belief that new rules emphasis won’t affect Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman consistently has claimed that the NFL's decision to emphasize illegal contact and defensive holding will not affect the defending Super Bowl champions. Most recently, Sherman reiterated his position during an interview with NBC's Josh Elliott.

Chip And the Up-Tempo Movement | Birds 24/7
Bill Walsh predicted the up-tempo movement in his 1997 book titled, Finding the Winning Edge.

All-22: The Eagles And Four Verticals | Birds 24/7
At the start of training camp in July, Chip Kelly was asked about how Mark Sanchez was adapting to a new offensive scheme.

Ranking the 32 NFL head coaches into tiers - ESPN
There is no way to accurately rank the 32 NFL head coaches, but polling 30 league insiders is a pretty good place to start.

Russell Wilson keeps tight circle in wake of Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl - NFL -
This is a story about four friends. One is famous. He moved across the country, to the West Coast, for the life most dream about, to become rich and meet models and own a mansion and star in commercials. His closest confidants call him Russ.

2014 NFL Preview: The Top-Heavy NFC West | FiveThirtyEight
Editor’s Note: FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight NFL previews, one division at a time, to highlight the numbers that may influence each team’s season. America’s favorite weekly soap opera is about to begin; get prepped.

Two vs. three quarterbacks; an endorsement for Byron Maxwell; starting defense getting whole; 7 more cuts today | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Ah, nothing stokes the flames of an already passionate fan base like the raging debate over whether to keep two or three quarterbacks on the regular-season roster.

Rookie Paul Richardson learns about being hungry the Seahawks way - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Burner: That's what you call a wide receiver that can blow past even the best defensive backs in the league, and that's what the Seahawks have in rookie Paul Richardson. But speed doesn't make you a professional. That's a lesson he's learning from the Super Bowl champs.

Seattle Seahawks season preview: A dynasty is born -
As NFL Media's Bucky Brooks has pointed out, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has opened up the playbook, utilizing a wider variety of formations and concepts this season. In other words, Russell Wilson's detractors will no longer be able to marginalize him as a game manager, as the leash continues to lengthen with more perimeter plays and empty backfield sets.

Bevell wants continued consistency from Seahawks offense | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks are off the field following their Tuesday practice. We are in the time of year where we are not allowed to report specifics from practice. And since it’s not the regular season, the team does not have to provide injury reports. So, in a nutshell, not much to report on from actual practice today.

Arizona Cardinals season preview: Defensive blues -
After several years at the bottom of offensive line metrics, the Cardinals finally found an answer at left tackle in Jared Veldheer. Even if Veldheer is merely league-average in pass protection, it's a major upgrade on the swinging doors guarding the blind side in 2012 and 2013. The early returns on left guard Jonathan Cooper's return from a broken leg don't inspire much hope, but he has the talent to become a factor later in the season. An improved offensive line, a bigger role for playmaking tailback Andre Ellington, the arrival of speedy rookie John Brown and a return-to-2011-form for Larry Fitzgerald are all reasons to believe Carson Palmer will have his best season in a half-decade.

Fangio: Extra weight slowing down Brooks | CSN Bay Area
Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks did not practice Tuesday, as he was seen with a trainer while his teammates were on the field during stretching and warmup drills. Brooks was on a stationary bike in the 49ers’ weight room as practice began.

Seattle Seahawks fan gets team logo on prosthetic eye |
“I had mentioned it to my wife. She wasn’t a big Seahawks fan. I said it’d be cool to have Seahawks logo right there in my eye.”

Seahawks fined by NFL for violating no-contact rules during practice | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks will forfeit its first two days of on-field double practices during its 2015 mandatory minicamp for veteran players and will be permitted a single 2 ½-hour on-field practice session on the final day of its minicamp. Seahawks players will be paid for the cancelled practice sessions. The violation was for permitting the club’s players to engage in excessive levels of on-field physical contact during the team’s 2014 mandatory minicamp for veteran players. Super Bowl XLIX predictions -
We're a good five months and an entire regular season away from having an idea who will play in Super Bowl XLIX.

Percy Harvin says Russell Wilson reminds him of Brett Favre | ProFootballTalk
When the conversation picks up surrounding Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and what quarterbacks he compares to, the typical names that come up are Minnesota Vikings legend Fran Tarkenton and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Tuesday in Hawkville: Obvious becomes official as Heath Farwell is placed on injured reserve
The Seahawks lost their special teams captain on Tuesday when veteran linebacker Heath Farwell was placed on injured reserve because of the groin injury he got in Friday night’s preseason game.

Is Russell Wilson’s preseason precision a portent of What’s Next?
In the first halves of the past two preseason games, Seahawks’ third-year quarterback Russell Wilson has been on his game – whether passing or running, and especially on third downs.

Seattle Seahawks Michael Bennett makes #NFLRank top 100 - ESPN
RENTON, Wash. -- Defensive end Michael Bennett became the eighth Seattle Seahawks player to make’s #NFLRank top 100 list of offensive a

Introducing: 'Eye of the Hawk' Live Video at CenturyLink Field
Live video streams from four unique angles are available through the Seahawks mobile app on gamedays at CenturyLink Field.

Little errors added up to big loss for Bears against Seahawks - Chicago Tribune
all, 120 plays were run during the Chicago Bears’ 34-6 loss in Seattle on Friday night. And without doing a hard snap-by-snap review, it’s safe to say the Bears came out on the wrong end of most.

Seahawks hope Christine Michael’s focus on small stuff brings big improvement | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Christine Michael, the Seahawks’ explosive but inconsistent second-year running back, is on course, but still has miles to go.

Seattle Seahawks 2014 position preview: Linebackers - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks defense earned a lot of accolades for its play in 2013.

Seahawks injuries: Heath Farwell needs surgery; Jeremy Lane out with groin strain; Bruce Irvin returning soon - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Two of the standout Seahawks from Seattle’s preseason victory over the Chicago Bears last week are now sidelined with groin injuries.

Seahawks waived-injured former Dunbar standout Horace Miller -
Former Dunbar standout Horace Miller was waived-injured today by the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman on rules points of emphasis: “We didn't adjust anything” | - Seattle Sidelines
As the flags continue to fly this preseason, there has been a lot of talk about the Seahawks defense, and their secondary in particular. When the NFL decided to make defensive holding and illegal contact a point of emphasis for 2014, the assumption made by most was that it was basically a “Legion of Boom” rule. After watching Seattle’s defense stifle the league’s best offensive in the Super Bowl, it appeared the NFL decided to make yet another offensive-friendly change.

Punter Ryan mostly a spectator during Seahawks' preseason | Sports | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News
For two straight weeks, Ryan stood on the Seattle Seahawks sideline as a spectator. Getting paid essentially to stand by and watch.

Seahawks get to 75-player limit, place Farwell, Jefferson on Injured Reserve | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seattle Seahawks cut their roster to the NFL-mandated limit of 75 today by placing veteran LB Heath Farwell on Injured Reserve, among several other moves.

CBA makes coaches, teams jointly responsible for offseason violations | ProFootballTalk
Some of you have asked why the NFL fined both the Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll for violating the rules prohibiting contact during offseason workouts.  It’s a new twist to the 2011 labor deal, which contains enhanced penalties for the team and the coach if/when offseason workouts result in contact.

Seahawks' penalty is an NFL message - NFC West Blog - ESPN
If you were to name a half dozen NFL teams that play it old-school in practice by getting rough and rowdy at risk to players, the Seattle Seahawks would not be one of them.

St. Louis Rams cut-down analysis - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Most significant move: None of the Rams' moves really registered much of a blip on the radar, though parting with defensive end Sammy Brown and safety Matt Daniels in this round might qualify as something of a surprise. Brown and Daniels have spent time on the active roster over the past two years, but both have had similar problems staying healthy. Daniels was once a core special-teams player, but he suffered season-ending injuries in each of his two seasons. Brown has shuttled between the practice squad and active roster but spent most of this camp watching from the sideline. It was seemingly inevitable that both would be released but maybe a mild surprise for it to happen during the first round of cuts.

Seahawks' penalty is an NFL message - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
If you were to name a half dozen NFL teams that play it old-school in practice by getting rough and rowdy at risk to players, the Seattle Seahawks would not be one of them.

Seahawks: “We will defer to the league” after NFL fines team $300,000, takes away 2 minicamp practices for too much offseason hitting | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“The Seahawks will forfeit its first two days of on-field double practices during its 2015 mandatory minicamp for veteran players and will be permitted a single 2 ½-hour on-field practice session on the final day of its minicamp,” league spokesman Randall Liu wrote to me in an email this afternoon. “Seahawks players will be paid for the cancelled practice sessions. The violation was for permitting the club’s players to engage in excessive levels of on-field physical contact during the team’s 2014 mandatory minicamp for veteran players.”

RENTON: Almost-Giant O’Brien Schofield could end up huge for Seahawks: “There is going to be disruption” | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seahawks could sum up their appreciation for O’Brien Schofield’s relentless, revitalizing summer in two words.

Seahawks waive-injured Brooks, Gilreath, Horace Miller; Farwell, Jefferson, Davis to IR; Pinkins reserve-non-football injury list | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks are down to the NFL-mandated limit of 75 players in advance of today’s 1 p.m. deadline after making seven more moves this morning.

John Brown to be used on 60 percent of Cards' snaps? -
Arizona coach Bruce Arians estimated rookie John Brown will be used on upwards of 60 percent of the Cardinals' offensive snaps this season. Will that help Brown's chances of Offensive Rookie of the Year?

San Francisco 49ers season preview: Defense slipping? -
Around The NFL's season preview continues in the NFC West.

St. Louis Rams season preview: Quarterback crisis -
Around The NFL's season preview continues in the NFC West.

San Francisco 49ers put NaVorro Bowman on PUP list -
The 49ers placed linebacker NaVorro Bowman on the physically unable to perform list. How will the Niners handle the loss of their All-Pro linebacker for six games?

2014 NFL team-by-team record predictions, playoff picks -
Football season is about to begin and that means a clean slate for 32 teams, all of whom would like to be able to call themselves division champions or better when the dust settles.

Michael Sam, Stevan Ridley among the players on the roster bubble |
No coach enjoys one aspect of this time of year -- the part where they, and those who work with them, have to tell scores of players that their NFL dreams are about to come to an end, at least in the short term. Final cuts can be brutal, as we've seen on several seasons of Hard Knocks, and all NFL teams must get their rosters down to 75 players by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and down to 53 by that same time on Saturday, Aug, 30.

Rams may not be able to slide Sam to practice squad | ProFootballTalk
The St. Louis Rams soon have a decision to make regarding seventh-round rookie defensive end Michael Sam.  In a Tuesday appearance on PFT Live, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explained that Sam could still have a difficult time making the team, despite a couple of sacks in the preseason.

Packers put B.J. Raji on injured reserve, get down to 75 | ProFootballTalk
Injury-related roster moves got the Packers down to 75 players on their roster before today’s deadline.

Mysterious Curt Flood card collector chases 1964 baseball card - ESPN
Why a mysterious collector chased a run-of-the-mill 1964 Curt Flood baseball card

The First Cuts are the Deepest | The Tailgater
The Cardinals did Jay Feely a favor by releasing him. Broncos kicker Matt Prater just drew a four-game suspension for alcohol-related offenses. The Broncos need not just an insurance kicker, but a reassurance kicker. Someone has to kick field goals and extra points in Seattle in mid-September, assuming the Broncos manage to move the ball when they face the Seahawks this time. Feely might miss some kicks because age has eroded his range and accuracy, but he won’t go wobble-kneed and shank extra points at the sound of the 12th Man. The Broncos won’t risk Peyton Manning’s golden years on a rookie leg.

The Day the Rams’ Season Imploded «
The Rams did this to themselves. When they decided to tread water this offseason and stick with Sam Bradford and his $17.6 million cap hit as their starter for the 2014 campaign, they left themselves with a low-upside, high-downside option at quarterback. This weekend, that downside was realized at the worst possible time. Bradford tore his ACL for the second time in 10 months during Saturday’s preseason game against the Browns, an injury that will end his 2014 campaign before it begins. And even worse, now that this has happened, there’s nothing St. Louis can do to salvage its quarterback situation until 2015.

The Boiler Room: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah: The Difficulty of Judging Football Speed | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
A common refrain among experienced coaches, scouts, and personnel managers is that football players rarely run untouched in a straight line for 40 yards. I’m not knocking the 40-yard dash as a combine activity — only attempting to place a proper frame around the evaluation tool when the media and fans magnify its importance.

Arizona Cardinals rookie class up and down preseason continues in Bengals loss - Revenge of the Birds
The 2014 Cardinals rookie class looks like it is getting closer and closer to being impactful.

2014 NFL roster cuts: 5 roster spots being fought for in preseason finale - Revenge of the Birds
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians plans on playing a lot of young guys in the team's preseason finale on Thursday, as he said he will not play his starters. He also indicated that there...