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Super Bowl:

Richard Sherman says he could slap his brother if need be | ProFootballTalk
If there's any benefit to #deflategate, it has at least spared us from the Aaron Rodgers' calf treatment for Richard Sherman's elbow. The Seahawks cornerback told reporters today that he's still a bit sore from last weekend's injury, but remained confident he was going to be able to play.

Canty: Deflating balls no different than PEDs | ProFootballTalk
“The Patriots are habitual line-steppers,” Canty said during an in-studio appearance.  “If the allegations are true, then you are talking about attacking the integrity of our game and I have an issue with that. . . . [W]hat I’m going to say about the deflating of the balls, to me there is no difference than performance-enhancing drugs.  You are cheating at that point.  You are getting a competitive advantage outside of the rule book and there has to be some sort of consequences for that.”

Brandon Browner brushes off reports on footballs -
Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner doesn't put any stock in deflated footballs possibly affecting the outcome of Sunday's win over the Colts. He says the scoreboard tells the entire story.

In his 12th season, Williams finally gets Super Bowl trip -
Williams decided his celebration for finally making the Super Bowl in his 12th NFL season was simply to run around like a kid. Williams' role has changed significantly from when he signed with the Seahawks in the offseason. [...] his improvement as a nose tackle, especially stopping the run, was evident on two key plays late in the fourth quarter of Seattle's rally against Green Bay. Williams and Bennett stuffed Eddie Lacy on the first two plays for negative gains and the Seahawks were able to get the ball back with enough time to stage their rally. [...] this NFC championship game had Williams flashing back to the only other one he played, in January 2010 with the Vikings against New Orleans. Seattle had already scored twice, including recovering an onside kick, and led 22-19 with 1:24 left.

Dan Quinn takes the next step toward potentially (likely?) leaving Seahawks for Atlanta head job | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
It appears the Atlanta Falcons are willing to wait until after the Super Bowl to hire their head man.

Look past the Patriots-speak to truly understand Tom Brady’s value | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The star quarterback faced early-season criticism but again has New England in the Super Bowl.

Grey Area: Seahawks' own belief led to historic NFC title victory - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
In Sunday's epic and historic comeback NFC Championship win, the Seahawks put on display their remarkable faith in each other that also turned their season around after a shaky start. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Richard Sherman says he shouldn't be limited by elbow injury - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said his left elbow, which was reportedly sprained, is still a bit sore but better than it was Sunday. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Wednesday Round-Up: Seismic analysis of Seahawks' NFC Championship win vs Green Bay Packers
A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Super Bowl 49: Everything you need to know about Patriots and Seahawks | The MMQB with Peter King
Seahawks’ offense vs. Patriots’ defense 1) Seattle’s passing game has no chance The Patriots have the best man coverage in football. The Seahawks’ passing attack is heavy on isolation routes, and we just saw their receivers get stifled for 55 minutes by the Packers’ man-centric defense...

Chris Evans and Chris Pratt place epic Super Bowl bet in the name of charity
When Captain America faces off against Star Lord, you know it's gonna be serious.

If Seahawks win, Captain America is coming to Seattle Children's
Chris Evans, a Patriots fan who plays Captain America, is in a fun Twitter feud with Washington native and Seahawks fan Chris Pratt.

Ex-Kentucky football player Chris Matthews a surprising Seattle Seahawks star
The Seattle Seahawks might not be headed to a meeting with the New England Patriots if not for Matthews, who recovered the pivotal onside kick during the fourth quarter of Sunday's overtime victory against the Green Bay Packers.

Patriots, Seahawks weather challenges to reach Super Bowl-- Tuesday Morning Quarterback - ESPN
When it rains, baseball players trot to the clubhouse. Basketball is staged indoors. Volleyball, indoors or on sun-drenched beaches. Soccer, a summer sport, usually doesn't play in winter. Ice hockey is almost always in an enclosed arena.

Sherman: Brady called Seahawks 'nobodies' in 2012 -
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman told reporters Wednesday that his 2012 confrontation with Tom Brady bubbled up after the Patriots quarterback disrespected the Seahawks.

Seahawks' Richard Sherman: 'Nothing's going to happen' after Deflategate
Seahawks cornerback suggests "nothing's going to happen."

Patriots-Seahawks preview: 49 things to know about Super Bowl 49 -
Here are 49 things you need to know when the Patriots and the Seahawks clash on Super Bowl Sunday.

Richard Sherman: “No limitations” for him in Super Bowl; during games Tom Brady isn’t like “clean-cut” image | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Today was vintage Richard Sherman. I mean, top-shelf, Grade-A, outspoken and genuine Sherman.

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin says he'd handle rant differently but doesn't regret what he said | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin created a stir with his post-game rant directed at media following Sunday’s NFC title game.

Jim Moore: I'm getting sick of the Seahawks' Doug Baldwin -
Thing is, as reporters, it doesn't matter what we believe in. We're there to write about what we see on the field. Most of us were trained to write objectively when we cover games as reporters. As columnists, you give opinions such as this one: There's a good chance the Seahawks would not have been behind 19-7 with three minutes to go if Baldwin hadn't dropped two passes and fumbled on a kickoff return and generally stunk as a kickoff returner all game long.

The Patriots’ Deflation Investigation - WSJ
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at What’s Being Said Amid ‘Deflategate

Senior Bowl:

Senior Bowl Notebook - Day 1 | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel's notes from Mobile.

A taste of the Senior Bowl | National Football Post
An agent’s notes and observations from his 25th Senior Bowl.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Senior Bowl RB Roundtable
Last year, I started a roundtable discussion with Senior Bowl wide receivers. This year, I asked similar questions about technique and concepts of North squad running backs David Cobb (Minnesota), Jeremy Langford (Michigan State), and Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska).

2015 Senior Bowl: South loaded on offensive, defensive lines -
After taking in a couple of two hour practices for both the North and South teams at this year's Senior Bowl, it is clear that the latter owns a significant talent advantage along the line of scrimmage. Among the South team's standouts Wednesday were LSU's La'el Collins, Oklahoma's Daryl Williams and Georgia Tech's Shaq Mason -- and that was just along the offensive line. The defensive line was even better.

What we learned: Tony Lippett draws Senior Bowl interest -
Michigan State wide reciver Tony Lippett has been interviewed most extensively by the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers thus far in the Senior Bowl practice week.

Senior Bowl day two notes | Seahawks Draft Blog
Let’s start with a recap of day one. You can see a ten minute clip (North OL vs DL) above. Tony Pauline gave a breakdown to that’s worth a viewing. He says La’el Collins (T, LSU) and T.J. Clemmings (T, Pittsburgh) were both disappointing. Collins was reportedly pushed back into the pocket on several occasions, while Clemmings looked raw and struggled with hand placement and technique. Both players have undoubted physical talent but have seemingly endured a rough start here.

Senior Bowl: What It Really Is, What It Really Means and Why You Should Care | Bleacher Report
There's a pirate ship behind the end zone.


49ers add Jason Tarver as linebackers coach | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders hired 2014 49ers assistant Brad Seely as their special teams coach this week and now the 49ers have returned the favor by hiring a member of last year's Raiders coaching staff.

Niners to interview Eric Mangini for DC job -
Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that 49ers tight ends coach Eric Mangini is speaking with San Francisco about the team's defensive coordinator job.

Packers, Cowboys among playoff losers with biggest windows -
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are surely still smarting from their collapse -- but they shouldn't be down too long. Gil Brandt reveals the five playoff losers with the biggest windows for success.