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Kris Richard likely to get a promotion, somewhere | ProFootballTalk
“He took kind of a ragtag bunch of DBs in 2011 and made them perennial All-Pros and Pro Bowlers, and you don’t hear his name being mentioned as much for D-coordinator jobs and things like that,” Sherman said.  “Which I think it should be.  We obviously know what kind of coach he is and what he’s done.  But obviously everybody else doesn’t.”

Carroll: Jeremy Lane hasn't watched film of Gronk yet -
Jeremy Lane is of the opinion that Rob Gronkowski isn't that good at football. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll disagreed, telling reporters that his cornerback should watch film on the All-Pro tight end.

John Harbaugh lauds Bill Belichick as greatest coach -
Ravens coach John Harbaugh praised Bill Belichick as the "greatest coach of our generation." Is their bad blood between the two as the Patriots head to the Super Bowl?

Seahawks continue to use doubt as motivation | - Sports
RENTON — On one hand, the whole thing seemed a bit silly.After his team pulled off a miraculous comeback in the NFC Championship game, Seahawks ...

It’s a Super Bowl road trip: Staff writer to drive to Phoenix for Seahawks-Patriots game | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The road to the Super Bowl began at 4:41 a.m. Thursday. Well, at least, that’s when I started down the road to Super Bowl 49.

RENTON: Why is Seattle’s Baldwin always so angry? | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
He’s on his way to his second Super Bowl in as many seasons.

GM John Schneider on Lynch: “I kind of love his act”; Maxwell a top offseason priority; Wilson talks coming | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Seahawks general manager John Schneider talked after practice here at team headquarters in Renton today to the local media for the first time since before the draft in May.

Where Hawks fans can party, eat and drink in Arizona | Travel | The Seattle Times
Here’s a rundown on concerts, football expos and other events around Phoenix for Seahawks fans headed to the Super Bowl, plus tips on where to restaurants, pubs and more.

Seahawks’ Kevin Williams eyes ‘storybook ending’ | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Teammates credit the former All-Pro for solidifying the nose-tackle spot, admitting they expected there might be a drop-off after the loss of Brandon Mebane.

Catching up with Jack Patera, the Seahawks’ first coach | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Content enjoying the quiet at his mountain home, Jack Patera, the Seahawks’ first coach in 1976, reminisces on his famous trick plays and the franchise’s first steps.

Tedy Bruschi say Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll hasn't changed - ESPN
ESPN NFL analysts Tedy Bruschi has a unique perspective as a man who played for both Seattle coach Pete Carroll and New England coach Bill Belichick.

Deflated balls? Lynch gesture? Prop bets for Super Bowl XLIX - ESPN
RENTON, Wash. -- Want to guess how many times the phrase deflated balls will be mentioned on TV during the Super Bowl? How about whether Seattle Sea

Seattle's Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett ready for Super Bowl hype - ESPN
“I think there was somebody naked at media day,” Sherman said. “Everybody was like, ‘Media day is so serious.’ Then you see a clown over there and three kids over here. Somebody asked me about a Nintendo. So I was like, ‘Oh, I guess this isn’t as serious as they made it out to be.’ "

Richard Sherman says there's a "skewed view" of Tom Brady - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The famous 2012 postgame exchange between Richard Sherman and Tom Brady is a natural storyline for the Super Bowl, and the Seahawks' cornerback said he wasn't the one that started it. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' reinvestments in Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas paying off - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
For all the time spent this week wondering how those injuries might affect two of Seattle's best defensive players in Super Bowl XLIX, it's worth a moment to consider just how significant it was that both Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas finished the NFC title game. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Friday in Hawkville: Earl Thomas returns to practice for Seahawks
After sitting out Wednesday and Thursday to rest the shoulder he injured in Sunday’s NFC title game, All-Pro safety Earl Thomas returned to practice on Friday and “was back in action and full flow,” as coach Pete Carroll put it.

How Canadian Seattle Seahawk Luke Willson celebrates TDs - Windsor - CBC News
Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson has five NFL touchdowns and he celebrates every one with an homage to soccer great Wayne Rooney.

A Seattle Seahawks Documentary | "The Rain City Miracle"

Damian Swann could be a future Seahawks CB & Friday notes | Seahawks Draft Blog
We’ve been talking about Damian Swann for two years. He’s an enigma — experiencing various highs and lows during a four-year stint at Georgia. But there were plenty more highs than lows in 2014 — and he’s recaptured some of the momentum that had him touted as a possible early pick two years ago.

Q-and-A with Seattle general manager John Schneider | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle general manager John Schneider held what is becoming something of a happy tradition — meeting with the local media during the bye week leading up to the Super Bowl.

Seahawks GM John Schneider talks Marshawn Lynch, Percy Harvin and offseason priorities - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
A little more than a week before his Seahawks team plays in its second Super Bowl in as many seasons, general manager John Schneider met with reporters for the first time since last May’s draft, addressing many of the storylines surrounding the Seahawks throughout the 2014 season.

Earl Thomas returns to practice, expected to play in Super Bowl - Jan. 23, 2015 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
Safety Earl Thomas returned to practice on Friday and is on track to play in Super Bowl XLIX next Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

Patriots Always Keep a Tight Grip on the Ball - WSJ
One of the many questions surrounding “Deflategate”—the controversy that has engulfed the New England Patriots—concerns what advantage an NFL team would gain from using a deflated football. Numerous players have said a softer ball is easier to grip, and a ball that’s easier to grip is harder to drop

Cheers to insane lawsuits; jeers to odd Seahawks rants -
In the latest edition of the Around The NFL's End Around, Dan Hanzus looks back at a week that saw deflated balls burst into the spotlight and cause Mark Brunell to re-evaluate everything.

‘You Mad, Bro?’ Revisited: What We Can Learn From the 2012 Patriots-Seahawks Matchup «

Losses to Chiefs were turning points for Patriots, Seahawks on road to Super Bowl | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star
Defeats at Arrowhead Stadium proved to be the turning points for the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in their run to Super Bowl XLIX, which is Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. Kansas City beat Seattle 24-20 in November and routed the Patriots 41-14 in September.

Why Mike Teel gave up a Wall Street job for $14K a year at Rutgers | Politi |
Teel, the former Rutgers quarterback, is going to make a very good college head coach someday.

Patriots Do Notably Well in Wet Weather, Analysis Shows -
The analysis by the site, called Covers, broadly suggests that the Patriots have an edge in wet weather games that neither the general public nor professional bettors have taken into account. But the analysis sheds no light on what that advantage, or those advantages, might be. The Patriots’ final scores exceeded the spread only 56 percent of the time in games that were not played in wet conditions over that period, the analysis shows.

The Patriots Have Incredible Ball Security - Advanced Football Analytics
For whatever reason, the Patriots do have exceptional ball security, especially for an outdoors team. And I mean exceptional.

Photo Gallery - Super Bowl Bye Week Wednesday Practice
Photos of the Seahawks' Wednesday bye week practice in the lead up to Super Bowl XLIX.

Photo Gallery - Super Bowl Bye Week Thursday Practice
Photos of the Seahawks' Thursday bye week practice in the lead up to Super Bowl XLIX.

Super Bowl XLIX: How the Seattle Seahawks can top the Patriots -
How will Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson stop a New England Patriots team that's been on fire lately? Bucky Brooks lays out five things the Seattle Seahawks can do to win Super Bowl XLIX.

Darrell Bevell #SB49 Bye Press Conference
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talks to the media about the game plan leading to the NFC Championship comeback.

Dan Quinn #SB49 Bye Press Conference

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn talks about the "long playbook" his defense will be studying in preparation for the Patriots offense in #SB49.

NFL Deflategate: Controversy shouldn’t overshadow the Super Bowl | The MMQB with Peter King
You know what I find deflating? Mostly the current state of the NFL itself. A season that began amid a storm of controversy is ending in the same way.

NFL Deflategate: Relax and let the investigation play out | The MMQB with Peter King
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Senior Bowl Notebook - Day 1 | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel's notes from Mobile.

Senior Bowl Notebook - Day 2 | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel's news and notes from Mobile

Analytics in football | National Football Post
Has the use of numbers for evaluation gone too far?

Super Bowl Game-Changers: Past stars look back on biggest moments |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

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.

Senior Bowl Running Backs Signal Position's Return to NFL Draft Spotlight | Bleacher Report
Running backs are becoming as rare in the first round of the NFL draft as punters in the first round of the NFL draft, or even as unicorns in the first round of the NFL draft.

NFL says it will investigate if Deflategate was deliberate act -
The NFL released a statement Friday afternoon regarding the allegations that the footballs used by the Patriots' offense weren't properly inflated during last Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Colts.

2015 Senior Bowl: 10 prospects who helped themselves -
The game isn't until Saturday, but several Senior Bowl prospects boosted their draft stock and helped themselves during daily practices this week in Mobile, Ala.

Jim Miller says Nate Solder's TD catch shouldn't have counted vs. Colts -
The latest, via Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM NFL Radio: Remember that 16-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to left tackle Nate Solder in the AFC Championship beatdown over the Colts? Yeah, that shouldn't have counted. "The play before the Nate Solder touchdown, No. 71 (Cameron Fleming) declared himself as an eligible receiver," Kirwan said. "The next play, he stays in the game, which is now where the rule is going to be stressed and probably broken ... and he became an ineligible receiver. He had to leave the game." "He's supposed to leave the game," Miller added.

2015 NFL Draft Big Board: Prospects take advantage of Senior Bowl week - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
Give the big guys credit -- Danny Shelton, Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Nate Orchard arrived at the Senior Bowl with something to prove, and they succeeded.

NFL statement answers plenty of lingering questions | ProFootballTalk
On the surface, Friday's statement from the NFL about #DeflateGate doesn't say much that wasn't already known.  But it confirms plenty of things that had been reported over the past several days, and it adds some new details.

Kraft: Patriots employees told to be “completely cooperative and transparent” with NFL investigators | ProFootballTalk
In a statement issued by the team Friday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he had told club staffers to be "completely cooperative and transparent" with the NFL's investigation into why the club's footballs were allegedly under-inflated in Sunday's AFC title game vs. Indianapolis.