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Pete Carroll was set up to fail as head coach of New England Patriots - ESPN
Pete Carroll ushered in a radical new era when he arrived as head coach of the New England Patriots on Feb. 3, 1997.

Report: Raheem Morris expected to be Falcons defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons are believed to be waiting for the Seahawks to finish the Super Bowl so that they can go ahead and hire Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their next head coach, but that hasn't stopped them from moving forward with other coaching moves.

Atlanta Falcons to name Seattle's Dan Quinn head coach day after Super Bowl - NFL -
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be named the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 2, the day after the Super Bowl, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.

Seahawks conquer curse of the Super Bowl repeater | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
Players cite competitive mentality, great leadership and lack of ego in being first Super Bowl champ to make it back to the game in 10 seasons

Sharp Football Analysis
Last Thursday’s groundbreaking article on the impossibly real fumble prevention statistics by the New England Patriots was certainly a perfect lesson on the power of social media and sending a critical story "viral".  I tried to take a very unassuming, impartial look into a highly controversial topic, based not on opinion, but on statistics.  What caught the attention of many was that it was uniquely different from the other "theory based" pieces on this topic, and contained undeniable concrete evidence that whatever was happening in New England since 2007 was more than just ridiculously abnormal.  It was absolutely not a random fluctuation in the data and was extremely unlikely to be a mere coincidence.

NFL bears plenty of blame for #DeflateGate | ProFootballTalk
At this point, it's unclear whether the NFL will find any evidence to support the suspicion that someone from the Patriots deliberately caused footballs to lose air pressure.  If the NFL fails to find a proverbial smoking gun, that alone could become a different kind of smoking gun.

Fans show their love as Seahawks head for Super Bowl | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Thousands of Seahawk fans lined a mile-long stretch of road in SeaTac Sunday morning to cheer on the team as it headed for the airport and Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.

Seahawks get another Super sendoff
The Seahawks flew to Arizona on Sunday morning to begin their on-site preparations for next Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup against the Patriots. But not before getting another Super sendoff from the 12s who lined the route the airport.

In Phoenix, the Seahawks Push Distractions Aside -
Shortly after arriving here Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks were thrust into the circus of media sessions of the type they had become familiar with on their way to a Super Bowl win last year. But Coach Pete Carroll and a group of players made it clear that they did not intend to add to the league’s various distractions as they prepared to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

Super Bowl 49: Ranking starters shows Patriots, Seahawks strong on D -
In ranking Super Bowl 49 starters, the top of the list reveals defensive strength, though Tom Brady and Russell Wilson are among the top 10.

Arizona crowd boos introduction of Seahawks Pro Bowlers during game | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
The Seattle Seahawks are not participating the in the Pro Bowl because, well, they are taking part in a bigger bowl next Sunday.

Pete Carroll of Seattle Seahawks says he will discuss gestures with Marshawn Lynch - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he plans to talk to running back Marshawn Lynch about NFL officials saying the team will be penalized 15 yards in the Super Bowl if Lynch does his obscene gesture after a touchdown. "I haven't talked to him yet about the thing that came up with the league, but that will be addressed," Carroll said Sunday when the team arrived in Arizona. "I think he's going to have a great Super Bowl week and have a great time doing this and playing in this game."

Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane Courts Legion of Boom's Doom in Super Bowl XLIX | Bleacher Report
Storm clouds didn't gather on the horizon. The hairs on the back of's Terry Blount's neck didn't stand on end during the dramatic pause, and lightning did not crack when Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane finally spoke his ill-fated words.

Will the Seahawks target Melvin Gordon & can they land him? | Seahawks Draft Blog
If you’re struggling to imagine life without Marshawn Lynch, or consider a mutual parting of ways this off-season to be a dumb mistake, remember this — the Lynch era in Seattle is almost certainly done in 2016 anyway. He’ll be out of contract barring an extension. He’ll be into his 30’s. He’s already being rested to start games. What some might consider to be a preposterous move might actually just be sound judgement — accepting the situation for what it is and making a difficult decision one year earlier than you might prefer.

12 things we learned from Thomas, Sherman, Wilson, Okung, Kearse & Bennett's #SB49 press conferences
Key takeaways from Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson, Russell Okung, Jermaine Kearse and Michael Bennett's Sunday press conferences ahead of Super Bowl XLIX.

One area in which Carroll, Belichick are alike? It's all about the ball - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seattle and New England lead the NFL in turnover differential since 2012 at plus-51, a testament to the emphasis that each team's head coach places on possessing the football. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' view on Patriots' distraction - NFC West Blog - ESPN
I spent some time at Seattle Seahawks' media availability on Sunday, as they arrived a day earlier than the New England Patriots. One of the topics that came up was the Seahawks' view of the underinflated football issue as it relates to a distraction.

Things are similar for Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick, except 'Deflategate' - NFC West Blog - ESPN
One thing is certain: Last week was a lot easier for Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll than it was for New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Pete Carroll says the Seattle Seahawks are 'repping' this week - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had a one-word answer when asked how his team will approach its preparation this week for the New England Patriots and Super Bowl XLIX: "repping."

Seahawks amazed by Super Bowl send-off | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The reception the players received on their way to Sea-Tac airport was overwhelming, but the media obligations in Phoenix were kept largely in stride, with the Seahawks understanding what to expect at the most-hyped sporting event in the country.

Ailing shoulder may force Earl Thomas to rely on teammates more | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks’ All-Pro safety still plans to play "fearless" against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

Seahawks arrive for Super Bowl in unfamiliar role | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Thanks to the Patriots’ deflated-football controversy, the in-your-face defending champions are the more lovable team in Phoenix.

Remarkable rookie Garry Gilliam is playing this Super Bowl for far more than just his Seahawks | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Garry Gilliam tricked the Green Bay Packers, shocked the football world and jolted the Seahawks back into the NFC championship game with his stunning touchdown catch on a fake field goal.

Seahawks 12th Man spirit shows in photos; share yours | - Life
Above, a Seahawks 12th Man flag waves in the wind in Everett this week. Snohomish County is awash in a sea of blue and green. We drove around...

Matt Stafford, J.J Watt claim MVP honors at Pro Bowl -
Matthew Stafford threw for 316 yards and two scores, being named Offensive MVP for leading Team Irvin to a 32-28 victory. J.J. Watt was the Defensive MVP, mostly for being a menace to Stafford.

Eight things we learned from the 2015 Senior Bowl -
Miami LB Denzel Perryman is among eight players who participated in the Senior Bowl with first-round potential, according to NFL Media analysts. Here are eight things we learned from the Senior Bowl.

Ameer Abdullah shines as North beats South in Senior Bowl -
Running backs like Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah shined on Saturday as the North squad defeated the South in the Senior Bowl.

Phillip Dorsett shooting for 4.29 40-yard dash at combine -
Three Senior Bowl wide receivers could light up the 40-yard dash testing at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next month, and according to NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock, one of them is primed to run a sub-4.3 time.

Tom Brady expects to talk with NFL after Super Bowl -
Tom Brady's Patriots are embroiled in a deflated football scandal as they ready to head to Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX. Brady doesn't expect to be interviewed by the NFL until after the big game.

Richard Sherman: I don't answer preschool questions -
Richard Sherman systematically shot down repeated inquiries about where he ranks with Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis. See what Sherman had to say.

Pats' Edelman: Seahawks' secondary is 'ferocious' -
Set to square off against Seattle's top-ranked defense, Patriots wideout Julian Edelman knows New England's receivers are in for their stiffest test of the year against Seattle's 'ferocious' secondary.

Richard Sherman thinks Goodell-Kraft relationship will protect Patriots | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks had done a good job last week of dancing around #DeflateGate, with perhaps the strongest comment from cornerback Richard Sherman when he compared the potential handling of underinflated footballs to the league's reported threat to prevent Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch from playing...

Dick LeBeau won’t be joining Cardinals staff after all | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals still don't have a defensive coordinator, and they apparently won't be adding one of the best at that job of all time. According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, longtime Steelers coordinator Dick LeBeau won't be taking a job on Bruce Arians' staff.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Jameis Winston too talented for Bucs to pass up -
Winston may come up with plenty of off-field concerns but in a division boasting the likes of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton, Tampa Bay doesn't have much choice but to gamble on the best quarterback in the draft. Among the other highlights in this updated 2015 mock draft are several post-Senior Bowl adjustments.

Analyzing the legal ramifications of Bill Belichick's Deflategate comments |
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Sammie Coates, Tyler Lockett among stars during Senior Bowl week |
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Pro Football Focus mines endless NFL data to find subtle advantages | The MMQB with Peter King
CINCINNATI — In a mostly empty basement in suburban Ohio, save for two bookshelves filled with NFL record books dating back to 1942, an Englishman scribbles the names of pass rushers on a whiteboard. Cam Jordan. Jason Pierre-Paul. J.J. Watt.