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As Russell Wilson wins, so goes his popularity. | : Kenneth Arthur Article
The New England Patriots are seen as the powerhouse of the NFL now, but it wasn't long ago that they were a charming underdog story that the country could embrace. The coach who nobody believed in, the sixth round quarterback out of nowhere, the countless names on the roster that were as anonymous to most of the country back then as they are today and the toppling of a giant -- the 2001 St. Louis Rams -- in Super Bowl XXXVI. That was a team we could all get behind; America's underdog.

Richard Sherman on the Legion of Boom, Roger Goodell, Super Bowl 49 | The MMQB with Peter King
This story appears in the February 2 issue of Sports Illustrated. Last season, while I was posing for magazine covers and calling out wide receivers in unconventional ways, I was also negotiating for an extension on my rookie contract.

Sherman's smart response to Lynch criticism; more media day snaps |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Rob Gronkowski gets open thanks to Patriots play-calling, formations | The MMQB with Peter King
For an offensive coordinator, the objective with any star tight end is to get him favorable matchups against linebackers or safeties. This is usually achieved through one of two ways: route combinations leveraged against a zone defense, or formation wrinkles where the tight end is split out wide, wo...

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post
Earl Thomas will likely need off-season surgery and alter the way he plays in Super Bowl.

NFP Prospect Focus: T.J. Clemmings | National Football Post
Is the Pitt tackle ready for the NFL?

New York Times, Pre-Super Bowl: New England’s Trick Playbook
This week at the New York Times, a look at the Patriots trick formations, and how New England has creatively worked around the NFL’s rules on eligible pass receivers.

Are NFL Playoff Outcomes Getting Less Random?
In September 2012, Neil Paine wrote a great article at this website titled: Are NFL Playoff Outcomes Getting More Random? In it, Neil found that randomness

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett says Patriots should stop having sex -
Michael Bennett was a quote machine during Super Bowl Media Day. Here's a look at the six best nuggets that Bennett offered.

LOOK: Marshawn Lynch gets a 'magic cake' from his grandfather -
Seems like Skittles isn't the only sweet that makes Marshawn Lynch talk. He was presented Papa's famous lemon cake in a special room at Media Day.

Building a Champion: The Seattle Seahawks Top 5 Draft Decisions -
Since inheriting a 5-11 club in 2010, head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have completely overhauled the roster, making roughly 900 roster transactions. Sure, the trade for Marshawn Lynch and free agent signing of Michael Bennett were big. The lifeblood of these Seahawks, however, is through the annual NFL draft.

Report: Patriots employee was alone with footballs for 90 seconds -
Is 90 seconds long enough to deflate 11 footballs?

Patriots-Seahawks preview: 5 most important stats about Super Bowl 49 -
The Pats and Seahawks each have a shutdown corner, a bruising back and a QB adept at handling pressure. But who has the edge Sunday? Here's five advanced stats.

Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick: Role Model and Cautionary Tale | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Report: 49ers hiring Steve Logan for a job on offensive staff | ProFootballTalk
New 49ers coach Jim Tomsula is hiring one of his old NFL Europe co-workers, one who will easily be a better interview. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea, the 49ers are expected to hire Steve Logan for a position on the offensive side of the ball.

Wilson’s running is a different challenge for the Patriots | ProFootballTalk
Seattle's Russell Wilson was the most prolific running quarterback in the NFL this season, and it wasn't close. And that means the Patriots are in for a challenge they haven't yet seen on Super Bowl Sunday.

Low standard of proof applies to #DeflateGate | ProFootballTalk
It's still not known what the NFL specifically has found, or will find, in the #DeflateGate investigation.  It is known that, when the time comes to assess the evidence, a low threshold will determine the outcome.

Kurt Warner says he now wonders if Pats gained unfair edge in Super Bowl XXXVI | ProFootballTalk
The Patriots 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI was the first of three titles for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in New England. Adam Vinatieri's 48-yard game-winning field goal denied Kurt Warner and the Rams a second Super Bowl title in three seasons.

Report: Bob Bicknell could be candidate for 49ers’ offensive coordinator role | ProFootballTalk
An Eagles assistant coach is reportedly on San Francisco's radar as it tries to fill its offensive coordinator vacancy. Eagles wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell has been "discussed" as a potential candidate for the 49ers' coordinator role, Albert Breer of NFL Media reports.

Vince Wilfork: Marshawn Lynch best RB we've played -
The Patriots won't underestimate Marshawn Lynch on Super Bowl Sunday. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said of the Seattle Seahawks' star running back, "Hands down, I think he's the best."

Patriots' Blount: Seahawks' defense is 'not immortal' -
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount said the Seattle Seahawks defense isn't immortal and "can be beat." He'll try to do just that Sunday during the Super Bowl.

Josh McDaniels: We're not going to avoid Sherman -
Many shy away from Richard Sherman on the field, but Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said he won't avoid the All-Pro Seattle cornerback during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Bennett: Kam would knock Solder into next week -
Michael Bennett said he's not worried about covering Patriots tackle Nate Solder, who scored a touchdown last week, in pass coverage. The Seattle defensive lineman has Kam Chancellor to back him up.

K.J. Wright: Dan Quinn is a 'defensive mastermind' -
Linebacker K.J. Wright said Tuesday that the Falcons are getting a "defensive mastermind" in Dan Quinn. Find out what other Seahawks defenders had to say about their boss' chances of success in Atlanta.

Bill Belichick: Pete Carroll made me a better coach -
Bill Belichick filled the seat vacated by Pete Carroll in 1999. Since then, the Patriots coach has pocketed three rings. Now facing off in the Super Bowl, one was effusive in his praise for the other.

Wilson recalls watching as a kid while Brady won Super Bowls -
When Wilson leads the Seattle Seahawks into the Super Bowl against Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday, both quarterbacks know the outcome will affect the way each is viewed for quite a while.

McClain: Get out the popcorn for Rob Gronkowski vs. Kam Chancellor in Super Bowl - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

A whole lot of Seahawks player quotes from Super Bowl Media Day | - Seattle Sidelines
DE MICHAEL BENNETT (on what made him decide to re-sign in Seattle) “I think it was just (Head Coach) Pete Carroll and (Defensive Coordinator)...

Media day Patriots' quotage: head coach Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, Darrelle Revis, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Browner, Devin McCourty | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
So there are a mountain of press conference transcripts being released by the NFL. Here's a few of the more important or more interesting ones from the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady didn't say much. Darrell Revis talked about his comparisons to Richard Sherman and who is the best in the NFL....

Seattle Seahawks LB O'Brien Schofield at peace with Arizona Cardinals - ESPN
For a long time, Seattle Seahawks linebacker O'Brien Schofield thought about the moment he was cut by the Arizona Cardinals.

Sherman says no harm, no foul with Browner's comments - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'He didn't mean anything by that and we didn't take it offensively,' Richard Sherman said Tuesday when asked about Brandon Browner saying he'd tell his Patriots teammates to hit Sherman and Earl Thomas where it hurts. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Schneider on Wilson's upcoming megadeal: "It presents challenges" - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
As privileged as the Seahawks are to have a quarterback worth the massive payday he's about to get, Russell Wilson's next contract will have a big effect on the team's financial flexibility. General manager John Schneider talked about that on Tuesday. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Early thoughts on the Seahawks / Patriots Super Bowl | Seahawks Draft Blog
A lot of the media talk will be about stopping Marshawn Lynch, but for me this game is about Russell Wilson. Let’s go back to the last time the two teams met. Lynch ran 15 times for 41 yards. Robert Turbin was Seattle’s most efficient runner with 27 yards on five carries (5.4 YPC). The Pats were facing a rookie quarterback and set out to take away the run, putting the game on Wilson. He willed the Seahawks to victory with a 310 total-yard, three touchdown performance with zero interceptions.

Who has the wide receiver edge: Seahawks or Patriots? -
Around The NFL will look at one compelling matchup or comparison each day leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. Conor Orr breaks down the wide receiver corps battle between the Patriots and Seahawks.

Seahawks' Bennett's white cowboy hat a simple gesture with powerful message | FOX Sports
Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett wears whit cowboy hat at Super Bowl as tribute to honor late mentor Mark Alexander, who died of cancer earlier January after helping Michael Bennett and brother Martellus Bennett make it through high school and to college and then the NFL.

The Seahawks aren't the good guys in the Super Bowl |
The Patriots have been cast as the villains, while the Seahawks are the good guys. Is this really a fair storyline for the Super Bowl? Page 1 of 2

Super Bowl 2015 Pick: Seattle Seahawks defeat New England Patriots |
I just don't get it. In the final heavyweight title fight of the NFL season, so many pundits seem to be basing their projection of the finish of Super Bowl 49 on what happened on Championship Weekend. The Seattle Seahawks were exposed, while the New England Patriots deflated the Indianapolis Colts and now have it all together.

Why Patriots should ride LeGarrette Blount against Seahawks | Boston Herald
PHOENIX — During the AFC title game, we watched LeGarrette Blount pound the rock and ground the Colts into submission.

Sherman among Seahawks to defend media-shy Marshawn Lynch
One of the loudest voices on the Seattle Seahawks defiantly defended the quietest.

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks 'Legion of Boom' appear on cover of SI - NFL -
• From the Mag: Sherman sounds off | Legion of Boom talk Brady, more

Seahawks' media day quote-a-rama: GM John Schneider, Pete Carroll, Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin and more … | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Lots of transcripts from media day for the Seahawks. No I won't be posting the Marshawn Lynch transcript. But there are transcripts from general manager John Schneider, head coach Pete Carroll, cornerback Richard Sherman, defensive tackle Michael Bennett, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, linebacker Bobby Wagner and more.   GENERAL MANAGER JOHN SCHNEIDER   (on what the key is...

Pete Carroll got the chance to do it his way - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A lot has been written this week about how things didn't work out for Pete Carroll in his three seasons as the head coach of the New England Patriots.

Seattle Seahawks media day highlights - ESPN
Marshawn Lynch saved himself half a million bucks: Lynch walked in to the roar of the 12s in the stands at the U.S. Airways Center, sat down at his corner podium, did his required five minutes and left.

Expect Seahawks to use group effort to defend Patriots' Gronkowski | - Sports
Despite what you might have heard from Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane last week, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has the undivided attention of the Seahawks heading into Super Bowl XLIX.

Seahawks respond to ex-teammate Browner's targeting remarks - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
A handful of Seahawks who met with the media Monday afternoon had mixed responses to what former teammate Brandon Browner said about hitting Seattle's Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas where it hurts. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Avril: "I've been blessed to see both ends of the spectrum" - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Cliff Avril's career began with a winless season in Detroit. Now he's playing in his second straight Super Bowl with Seattle, something that should be considered when evaluating his decision to turn down an offer from the Lions that was more lucrative than what he ultimately got from the Seahawks. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Marshawn Lynch draws a crowd but doesn't say much at media day - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'I'm just here so I won't get fined.' That's about all that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had to say during Super Bowl media day on Tuesday, the same answer he gave to every question during the 5 minutes he spent at a podium inside the U.S. Airways Center. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Marshawn Lynch Delivers Eloquent 45-Minute Address On Privacy In The Modern Age | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
PHOENIX—Explaining his position on the sociological issue during a Tuesday press conference at Super Bowl Media Day, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch reportedly delivered an incredibly thoughtful and eloquent 45-minute address on the top...

In Phoenix, the Seasoned Seahawks Push the Distractions Aside -
As Seattle arrived Sunday to prepare for the Super Bowl, the team’s players and coach mostly played down discussions of the footballs used in New England’s A.F.C. championship game victory.

Seahawks' Kam Chancellor responds to Patriots' Brandon Browner's comments on Richard Sherman |
"To try to break them? Oh man," Chancellor said. "B.B. is like a brother to us. All I can say is God bless his heart. His tells everything. The man upstairs knows. So God bless his heart."

What it's like to face Patriots, Seahawks -
The Around The NFL staff talked with some Pro Bowl players about what it is like to face the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Find out what they had to say.

How Will the Seattle Seahawks Contain Rob Gronkowski? | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Seahawks Fan Buzz: Legion of Boom on SI cover; Beast Mode talks candy | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Well, look who is on the newest Sports Illustrated. The Seahawks‘ Legion of Boom is center stage, led by cornerback Richard Sherman. Apparently the magazine wanted just Sherman on the cover, but he turned it down unless it included his teammates. He wanted all of the defensive backs, but they compromised with the...

Agent's Take: How Seahawks can keep Marshawn Lynch, pay Russell Wilson -
Will the Super Bowl be Marshawn Lynch's last game with the Seahawks? Not if Seattle plays it smart. Lynch is the rare aging RB worth keeping.

Super Bowl Media Day: Marshawn Lynch lets his disdain for NFL media policy and his ball-carrying do his talking | FOX Sports
The same hard-line approach Lynch has taken with the league and media is reflected in the determination he shows when rushing the football. Lynch simply refuses to go down upon initial contact.

Why Seattle Seahawks are my pick to win Super Bowl XLIX - NFL - ESPN
The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will hear all season about the difficulties associated with repeating. The premise seems sound after the past eight defending champs failed to win even one playoff game, but conventional wisdom unravels here for reasons that make Seattle my choice to become the NFL's first repeat champ since New England a decade ago.

The misunderstood Marshawn Lynch - Why the Seattle Seahawks running back doesn't trust the media - ESPN
Marshawn Lynch sat in an empty corner of that cramped cell of the Santa Rita jail in Dublin, shaking his head while thinking about his stupid decision. Outside, the sun was rising on what should've been a beautiful Saturday morning in mid-July, a day when he would give back to all the kids who attended his annual football camp. The more the Seattle Seahawks' Pro Bowl running back thought about his predicament, the more his heart ached. I told myself I wouldn't put myself in this position, he thought to himself, and here I go again.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch: "You don't feel in Beast Mode, it feels you"
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch opens up in an interview with Skittles.

Seahawks’ Pete Carroll Allows Marshawn Lynch to Be Himself -
A strength of Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll has been his ability to relate to players of all backgrounds, and few players are more different from him than running back Marshawn Lynch.

Best of Super Bowl XLIX Media Day: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman - NFL Videos
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman fields questions from the media ahead of Super Bowl XLIX, evaluating the New England Patriots, discussing the possibility of another championship and even breaking out his best dance moves.

Scott Fitterer chooses to stay in Seattle rather than join Eagles front office | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles have been searching for a personnel executive to assist coach Chip Kelly in the front office since reorganizing their hierarchy and moving Howie Roseman out of the General Manager job earlier this month.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch: 'I'm just here so I won't get fined' - NFL Videos
Marshawn Lynch had just one response to the media's question at the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl XLIX Media Day. He used it 29 different times. We counted.

Why Marshawn Lynch hates talking, and why that bugs the NFL
The mystery everyone wants to solve is whether Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch will make an appearance at Super Bowl media day

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Super Bowl XLIX's Insane Penalty Stats
I came across these stats while working on our big Super Bowl XLIX preview, and frankly, they were so extreme that I thought they deserved their own post.

Michael Bennett soaks up Media Day spotlight -
Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett was arguably the star of Media Day. The Seahawks' pass rusher was a quote machine on Tuesday in Phoenix. What were his best sound bites?

Super Bowl 49: Patriots CB Browner rebounds from ban as Seahawks CB -
At Super Bowl media day in 2014, Brandon Browner -- banned because of the NFL drug policy -- didn't know if or when he's play again. On Sunday, he starts at corner for the Patriots ... vs. Seattle.

Bobby Wagner: Seahawks “will be ready” for Patriots’ formation ploys | ProFootballTalk
In the divisional round, the Patriots caught the Ravens by surprise by declaring typically eligible receivers to be ineligible on certain plays. The Seahawks are well-aware of this. And as Pro Bowl middle linebacker Bobby Wagner tells it, the Seattle defense will be prepared for it.

Eagles GM candidate Scott Fitterer is staying with Seattle Seahawks - Bleeding Green Nation
Cross another name off the list.

Robert Kraft Vs. Roger Goodell: Deflategate Threatens the Most Powerful Bromance in the NFL: The Q: GQ
At this late point in the NFL's season from hell, we shouldn't be surprised by anything. And yet, it was still stunning last night to see Patriots owner Robert Kraft crashing Bill Belichick's Super Bowl press conference to make a defiant, finger-wagging demand that Roger Goodell and the NFL apologize for the league's handling of Deflategate.

Seattle Seahawks, 2003 New England Patriots share statistical traits - ESPN
Russell Wilson leads the 2014 Seattle Seahawks into Super Bowl XLIX in his third season as a starter, just as Tom Brady led the 2003 New England Patriots to Super Bowl XXXVIII in his third year starting. But that’s just where the similarities BEGIN between the 2014 Seahawks and 2003 Patriots...

Origin of Seahawks logo | Watch the video - Yahoo Sports
Yahoo Sports found the original mask where the logo came from and why it's the reason Seattle hasn't lost a game since.

Seahawks' Legion of Boom secondary on Tom Brady, Brandon Browner, more | The MMQB with Peter King
After an almost unfathomable comeback win in the NFC championship, we joined up with Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane and, of course, Richard Sherman as they prepared for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot, and for the Patriots. Here’s what they had to say about teamwork, where they stand in history and, oh yeah, Tom Brady