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Thursday already! Good morning from Glendale.

Seattle Seahawks secondary taught well by assistant coach Kris Richard | The MMQB with Peter King
PHOENIX — Ask any teacher of football what the best tangible evidence of good coaching is and he’ll tell you it’s when you see everyone in the same position group all play with the exact same mechanics and techniques.

The beauty of the bye: All Seahawks fully participate in practice 4 days before Super Bowl | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
It’s the beauty of the bye. All Seahawks were full participants in practice today at Arizona State University — including All-Pro safety Earl Thomas. He separated his shoulder in the NFC championship game on Jan. 18 and was limited in practices last week. But he and Richard Sherman have yet to miss a game in their NFL careers, and they are not about to miss the Super Bowl.

Seahawks’ Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman appear healthy in practice | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle coach Pete Carroll says the team is “really fortunate to be this healthy” entering Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Brewer: Seahawks' Keys to Victory
What matchups must the Seahawks win to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX? The Seattle Times' Jerry Brewer and CineSport's Noah Coslov discuss from Glendale.

Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith maintains perspective on diminished role | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Last year’s Super Bowl MVP is trending back toward obscurity, having barely played the past two months of the season — he got 25 snaps in Seattle’s last six regular-season games and has played just two in the playoffs.

The Earl Thomas paradox: Seahawks safety radiates love, grace and ferocity | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is the most inscrutable of all Seahawks, and as Super Bowl XLIX approaches, his positive energy is almost blinding.

Super Bowl 49 Key Matchup: Tom Brady takes on Legion of Boom -
An all-time great quarterback takes on an all-time great defense.

LOOK: Diehard Seahawks fan gets a ridiculous Super Bowl tattoo -
This Seahawks fan couldn't wait until the day after the Super Bowl to get his "back-to-back champions" tattoo.

Lynch is already among the all-time great postseason runners | ProFootballTalk
Everyone is talking about Marshawn Lynch not talking this week. Which means no one is talking about what Lynch does best, which is run with the ball in his hands, particularly in the playoffs.

Pats could get Stork back for Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
The Patriots won the AFC title without the services of center Bryan Stork, who has a knee problem.  Injured in the divisional round against the Ravens, Stork could be back for Super Bowl XLIX.

Darrell Bevell: Robert Turbin “understands his role” | ProFootballTalk
Some teams use a running back-by-committee approach.

How Patriots turn other teams' trash into treasure -
After four underwhelming years in Carolina, wideout Brandon LaFell broke out big time this season in New England. How do the Patriots do this over and over with players nobody else wants?

Why is the Seattle Seahawks' defense great? -
The Seattle Seahawks have led the NFL in scoring defense for thee consecutive seasons. Find out how the "Legion of Boom" has managed to become one of the most feared units in the league.

49ers expected to hire Geep Chryst as O-coordinator -
The San Francisco 49ers are expected to hire Geep Chryst as their offensive coordinator. Will he be able to upgrade Colin Kaepernick and the Niners' offense?

Back to the field: Takeaways from Wednesday -
Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn shined on the podium, while New England offensive lineman Marcus Cannon was a tad bit salty to the Around The NFL team on Wednesday. Read their biggest takeaways.

Marshawn Lynch's Oakland ties reveal Seahawks star's spirit -
Want to know the real Marshawn Lynch? Michael Silver explores the running back's hometown -- and finds that the Seahawks star's extraordinary relationship with Oakland speaks volumes.

Seahawks recall key plays against Packers
Maybe the best illustration of why the Seattle Seahawks finished strong and the Green Bay Packers didn’t in the NFC Championship Game was the go-ahead touchdown running back Marshawn Lynch scored with 1 minute 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

LeGarrette Blount, Play-Action Pass Could Give Seahawks Fits | Bleacher Report
Edge runs, the bubble screen or concepts that test the speed (and discipline) of the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive front seven are a reflection of poor offensive game-planning.

Seahawks to Blount: We’re not immortal, just best ever | New York Post

Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch will linger in spotlight long after Super Bowl - The Washington Post
Seahawks teammates highly supportive of the media-unfriendly running back but his future with the team has been called into question.

PHOENIX: For Kevin Williams, 12 years was worth the wait to play in Super Bowl | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson considers himself “blessed” to be in two Super Bowls in his first two NFL seasons. Imagine how Kevin Williams feels.

How Pete Carroll-John Schneider’s partnership spawned the Seahawks’ unique culture | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Pete Carroll’s vision drives the Seahawks’ organization and Schneider’s talent evaluation fuels it. They’ve created an place for individuals to thrive in the ultimate team concept.

Forget the circus, Lynch ‘means everything' to Seahawks | - Sports
Don't feel sorry for Marshawn Lynch as he's surrounded by a mob of reporters, many of them far more indignant about his silence than any grown man or woman ought to be.

Marshawn Lynch Can Be Himself on Pete Carroll’s Seahawks -
The ranch-style house where Pete Carroll grew up sits on a suburban cul-de-sac near San Francisco in Marin County, one of the wealthiest counties in the country. It was a gathering place for friends, with a pool table inside and football games out front. The door was always open.

In Paul Allen’s world, these are the glory days | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks owner Paul Allen, in the midst of his own winning streak, talks about his championship team, unique players and memories of his first Super Bowl win.

The Marshawn Lynch media circus has reached a pathetic level - Danny, Dave and Moore | 710 ESPN Seattle
For the second straight day, reporters and cameramen crowded around Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to find out what he wasn't going to say. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Marshawn Lynch opens up to Maxim, so what have we been missing? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Fellow media members who are screaming that Marshawn Lynch is a jerk for his one-line answers to questions, now we can see what we're missing.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman preparing for both Super Bowl and birth of baby - ESPN
Richard Sherman isn't just preparing for the New England Patriots this week. He's getting ready for the birth of his son.

The Seattle Seahawks accept Marshawn Lynch's eccentric ways - ESPN
Marshawn Lynch may not have much to say to the media, but his teammates and coaches have plenty of good things to say about him.

Pete Carroll’s road to redemption leads Seahawks back to Super Bowl, shot at history - The Washington Post
After two failed stints in the NFL, Pete Carroll has risen to the top of the sport in Seattle by doing it "his way."

Why is the Seattle Seahawks' defense great? -
The Seattle Seahawks have led the NFL in scoring defense for thee consecutive seasons. Find out how the "Legion of Boom" has managed to become one of the NFL's most feared units.

Who had the hottest Marshawn Lynch take of them all? -
Let's meet the contestants.

Planning the worst Super Bowl vacation with bad Yelp reviews -
This will be terrible.

Dumbass Mad At Marshawn Lynch For Giving Him Column Fodder
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch gave the same answer to every question he received at Super Bowl Media Day, and Philadelphia Daily News columnist Marcus Hayes got upset about it—so upset, in fact, that he used Lynch's anti-media performance as a topic for his latest column.

N.F.L. Investigator Seeks to Consult Columbia Physicist Over Patriots’ Deflated Footballs -
A law firm hired by the N.F.L. has asked Columbia’s physics department for help in understanding how weather could affect the pressure in footballs, according to a summary of the communication.

In Seahawks’ Fierce Secondary, New Members Make the Cut -
The newest members of the Legion of Boom — what Seattle’s peerless secondary calls itself — are Marcus Burley and Steven Terrell, who try to remain in good standing every day.

Seahawks’ Byron Maxwell has become ‘a true pro,’ and soon a hot free agent | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell buckled down this season after being challenge by a coach, and he’ll reap the rewards after becoming a free agent in the offseason.

If politics is any guide, the Seahawks should win the Super Bowl - The Washington Post
The team with the more centrist fan base has won six of the past seven Lombardi trophies. Seahawks fans are more middle-of-the-road than Pats fans.

Bevell says Seahawks didn’t think about height when drafting Wilson | ProFootballTalk
Russell Wilson was such a great college quarterback that it now seems obvious that he'd be a great pro quarterback as well. But, of course, it wasn't obvious: He lasted until the middle of the third round of the 2012 NFL draft before the Seahawks got him.

Super Bowl: Three Reasons Why The Patriots Will Beat The Seahawks - Forbes
The Patriots will beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Here are the three reasons why.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to media: 'You know why I'm here' - NFL Videos
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch uses another approach to answer all questions towards the media.

Marshawn Lynch Has No Reason to Take a Dumb Event Like Media Day Seriously | The Big Lead
Media Day is dumb. Really dumb. I am relatively young for a curmudgeonly white columnist, but I don’t recall a time when it wasn’t dumb. I’m sure at some point, far in the past, it was simply pointless, but in 2015, there is no reason for Media Day to exist. If an actual media outlet wants to speak with a Super Bowl participant, there are people who can make that happen. Marshawn Lynch can ignore your questions over a phone just as well as he can on a podium.

The Dueling Legacies of Bill Belichick - WSJ
If proven guilty in the ‘Deflategate’ controversy, Bill Belichick will have the legacy of a football outlaw, Kevin Clark writes. But to the sport’s wonks, his real contribution is bringing value investing to football.

Super Bowl 2015: Pete Carroll defends Marshawn Lynch -
Lynch's coach and teammates came to his defense on Wednesday.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Russell Wilson's Mobility
If Russell Wilson ever wants to have his own Super Bowl Shuffle moment, he just has to slightly modify that 1973 classic from The Allman Brothers Band. Wilson has led all quarterbacks in scramble runs in each of his first three seasons, so that opening lyric summarizes him perfectly.

Bad news Eagles fans: Byron Maxell has had contract talks with Seattle Seahawks |
Any Eagles fans out there who wanted their team to sign Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell, a potential free agent, this offseason might want to look away.

Josh McDaniels defends ineligible receiver plays | ProFootballTalk
While not everyone thinks it is within the sporting bounds, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Wednesday opponents have had plenty of time to adjust. When asked about running an uptempo offense and using deception, McDaniels cut off a question to make a point.

LOB - Love Our Brothers | DeShawn Shead
LOB - Love Our Brothers

The Super Bowl shows why the NFL is too big to fail. | : Will Leitch Article
In GQ's big expose of this tumultuous NFL season for Roger Goodell and the league brass -- a story that, for as well-reported as it is, reads like it's searching in the dark for a smoking gun that it never finds -- former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue comes across as the weary old general disappointed by the mess his successors have made of the battlefield. Old salt Paul, shaking his head, all his good and moral work undone by his former protégé Goodell, a wise man offering wisdom to his profit-obsessed successor and being ignored.

Kam Chancellor: Seattle's enforcer, motivator and so much more -
Kam Chancellor is a monster in the middle, someone foes must be wary of every snap. And that's just the beginning of his impact. Conor Orr tells how the safety turned around the Seattle Seahawks' season.

Mystery of Marshawn Lynch? There really isn't one | NFL | Sporting News
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