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The Seattle Seahawks’ Edge: Airing Their Grievances - WSJ
The defending Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks have the best defense in football right now in part because their players are brutally honest with each other.

Revis: Technique is the key to avoiding flags vs. Ravens | Comcast SportsNet -
"I think if you do panic as a [defensive back], you need to pick another position," he said. "You can't panic. You have to stay focused, and you have to continue to stay patient, whether you're in press coverage or off-coverage or even on-coverage. I'd say those two things [are key]: just being focused and staying patient at all times."

Seahawks’ underrated receivers won’t wow with numbers, come up big when it counts - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
It was nearly a year ago that ESPN analyst Chris Carter referred to the Seattle Seahawks’ receiving corps as “pedestrian” and “appetizers” ahead of the team’s Super Bowl XLVIII appearance. And though Doug Baldwin and the rest of the group (figuratively) shoved their championship rings in Carter’s face following the blowout win over the Broncos, the group has remained largely under the radar this season. Not that it bothers them — much.

The unusual case of Doug Marrone, and Chip Kelly’s rise to power | The MMQB with Peter King
Two months away from NFL player movement, the business of football now shines a spotlight on the coaches. In these weeks immediately following the regular season, they’re being fired, opting out, getting hired and forcing organizational changes.

Blueprint for each divisional underdog to pull off an upset this weekend |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Why Scot McCloughan could be the GM to finally end Redskins insanity -
He did it in San Francisco, but can McCloughan end the Snyderian madness?

Why your favorite team won't win Super Bowl XLIX |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Packers, Cowboys, and Undefeated Home/Road teams
The Packers went 8-0 at home this year. Green Bay scored 318 points in home games in 2014, the 3rd most by a team in NFL history. Aaron Rodgers threw 25 to

Panthers-Seahawks key matchups: Carolina's running vs. Seattle's D -
Running to set up the play-action pass is the key to Carolina scoring an upset in Seattle.

Fantasy Football - Offseason Extra: Early Top 12 for 2015 :
The 2014 regular season is over, but it's not too early to look at the 2015 season. Our Dave Richard casts his picks for the top 12 players he'd take in next year's drafts.

Agent's Take: What you should know about Tom Brady's unique contract -
Tom Brady's hometown discount -- which amounts to $24M the Pats can use on other players -- is unlikely when other veteran QB deals come due.

Agent's Take: What you should know about Tom Brady's unique contract -
Tom Brady's hometown discount -- which amounts to $24M the Pats can use on other players -- is unlikely when other veteran QB deals come due.

Charley Casserly: Hiring G.M. before coach is preferable, not set in stone | ProFootballTalk
When owner Woody Johnson held a press conference following the ousters of coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik, he talked about the need for a strong connection between the next people to fill those positions.

Jeremiah: WVU's Kevin White top receiver of 2015 NFL Draft -
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah is already studying up for the 2015 NFL Draft and thinks his top wide receiver this year is similar to Falcons star Julio Jones.

Washington Redskins make Scot McCloughan GM -
The Redskins are swinging big to add to their personnel department. Former 49ers general manager and Seahawks executive Scot McCloughan has agreed to be Washington's new general manager, per Albert Breer.

Divisional Round preview: Ravens-Patriots -
Many football pundits view Tom Brady as the best quarterback in the NFL, but Joe Flacco has thrived in the postseason during his career. Gregg Rosenthal breaks down the Saturday showdown.

Seahawks’ Earl Thomas on Marshawn Lynch: ‘This guy is just like me’ - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The biggest surprise for Seattle All-Pro safety Earl Thomas this season wasn’t the team getting off to a 3-3 start, or overcoming a three-game deficit with six to play to secure the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Instead, Thomas was astounded to learn that he and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch were kindred spirits.

Seahawks WRs are more productive than most give them credit for | - Sports
RENTON — One of the most memorable plays made by a Seattle Seahawks receiver in 2014 involved blocking, which in a way is both fitting and...

Seahawks assistants Darrell Bevell and Tom Cable talk about head coaching opportunities | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Today marked the first chance Seattle media had to talk with Seahawks assistant coaches Darrell Bevell and Tom Cable, who each interviewed last week for head coaching jobs elsewhere.

Former Seahawks Colin Cole gets shot at former team with Panthers’ key DT Star Lotulelei out injured | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed via conference call from Charlotte, North Carolina, to us this morning’s news that his standout defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will not play in Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff at Seattle because he broke a small bone in his foot stepping on a teammate during practice Tuesday. He had surgery this morning, Rivera said.

Newest Seahawk Cohen just glad to be back | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Talk about the long, strange trip a football career can be.

Seattle QB Russell Wilson letting his hair out as playoffs approach | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
You can’t see it in the video below, but Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson confirmed today that he is continuing with a playoff tradition of letting his hair grow out until the season is over.

Stats on how Bobby Wagner changes things - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Two All-Pro middle linebackers will be on the field Saturday in Seattle with Bobby Wagner of the Seattle Seahawks and Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers.

Tuesday in Hawkville: Max Unger steps back in for the Seahawks
The Seahawks’ first practice for Saturday night’s divisional playoff game against the Panthers featured something very significant: The return of center Max Unger after missing the past six games.

Dorial Green-Beckham will declare for the 2015 NFL draft | Seahawks Draft Blog
This is interesting. In terms of pure talent and upside potential, Dorial Green-Beckham is off the charts. At 6-6 and 225lbs he is the prototype for a NFL #1 wide receiver. Size, length, hands and speed — Green-Beckham provides the full package. If you gave him Amari Cooper’s personality and grit, DGB would be a sure-fire top-five pick. Without question.

Is Kelvin Benjamin a Matchup Problem for the Seattle Seahawks' Secondary? | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks’ divisional round matchup against the Carolina Panthers will revolve around strengths battling strengths, and one erasing the other.

Seahawks with McCloughan wanted Cousins in 2012 draft | Comcast SportsNet Washington
By seemingly every report from every NFL Insider in the land, Scot McCloughan played a significant if not leading role in the roster building for the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. Considered a player personnel savant, McCloughan is credited for insight with the drafting of Russell Wilson, Patrick Willis, Richard Sherman and others.

Seahawks shook off midseason drama to return to top
Some Seattle Seahawks players were upset by what cornerback Richard Sherman called a lack of transparency' when management abruptly traded mercurial wide receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets on Oct. 18.

Seahawks' Doug Baldwin impressed with rookies in Carolina secondary - ESPN
The Carolina Panthers will start three rookies in the secondary Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks, but believe it or not, those young players made the Carolina defense better down the stretch.

Seahawks vs. Panthers: Don’t expect Saturday’s playoff game to be easy | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
Carolina comes to Seattle looking a lot better than the last time they met the Seahawks

Divisional Round preview: Panthers-Seahawks -
Is Cam Newton's team the closest the NFL has to offer to a mirror image of the reigning Super Bowl champions? Chris Wesseling breaks down the Panthers-Seahawks matchup.

Seattle Seahawks expect another ‘tough, rugged’ game vs. Carolina Panthers |
With three close road wins over the Panthers in three years, the host Seattle Seahawks expect another “really tough, rugged football game” in Saturday’s playoff game against Carolina.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett on why the Carolina Panthers are like a good-looking cousin | - Seattle Sidelines
Michael Bennett is a rather interesting character, so it should come as no surprise that the Seahawks defensive end found a unique way to describe...

Colin Kaepernick's work with Kurt Warner could include a side of Steve Young, Trent Dilfer - Niners Nation
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a busy few months planned, as he will work with Kurt Warner in Arizona. It now sounds like Steve Young and Trent Dilfer might get down there for at least a little bit of time.

NFP Prospect Focus: Dorial Green-Beckham | National Football Post
Is the troubled receiver ready for the big stage?

Former Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith highlights perils of NFL draft | The MMQB with Peter King
Despite missing out on the combine and working out for just two teams, Smith managed to get a taste of the NFL. Not 10 minutes after the draft, the Seahawks and Buccaneers called with undrafted free-agent offers. Russell Wilson had just led Seattle to victory in the Super Bowl and Tampa had less depth at the position,  so he figured the Bucs gave him the best shot of making a roster. But when Smith got to rookie minicamp, he had a sinking feeling. “The impression I was under was that I was going to be developed a little bit,” Smith says. “But in reality, I was in for rookie minicamp and they were going to bring in a veteran for training camp. I was just an arm for minicamp.”

» Terry Boers Is Reporting That The Bears Plan On Parting Ways With Brandon Marshall Before Next Season Starts Barstool Sports – Chicago

Panthers struggling to simulate Seattle crowd noise -
Panthers defensive tackle Colin Cole said that the team hasn't been able to completely replicate the noise of CenturyLink Field.

Giants fire defensive coordinator Perry Fewell -
The Giants finished 2014 with the NFL's 29th-ranked defense after having the eighth-ranked defense in 2013.

Key for Seahawks defense vs. Panthers: Stopping former Washington prep star Jonathan Stewart - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
One of the biggest keys for the Seahawks in Saturday’s divisional round playoff game versus Carolina will be stopping a player who grew up just down the highway from Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.

Seahawks have a special confidence that if they do their jobs, that’s all that matters | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Players aren’t about to let history, or anything else, decide their destiny