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Hump day.

Game theory in American football: Defending the indefensible | The Economist
WITH an annual salary last reported at $7m a year, Pete Carroll can certainly afford a small household staff. Now that the Seattle Seahawks’ coach arguably cost his team a National Football League (NFL) championship, by ordering a questionable passing play as the clock wound down in last night’s Super Bowl, he might want to consider investing in a bodyguard and food taster. After all, numerous American football fans in the Pacific Northwest are likely to have designs on his life following what a local newspaper has declared "the worst play call in Super Bowl history."

Can the Seattle Seahawks Keep NFC Dominance Rolling Through 2015 Season? | Bleacher Report
The play may live on in infamy, but the Seattle Seahawks aren't dead.

Falcons hire Dan Quinn as head coach: Four things to know - CBSSports.com
The former Seahawks defensive coordinator takes over for Mike Smith in Atlanta. Here's what you need to know.

Russell Wilson has "no doubt" about the play call | ProFootballTalk
Two days later, thousands continue to question the decision of Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to call for a slant pass instead of a run from Marshawn Lynch with a second straight Super Bowl hanging in the balance.  Some Seahawks have openly questioned the decision.

Look for 49ers' Colin Kaepernick to run more in 2015 - NFL.com
Niners coach Jim Tomsula and offensive coordinator Geep Chryst are relatively unknown, but some points can be inferred from their offseason talks, including a return to the run for Colin Kaepernick.

Top 10 challengers to New England Patriots in 2015 - NFL.com
The Patriots are the NFL's newest champion. Which teams, including Aaron Rodgers' Packers, have the best chance to knock them off their perch in 2015? Chris Wesseling explores.

Malcolm Butler a late substitution on game-winner - NFL.com
Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler wasn't on the field when the Seahawks huddled for the ill-fated call that resulted in an interception. Willie McGinest breaks down the Patriots' adjustment.

Some quotes from the Seahawks on locker clean-out day | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
Many Seahawks players, understandably, weren't up for talking with the media as they exited the locker room for the last time this season. But here...

Seahawks Russell Wilson doesn’t second-guess Darrell Bevell, not thinking about contract after Super Bowl loss - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

Wilson on Super Bowl interception: 'I had no doubt in the play call' | HeraldNet.com - Sports
RENTON — When Russell Wilson took the snap with 26 seconds remaining in the Super Bowl, made his read and released the pass, he believed he was ...

A post-Super Bowl love letter from New England to Seattle | Take 2 | Seattle Times
BY PAUL C. MCLEAN It’s snowing this morning in Robert Kraft and Tom Brady’s neighborhood in Brookline, Mass. They’re probably still in Arizona. Monday's not a great travel day back to New England. It’s a snow day at Brookline High, so my daughter’s home. I’ve already been out shoveling the steps and snow-blowing the driveway. That...

Seahawks vow to stick together, move on from Super Bowl loss | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Players who met the media as they packed up their lockers repeated the message coach Pete Carroll had delivered during the last team meeting of the season, about not fracturing in the wake of one of the more-devastating defeats in NFL history.

A post-Super Bowl love letter from New England to Seattle | Take 2 | Seattle Times
BY PAUL C. MCLEAN It’s snowing this morning in Robert Kraft and Tom Brady’s neighborhood in Brookline, Mass. They’re probably still in Arizona. Monday's not a great travel day back to New England. It’s a snow day at Brookline High, so my daughter’s home. I’ve already been out shoveling the steps and snow-blowing the driveway. That...

Seahawks vow to stick together, move on from Super Bowl loss | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Players who met the media as they packed up their lockers repeated the message coach Pete Carroll had delivered during the last team meeting of the season, about not fracturing in the wake of one of the more-devastating defeats in NFL history.

Pete Carroll: "We are really hurt…it will make us grow stronger"; surgeries for Sherman, Lane, maybe Chancellor, Thomas | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

New unrestricted free agent Byron Maxwell: "I’ve got to think of what’s best for my family" | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Roger Goodell, Marshawn Lynch after the Super Bowl–and how we in the media view Lynch and the NFL | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Going through my phone photos to clear some memory space, I almost deleted this one before recognizing what it was: The biggest blow by of Super Bowl 49.

Three things from the Seahawks' Super Bowl loss to Patriots - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks lost in the Super Bowl 28-24 to the New England Patriots. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Somber mood tells the story as Seahawks pack up at headquarters - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks were still in the midst of what will be a long process of coming to grips with their Super Bowl defeat as they packed up at their headquarters in Renton on Tuesday. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Baldwin irked by Bevell's remarks, says Seahawks will stick together - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'I'd be lying if I said it didn't bother us,' Doug Baldwin said Tuesday regarding Darrell Bevell's comments about what more Ricardo Lockette could have done on Seattle's final play of Super Bowl XLIX. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Russell Wilson says he's not thinking about new contract yet - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The end of the Seahawks' season means the beginning of discussions about a new contract for quarterback Russell Wilson, which he says he has yet to begin thinking much about. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Former Seahawks D-coordinator Dan Quinn "fired up" for coaching opportunity at Atlanta Falcons
Dan Quinn was introduced as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday.

Post-Super Bowl mock draft: 4th February | Seahawks Draft Blog
#1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) Here’s what I think it comes down to. Tampa Bay is taking a quarterback. They’ll meet with both. Study the tape like crazy. And they’ll feel more comfortable and confident building around the safer investment. Mariota it is.

Will Chris Matthews Disappear After Starring in the Seahawks Super Bowl Loss? | Bleacher Report
He didn't get his dream result, but Chris Matthews got his dream display in Super Bowl XLIX.

Why did Seahawks take so long before second down? - NFL.com
Melancholy Seahawks fans filled the airport the day after the Super Bowl, stunned by a fateful turnover. But what happened before Pete Carroll sent in the play that ended Seattle's chances?

Super Bowl loss was devastating, but Seahawks will get up | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks don’t have to change. They just have to get better at what they do. They’re still in the middle of becoming a sustainable championship-caliber team. They have a long-term lease, not a year-to-year, fingers-crossed type of hope.

Tuesday in Hawkville: After another extended season, Seahawks ready for some downtime
The finality of a season that came up a yard short in the Super Bowl really hit home on Tuesday as the players cleaned out their cubicles in the locker room after one final meeting as the 2014 Seahawks.

Nevada sports books turn small profit on Super Bowl XLIX | ProFootballTalk
For the seventh consecutive year, Nevada sports books won money on the Super Bowl. However, they won considerably less than in 2014. Overall, Nevada's 191 sports-betting locations hauled in a combined $3.

True Hero for Patriots Put Rookie Butler in Spotlight - NYTimes.com
With less than a minute remaining in the Super Bowl on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks lined up in a three-wide-receiver set at the 1-yard line. To the right of quarterback Russell Wilson, Ricardo Lockette stood nearly directly behind another wide receiver, Jermaine Kearse, a yard back and on Kearse’s outside shoulder — an alignment commonly used on pick plays.

Super Bowl mail: Patriots-Steelers to open 2015? Johnny Manziel rehab | The MMQB with Peter King
Picking up the pieces after a great Super Bowl and an eventful day of follow-up news: Opening day is 31 weeks away, and the world will come to Foxboro. As is nouveau NFL tradition, the Super Bowl winner opens at home Thursday night on NBC on Sept. 10.