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NFL's Offseason Nonsense Index: Topics You Will Be Sick of Before Spring | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Charles Haley: Tom Brady's Super Bowl wins are 'tainted' -
Charles Haley said he believes Tom Brady's Super Bowl victories are 'tainted' and he would easily take Joe Montana over the Patriots quarterback.

Grading the 2015 coaching hires: Rex tops a class heavy on defense -
Rex Ryan and the Bills are the top-graded hire from the group of 2015 coaching hires.

James Bettcher promoted to Cardinals D-coordinator -
The Cardinals are staying in-house with Todd Bowles' replacement, promoting James Bettcher to defensive coordinator. Why was Bruce Arians resistant to hiring a coach from outside the organization?

Shaun Alexander thinks T-Rich's best years are ahead -
Star-crossed Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson has a believer in Shaun Alexander. The former Seahawks runner and league MVP thinks the fellow Alabama alumnus can be a productive NFL player.

St. Louis Rams expected to tab Frank Cignetti as OC -
It seems the St. Louis Rams have found their replacement for departed OC Brian Schottenheimer. Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the team is expected to promote Frank Cignetti.

Seahawks' Earl Thomas (shoulder) to undergo surgery -
Earl Thomas played in Super Bowl XLIX with a separated shoulder and torn labrum, Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. The Seattle Seahawks safety will undergo surgery and miss six to eight months.

Report: Seahawks DB coach Kris Richard turned down job with Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

Your Ultimate Seahawks team – Offense | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Pro Football Focus with some final grades and notes on Seattle's season | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here is a year-end review of the Seahawks from the football analytics web site Pro Football Focus. Offense LT Russell Okung was the only offensive lineman on the team to finish with a green pass blocking grade (+4.9). C Max Unger finished with a +11.5 run blocking grade in only nine...

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.

Russell Wilson only eyeing future | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
Seahawks quarterback keeps same mindset despite devastating finish, and plans to get better next season.

Baldwin's celebration was clueless, classless and embarrassing - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
When Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin celebrated his touchdown in the Super Bowl by simulating defecation, he flushed what was left of his positive image down the toilet, writes Jim Moore. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Reports: Seahawks' Earl Thomas to have surgery for torn labrum - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The shoulder injury that Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas played through -- both in the NFC title game and the Super Bowl -- was reportedly a separation and a torn labrum. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

'Inside the NFL': Super Bowl XLIX - Seattle Seahawks vs New England Patriots
'Inside the NFL' delivers the best sights and on-the-field sounds to come from Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

Chris Matthews went from practice squad receiver to Super Bowl hero
Chris Matthews’ first four NFL receptions just happened to come in Sunday’s Super Bowl. But he would have traded all of them, including his touchdown reception, for a Seahawks’ victory in that game.

Jacksonville Sharks: News
The Jacksonville Sharks and the Arena Football League announced Wednesday that quarterback R.J. Archer has been placed on the AFL’s Other League Exempt list, as Archer has signed a contract with the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks.

The 5 Most Left Shark NFL Players
Left Shark, Johnny Manziel, Josh Gordon, Tony Romo, Andy Dalton, Katy Perry, Brandon Bostick, Cleveland Browns, Trent Richardson, Tharold Simon

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.

Seahawks offseason preview: Free agency, cap space, draft picks - NFL -
The Malcolm Butler interception that ended Super Bowl XLIX and sent the Seattle Seahawks into a long offseason of what-might-have-beens shouldn't eclipse the job that head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have done in the Emerald City since taking their respective positions in 2010.

Mark Cuban defends Seahawks' pass call - Dallas Mavericks Blog - ESPN Dallas

“If it was me and that happened, I’d be pissed, but I wouldn’t be mad at the coach and I wouldn’t be mad at the call,” Cuban said. “If they ran it and got stopped, I would be mad. Because then that means you p------ out.

Seahawks exit with disappointment, but also resolve
The Seahawks have not shaken the disappointment and shock of losing Super Bowl XLIX. But they also feel that this loss will fuel their run to the Super Bowl next season – just as the playoff loss in 2012 launched their title run in 2013.

Seahawks reporter: 'No way' Byron Maxwell is re-signed | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
"We talked to Byron after the Super Bowl and we kind of felt like that's the last time we're gonna be talking to him,", Paul Silvi of King 5 news in Seattle said on CSN's Quick Slants Tuesday. "The thought process here is there's no way [the Seahawks] are gonna be able to keep this guy. General manager John Schneider said earlier in January that Maxie is a top priority for us, but if you're gonna sign Russell Wilson to that deal, if you're gonna sign Bobby Wagner — who's gonna get a fat contract for sure — I don't know how they're gonna have any money left to sign one of the top up-and-coming cornerbacks in Byron Maxwell."

Super Bowl loss has shades of Atlanta 2013 for Seahawks
The Seahawks have been here before. The last time, it motivated them all the way to a Super Bowl title.

Offseason Forecast: Seattle Seahawks -
Pete Carroll has tough decisions to make regarding the Seahawks' roster. With Russell Wilson set to become the NFL's highest-paid player, how much room will they have to re-sign other key starters?

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Today Show: 'It was the worst result of a call ever' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
NBC’s Today Show aired an interview this morning with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, which judging by the answers was conducted a few days ago, attempting to get at what happened at the end of the Super Bowl.

Breaking down McShay’s mock, more Jalen Collins and WR talk | Seahawks Draft Blog
Todd McShay published his second 2015 mock draft today and had the Seahawks taking Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia) with the #31 pick. Here’s the blurb:

2015 NFL Mock Drafts : Mock draft 1.0: Winston-Evans duo is enticing

Super Bowl XLIX Thoughts and Why Judging a Call is More Complicated Than it Seems | Vikings Territory
The fact that Red Right 88 was probably a much more defensible call than fans would have you believe is besides the point, because the call for a slant off of a receiver pick is too being unfairly maligned. End-of-game decisions are the easiest decisions to model in theory, but present with them a degree of complexity created by the clock and the down system that actually make end-of-game decisions the most difficult decisions of all to model in real-time.

Long road to NFL for Randallstown native Douglas McNeil leads to Seahawks contract - Baltimore Sun
"It's definitely been a long journey, coming from high school to college to the Arena League to get to this point," McNeil told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview. "Joining an organization like Seattle, I already knew about Pete Carroll and the kind of coach he was before I got there. I really like Pete Carroll. He really gets his guys ready to play."

Chris Matthews shows why Seattle Seahawks signed him - ESPN
One year ago while the Seattle Seahawks were defeating the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, Chris Matthews was working at Foot Locker after being released by the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Football Savages / NFL Draft Prototype: Cornerbacks | Football Savages
A big part of the NFL draft evaluation process is identifying dominant traits in players and projecting how those traits transition to the NFL

Pete Carroll, SNL's Leslie Jones and Career Lessons | Jean McCormick
On Super Bowl Sunday, I was writing a blog about the inspirational examples of two of my heroes for individuals in all professions, Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll and Saturday Night Live Featured Player Leslie Jones. They suffered brutal setbacks in their early years, overcame them and achieved far greater successes. Even if Carroll lost the Super Bowl (which this New England fan hoped for), he was too respected for his reputation to be tarnished. Oh, how wrong I was.

Most fascinating pro comps for prospects in 2015 NFL Draft -
Jameis Winston's game might remind some of Byron Leftwich's, but Lance Zierlein says Eli Manning is the better NFL comparison for the FSU QB. See more on that and 11 other fascinating pro comparisons for prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Ballers Behaving Badly: NFL Fines Since 2002SeatSmart Blog – Sports, Music and Ticket Data from SeatSmart
From starting fights to sparking blunts, NFL players get fined & suspended for just about anything. Let's take a closer look at NFL punishments since 2002.