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Seahawks’ Super Bowl healing has taken a winding path | The News Tribune
The Seahawks will either make history in the 2015 season as the first NFL team in the salary-cap era to reach three consecutive Super Bowls, or they will fail to get back to the game they believe they should have won the past two years.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2015 DVOA Projections
The time has come for our annual preseason DVOA projections, updated from the projections that gave us the season forecasts in Football Outsiders Almanac 2015.

NFL Preview Week: Make-or-break players for the 2015 season | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Here are a few big-name players at each position we are keeping our eyes on at crossroads in their careers in 2015.

Prisco's Picks - Week 1 - CBSSports.com
CBSSports.com's host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.

2015 NFL season preview: Our picks for best, worst teams, major awards - CBSSports.com
We asked all of our football experts to give us their predictions for the 2015 NFL season. Here are their picks for Super Bowl champ, major awards and the team most likely to be the last to get a win.

Vikings overrated, Saints underrated in Week 1 Power Rankings - NFL
Which teams are too high and too low in ESPN's Week 1 Power Rankings? ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) examines the Vikings, Saints and others.

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman backs Tom Brady, New England Patriots -- 'It wasn't cheating'
Seven months after his team lost in the Super Bowl, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has gone to bat for the opponent.

Thursday NFL preview: Pittsburgh Steelers to lean on Markus Wheaton
NFL Nation previews what to watch for around the league Thursday, including how the Steelers plan on replacing Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant, who are both suspended for the season-opener.

Top 10 Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates - NFL.com
Welcome to the 2015 NFL season! We kick off this week by listing the Top 10 Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates. Who made the top of the list?

Kam Chancellor: Seahawks contract stalemate is petty - NFL.com
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor reached out to NFL Network's Dan Hellie on Wednesday to offer his opinion on the contract stalemate that has weakened Seattle's famed Legion of Boom.

Rookie return man Lockett hopes to ingnite special teams | HeraldNet.com - Sports
One little cut was all it took for Tyler Lockett to justify all of Seattle Seahawks special teams coordinator Brian Schneider's offseason lobbying.It ...

Bailey ready for chance to be Chancellor's replacement - seattlepi.com
Dion Bailey would seem to have an unenviable task. Having never played in an NFL game, Bailey is set to make his debut on Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks open the season at St. Louis. But this is more than a simple NFL debut. Bailey will be replacing second-team All-Pro Kam Chancellor at strong safety as Chancellor continues his holdout.

It’s time for Kam Chancellor to end the madness - Seahawks Draft Blog
Kam Chancellor’s hold out is dumb.

Seattle Seahawks rule out Kam Chancellor; ‘playmaker’ Dion Bailey ready to live his dream - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

You know you’re a Seahawks fan if … - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
In his opening remarks following Monday’s practice, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, without going into much detail, said “it’s been a good, tough offseason for us.”

Thiel: Seahawks’ fill-in for Kam all fired up | Sportspress Northwest
Dion Bailey, the undrafted free agent from USC who's filling in for holdout Kam Chancellor, is full of confidence, telling the Rams to bring it on for his "coming-out party."

Speaking with the Enemy: St. Louis Rams - Seattle - Scout
In preparation for Sunday's opener against the Rams, SeahawkFootball.com asked five questions, including how have new additions Nick Foles, Todd Gurley and Nick Fairley looked thus far in St. Louis.

“Amazing Seahawk” no more: Pete Carroll’s tone changes over Kam Chancellor as holdout drags on | The News Tribune
“He’s not here right now, so he’s not playing.” That was coach Pete Carroll’s flat assessment of his star strong safety and team leader staying on his holdout four days before Seattle’s opener at St. Louis. It’s a marked difference from how Carroll sounded when this holdout began five-plus weeks ago.

With Kam Chancellor out, safety Dion Bailey set to step into Seahawks’ lineup for opener | The Seattle Times
Asked later if there was a point at which Chancellor could show up and still play, coach Pete Carroll said, “He’s not here right now, so he’s not playing.’’ That means Bailey will be the Seahawks’ starting strong safety Sunday at St. Louis.

The best play from the Seahawks final preseason game
A look back at the best play from the Seahawks final preseason game against the Raiders on Sept. 3rd, 2015.

Seattle Seahawks 2015 season predictions
Seattle Seahawks 2015 season predictions

Why Bobby Wagner is so valuable to Seattle Seahawks' defense - NFC West - ESPN
From Bobby Wagner's value to the use of nickel to Kris Richard's imprint, here are three Seattle Seahawks numbers that matter.

Running back Fred Jackson, a ‘big kid’ of 34, joins Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Fred Jackson practiced with the starting offense on Monday and, according to coach Pete Carroll, picked up the Seahawks’ offense in one day.

Seahawks Offense to Unveil New Fantasy Weapon in Season Opener | Seattle Seahawks
Previewing Week 1 around the NFL from a fantasy football perspective.

Kam Chancellor's holdout is a long shot to pay off | FOX Sports
Kam Chancellor remains away from the Seattle Seahawks and has now basically pulled himself from the lineup, presumably because he's upset players like Earl Thomas, Devin McCourty, Jairus Byrd and a few others are making more than him. Only one problem: They don't play the same position as Chancellor.

St. Louis Rams Practice Report: Wednesday Seahawks Tune-Up - Turf Show Times
The Rams held their second of three practices this week today.

How Aaron Rodgers became the NFL's most efficient quarterback | The MMQB with Peter King
A need to avoid turnovers has been drilled into Aaron Rodgers dating back to a quarterback competition in eighth grade. Now, a lack of turnover among the Packers’ coaching staff has helped build him into football’s most efficient quarterback

Pete Carroll says Kam Chancellor still a no-show in Seattle, won't play Sunday
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says holdout safety Kam Chancellor has still not shown up at the team's practice facility and won't play on Sunday.

Why Bobby Wagner is so valuable to Seattle Seahawks' defense - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
From Bobby Wagner's value to the use of nickel to Kris Richard's imprint, here are three Seattle Seahawks numbers that matter.

Insider Buzz: 4 Teams Interested in Aldon Smith Pending Suspension Decision | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor still absent — won’t play Sunday | The Seattle Times
Pete Carroll said Wednesday Kam Chancellor remains holding out and won't play in the regular season opener Sunday at St. Louis.

Despite entertaining personality, Seahawks’ Michael Bennett is all business on the field | The Seattle Times
Bennett is both the hacker and the entertainer, but he is also something else, something that gets hidden because of those two: He is one of the great minds on the Seahawks.

Why the NFL Has a Quarterback Crisis - WSJ
Why the NFL has a quarterback crisis: Coaches see more QB prospects entering the league without the basic knowledge to excel; Will the classic NFL passer go extinct?

MythBusters: Why NFL offensive line play is in decline - NFL - SI.com
Are spread offenses really the cause of poor blocking among young NFL linemen?

Why Bobby Wagner is so valuable to Seattle Seahawks' defense - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
From Bobby Wagner's value to the use of nickel to Kris Richard's imprint, here are three Seattle Seahawks numbers that matter.

Scouting the NFL: NFC West Players To Watch - Inside The Pylon
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Tomsula well-briefed on 49ers' game-management calls | CSN Bay Area
SANTA CLARA -- Up to this point, 49ers first-year head coach Jim Tomsula has enlisted the assistance of just about anyone with knowledge to share in the area of game management.

From Somewhere: Earl Thomas | The Players' Tribune

Seahawks Russell Wilson -- Ciara's Gonna Love ... MY NEW KICK ASS MANSION!! (PHOTO) | TMZ.com
Russell Wilson did the impossible ... he just found a way to make Ciara's famous ass look even better -- put it in a lakeside mansion with killer views.…

Breaking down roster by salary shows how Seahawks have (so far) kept core together under salary cap | The News Tribune
Fred Jackson’s signing made official on Monday is the latest -- and a perfect -- example of how the Seahawks can keep all their main, young players together under the NFL’s salary-cap system designed to prevent championship teams from doing that.