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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clutch Encounters: Super Bowl 50
The 2015 NFL season ended in familiar fashion: the best defense shut down an MVP quarterback. "Defense wins championships" is sweet music to a quarterback's ear, but Denver's defense drowned out its offense all year long.

Denver Broncos blitz beats Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 | The MMQB with Peter King
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and his unit utilized ‘green-dog’ blitzes and an extra lineman to overwhelm Cam Newton and a Panthers offense that had no answers in Super Bowl 50

2015's Most Pivotal Moments - Offseason Low Down -
Patrick Daughery takes a look at 10 of 2015's most pivotal fantasy moments.

Aqib Talib calls Levi’s Stadium turf “terrible” | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers have had repeated issues with the quality of the sod at Levi's Field. On Sunday, the NFL's first stint as the caretaker of the gridiron at Santa Clara encountered difficulties, too. "The footing on the field was terrible," Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib said, via the Associated Press.

Agent's Take: 18 key NFL offseason dates and notable contract deadlines -
Key players around the league will see their salaries guarantee in February and March, while the 2016 league year begins on March 9.

SB50 from the couch: Why didn't Cam Newton dive for the fumble? - NFL Nation- ESPN
View from the couch: Why didn't Cam Newton dive and who gets credit for "Puppy, Monkey, Baby"?

Will a Super Bowl 50 rematch kick off 2016 season? -
The Denver Broncos kick off the 2016 season at home. Could a rematch of Super Bowl 50 vs. the Carolina Panthers open the NFL season? Or might the NFL put Tom Brady's Patriots in Denver?

Kalil on notion of Cam quitting: 'Absolute garbage' -
Did Cam Newton quit on his team late in the fourth quarter when he could've recovered a fumble? Ryan Kalil doesn't think so, adamantly defending his quarterback on Monday.

New Orleans Saints release guard Jahri Evans -
New Orleans Saints released veteran guard Jahri Evans on Monday. Will the six-time Pro Bowler be out of a job for a while?

Thiel: Lynch farewell one-ups weak Super Bowl | Sportspress Northwest
The Broncos' 24-10 upset win over Carolina was a trudge, but news tweeted in the fourth quarter was sad for Seahawks fans: Marshawn Lynch is retiring. But it's good news for the Beast.

Marshawn Lynch’s last great accomplishment for Seahawks: letting them know so quickly he’s retiring | The News Tribune
The last great accomplishment Marshawn Lynch gave the Seahawks wasn’t his 2015 season, the first injury-filled year of his career. And it certainly wasn’t his 20 yards on six carries last month when he returned to play after two months out injured -- only to become a bystander as Seattle fell behind 31-0 in the first half of the playoff loss at Carolina.

Condemnation of Cam Newton's postgame behavior misses the point - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton could have been more gracious after losing Super Bowl 50, but it's overly simplistic to suggest that the way handled himself in his postgame press conference revealed anything about his character or explained the way he played. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Bruce Irvin: Unlike Cam Newton, Russell Wilson would jump on fumble - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
The Seattle linebacker said the Seahawks QB would have jumped on the fourth-quarter fumble that the Panthers QB, and MVP, didn't.

Our 2016 NFL crystal ball: Super Mario plays for Patriots, RG III to the Rams and Bengals win Super Bowl - NFL Nation- ESPN
We've already looked into the future to see what will happen over the next year in the NFL.

Panthers, Patriots lead 2016 Way-Too-Early NFL Power Rankings
The Broncos just won Super Bowl 50, but we're already looking toward next season. Who's poised to make a big leap? Here's our way-too-early 2016 hierarchy.

Seahawks' Rawls a big winner with Lynch calling it quits - Eric Karabell Blog- ESPN
Eric Karabell analyzes fantasy value for Broncos, Seahawks and Lions with stars retiring

Seattle Seahawks Sign 18 Players To Future Contracts | Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks announced the signing of 18 players to future contracts on Monday, 13 of which spent time on Seattle's active roster or practice squad this past year.

Farewell To Beast Mode | Seattle Seahawks
A look at the career of one of the most important players in Seahawks history.

Thoughts on how the Super Bowl impacts the Seahawks | Seahawks Draft Blog
Defense still wins Championships. Is the pass rush more of a priority today after witnessing that Denver performance? It’s not just about Von Miller. DeMarcus Ware, Sly Williams, Malik Jackson, Derek Wolfe, Shane Ray. They’re also well supported by a loaded secondary. The Seahawks need the LOB to find its physical form and they need two other things: 1. The players they already invested in to step up (Frank Clark, Jordan Hill) 2. To find some extra pieces. A combination of free agency and the draft is likely needed to upgrade the pass rush.

Agent confirms Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch is retiring - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Marshawn Lynch's agent, Doug Hendrickson, confirmed to the Associated Press that the running back is indeed hanging up his cleats after nine seasons in the NFL. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

2013 Seahawks vs 2015 Broncos: Which defense was better? - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
ESPN's John Clayton ranks both the 2013 Seahawks and 2015 Broncos defenses among the top in the modern passing era, but gives the Seahawks an edge. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Super Bowl ratings fail to reach those of past 2 Seahawks appearances | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO
NEW YORK AP - Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year's average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver's victory over Carolina is down from the past two years.That makes Sunday's game the third most-w

Seahawks' Frank Clark rips Cam Newton for effort on fumble - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark was so unimpressed with Panthers QB Cam Newton for what he and others perceived as a lack of effort in going after a fourth-quarter fumble. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch Retires in a Twitter Post - The New York Times
During the Super Bowl, Lynch hung up his football shoes with a subtle but clear message that he had chosen to end his N.F.L. career at age 29.

Dave Boling: Marshawn Lynch lived up to every promise in Seattle | The News Tribune
Truth be told, dealing with Marshawn Lynch was not a particularly rewarding experience.

Harbaugh disappointed with how 2015 unfolded for Kaepernick | CSN Bay Area
Jim Harbaugh is no longer coaching the 49ers or his prized quarterback Colin Kaepernick. But he still wasn't pleased to see how this past season unfolded for the beleaguered passer.

Lackluster WRs finally caught up to the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 -
Jerricho Cotchery and Ted Ginn both made crucial errors for the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

2016 NFL mock draft: Tackles and pass rushers in demand -
All eyes are now on the draft, which is just over two months away.

If This Is It | The Players' Tribune