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Pre-Snap Reads 2/11: Happy Super Bowl Sunday!


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Welcome to the end of the 2023 NFL season. It’s been an up and down and up again journey for our Seattle Seahawks. Our fandom has been somewhat tested, stretched, and reshaped throughout the year, and I am guessing many of you are happy that this season has reached its coda. I for one am very excited for the 2024 off-season. The look of our squad’s roster will most likely modulate on a weekly basis, beginning once the confetti hits the turf in Las Vegas a handful of hours from now. We will speculate, investigate, and prognosticate in the months that follow. Field Gulls will be here for all of it.

And, for my part, I unfortunately did not get my picks in time for our annual predictions post. So I will commandeer my time here with you to go ahead and say a few things. First off, I do not believe in rooting against your rivals for the sake of vitriol. Division rivals, to me, are separate from eternal rivals, or teams that you may outright sports-hate. The 49ers may be the team you are hoping to lose but really, their success, and the success of our NFC West rivals, speaks to the strength and degree of difficulty winning games within our division. To me, I see the 49ers pulling out a tough win in the 4th quarter against the annoyingly consistent Kansas City team. Score prediction, the Niners win 24-20. Regardless of your affiliation, I suspect it will be a good American football game. Enjoy your Sunday and be kind to one another. BTW, what are yall gonna be eating?! Let us know in the comments below.

Seahawks News

Could RBs become valuable trade chips in the NFL again? - Seaside Joe
Will Seahawks remain a team that needs 2 running backs or does Ryan Grubb hire imply a change from the past? Seaside Joe 1806

Thoughts on the Seahawks hiring Ryan Grubb and Aden Durde – Seahawks Draft Blog
Friday was a busy day, firstly with the confirmation that Cowboys D-line coach Aden Durde would join the Seahawks as defensive coordinator. Then, with a flurry of Twitter activity and a few beers at Dino’s doing the rounds, it was confirmed that Ryan Grubb is the new offensive coordinator.

Kurt Warner details Seattle Seahawks' QB dilemma with Geno - Seattle Sports
Kurt Warner thinks the Seattle Seahawks' Geno Smith is a $22 million QB, but he told Brock and Salk that the team still has a dilemma.

Huard: Good, bad and ugly of Seattle Seahawks getting OC Grubb - Seattle Sports
FOX football analyst and Seattle Sports host Brock Huard breaks down his reaction to the Seahawks' reported hire of ex-UW OC Ryan Grubb.

Ryan Grubb will join Seahawks with much to prove as an NFL offensive coordinator | The Seattle Times
As the most important coaching hire the Seahawks had to make with a defensive head coach, Ryan Grubb comes back to Seattle with plenty to prove in the NFL.

Meet Stephanie Macdonald, Seahawks Head Coach Mike Macdonald’s Wife -
Learn more about Stephanie Macdonald, a woman of many talents and unique experiences who is married to Seahawks head coach Mike Macdonald.

Seahawks' Biggest Offseason Need Presents 'Massive Holes to Fill' for Coach Mike Macdonald - Sports Illustrated Seattle Seahawks News, Analysis and More
The Seattle Seahawks have plenty of roster holes that need to be addressed entering the offseason.

NFC West News

49ers-Chiefs Roster Preview: Nick Bosa and the game within The Big Game - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs rosters have some holdover from SB 54, but it’s the differences that may make the difference

Super Bowl 2024: The top 5 turning points in the 49ers' season - Yahoo Sports
One of the great catches in playoff history was among the 49ers' turning points.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Super Bowl 58 Preview and Prediction - Sports Illustrated San Francisco 49ers News, Analysis and More
Will the San Francisco 49ers exact revenge on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 58?

Kansas City Chiefs vs San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl LVIII Predictions - Sports Illustrated Arizona Cardinals News, Analysis and More
Who will win between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs? Our staff predictions:

2024 Senior Bowl standouts and who fits with the Arizona Cardinals; talking Kliff Kingsbury with Commanders - Revenge of the Birds
Talking Senior Bowl and Kliff Kingsubry.

Rams offseason: What does LA need to do to get back to the Super Bowl? - Turf Show Times
What do the Rams need to do this offseason to make Super Bowl in 2025?

Los Angeles Rams Star Puka Nacua Feels Like He 'Aged 25 Years' During Rookie Season - Sports Illustrated LA Rams News, Analysis and More
Los Angeles Rams star receiver Puka Nacua is coming off of a historic - and long - rookie season, and his body feeling it.

Around The NFL

Brian Urlacher offers his take on what Bears should do with Justin Fields - Larry Brown Sports
Retired linebacker Brian Urlacher offers up his thoughts on what the Chicago Bears should do with QB Justin Fields.

Super Bowl 2024: The top 5 turning points in the Chiefs' season - Yahoo Sports
A loss to the Raiders was among the big moments in the Chiefs' season.

T.J. Watt: Mike Tomlin's impact on Steelers is most pronounced in the film room - NBC Sports
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has a knack for getting more out of his players than the sum of their individual talents would suggest.

Mexico's avocado industry prepares for its own Super Bowl - ESPN
Super Bowl season is also peak avocado season in Michoacán, the Mexican state devoted to making sure the product arrives safely on fans' tables in time for kickoff.

Bucs new OC Liam Coen said Baker Mayfield biggest attraction - ESPN
Despite Mayfield being a free agent, Coen loved the idea of working with the quarterback.

How Ravens' Lamar Jackson went from trade request to MVP - ESPN
Jackson's last year featured a lot of ups and downs, but it ended on a high note with his second MVP award.

Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh: Super Bowl loss with 49ers 'motivates me every day' -
Chargers' new coach, Jim Harbaugh, was one win away from Super Bowl glory 11 years ago with the Niners, and he still can't shake that defeat. "When I say it motivates me every day, it’s every day," Harbaugh said.

Super Bowl LVIII scouting report: Who has the edge in Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers? -
Can Kansas City prevent Nick Bosa from wrecking the game? Will San Francisco find success through Brock Purdy's right arm? Do Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce just own zone coverage? Next Gen Stats' Mike Band crunches the numbers on six crucial Super Bowl

49ers vs. Chiefs: 10 observations from Super Bowl week, plus game predictions - The Athletic
Will the 49ers finally deliver a complete game in the playoffs? Or will there be a repeat of the disappointment four years ago?

Agent's Take: How Chiefs and 49ers have changed financially since meeting in Super Bowl 54 -
Fittingly, 21 star players are all that remain on the two rosters four years later

Super Bowl 58: Keys to victory for 49ers, Chiefs | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF
While the Chiefs and 49ers are the cream of the crop in the NFL this season, they both have fatal flaws that can be exploited in Super Bowl 58.