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Thursday already.

Seahawks defense's inability to finish cost team dearly | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The supposedly rock-solid Seahawks defense came up short in four games and must step up next season.

Fran Tarkenton: 'In 1961, I was a freak.' Today, running quarterbacks embraced -
When I began my NFL career in 1961, I was a freak. The reason was simple: I played quarterback and I ran. There were no designed runs in our playbook, but I would scramble out of the pocket when a play broke down -- nowadays, that likely would be called "extending the play." When I ran forward for yardage, it was never the design of the play, but just something that happened when nothing else worked.

Tuesday draft notes: Underclassmen deadline & defense " Seahawks Draft Blog
Suddenly both of Seattle’s coordinators are hot property. Gus Bradley is meeting with Philadelphia and Jacksonville. Darrell Bevell will also speak with Jacksonville along with division rival Arizona and Chicago. The NFL wants a piece of Seattle’s 2012 magic and Pete Carroll could have two big holes to fill this off-season.

Seattle heads into offseason with core intact - Seahawks News -
"We have a really good core group here." Whether it was safety Earl Thomas or rookie quarterback Russell Wilson or veteran fullback Michael Robinson uttering those words, they resonated with substance because the Seahawks went from a young team with potential to a team on the cusp of being an NFL power this season with most of its key components returning next season.

2013 Kiper mock: Seahawks thoughts - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. has released his initial 2013 NFL mock draft for the first round. We discussed his St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals projections previously. Now, I'll do the same for Kiper's Seattle Seahawks projection. The Seahawks hold the 25th overall choice.

Pete Carroll Shares the Seahawks' Winning Philosophy with Bleacher Report | Bleacher Report
"It was an easy decision." That's how Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll describes his choice to go with third-round rookie Russell Wilson. The 5'11" former Wisconsin Badger (and North Carolina State before that) and one-time Colorado Rockies prospect was never a sure thing. Critics (including this columnist) called him "too short" and a "career backup." Wilson set out, with Carroll's help, to prove everyone wrong.

Seahawks vs. Falcons: Seattle's Pete Carroll winning with his guys - NFL - Sporting News
Pete Carroll knows what it’s like to be told you’re not good enough. The Jets fired Carroll in 1994. The Patriots fired him in 1999. So given a third chance at the NFL in 2010 with the Seahawks, Carroll approached the job even more determined to ride with people he believed in, regardless of what anybody thought.

Justin Smith not concerned about partially torn triceps -
Justin Smith returned to action for the San Francisco 49ers' divisional-round win, but the defensive end knows he's rolling the dice every time he steps on the field with a partially torn left triceps.

Have Packers warmed to keeping Jermichael Finley? -
Jermichael Finley's lofty price tag didn't match his early season play, but the tight end's production down the stretch has Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy open to keeping him around.

Futures: Tennessee Gunslinger Tyler Bray | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
We can talk the semantics of perceptions all we want, but there’s a palpable sense that the rookie quarterback class of 2012 has a viable chance to become the best in recent memory. While there are a myriad of things that can happen to alter the promising career paths of Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin, and Ryan Tannehill, the 2013 class of prospects is a letdown by comparison. That doesn’t mean it lacks the talent to exceed the lower expectations.

Advanced NFL Stats: The Seahawks' 4th and 1
Pete Carroll is getting a lot of grief today about going for it on 4th and 1 from the ATL 11 in the 2nd qtr. It was the slam-dunk right call, which I'll explain below. But worse, much of the criticism is completely misguided. I would, however, knock SEA for the play call.

The Tape Never Lies: Breaking down Harry Douglas’ 22-yard reception | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
He finally did it. He won a playoff game. A round of applause should be given to Matt Ryan for his gutsy performance on Sunday. It wasn’t without mistakes, as he threw two interceptions, but he fought back and put his team in a position to win with two big throws in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Sean Weatherspoon Explains the Differences Between Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick
Sean Weatherspoon joined 790 the Zone in Atlanta with Archer and Bell to talk about the emotions after last week’s win, the difference between Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson, the atmosphere at the Georgia Dome last week, how tough San Francisco has been lately and whether the game plan will be to blitz more than the team did last week against Seattle.

NFL - Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn among quarterbacks Philadelphia Ealges could target under Chip Kelly - ESPN
Matt Flynn: He's not a running QB, by definition, but Flynn is more mobile than Foles -- Flynn took off 100 times as a senior at LSU -- and could be had on the cheap given the Seahawks would be very interested in unloading his salary for a draft pick since Russell Wilson won't be losing the starting job anytime soon.

Seattle Seahawks will listen on Matt Flynn, GM says -
Russell Wilson is planted firmly under center, so Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Wednesday he's willing to listen to offers for backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

Gus Bradley of Seattle Seahawks to talk with Jacksonville Jaguars - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is traveling Wednesday from Philadelphia to Jacksonville to interview for the Jaguars' coaching job, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Kaepernick adds more than rushing upgrade - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
By many accounts, Alex Smith had a pretty good year. Smith was the only qualified quarterback in the league to complete more than 70 percent of his passes this season, throwing 13 touchdowns and five interceptions in his nine games as a starting quarterback. Smith’s 70.1 Total QBR was the sixth-best mark in the league, ranking higher than 27 of the league’s most current 32 starters. Blog | Guess who picked Pete Carroll as Coach of the Year?
In the most recent issue of the magazine, Taibbi hands out "my awards for a season of the ages," as he put it. And his Coach of the Year is Pete Carroll. Cool? No, way cool. And because Carroll grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 60s, having Rolling Stone honor him probably is better than winning the Coach of the Year honor from the Associated Press.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson surprises Timberline baseball star David Padilla | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
David Padilla didn’t hesitate to rate meeting Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as one of the top moments of his young life. It ranks right up there with hitting his first home run in Little League as a 12-year-old.

Brock and Salk - Podcasts -
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema tells "Brock and Salk" about what it was like coaching Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at Wisconsin. Bielema says Wilson has an "uncanny way of leading people."

2013 NFL draft - Mel Kiper's first mock draft - ESPN
Analysis: John Schneider and Pete Carroll showed great instincts in the 2012 draft, adding players they felt could help them immediately, even as analysts (myself included) questioned slot value. The defense was very good this past season, but I think an interior defender who can occupy blockers, occasionally penetrate and even wreck the pocket from the inside is a need. Jenkins was a little uneven at times in 2012, but has the upside of an impact interior lineman.

Offense closed with a rush in 2012 season
After trying to find its legs early, the Seahawks’ offense rolled through the second half of the season and into the playoffs by following Marshawn Lynch’s lead and unleashing rookie QB Russell Wilson.

2013 Shrine Game: West practice report -- Tuesday - CBSSports
Although it wasn't a full-pad practice, a pair of offensive players stood out during the West team workout Tuesday afternoon. Texas A&M running back Christine Michael and Nevada tight end Zach Sudfeld both showed why they are considered among the top prospects at their respective positions at this year's Shrine Game.

2013 Shrine Game: West Practice Notes for Wednesday
A productive day to evaluates the offensive and defensive linemen, as well as focus on the receiver/defensive battles that were the focal point of practice. Khalid Wooten, Caleb Schrebeis, and Keith Pough really impressed, while Blaize Foltz disappointed, and Tanner Hawkinson and Wes Horton intrigued.

2013 Shrine Game: East Practice Notes for Wednesday | Articles | Draft
Just uppers today, the practice session for myself drifted more towards quarterbacks, receivers, and defensive backs. It was an impressive showing for Emory Blake, Devin Taylor, Robert McCabe, Branden Smith, and Brandon McGee today.

2013 Shrine Game: East practice report -- Wednesday - CBSSports
Depending who you talk to, safety is either the easiest or toughest position to play on defense. Yes, they get to face the action most of the time to see the play unfold, but they also have the most ground to cover and a small margin of error in their movements. Most coaches put a lot of responsibility on their safeties, making the position a premium for smart, athletic prospects. And during practice this week, three safeties have impressed on the East squad.

2013 Shrine Game: West practice report -- Wednesday - CBSSports
Entering this week, Richmond safety Cooper Taylor and Howard linebacker Keith Pough were the two small school defensive prospects that scouts were most eager to see on the practice field. And while Taylor has held his own on the East squad, Pough has looked like one of the best prospects on the West side.

Scouting the NFL scouting staffs | National Football Post
Observing how teams cover the all-star games can give you a hint into the efficiency of their scouting departments.

Shrine Game: East Practice - Day 2 |
East practice was highlighted today by a ton of special teams work, 7 on 7 drills and a little bit of scrimmage as well.

Shrine Game: West Practice - Day 2 |
West practice featured a padded practice that had a very identifiable intensity with the added element of contact. The lack of a full 40 minutes of stretching was also a refreshing change and made for much more drills, one on ones, 7 on 7 and live scrimmages.

Shrine Game: West Practice - Day 3 |
Sunny Florida is better than ever and that’s thanks to another quality practice from the West team. The lack of a full 30 minute stretching session was also an added bonus but there certainly was no lack for big plays.

Wednesday's Review of East West Shrine Game Practices | National Football Post
Russ Lande reviews Wednesday's morning practice at the East West Shrine Game.