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For Saturday!

Gus Bradley press conference
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is introduced to the media in Jacksonville.

There Is No Red Zone: The NFL's Scoring Myth - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The red zone is not a real place on any football field, and its prominence in football parlance is only limiting our understanding of the game. After spending thousands of hours of my life with Dierdorf, Buck, and all the other great orators of our time, it’s still unclear to me why everyone seems to think the "red zone" is an acceptable concept. Of course we all know this is the area within 20 yards of the goal line, but beyond that — what the hell? I guess it’s called the red zone because teams are more likely to accumulate points once they arrive there, but the placement of the red zone boundary at the 20-yard line has always seemed so arbitrary. Why not the 15? Why not the 25? Most NFL kickers can make 45-yard field goals on a regular basis, so why doesn’t the red zone start at the 28?

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | There is No Red Zone: The NFL's Scoring Myth
This article at Grantland is interesting, obvious, and obnoxious all at the same time. The basic idea of the article is that nothing magically changes when you cross the 20. Points don't suddenly become much easier to score, teams don't dramatically change how well they play, and the red zone is a totally arbitrary measurement. In reality, once you pass midfield, every single yard you get closer to a score is more important than the yard before.

New York Jets hire John Idzik as new general manager - sources - ESPN New York
The New York Jets have hired John Idzik as their new general manager, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

New York Jets hire John Idzik as new general manager - sources - ESPN New York
The New York Jets have hired John Idzik as their new general manager, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Why trading Matt Flynn will be difficult, not impossible " Seahawks Draft Blog
The main reason they won’t receive that level of interest is he’s just not as good as some people think. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported just over a week ago that we shouldn’t expect a hot market: "Everyone keeps bringing up Flynn, but what people forget is that last offseason there were only two teams, Seattle and Miami, mildly interested in him. He did not get near the attention many thought he would. And he didn’t play this season. His value isn’t as high as many people think."

Podcasts -
Draft analyst Gil Brandt of the NFL Network tells 710 ESPN Seattle about the player he thinks the Seahawks will take with the 25th pick, Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Brandt also shares his thoughts on the Seahawks' 2012 draft class.

When it came to special efforts, the Seahawks had them
The Seahawks’ special teams had their share of big plays in the just-concluded 2012 season, but their biggest contribution to the team’s season-long success was consistency of effort.

NFP's final look at the East West Shrine Game | National Football Post
Russ Lande breaks down five prospects who hurt their draft stock the most.

NFL MANNIAC: Gus who? Why the Seahawks defense will be just fine after their coordinator moves on.
Yesterday, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, accepted the Head Coach position for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dan Quinn returns to Seahawks to replace defensive coordinator Gus Bradley | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Quinn spent two years as Seattle's defensive line coach before leaving to be the defensive coordinator at Florida.

Seahawks Kam Chancellor, Chris Clemons undergo surgery | ProFootballTalk
Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Chris Clemons each underwent surgeries on Thursday. Blog | John Idzik named general manager of New York Jets
Former Seattle Seahawks Vice President of Football Administration John Idzik has been named general manager of the New York Jets. "John is a well-respected, life-long football man who I believe will be a strong addition to the Jets organization," said Seahawks general manager John Schneider. "While he will be missed by the Seahawks organization, we wish him and his family all the best with this great opportunity."

Horton for Bowles: In Arians they trust - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Todd Bowles' relationship with new Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians makes him a logical candidate to replace Ray Horton as the team's defensive coordinator.

Seattle Seahawks Season That Was - 2012, Seahawks Moments, NFL Blogs Online, Recaps
That headline says it all from my stand point on the Seahawks 2012 football season.

How Pete Carroll developed his personal philosophy
At WinForever, we talk a lot about owning a personal philosophy. At a recent Nike WinForever Workshop, Coach Pete Carroll spoke on how he developed his personal philosophy.

Falcons 'love hearing' they can't stop Colin Kaepernick -
The Green Bay Packers weren't ready for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Atlanta Falcons say they are.

Fast Forward: Will Colin Kaepernick run wild for 49ers? -
The Atlanta Falcons will need a lot of help if they are going to stop the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick and pull off an upset in the NFC title game. Gregg Rosenthal goes deep in the game preview.

Rob Ryan to interview for job with St. Louis Rams -
Rob Ryan is flying to St. Louis to interview Saturday with the Rams, according to's Ian Rapoport. Ryan has been out of work since parting ways with the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 9.

Ray Horton named Browns defensive coordinator -
Ray Horton has landed on his feet, taking a job as the new defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns. Horton spent the past two seasons with Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona.

Championship Sunday: San Francisco 49ers scouting report -
Colin Kaepernick is fresh off one of the greatest performances in playoff history, but now it's time to hit the road. In his 49ers scouting report, Jeff Darlington says this should concern San Francisco.

For the NFLPA, its All-Star game is about more than just football | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: LOS ANGELES -- For the second straight year, the NFL Players Association will hold its Collegiate Bowl at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The game will take place on Saturday, Jan. 19. at 6:00 p.m. ET. Several interesting … Continue reading →

NFC Championship Game preview: Colin Kaepernick, solid defense will lead 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons 3 p.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga. Aside from Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan serving as the 49ers head coach from 2005-08, there are not many story lines or much … Continue reading →

Peek at the Week: Falcons, Ravens face odds with Super Bowl in reach - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
The Falcons are free of worry, right? Not with Colin Kaepernick coming to town. And Tom Brady's Pats, always favorites at home, won't have it easy with the Ravens as Clark Judge breaks down championship Sunday.

A Firsthand Account of the East-West Shrine Game's True Value | Bleacher Report
When the final whistle blows on a long, hard-fought season, it may be time for many collegiate football players to take a much-needed break from the painful demands the sport can have on the body...

Pre-Scouting Senior Bowl Running Backs | The Sideline View

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: San Francisco Clinic
The Patriots had one of the greatest offensive performances in DVOA history on Sunday. I’ve been following them all year, and usually there would be no question that I would be writing about them after a game like that. But when Jim Harbaugh unleashes Colin Kaepernick on an unsuspecting public (or at least an unsuspecting Dom Capers), I feel that it requires at least 2000 words and a dozen pictures.

NFL Draft 2013: Denard Robinson a second-round pick, says Mel Kiper -
Mel Kiper projects Denard Robinson to go in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft ... as a wide receiver. Comparisons to Antwaan Randle-El don't hurt.

E-W Shrine Week Review - All Star Circuit -
Rather than breakdown the East and West rosters position by position, I decided to take this review a different way. Honestly, after the first day it was fairly obvious who the prospects were that had a chance to impress this week. Those players put on consistent performances each day, standing out in individual and team drills. With that said, these rankings are not based solely on this event (as you will see with some prospects that had "down" weeks), but rather how I rank the prospects moving forward. All postseason practices and games are used as an extra exposure, as complementary pieces, not the backbone of an evaluation.

All Bark, No Bite? - Evaluations -

LSU’s defensive end and linebacker Barkevious Mingo is one of the scariest prospects in the 2013 NFL draft.