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It's weird that today is Wednesday.

Kevin Casey

Back at it today folks, sorry for the lack of stories yesterday, but rest assured we've been working behind the scenes on some stuff that should be up soon!

Richard Sherman headlines Seahawks defense starring without stars - NFL - Jim Trotter -
"There's a fire that burns in a lot of guys on the team," said Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas. "You hear it from them all the time, just walking around the locker room or just watching how they play and practice. A lot of guys that were undrafted or went in lower rounds felt they should have gotten more attention. Sherm believes he's the best corner in the league, and that the guys who got drafted before him shouldn't have gone before him. He's out to prove something. You can tell week in and week out."

Jeff Fisher, Les Snead led impressive start to Rams' rebuilding effort - NFL - Peter King -
On Black New Year's Day, as 11 NFL teams try to figure out what to do with either their organization, GM, coach, coaching staffs -- or all of them -- I bring you my Smart Team of the Year: the St. Louis Rams.

Georgia's Ogletree says he's taking NFL leap - CBSSports
"I'm leaving this year, this is my last game," Ogletree told Seth Emerson of "It was a great run while I was here, just want to take a chance on this opportunity to go to the NFL and pursue my dreams."

Andy Reid-to-Arizona Cardinals talk picking up steam -
Could the Arizona Cardinals already know their next head coach? Multiple reports suggest they're zeroing in on the biggest name on the market.

Bears, Chargers, Eagles boast best coaching opportunities -
Whoever becomes the next coach of the Chicago Bears will have Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall at their disposal, making that one of the best openings in the NFL. Ian Rapoport ranks all seven.

Norv Turner: Chargers aren’t ready to make the playoffs right away | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Norv said that he believed the Chargers to be the most talented team in the NFL his first three years there -- when the organization made the postseason every year -- and not so good in the final three. "We've had too many changes," he said. "We've lost too many people."

NFP Mock Draft 3.0 | National Football Post
26 P. Seattle Seahawks: Barrett Jones, C / OG, Alabama, Senior: Jones is not a top athlete, but he is a smart, aggressive and versatile lineman who could start at center, guard or even tackle for Seahawks in the future.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Quick Reads: 2012 in Review
Wilson surpasses Matt Ryan for the top rookie quarterback season in FO's database, and becomes the first freshman at the position to surpass the 1,000-DYAR barrier. (Ryan actually edged over 1,000 DYAR passing, but negative rushing value dropped him back below the line.) He also tied Peyton Manning's rookie record with 26 touchdown passes, and when you include his four rushing scores, only Cam Newton (21 touchdowns passing, 14 rushing) produced more combined touchdowns in his first year.

NFL - Momentum means little for teams heading into postseason - ESPN
The first playoff game of this NFL season pits two teams going in opposite directions. The Houston Texans, once 10-1, lost three out of four to end the year, costing themselves home-field advantage and a first-round bye in the process. The Cincinnati Bengals come into the postseason winning seven of their past eight games, with their only loss in that span coming on a last-minute field goal.

Bill Barnwell on becoming a playoff team, and the rest of the Week 17 news - Grantland
How a trio of teams went from the cellar to the playoffs, and the rest of the news from Week 17

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Final 2012 DVOA Ratings
A bit of a close call in their final game isn't enough to drop the Seahawks out of the top spot in the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, making Seattle our top team for 2012. Denver and New England had convincing wins in the final week and move a bit closer to Seattle, but still rank two and three. San Francisco is fourth, and Green Bay rounds out the top five. - Sherman most notable of Pro Bowl snubs
“I mean, the guy’s been playing out of his head!” one Seahawks daily observer said of Sherman, whose prolonged appeal process was cited as the most likely reason he lost out in the balloting to the likes of Bears CB Tim Jennings, who started off red-hot but has been battling injuries recently, and Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson, who has an impressive seven interceptions but got absolutely torched on a national stage by 49ers WR Michael Crabtree in Arizona’s humbling 24-3 loss to San Francisco in Week Eight and then again in Week 17.

Horton will get a second interview with the Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
At a time when a “source” (possibly, agent Bob LaMonte) is expressing “95 percent” certainty to Adam Schefter that Andy Reid will be the next coach of the Cardinals and Arizona P.R. guru Mark Dalton is saying there’s a 99-percent chance that the 95-percent assessment is 100-percent inaccurate, someone not named Andy Reid will be getting a second interview for the job.

Reid to Cardinals moving quickly, differing reports on Heckert joining him | ProFootballTalk
We’ve already seen one report on Tuesday that the Cardinals are “very close” to hiring Andy Reid to be their next head coach and now comes one that says the Cardinals want to move as quickly as possible to get Reid in the fold.

Worried about Akers in playoffs, 49ers sign Cundiff | ProFootballTalk
Going into the playoffs with a shaky kicker in David Akers, the 49ers signed Billy Cundiff Tuesday. What could possibly go wrong? According to Matt Maiocco of, Cundiff was signed after a workout Tuesday, though there was no word of the corresponding roster move.

Awards Voters Face Plenty of Choices and Few Easy Answers -
The week between the end of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs is always reserved for discussing the wild-card matchups, talking about the Jets (for any reason, no matter what), and looking back on the great performances of the year. I’ll choose door No. 3, and provide my thoughts on whom I expect to win each of the major awards this season.

2013 NFL Draft: Auburn's Corey Lemonier Headed to the NFL Early | Articles | Draft
Leaving an Auburn squad that is clearly in a rebuilding phase, Corey Lemonier enters the NFL Draft (according to Joe Schad via Twitter) as one of the more refined and developed pass rushing defensive ends.