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Ex-49ers general manager, now with Seahawks, left footprint on Super Bowl team - 49ers - The Sacramento Bee
As the 49ers go through their final Super Bowl preparations next Saturday, their former general manager will be figuring out ways to knock them from their perch.

Cornerback Technique - Out Of The Box -
One of the most difficult positions for me to try and analyze is cornerback. In fact, before last year, I really never tried to evaluate defensive backs in general. There are a number of reasons for this. The first and most obvious is that it’s incredibly hard to see defensive backs play on broadcast television. College football broadcasts are a little better in this regard because they use fewer cameras and wider shots, but for the most part, you can only see a corner or safety in the shot for a second or two (if he even enters the picture at all). Post-snap, the camera zooms in on the ball (either the running back or quarterback), so the most you can see on most plays is how the corner plays the wide receiver off the line of scrimmage. Combine that with up-tempo, no-huddle offenses eliminating dead time (thus, choking out time for the network to show plays from different camera angles), and it can be really difficult in general to evaluate corners.

Senior Bowl buzz: QB over-drafting, boring free-agency class -
For the past five days, the NFL descended upon the Deep South. The main focus was supposed to be on the college prospects playing on the field at Ladd Peebles Stadium, but that wasn't where all eyes were.

Senior Bowl buzz: QB over-drafting, boring free-agency class -
For the past five days, the NFL descended upon the Deep South. The main focus was supposed to be on the college prospects playing on the field at Ladd Peebles Stadium, but that wasn't where all eyes were.

49ers up against 2013 cap | CSN Bay Area
The NFLPA is planning for the 2013 cap to be $121 million per team, reports Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. That would be an increase of $400,000 over this year's limit. Currently, the 49ers have 45 players under contract for next season at a cap cost of $120.98 million.

Miami Dolphins In Depth
That's the zip code cornerback Sean Smith expects to inhabit at the start of free agency. And yes, he's likely going to free agency. I don't think the Dolphins will pay that kind of money for Smith. They see him as a good player who still has unmet potential. They do not see him as a game-changer or playmaker.

Senior Bowl: Small School Standouts
NFL Draft Analyst Tony Pauline speaks with our own Bo Wulf and lets us know which small school players have come up big ...

Idzik calls Revis, Revis appreciates it | ProFootballTalk
"I reached out to Darrelle and I made sure he knew exactly where we were coming from and that this is my first day on the job," Idzik said, "and our message to everyone was, ‘Give us a chance to get to know each other and introduce ourselves to each other.’ A lot of the people in the building you know through football circles but you’ve never worked along side each other. So give us that chance and give us the chance to go through our current roster, ultimately that’s the basis of comparison to whatever you may contemplate doing. We haven’t taken that first step and that’s what I relayed to Darrelle." Idzik said Darrelle "reacted well" and that "my feeling was that he was appreciative to hear form me about what happened."

Senior Bowl Notes
The final day of full pads practice is in the books as NFL teams begin the mass exodus from Mobile, Alabama. As they leave the buzz is filtering out who scouts liked as well as who they did not. Here’s a look. Notes Updated for 1/25!

Darrelle Revis Injury Risk Factors in 2013 Comeback | Bleacher Report
Darrelle Revis is currently rehabbing from ACL surgery performed in October. With the Jets "exploring" trades for their star cornerback, teams need to be very wary of Revis' physical status. While Revis will have plenty of time to rehab and recover by the time the 2013 season starts, there's a poor record of comebacks for cornerbacks.

Steve Spagnuolo fired by New Orleans Saints -
New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and secondary coach Ken Flajole have been relieved of their duties, the team announced Thursday.

Antonio Cromartie: We can't lose Darrelle Revis -
"We can't lose a guy like him," Cromartie told's Andy Fenelon at the Pro Bowl on Friday. "(Revis is) a great leader in the locker room and also in our DB room, making sure that guys are accountable for each other. To lose a guy like that would be huge. And even though he's coming off the surgery, I believe he'll come back as strong as ever."

Preview of the actual Senior Bowl Game - Offense | National Football Post
Russ Lande looks at offensive players playing in the Senior Bowl Game on Saturday.

Darrelle Revis Trade Rumors: Buccaneers? Pros and cons - Bucs Nation
Darrelle Revis is on the market, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be interested. But are they, and should they be? We find out.

Friday Buzz: "Harbowl" react & more | National Football Post
Fewer and fewer head coaches are attending Senior Bowl week. This week, it is believed only 19 head coaches took in practices, including Dennis Allen and Jim Schwartz, who are coaching the game. Why aren’t they showing up? Many want to avoid the job seekers and hangers on who won’t let them go anywhere without being badgered. But others see a minimal value in attending the practices and believe they can use the time more wisely. One head coach told his staff to take the week off because he felt they needed a breather before the demands of the offseason kick in.

Top 2013 NFL free agents (offense): Receivers are top targets - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
If your team is looking for a wide receiver, this could be a fun March. There are always caveats in free agency, and NFL rosters are littered with many a big-money bust, but this is one position where there should be an abundance of options.

2013 Senior Bowl: Mike Glennon rises, Denard Robinson falling - CBSSports
A pair of talented receivers on the North squad are shining bright among the clouds in Mobile

5 NFL Draft Prospects Most Likely to Be Overdrafted | Bleacher Report
Based on film study and years of personal experience as a college football All-American and former NFL player, I turn my attention and expertise of the game toward this annual passion ...

Socrates Tackles Elite Quarterbacks | The Tailgater
Here is a logical conundrum for the "Elite Quarterback" crowd, the folks who believe there is an imaginary velvet rope and a bouncer separating championship-worthy quarterbacks from pretenders, the people who use the word "elite" as a crutch, a cudgel, or as catnip for controversy.

Seahawks week in review: A new receiver | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
A summary of the week that was (very slow) for the Seattle Seahawks. Top news story: Quarterback Russell Wilson was added to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster, replacing Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, who suffered a shoulder injury during the conference championship game.

Paying the price: Not everyone's a bargain - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson were the ultimate NFL bargains in 2012. The two NFC West quarterbacks earned a combined $1.6 million while leading their teams to the playoffs. They cost about the same in combined salary-cap charges.

2013 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 - NFL - Don Banks -
The Seahawks could easily take the best available receiver in this slot (Baylor's Terrance Williams, Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins or USC's Robert Woods), and fill a need. But Fluker might earn too high a grade to pass on. Seattle's offensive line was superb in 2012, but Breno Giacomini is hardly irreplaceable at right tackle. Fluker is seen as a natural right tackle in the NFL and his massive 6-4, 355-pound size and impressive wingspan could solidify the position for the foreseeable future.

Timeless wisdom from John Wooden
One of Pete Carroll’s greatest mentors of leadership is John Wooden, with whom he learned a lot from in the summer of 2000—the year between head coaching jobs. In this video above–a TED Conference in February 2000 in Monterey, California—Wooden explained how he coined his definition of success, among other things.

2013 Senior Bowl: Top Five Prospects Who Added Concerns to Their Scouting Report
Some players are able to take advantage of the practices and step up to the consistent level of talented competition in practices. Some, however, leave the week with questions as to what their NFL future may be.

2013 Senior Bowl: Top Five Prospects Who Surprisingly Impressed In Practice
The Senior Bowl is an easy time of the year to get caught up in the hype of some prospects, and it’s important to keep perspective on just what the success of some players actually indicates about the NFL Draft value.

Would the Seahawks really trade for Darrelle Revis? " Seahawks Draft Blog
Why not? Knee injury or no knee injury, you’re going to show interest in Darrelle Revis if he’s available. We’re talking about one of the premier defensive players in the league. He’s only 27-years-old. Saying you wouldn’t be interested in Revis is like saying you wouldn’t be interested in J.J. Watt or Calvin Johnson after an ACL injury. You do your homework, check the price tag and review the situation.