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Seahawks hire D-line coach, T Giacomini has surgery - Jan. 29, 2013 | Seattle - Seahawks - TOP STORIES - Seattle's live and local sports station
Jones coached alongside Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for two seasons with the Miami Dolphins from 2005-2006. He has been an assistant defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints since 2008. Jones was suspended 30 days by the league in 2010 for pleading guilty for his role in a real estate scam.

Reports: Travis Jones is Seahawks' new D-line coach - Blog -
The Seahawks will hire Saints assistant Travis Jones to be their defensive line coach, according to reports. Blog | Breno Giacomini has elbow surgery
The procedure was performed by team doctor Ed Khalfayan at Seattle Surgery Center. Giacomini’s recovery period is expected to be four to six weeks.

Tuesday draft notes " Seahawks Draft Blog
Either Daniel Jeremiah knows Scott Pioli, or we’ve just had validation that Sharrif Floyd could be a top ten pick. Jeremiah tweeted last week that an NFL executive had guaranteed Floyd would be drafted early. Yesterday Peter King interviewed Pioli and managed to get his top ten underclassmen. There were a few surprises. Here’s the list in order:

2013 Texas vs. the Nation: Intrigue at each position - CBSSports
Although it won't receive the same attention as the Senior Bowl or East-West Shrine Game, NFL scouts will flock to Allen, Texas, this week for the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game. The exhibition will showcase senior prospects hoping to be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft.

2013 Texas vs. Nation: Receivers stand out in practice - CBSSports
Most of the prospects participating in the Texas vs. the Nation game this week haven't played in a meaningful game in over a month, so some rust was expected on the first day of practice on Tuesday. While the quarterbacks had their ups and downs, several wide receivers and tight ends flashed in the afternoon.

Purple Reign: Newsome the key to Ravens' sustained success - CBSSports
The Baltimore Ravens are in the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history. During the past 13 years, the Ravens have had 10 winning seasons -- and won the Lombardi Trophy by defeating the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV -- while surviving steady changes.

Constructing a Champion: San Francisco 49ers - CBSSports
The San Francisco 49ers were 6-10 and just a game out of the cellar in the NFC West, a division that many thought was the worst in the NFL. The hiring of head coach Jim Harbaugh in 2011 was the catalyst to one of the most successful and immediate NFL transformations in recent memory.

Mike Gillislee Scouting Report
Coming out of Deland High School, Mike Gillislee was considered a four star recruit and was tabbed as the 236th overall prospect in the country by He was rated as the seventh best back in the state of Florida and was also rated as the state’s eighth best all-purpose back by the same publication. After receiving offers from Florida, South Carolina, Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, Gillislee ultimately chose to become a Gator.

Spotlighting the Weakest Links in Super Bowl XLVII | Bleacher Report
Teams and players may try to sell some overused cliché about how they prepare for the Super Bowl just as they have any other game, but we all know that every play, every matchup and every moment in this championship game is magnified.

Top things to know: Ravens defense - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Here are six things to know about the Baltimore Ravens defense:

Kaepernick a threat all over the field - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Colin Kaepernick has made just nine career starts, including the playoffs, but he’s got the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl thanks to his performance from all areas of the field. What makes Kaepernick so good? Let's take a look at three aspects of his game.

Tape Review: Arizona Cardinals - Going Deep -
Rotoworld's Nick Mensio watched every 2012 Arizona Cardinals game and provides his takeaways from their 5-11 season.

Silva's Post-Season Top 150 - Goal Line Stand -
See where Russell Wilson lands as Evan Silva unleashes his post-season Top 150 fantasy football rankings.

First Foot Forward | The Tailgater
The 49ers’ offense is hard to stop on any down, but it is brutal on first down. They can use their Pistol formation or a conventional formation. They can take their option package or leave it. When it does not have to lean toward the run or the pass, the 49ers offense causes nightmares. The 49ers defense is no slouch on first down, either.

New Three-Round Mock by Jon Dove | Draft Breakdown
News and analysis of the NFL Draft, 365 days a year, 100% free!

Rams targeting Dick Jauron for defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
Former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron may not be unemployed for long.

The Schottenheimer Index
Last week, Neil brought us the latest iteration of the Manning Index, showing which quarterbacks have overachieved in the playoffs relative to expectation (based off of the Vegas line). I’m going to do the same today for coaches. A couple of introductory notes:

Watch out for Boldin in Super Bowl XLVII | National Football Post
All-22 look at the WR's impact in the red zone.

Morning links: Cruising the mock drafts | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
I always like to take a look at the mock drafts a couple days after the Senior Bowl to see how draft analysts are re-evaluating players after last week.

New York Jets reportedly don't want JaMarcus Russell -
It always seemed a little far-fetched the New York Jets would be interested in former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell -- and it turns out the Jets really aren't that desperate.

Alex Smith: Benching by San Francisco 49ers is 'tough' -
Alex Smith has had to accept losing the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback job to Colin Kaepernick. His disappointment, though, didn't prevent him from talking about it Tuesday.

Larry Fitzgerald on Russell Wilson: ‘He’s a phenomenal player’
Russell Wilson put quite the capper on his rookie season by throwing three TD passes in Sunday’s Pro Bowl during a performance that left Larry Fitzgerald more than impressed by the Seahawks’ quarterback.

Why the Rams broke up with Rob Ryan | ProFootballTalk
The St. Louis Rams announced Tuesday that Rob Ryan will not be their defensive coordinator in 2013. They’ve since turned their attention to former Browns defensive boss Dick Jauron. So what happened between the Rams and Ryan?

Who's been doing the best job of drafting? | National Football Post
Tony Villioti of shows that perception is sometimes different than reality

Official Weigh-In Results from Texas VS Nation Game. | National Football Post
Russ Lande gives fans the results from today's weigh-in at the Texas VS Nation Game.