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Senior Bowl Review: Defense - All Star Circuit -
The purpose of Senior Bowl week is to supplement completed area-scout evaluations in practice and interviews. No evaluations are based on a single week’s performance, but certain prospects did help (or potentially hurt) their status and will force evaluators to take a second look at their live game action. I will breakdown each position below and rank participating performers accordingly. Please note, this is not strictly based on how these prospects did this week, instead it is based on their complete evaluation up to this point.

FOX Sports Video - Coach Speak: Big Change with Kaepernick
Brian Billick chats with the 49ers Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman.

NFL salaries by team and position | Sport |
The National Football League has a salary cap, an upper limit on what teams can spend on their players, of $120.6m. But where the teams choose to spend that money is entirely up to them. Some, like Tampa Bay, overload their offence, while others invest heavily in defence. These figures are based on individual 'cap hit' numbers which include base salary and bonuses for the 2012-13 season.

Podcast: Catching up with Russell Wilson - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Rather than interrupting Wilson awkwardly and trying to wrangle an interview, I'm happy to pass along a link to Wilson's extended conversation with "Mike & Mike in the Morning" from the ESPN set.

How Joe Flacco's Big Arm Can Exploit the 49ers' Secondary - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
After a decade of mostly familiar names, Super Bowl XLVII is set to provide some welcome new blood under center. Sunday will mark the first title game in five years to feature two quarterbacks who’ve never been here before, but that’s about where their similarities in experience end. For Colin Kaepernick, this start in New Orleans comes barely three months after the first of his NFL career. For Joe Flacco, it’s the next step in his playoff success. But even with all the pressure young Kaepernick is set to face, in my mind, and in terms of scheme, support, and circumstance, there will be more of it placed on Flacco.

DangeRuss is on a media blitz today doing a ton of interviews in New Orleans...will update as they come in : Seahawks
* [NFL AM (video)]( * [Mike & Mike (radio)](http:/...

Russell Wilson: Marc Trestman Knew I Could Play QB Before N.C. State " CBS Chicago
"(Trestman) was the guy that said, ‘This guy can play.’ I already knew that," Wilson told The McNeil and Spiegel Show. "I knew my ability, but he came up to me and he was the coach that said, ‘This guy can play. We need to offer this guy (a scholarship) right now.’ So, N.C. State offered me (a scholarship) right on the spot. Coach Trestman knew that I had the ability. I have a lot of respect for coach Trestman. I talk to him probably once a week, maybe a little bit less than that. I talk to him a good amount. We’ve always kept in touch over the years.

'NFL AM': Russell Wilson
Quarterback Russell Wilson stops by the Super Bowl XLVII set of 'NFL AM" to talk about his rookie season and offer some tips on how to beat the San Francisco 49ers.

"NFL Fan Pass": Russell Wilson
Adam Rank catches up with quarterback Russell Wilson for an exclusive interview for NFL Fan Pass.

Wilson and Brees join forces in NOLA
Quarterback Russell Wilson and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees join Rich Eisen to discuss their remarkable seasons and address the height stereotype.

Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith: The truth about a bold move -
Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith has turned into a no-brainer, but that wasn't the case when the San Francisco 49ers initially pulled the trigger. Albert Breer gets the real story from coach Greg Roman.

Vernon Davis vs. Ed Reed tops Super Bowl XLVII matchups -
Bryant McKinnie is a massive anchor on the Ravens' O-line. Aldon Smith is tough to block coming off the Niners' edge. Who will win the battle Sunday? Daniel Jeremiah breaks down the best matchups.

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers maximizing Pistol offense -
The San Francisco 49ers sprinkled in the Pistol during the regular season, but now they're fully employing the unique offense. Bucky Brooks diagrams three keys for Colin Kaepernick and Co.

The Evolution of Michael Crabtree as an Elite Wide Receiver | Bleacher Report
When Michael Crabtree was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers envisioned the second coming of Jerry Rice. OK, so maybe not the second coming of Rice, but they did imagine a game changer...

Jim Harbaugh tapped Colin Kaepernick as best player -
Jim Harbaugh doesn't part with information easily, even in a private talk with his own father. Jack Harbaugh shared a story about his son's hesitation to tell him his Colin Kaepernick draft plans.

NFL rookie of the year: RG3, Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson? -
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck and Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III were just two first-year standouts in a season of many. Our analysts make the tough call on the top rookie.

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson earns big raise in 2013 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Seattle Seahawks: Red Bryant, DE - $6.5 million to $6.6 million Seattle Seahawks: Kam Chancellor, S - $630,000 to $1.323 million Seattle Seahawks: Breno Giacomini, OT - $3 million to $3.5 million Seattle Seahawks: Paul McQuistan, G - $2 million to $3 million Seattle Seahawks: Earl Thomas, S - $1.575 million to $2.05 million Seattle Seahawks: Max Unger, OC - $4 million to $4.9 million

Gio Bernard, Finesse Runner - Evaluations -
Evan Silva dissects North Carolina RB Giovani Bernard's running ability and NFL readiness after watching three game tapes.

Broaddus: Offensive Players From Missouri Turning Some Heads
Here are some more thoughts from Texas vs. Nation practices after watching the North squad.

2013 NFL draft - Big Board still waiting on skill position players to emerge - ESPN
Mel Kiper ranks his top 25 prospects for the 2013 NFL draft. The newest addition is Lane Johnson, offensive tackle for Oklahoma.

Offseason figures to be period of ultimate quarterback mobility - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
The Jets need quarterback competition and their new general manager, John Idzik, was with the Seahawks when they acquired Flynn last offseason. And expect the Eagles to take their time sorting through Vick's future and how he may fit in with new coach Chip Kelly and that spread offense.

Players that stood out during Wednesday's practices at Texas VS The Nation Game. | National Football Post
NFP breaksdown the players who stepped up in today's Texas VS The Nation practices.

Scout Talk | National Football Post
What NFL teams saw in CFL sensation Armond Armstead

2013 Texas Vs Nation Game: Wednesday Practice Notes
A bit chillier than the first day of practices, Wednesday saw very few scouts on the sideline and a packed out press box. Using the space outside to roam around, I kept my eye on the skill positions for the Nation squad and the trench players for the Texas squad.

2013 Texas vs. Nation: Tuesday's Practice Notes
In day one of the long day of practices for the talented Texas vs. Nation rosters, we have plenty of notes on the top talents of this week's games. Today big winners were Justin Brown of Oklahoma, Armonty Bryant of East Central, DJ Grant from Texas, and Elvis Fisher of Missouri, but be sure to check all the updates from Monday's performers.

2013 Texas vs. Nation: Wednesday practice report - CBSSports
As practice continues for Texas vs. the Nation participants, several prospects turned heads with their play on the field on Wednesday

The Tape Never Lies: Oher and McKinnie are too strong to let the pocket collapse | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
NFL teams are facing a crisis. They’re lacking quality offensive tackles to protect their franchise quarterbacks. The Baltimore Ravens were one of the teams that struggled with that, but they found a solution when they reshuffled their offensive line, notably moving left tackle Michael Oher to the right and bringing in Bryant McKinnie to start in Oher’s old position. In the three playoff games they’ve played thus far, Oher and McKinnie have only allowed a total of four sacks, giving Joe Flacco a firmly-protected pocket while he leads the offense to the Super Bowl.

Advanced NFL Stats: Super Bowl Statistical Matchups
Here is your one-stop shop for all things advanced stats for SB 47. Team efficiency stats. Advanced team stats. Top individual performers from each team.

Advanced NFL Stats: Clutch Persistence?
I recently wrote about clutch QB performance in the post-season. This post will take a look at clutch QB performance in the regular season and how well it persists from year to year. The approach is to compare how well a QB performs in high-leverage situations to how well he performs without respect to leverage. To do this, we can compare his Expected Points Added (EPA) to his Win Probability Added (WPA). This involves computing an "expected" WPA for each QB's season based on his EPA. The difference between a QB's actual WPA and his expected WPA could be considered his "clutch-WPA."