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Catching Up With NFL's Brian Bosworth | Muscle & Fitness
We caught up with “The Boz” to talk about movies, steroids, and the biggest problems facing the NFL and NCAA.

After Further Review: Ryan rewinds tape on final drive of NFC title game - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Ten yards was the difference between losing the NFC title game and going to the Super Bowl for the Falcons. Pete Priso sits down with Matt Ryan to break down what went wrong on the fateful last drive.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Deep thoughts about the 49ers spring session
Looking for some analysis about the 49ers' recently wrapped-up spring sessions? Well, put on your floaties and goggles because I'm taking you to the deep end. Here are three thoughts:

Sherman wants to change secondary stereotypes - Blog -
"People say we (big cornerbacks) can't play," said the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Sherman. "We're trying to end all stereotypes. They say big corners aren't quick enough, aren't fast enough, aren't smooth enough in the hips to play this game at a high level, and we're trying to change that. We're opening up the game for any size corner -- small, big. The receivers are getting bigger. Why can't the corners?

Alabama's 3-4 Defense: D-Line Basics | The Key Play
Over the course of the summer, I will be examining the matchups and schemes of the Hokies' opponents, and no scheme presents more conundrums and challenges than Nick Saban's NFL-style 3-4 defense. Saban comes from the Bill Parcells/Bill Belichick coaching tree, and brings an NFL-esque attention to detail that is unparalleled in college football. Yes, Alabama has talent, but the true genius of Nick Saban (besides his ability to represent strong the Lollipop Guild) is to ensure that his talent executes the scheme.

'Hawk Talk' highlights: Tom Cable's coaching future - Blog -
Danny O'Neil: Yes, I think Tom Cable wants to become a head coach again, and I think he certainly has a resume worthy of another head-coaching job. His 8-8 season in Oakland was the one beacon of hope in that franchise's dark decade. Unfortunately for him, that year in Oakland brought out a great deal of baggage. I'm torn on the discussion of the spousal-abuse allegations from his past because he was never charged with a crime, which is usually the barometer for reporting on those. He was never charged, but those allegations were widely reported to the point he had to comment on them. But football-wise, he absolutely deserves another head-coaching opportunity.

Seahawks' Earl Thomas is on the cusp of greatness - Blog -
He is the shortest member of a secondary known for its size, and one of the softest spoken members of a defense that has a reputation for its swagger.

High road: Jed York OK with Pete Carroll's Bay honor - ESPN
It was in this vein that Jed York, the 49ers' CEO and face of ownership, blessed the San Francisco Giants' recent decision to honor Carroll with a personalized jersey. "Yeah, we obviously compete with the Seahawks and they are going to be very, very tough to beat this year," York told 95.7 FM The Game, "but Pete is a San Francisco guy. He loves the city of San Francisco. The Giants can honor Pete. That is something they are more than rightfully able to do. ... I don't take any offense to that or worry about that at all."

Snap judgments: Continuity vs. turnover - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL rosters are mostly set until training camp, making this a good time to revisit a subject we hit pretty hard after the draft: how much raw playing time from last season each NFC West team will have to replace in 2013. A few highlights and notes:

Around the NFC West: Playoff predictions - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Good morning, NFC West. We're going to dive into this first week following offseason programs with playoff predictions from ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth.

49ers Blog and Q&A: 49ers pre-training camp depth chart
Though the 49ers won't release a depth chart until mid-August, here's one in mid June ... that has a lot of caveats. The position chart is based on where players mainly lined up during the rookie camp, OTAs and the minicamp. A number of players, however, can play multiple positions and likely will be used in several spots when training camp begins.

Snoop Dogg and Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman go 1-on-1 - NFL Videos
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll proposes a one-on-one matchup between his starting cornerback Richard Sherman and Snoop Dogg. You might be surprised by the final score.

Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin is eager to get going - NFL Videos
NFL Network's Omar Ruiz catches up with Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin about his fresh start and his new baby on the way.

'Old and tired' NFL storylines we're ready to retire -
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers says the Manti Te'o fake-girlfriend narrative is "old and tired." What other NFL plot lines fit that description? Chris Wesseling explores.

New York Jets plan to be less conservative, blitz more -
The New York Jets, oddly, were passive on defense in 2012. Don't expect that to happen again. If this is Rex Ryan's swan song in New York, expect him to go down swinging by blitzing more in 2013.

AFC Team-by-Team Notes - Offseason Low Down -
Lamar Miller was among the players who stood out at OTAs. Evan Silva provides spring news and notes on all 16 AFC teams.

Hester could be jettisoned by Bears | ProFootballTalk
Long-time Bears return specialist Devin Hester at one point sounded like a guy who was ready to leave Chicago. More recently, he has sounded like a guy who is ready to stay. And so the question becomes whether the team is ready to keep him. As our pal John Mullin of CSNChicago.

Are Air Yards Consistent From Year to Year?
Consider the following example. The Colts gain possession at the 20-yard line. Andrew Luck is in shotgun and throws a strike to Reggie Wayne, who catches it at the 30, runs 15 yards, and gets tackled at the 45-yard line. Luck gets credited with 25 passing yards and Wayne records 25 receiving yards. Wayne is also credited with 15 yards after the catch, a statistic that you’ll occasionally see discussed or cited.

Extending Early or Waiting Until Free Agency Begins? - Over the Cap
With so many QB’s being extension possibilities over the next year I wanted to look at some of the things that maybe should be considered when weighing the option of extending a young player early or letting him play out his contract and dealing with him as he is ready to enter free agency.