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Tension between 49ers, Harbaugh getting tricky | National Football Post
Despite comment from owner Jed York, behind-the-scenes issues creating tension between team and coach

Introducing Tweet Zone | Sanders DeNardi
Using node.js, I built a system that checks scores, detects changes, builds tweets, and sends them out automatically. Each league is its own component, and the code is written so that it’ll be easy to add in other leagues (something I plan on doing once baseball starts up).

Does suspension really mean Brandon Browner won't be back with Seahawks? - Seattle Seattle Seahawks |
It finally became official Wednesday: Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner is suspended indefinitely from the NFL due to a violation of the substance-abuse policy.

Seahawks plug in cornerbacks and don't miss a beat | - Sports
"It's coaching," said Maxwell, who has three interceptions in the last two games. "Coaching, the technique, getting guys to believe in it, that's what it comes down to. Coach Richard, he does a great job coaching the technique, and you see it work. It's not just coaching it, there's got to be results, and there are results."

Luke Willson was a steal for the Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks haven't gotten a lot of production out of their 11 drafts choices in 2013, but one who has stood out is tight end Luke Willson, a fifth-round draft from Rice University.

Dave Boling: New-look Cardinals have taken flight | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
Asked about the style of his coach, Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer cited an appreciation for his brevity and directness.

News, notes and quotes: Sherman takes a shot at draft assessors | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“It helps when you don’t listen to the idiots in the (TV) draft room,” Sherman said. “You know what I mean? When you don’t listen to the idiots you find players like Jeremy Lane, Byron Maxwell, myself, Russell Wilson and the list goes on. If you sit there and listen to the idiots like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay and people like that, you miss a lot of good players.”

All-22: 49ers pass defense is playing at an elite level - Niners Nation
In 2012, the 49ers pass defense crumbled down the stretch. In 2013, they're playing as well as any unit in football.

How the Seattle Seahawks Can Further Utilize Marshawn Lynch in the Passing Game | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Seahawks' Brandon Browner suspended indefinitely
The NFL has suspended Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner indefinitely for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the league said in a statement Wednesday.

Seattle Seahawks aim to seize ‘big moment’ against Arizona Cardinals
Seattle Seahawks aim to seize ‘big moment’ against Arizona Cardinals,A lot is on the line this week for the Seahawks, who have won a franchise-record 14 consecutive games at CenturyLink Field.

Byron Maxwell next in Seahawks’ next-man-up approach
Byron Maxwell has stepped in as the third-option at right cornerback. How’s that working out? He’s got three interceptions in the Seahawks’ past two games while being targeted by opposing quarterbacks.

Jim Harbaugh: Beware of sources with 'forked tongue' -
Jim Harbaugh is always good for a soundbite or two. This time the San Francisco 49ers coach responds to the University of Texas rumors by evoking his favorite daytime judge: Judge Judy!

Denver Broncos boast NFL's best offensive nucleus -
In our latest edition of the Position Rankings series, Chris Wesseling seeks the NFL's best offensive nucleus. Where do Tom Brady's New England Patriots rank?

Game trends: Analyzing late-season mo, third-and-1s; right, Motown? -
How important is a hot finish for a contender? And stats show how the Lions made the wrong choice on a key third-and-1 in a huge Week 15 loss.

Kyle Shanahan questions those who question his play-calling -
Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has grown weary of the reports coming out of Redskins Park and refuted them Thursday.

After Further Review: Tannehill coming into his own in crunch time -
Overshadowed in the 2012 draft, it's time to give Ryan Tannehill his due. The second-year QB has grown up fast while leading the Dolphins to the brink of the playoffs.

Russell Wilson jersey gets you priority boarding on Alaska Airlines -
Wear your trusty No. 3 Russell Wilson jersey on any Seattle-departing Alaska Airlines flight and get priority boarding.

NFL Prospect Focus: Aaron Lynch | National Football Post
South Florida's sophomore DE made a mistake entering the draft.

York: I hope Harbaugh as "all the leverage" | National Football Post
“I hope he has all the leverage in the world,” York said. “We kind of started to talk about a new contract last offseason after the Super Bowl, but it never got to the formal stage of making an offer. I think, rightfully so, Jim believes he has outperformed the original contract.”

Keenan Allen's remarkable rookie season for San Diego Chargers | Audibles -
The San Diego Chargers may not make the playoffs (they have to win out and get some help) and Keenan Allen may not win Offensive Rookie of the Year (Eddie Lacy, anyone?), but together that pairing has a bright future.

Biggest questions for New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, other division leaders | Audibles -
No contender is perfect, not even the Seattle Seahawks, arguably the best team in football. In the latest Cover-Two, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar debate the biggest questions surrounding each and every division leader.

Biggest questions for New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, other division leaders | Audibles -
No contender is perfect, not even the Seattle Seahawks, arguably the best team in football. In the latest Cover-Two, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar debate the biggest questions surrounding each and every division leader.

Robert Quinn of St. Louis Rams makes Defensive Player of the Year push | The MMQB with Peter King
If you want to know why Rams end Robert Quinn is being mentioned as a serious candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, watch this clip from last Sunday’s contest against the Saints. You won’t see many individual efforts better than this one.

NFL agents recruiting draft prospects can be cutthroat, shady business | The MMQB with Peter King
We have now reached “go time” for agents in their pursuit of 2014 NFL Draft prospects. Once the college football regular season ends and teams have down time prior to their bowl games, the focus of the top players and their coaches, parents and advisors turns to the agent selection process...

Eli Manning in elite INT territory
After a five-interception performance against a dominant Seattle pass defense, Eli Manning now has 25 interceptions this season. The odds are extremely low, but it’s not impossible that he throws ten more interceptions and ties the modern record set by Vinny Testaverde in 1988. That year, a 25-year-old Testaverde threw 35 interceptions when the league average interception rate was 3.91%. Since Testaverde threw 466 passes that season, we could say that a league-average quarterback would have thrown 18.2 interceptions; therefore, Testaverde threw 16.8 interceptions over average that year.

The Second Level: What You Need to Know Heading into NFL Week 16 | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

How poor secondary play is leading to high-scoring games | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
An NFL record 763 points were scored in Week 15, topping the previous mark of 759 from January 0f 2012. Many will attribute this to potent offenses in a so-called “passing league,” but it’s more about defenses, particularly their secondaries.

The Seahawks shut out the Giants 23-0 at the Meadowlands this past Sunday, which means that if Seattle is going to play another game away from home this season it will almost certainly be back in the Meadowlands—at MetLife Stadium in February for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Punters Are Real Football Players Too, Says Clearly Psychotic Seahawks Punter - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
You may have heard there's a bit of a punting controversy in the NFL this week. Here's what happened: Toward the end of the Steelers-Bengals game Sunday night, Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber kicked it deep to Antonio Brown and Brown took it back for a touchdown. No big deal.

Ohio State's Bradley Roby can still put himself in first-round mix -
NFL Media analyst Charles Davis says Ohio State CB Bradley Roby might not have played up to expectations this season, but that might not prevent him from being picked in the first round.

Ramik Wilson to lean on Kirk Olivadotti for advice about draft -
Longtime Washington Redskins defensive assistant Kirk Olivadotti, who now serves as Georgia's inside linebackers coach, will be asked -- if he hasn't already -- to whisper something in Ramik Wilson's ear, and the words might determine whether the Bulldogs linebacker will stay in college or opt for the NFL draft.

Week 15 Rookie Report
A couple of rhyming rookie running backs and unheralded tight ends highlight the offensive side of Week 15’s Rookie Report, while a couple of Day 2 cornerbacks struggled with increase playing time on defense. Strong performances are very important for rookies at this time of the year, whether their team is heading for the playoffs or the top five in next May’s draft. Chris Tripodi will break down what he saw from select first-year players this week and how their performances may affect their evaluation heading into the

2014 NFL Draft: Tennessee's "Tiny" Richardson Enters a Loaded Offensive Tackle Class | Articles | Draft

After defeating Kentucky in their season finale, the Tennessee Volunteers learned that their All-SEC left tackle had declared for the NFL Draft. Antonio “Tiny” Richardson entered the Vols’ football program as the top rated prospect in the state of Tennessee with 4-star grades from Rivals, and ESPN.

Malzahn The Marionette - Out Of The Box -
The most improbable story of the 2013 college football season has to be the Auburn Tigers. If Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide is the well-oiled machine of college football, cross-state rival Auburn has been the roller coaster. In 2010, Auburn won the national championship behind quarterback Cam Newton and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. But Newton and Malzahn left, and by 2012 the Tigers were basement dwellers in the SEC West, leading to Gene Chizak’s firing and Malzahn’s return to Auburn – this time as head coach. Now, in Malzahn’s first year, and after several improbable finishes, the Tigers find themselves back in the national title game.

Five Most Underrated NFL Draft Prospects
The college football season is coming to a close, NFL Draft prospects are declaring and more will certainly announce their intentions after their team's bowl game. After presenting my "Five Most Overrated NFL Draft Prospects", I've put together five players who are the most underrated in this class. Some names may surprise you, and hopefully you see a name and watch him for your own take.

2014 NFL Draft: Top 20 Small-School Prospects
Every year in the NFL Draft there are players that are taken that aren’t from the big time schools that everyone knows. Some of them work their way into the high rounds, but some of them are taken later in the draft and become steals. This year’s draft won’t be any different, there will be some players taken from small schools that out preform the players from the big time schools. Let’s take a list of the top 20 small school prospects that could be in this year’s draft.

No Huddle Series: Missouri WR L’Damien Washington | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
The No Huddle Series is an on-field profile of prospects with the talent to develop into NFL contributors, but they are projected as talents with mid-to-late round draft grades. The 2014 installment of this series begins with Missouri’s L’Damien Washington, a rough around the edges receiver with the physical talents of A.J. Green and Justin Hunter. In the neighborhood of 6’5″, 204 lbs. and a stopwatch speed in the 40 around 4.35-4.4, there’s more to Washington than his Underwear Olympics portfolio that catches my attention.