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Seahawks OK despite hits to defense | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Defenders expect to see more rules to protect lower legs; offensive players don’t feel safer

Seahawks DC Dan Quinn will be busy before playoffs start | ProFootballTalk
Dan Quinn will be busy enough at his day job. But the Seahawks defensive coordinator has a packed schedule before game-planning for the Divisional Round game. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Quinn is interviewing with the Browns today, and will meet with the Vikings Saturday.

Yakima Herald Republic | Jerry Brewer: Seahawks gift to Seattle? Ego
The other day, I was asked an interesting question about the Seahawks. I answer lots of questions about the Seahawks these days; sometimes, it feels like I talk about them as much as I do my wife and son. This question, though, really got me thinking.

Breaking Down How the Seattle Seahawks Match Up Against Every NFC Playoff Team | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Redskins in Seattle to interview Seahawks’ Darrell Bevell [updated]
Redskins officials were in Seattle and it was believed that the interview with Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was to take place Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Practice-squad players a key component to Seahawks’ success | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Practice-squad players work out in practice to make the Seahawks a better team

Prediction: Johnny Manziel will be a top five pick | Seahawks Draft Blog
In my latest mock draft I had Johnny Manziel at #4 to Cleveland. He might need to be moved up even higher.

Bennett's 'Rude' celebration has pro wrestling roots -
Sack dances have been around for a while.

Hawk Talk highlights: Assistants coveted for HC jobs -
Considering the Seahawks' status as one of only two 13-win teams in the NFL, plus their rapid ascent to the league's upper echelon since Pete Carroll's arrival as head coach in 2010, it's not surprising that members of the coaching staff are being linked to some of the NFL's six head coach vacancies.

Pete Carroll says nothing changes now - ESPN
Seattle coach Pete Carroll emphasized that nothing will change in how the Seahawks prepare for the playoffs.

Lovie Smith, Buccaneers finalizing contract -
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a multiyear deal with former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.

Jim Harbaugh: Anquan Boldin 'is a football player' -
Jim Harbaugh dug deep to find the biggest compliment he could heap upon Anquan Boldin. That compliment was simply to call the San Francisco 49ers' wide receiver a 'football player.'

Report: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross mulling possible shakeup -
After the Dolphins' late-season collapse, owner Stephen Ross could make changes to the front office and coaching staff

2014 NFL Draft: Scout compares Jadeveon Clowney to Randy Moss -
The South Carolina pass rusher announced his intentions moments after the Gamecocks' bowl win on Wednesday and a NFL scout weighs in on his draft stock

NFL Coaching Rumor Roundup: Dan Quinn interviews with Browns -
NFL coaching rumor roundup for New Year's Day 2014, featuring Dan Quinn, Lovie Smith, Jim Caldwell, Darrell Bevell, Tom Cable, Ken Whisenhunt ... and undoubtedly more.

A look back and a look ahead | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel reflects on his preseason predictions and makes a few for the playoffs.

Gearing up to cash in | National Football Post
Panthers pass rusher Greg Hardy closed out a stellar 2013 regular season campaign with four sacks on Sunday.

The All-22: Marvin Jones, Corey Liuget among hidden gems for the AFC's wild-card teams | Audibles -
In our last All-22 article, the focus was one Achilles heel that could upend each division leader. But now that the playoffs have started, everyone's 0-0, and everything's hunky-dory, it's time to flip the narrative to the positive, and take a look at one player on each wild-card team who could ...

Giovani Bernard is key to the Bengals' playoff chances | The MMQB with Peter King
Meet Giovani Bernard, the Cincinnati Bengals running back who in 17 weeks has become one of the most dynamic young runners in the NFL. He’s short—0n the short list of the NFL’s shortest players, he measures just above Trindon Holliday and Darren Sproles at 5-8 1/2.

Green Bay Packers to host San Francisco 49ers in NFC wild-card game | The MMQB with Peter King
CHICAGO — Tramon Williams had just finished peeling off his green and gold Packers uniform, the one with mud stains all over it from a Soldier Field turf that had been mixed with equal parts freezing rain and snow, when he was asked about the 49ers going to Green Bay for a wild-card playoff game n...

2013 NFL playoff preview: Everything you need to know about every team | The MMQB with Peter King
OTAs. Six weeks of training camp. Four preseason games. Seventeen more in the regular season. All to get to this point—the chance to dance in January for the Lombardi Trophy. Twelve teams are left, and I've got the lowdown on each one.

Carlos Rogers, Justin Smith miss practice for 49ers | ProFootballTalk
49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers recently said “hell no” regarding whether he’d rule himself out for Sunday’s playoff game at Lambeau Field. As to whether he missed practice on Wednesday, the answer would be “hell yes.”

Bitter cold coming to Green Bay on Sunday | ProFootballTalk
When the 49ers beat the Packers in the playoffs last year, it was in the comfortable confines of the Bay Area. If the 49ers are going to beat the Packers again this year, they’ll have to brave bitter cold.

New York Times: Post-Week 17, 2013
In my final article of the year at the New York Times, I look at one key statistic for each team.

Looking At the 2014 CB Market & How QBs Might Be Playing a Role In Its Saturation - Over the Cap
The Denver Broncos broke the all-time scoring record this past Sunday on the same day Peyton Manning broke the single-season yardage record. The fact that both previous marks were set in the past six years embodies the NFLs ongoing evolution towards a passing league.

The NFL Awards They Should Give - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The NFL regular reason is over, and you know what that means: Awards season has begun! It’s that time of the year for final arguments about who deserves football’s hardware, but rather than rehash the cases for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and which rookie running back ran for the most yards, we decided to come up with a few awards that aren’t actually handed out.

2014 NFL Draft order: Top three needs for all 32 teams -
Analysis: A big-time tight end would be a perfect fit for Russell Wilson and a true No. 1 wideout would also make sense. The offensive line hasn’t played well down the stretch and that is another area that could be addressed in this draft.

Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah rushes for 122 yards in victory -
Ameer Abdullah rushes for 122 yards and a TD as Nebraska fends off Georgia in the Gator Bowl. Abdullah finishes the season with 1,690 yards, fourth-most in a season in school history.