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Golden Tate willing to take hometown discount with Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
“I probably shouldn’t even say this right now but I’m going to say it anyway just because I love Seattle, honestly, I would rather take a little less to be happy and win ball games than to take way more and go to a crappy city where the fans don’t give a crap about the team. You win a game once a month of something like that. I would much rather stay in the situation that I have now for a little less than to go and try to break the bank somewhere else,” Tate said.

Welker told Broncos: We’re the best offense ever, start showing it | ProFootballTalk
“Hey! We’re the best damn offense to ever play this game,” Welker said. “We’ve got to start showing it.”

Peyton Manning’s Legacy —
Super Bowl XLVIII was the nightmarish end to the dream season had by Peyton Manning and the Broncos. After the greatest scoring season in NFL history, Denver’s high-powered offense was held to just 8 meaningless points against one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. Great players have been having bad games on the biggest stages since the beginning of sports. But the NFL world has a unique reaction when that player is Manning; for him, every loss is yet another building block on his Narrative(TM).

Super Bowl XLVIII Recap —
It almost seems silly to spend much time recapping one of the most lopsided Super Bowls ever. But we have six months until we get to watch another NFL game, so I think we can spend one more day recapping the 2013 season. One housekeeping note: Football Perspective isn’t going anywhere. Just like last year, we’ll be publishing a post every day of the offseason. So be sure to check back daily! Freelance articles are also welcome, so just send me an e-mail if you’d be interested in contributing to the site.

NFC West prepared Seattle Seahawks for Super Bowl XLVIII - NFL - Don Banks -

Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take one last look at Super Bowl XLVIII and it's aftermath. ...

Initial Reaction to Larry Fitzgerald's Restructured Contract - Over the Cap

Yesterday I had discussed salary cap space in 2014 and how yesterday marked the start of restructuring and termination season. Today we get our first big move with Larry Fitzgerald announcing that he restructured his contract to provide the Arizona Cardinals with salary cap relief.

Feb 3 NFL Salary Cap Space Update - Over the Cap

With the NFL season officially over, today marks the day in which the offseason begins and teams begin implementing their roster management strategies for 2014. Teams can begin to release players from the roster today and this is the week in which most contracts that contain void provisions will terminate if the player and team fail to reach an extension agreement.

Super Bowl 2014: Malcolm Smith is MVP as Seattle dismantle Denver | Sport |
It was billed as the ultimate contest, but in the end there was none. Confronted by the immovable object of Seattle’s defense at Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver’s record-breaking offense turned out not to be an irresistible force after all. Instead, en route to a 43-8 defeat, they looked more like a sportscar running into a wall.

BBC Sport - Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks thrash Denver Broncos
The Seattle Seahawks dominated Super Bowl XLVIII, thrashing a badly misfiring Denver Broncos 43-8.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | NFL's Best Playoff Quarterbacks: DVOA and DYAR
With the blood of the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks wrote the final chapter of the 2013 season. Football Outsiders now has 25 complete years of data for DVOA and DYAR. Some readers have asked about seeing the postseason numbers for these metrics, which is what we're going to do in the final part of our study of quarterbacks in the postseason. Part I focused on the frivolities of postseason win-loss records and defense-adjusted passer ratings. Part II was all about drive stats for the quarterback's offense.

Richard Sherman: "The NFC Championship was the Super Bowl" - Mile High Report
"The NFC Championship was the Super Bowl," Richard Sherman told SI's MMQB. "The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL."

Seahawks were able to quiet 911 calls during Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
“It hit us immediately when the time was done,” Mills said. “Even before the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy, we saw the uptick.”

Demaryius Thomas played through separated shoulder in Super Bowl -
Demaryius Thomas managed to set the Super Bowl record for receptions, despite sustaining a separated shoulder in the first quarter.

Pete Carroll: Prep for next Super Bowl starts 'tomorrow'
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks about when he'll start preparing the team for another Super Bowl run and talks about how he compares his team's defense to some of the great defensive units of all time.

Russell Wilson will lead Seattle Seahawks' quest to repeat; mailbag | The MMQB with Peter King
Sunday night, I said to Wilson: “You just beat Peyton Manning in a playoff game.” Wilson said, shaking his head: “I know, right?”

NFL: 49ers issued warning but no fine | CSN Bay Area
The NFL issued the 49ers a warning for the incident in the NFC Championship game in which a Seattle Seahawks player came in contact with a member of the 49ers staff while covering a punt.

Bell: Swagger serves Seattle Seahawks well
The Super Bowl MVP was selected with a seventh-round compensatory pick. The quarterback was a third-round choice, labeled as too short. The fill-in receivers supposedly were not good enough. They were too young. And the Seattle Seahawks arrived in New Jersey last week without a player possessing a single play of Super Bowl experience.

CenturyLink Field parade viewing & celebration at capacity; Overflow viewing open at Safeco Field
Complete details surrounding Wednesday's Seahawks Super Bowl championship parade and CenturyLink Field celebration.

Sights and Sounds - Super Bowl XLVIII
Check out the sights and sounds from the Seahawks first Super Bowl win in franchise history.

NFL Fan Pass: On the Field after Super Bowl XLVIII
Crystina Poncher talks with Seattle Seahawks players on the field after the team won Super Bowl XLVIII.

'Playbook': Impact of Seahawks pass rush
The Seattle Seahawks defense gave Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning fits all night, but how were they able to constantly get pressure on the quarterback. The "Playbook" crew breaks down the film to find the answer.

'Playbook': Biggest takeaways from Super Bowl XLVIII

Brian Baldinger breaks down how the defensive gameplan of the Seattle Seahawks set the tone in Super Bowl XLVIII, establishing early pressure on the Denver Broncos and disrupting their offensive rhythm.

What we learned from the Seahawks' Super Bowl win -

Three things we learned:

Pete Carroll: We felt we could 'knock the crud' out of Broncos -

"We really felt like we could knock the crud out of these guys," Carroll told 710 ESPN's Brock and Danny in his first exclusive interview since returning from the Super Bowl.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Seahawks Blog -

There's been plenty of talk about why the Seahawks so thoroughly dominated the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII, but head coach Pete Carroll says it was actually quite simple.

New Hawks’ challenge: Stay on fire | Sports | The Seattle Times

Is this team a football dynasty in the making? Between the NFL’s salary cap and the risk of a letdown now that the underdog Seahawks are now champions, the path ahead won’t be simple.

Pete Carroll makes a statement with Super Bowl victory | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll proved his way worked at USC and now he has proved it in the NFL, where winning is even tougher. His legacy as a great coach is secure.

“Angry Doug Baldwin” has a few words for Cris Carter | Seahawks | The Seattle Times

Speaking of ESPN analyst Cris Carter, who had criticized the Seahawks receivers, Baldwin said, “I have a Super Bowl ring and I would gladly show that to him. And if he doesn’t have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it.”

What’s next? Another Super Bowl victory, Seahawks say | Seahawks | The Seattle Times

Coach Pete Carroll’s “Always Compete” mantra doesn’t end with one Super Bowl victory. And the Seahawks’ roster is constructed in a way the team should be strong for the near future.

Tweet link: Fitzgerald to make an adjustment | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

An interesting move from Larry Fitzgerald. His cap hit for 2014 is $18 million. A chunk, $5.25 million, is pro-rated bonus money. He has a $12.75M base salary.

Snap counts: Super Bowl edition | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Three interesting things: A ton of Zach Miller, a dose of O’Brien Schofield at rush end/LB spot and very little Bruce Irvin.

Brian Orakpo, Redskins begin contract talks, GM says -

Orakpo's rookie deal is set to expire, and he would be one of the best players on the market if the Redskins let him go. (Orakpo was ranked No. 3 in ATL's list of top 2014 free agents.) Orakpo qualified for his third Pro Bowl in 2013, recording 10 sacks and a pick six. He and bookend Ryan Kerrigan form one of the best linebacker duos in the NFL, a strength for the porous Redskins defense.

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NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks rule, but staying No. 1 won't be easy - NFL -

Prisco: Are we in for a long Seattle reign? The Seahawks are built to last, but winning the brutal NFC West, let alone another Super Bowl, is a tall order.

Seahawks will host 2014 NFL regular season opener, but against who? -

Winning the Super Bowl means the Seahawks get to host the NFL's 2014 regular season opener. Now the question becomes, who will they play?

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: 'Hawks wanted it more -
"We've got to give credit to Seattle, you could tell they wanted it way more than us," Rodgers-Cromartie said, via The Denver Post. "They were not going to take a loss. They definitely came out and punched us around."

Michael Bennett: We picked up Broncos' 'tendencies' -
"We picked up on a lot of stuff," Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said Tuesday on NFL Network's "NFL AM." "When you get two weeks to study, we picked up on a lot of tendencies."

Russell Wilson goes on 'David Letterman,' meets Jay-Z -
Russell Wilson painted the Big Apple blue and green Monday night. After appearing on "The Late Show with David Letterman," the Seahawks QB sat with Jay-Z for a Brooklyn Nets game.

Fool's gold? | National Football Post
The production says yes, but is Eric Decker really worth $10 million per year?

NFL Prospect Focus: Morgan Moses and Cyril Richardson | National Football Post
The two mammoth offensive linemen will be eventual NFL starters

NFL prospect focus: Linder and Linsley | National Football Post
An in-depth look at two versatile offensive line prospects.

What's next for the Seattle Seahawks? | Audibles -
After the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII, there were serious questions regarding the team’s ability to hold it all together. Defensive stalwarts Ray Lewis and Ed Reed would no longer be in the picture, and quarterback Joe Flacco was due to be given a mammoth contract — which led to the loss of receiver Anquan Boldin, his best target. The 2013 Ravens sputtered on offense, struggled to maintain their defensive presence, and finished 8-8. They missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Seattle Seahawks among greatest defenses of Super Bowl era? | Audibles -
Seattle's Michael Bennett attempted to place his defense in proper historical context following Sunday's stunning 43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII win over Denver: "We're the greatest defense since the '85 Bears." If nothing else, the 2013 Seahawks belong in that discussion.

The Ollin - Clothed in Inspiration, Promoting Education
We were absolutely inspired by our home-town Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s post game interview when he talked about his father challenging him as a boy “Why not you?” and him challenging team at the beginning of the season with the statement: “Why not us? Why can’t we be the SuperBowl Champions?” The Ollin team took it to heart, and we have added it to our lives. We believe in empowering people to believe in themselves, and do great things in the world. So why not us? Why can’t we be the ones to change the world? So, the next time someone doesn’t believe in you, say to yourself: “Why not me?”