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Richard Sherman reflects on 2013 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl season | The MMQB with Peter King
Life in the NFL is about tunnel vision, but forgive me for a moment while I step back, reflect on an incredible 2013 and appreciate our Super Bowl win and the teammates with whom I reached the pinnacle. We may not all be together much longer, after all

Greg Roman on head-coaching gig: 'The time will come' -
Three straight trips into the playoffs have kept 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman from actively pursuing -- or being pursued for -- a head-coaching gig in the NFL. Why the wait?

2014 NFL Draft preparation begins with shaping of The Board | The MMQB with Peter King
There is no offseason for front offices and scouting staffs, who have already begun trying to build a championship roster for 2014 and beyond, starting with pre-Combine meetings and the shaping of each team’s draft Bible: The Board

Seahawks Remind Offense-Obsessed NFL That Defense Still Wins in the Playoffs
If there is one takeaway from the 2013 season, it is this: good, old-fashioned, simple defense still wins football games. Even in this era of spread formations, record-setting offensive performances and pass-happy coaches, nothing can beat the kind of defense the Seahawks played. In fact, basic, fundamentally sound defense might be more effective than ever.

2014 NFL compensatory pick projections
Over the last 2 years, my friend Craig Turner has done compensatory pick projections very accurately for my former football blog. Last year, he correctly matched 24 teams with the correct round for which they received a pick. He projected an additional 5 teams to receive a pick, but missed by just one round. The 3 remaining picks he missed on were due to some gray area, which he learns from every year.

Chalk Talk: How Harvin, Seahawks got off and running -
The Seahawks got more than a wide receiver when they traded three draft picks to Minnesota for the right to give Percy Harvin the richest contract in franchise history. They got one of the NFL's most versatile offensive players.

Seahawks' personnel strategy - NFL Videos
NFL Network Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah brings a "Scout's Eye" to explain how the Seattle Seahawks have been able to build a championship team with players passed on by several teams.

Seattle Seahawks have savvy to sustain in NFL's salary-cap era -
Waiting for Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks to collapse under the weight of their success? Michael Silver says the team's approach will counter the perils that thwart dynasties -- like the salary cap.

Falcons – Seahawks take Divergent Paths from 2012/13 Playoffs | Atlanta Falcons: The Cage
The Seattle Seahawks finish the 2013 NFL season as the Super Bowl Champions. All Falcons fans could do was wonder how the Seahawks made it look so darn easy. Many also probably didn’t actually believe that it was the Falcons who beat the Seahawks in last year’s playoffs. Yes, it did happen, even though it’s impossible to believe after Seattle’s team hoist the prized Lombardi. On the most obvious level, the two teams couldn’t be farther apart. One just won the Super Bowl in one of the biggest lopsided blowouts in recent memory. The Falcons struggled to win 4 games and were absolutely the biggest disappointment of the 2013 season.

Russell Wilson was simply Super on most pivotal down
The Seahawks did so many things so well in their impressive victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. But don’t overlook what Russell Wilson was able to do on third downs.

The story of Beast Mode and the parade drum | Sportspress Northwest

Morning Links: An eye toward the combine | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
We’re a couple weeks away from the combine in Indianapolis (Feb. 22-25). Yesterday, the list of invitees was announced. It’s a massive one:

Richard Sherman: Harvin will boost Seahawks offense -
The Seattle Seahawks are already the NFL's best team. Will they be even better with Percy Harvin healthy in 2014? Cornerback Richard Sherman and coach Pete Carroll weigh in on Harvin's potential.

Photos: Super Bowl champ Jon Ryan returns to Regina
Seattle Seahawks punter and Super Bowl champion Jon Ryan arrived at Regina's airport on Friday afternoon. Ryan played in Super Bowl XLVIII, which saw the Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos 43-8.

Richard Sherman: Seahawks wanted to blank Broncos -
Prior to Super Bowl XLVIII, Peyton Manning never had been held to fewer than 17 points in any of his 35 games with the Denver Broncos.

New GM, same old problems for Dolphins despite cap space -
The Dolphins have turned dysfunction into an art form. From a shaky front office to an O-line in tatters, Miami needs lots of fixes and $30M in cap space might not be enough.

Kyle Shanahan on 2013 with RG3: It will make us both better -
The 2013 season might have been a bad one for the Redskins, but there's a silver lining: Kyle Shanahan thinks it will make both him and RG3 better in the long run.

Commish of A-11 Football League would 'love' to have Tim Tebow play -
The commissioner of the A-11 Football League says they've offered Tim Tebow a contract and would 'love to have him play.

The All-22: Seattle’s defensive effort was historic … and will be hard to replicate | Audibles -
“People don’t understand us. They’re kind of used to normal. Well, we’re the new normal.” — Earl Thomas

2013-14 NFL Announcer Rankings | Audibles -
For the third consecutive season, the privilege — and challenge — of continuing Dr. Z’s annual tradition of ranking the NFL’s announcing teams falls right here.

Super Bowl 48 photo gallery: Best shots by Walter Iooss Jr. | The MMQB with Peter King
PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER IOOSS JR. NEW YORK CITY — From Joe Namath sitting poolside to this year’s Sports Illustrated Super Bowl cover—Seattle’s defense swarming Peyton Manning to force a first-quarter interception—Walter Iooss Jr. has shot it all at the Super Bowl.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | The Week In Quotes: February 7, 2013
Football Outsiders is the internet home for Innovative Statistics and Intelligent Analysis of professional and college football. Our writers, lead by Aaron Schatz, also write Pro Football Prospectus.

Teryl Austin on Ndamukong Suh: He really wants to be part of a winner | ProFootballTalk
“I’ve seen him a few times around. We didn’t talk about schemes. We just talked. We’ll have plenty of time to talk about football,” Austin said, via the team’s website. ”The one thing I can tell talking to the guy is, he really wants to win. That’s really the most important thing. It’s not so much if he goes to the Pro Bowl. I think he really and truly wants to be part of a winner. That’s good. You want your best players to be for the team and to be able to say, ‘Okay, the most important thing for me is winning, not how many awards I get.’ I kind of felt that from him.”

NFLPA facing major leadership overhaul | ProFootballTalk
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith remains under contract for another year. But plenty of other key union leaders will be replaced this year, because those spots are held by players who no longer play.

Which Teams Have the Tallest and Shortest Targets? —
In Marc Trestman’s first year as head coach, the Chicago Bears quickly turned into one of the most explosive offenses in football. Even after losing Jay Cutler, backup quarterback Josh McCown came in and seamlessly executed Trestman’s offense.

Looking at Free Agent Pass Rushers - Over the Cap
With the season complete I wanted to look at one of the more intriguing positions in free agency this year which is the Defensive End/Outside Linebacker pass rush positions. This is one of the deeper positions in some time with some big name young and veteran players preparing to hit the market. While contract values are often based on comparable player and seasons within the current market, I usually like to take a little different approach to seeing where a player stands in relation to the others at the position. All raw statistics used are from our friends at Pro Football Focus.