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Pete Carroll succeeds by staying youthful. | : Dan Pompei Article
The Seahawks signed Pete Carroll to a contract Friday that runs through the 2016 season, when he will be 65 years old. They could have signed him through 2021, when he will be 70, or through 2031, when he will be 80.

Carroll has new three-year deal, says Seahawks in middle of a run | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“The most important thing that happens is we rediscover every year — not just this year because it’s a Super Bowl year — every year we rediscover the work ethic that makes us who we are,” Carroll said. “That starts with the commitment our players have made to make this the greatest offseason of their life.

Pete Carroll agrees contract extension with Seahawks | Seahawks Draft Blog
I remember the day the Seahawks fired Jim Mora.

Pete Carroll signs contract extension with Seahawks
"It's a statement of our staying power and our willingness to do something really special with this opportunity here and representing this fantastic fan base and the area and the following that we have," Carroll, 62, whose original five-year deal was set to expire after the 2014 season, said at his press conference. "The twelves (12th Man) have been ridiculously fun.

Reports: Seahawks agree to contract extension with head coach Pete Carroll | Audibles -
In Super Bowl XLVIII, 62-year-old Pete Carroll became one of the oldest head coaches to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and he did it with the youngest team ever to capture the NFL's biggest prize.

Pete Carroll agrees to new three-year deal with Seahawks
Entering the final year of his original five-year contract, head coach Pete Carroll has agreed to a new deal with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks that will keep him in Seattle through the 2016 season.

Notes as Seahawks announce Pete Carroll's extension -
A few notes and quotes from the Seahawks' headquarters, where the team on Friday announced a contract extension for head coach Pete Carroll. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Is Carroll among the best coaches ever? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
RENTON, Wash. -- Now that it’s official Pete Carroll will coach the Seahawks for three more years, here's a big-picture question for you:

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has a new contract, and now the challenge begins | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The climb to the top was difficult for Pete Carroll, but it will be harder for his team to maintain that success.

Thiel: 3 more years for Seahawks ‘love fest’ | Sportspress Northwest
John Schneider wryly described it before any writer had a chance: “A love fest.” The Seahawks general manager Friday was announcing the club’s agreement to extend head coach Pete Carroll’s contract through the 2016 season, and was a little embarrassed …

Full transcript of today’s press conference with Carroll and Schneider | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
We should also point out that Carroll said on KJR, he “totally plans on” being in Seattle beyond 2016, when this new contract ends.

Jim Brown doesn’t see many great runners in today’s NFL | ProFootballTalk
“Who are the running backs who aren’t getting the ball today who should be?” Brown said. “Adrian Peterson isn’t running by committee. Nobody is going to tell me Marshawn Lynch can’t run. He’s strong as an ox. I don’t have the answers, but it doesn’t bother me. I don’t measure things by the average, which I know writers would have to look at things the way they have to, but I don’t have to. I’m looking at the exceptions to the rule, not the rule. . . . As we sit here, I can’t name seven great runners. Can you?”

Former Seahawk Davis signs with Giants | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
While we wait for the Pete Carroll press conference at the VMAC, we’ll pass along the news that former Seahawk tight end Kellen Davis has signed what is reported to be a one-year deal with the New York Giants.

Champ Bailey, New Orleans Saints agree to contract -
Champ Bailey has agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints that could be worth as much as $7 million, Ian Rapoport reports. The team is a perfect fit for the future Hall of Famer.

Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens strike one-year deal -
The Baltimore Ravens signed Justin Forsett to a one-year contract Friday. The former Jaguars running back brings veteran insurance to a backfield with questions surrounding Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.

After Further Review: Breaking down Bortles, Manziel and Bridgewater -
Bortles, Bridgewater or Manziel? The draft's biggest question has no definitive answer -- yet -- but poring over tape provides clues into which QB's game translates best.

Big Board: 2014 draft class stocked with talent to fit new NFL - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
This NFL Draft will not disappoint those looking for players to fill vital roles on both sides of the passing game.

2014 NFL mock draft: Browns will trade to get their QB (Bortles) -
How will the quarterback derby shake out in the draft. Pat Kirwan thinks Blake Bortles will be the first to go, with Teddy Bridgewater falling to No. 32.

Draft winners and losers | National Football Post
Looking back at the last decade.

Mike Williams trade makes WR a priority for Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014 NFL draft | Audibles -
Even before trading WR Mike Williams to Buffalo for a sixth-round pick Friday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers figured to consider drafting at receiver at No. 7 overall if one of the top two options -- Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans -- happened to be on the board.

2014 NFL draft top 64 prospects: Nos. 59-55: AJ McCarron, Jarvis Landry, more | Audibles -
With the draft just about a month away, it’s time for every NFL team to start getting their draft boards in order, and ranking players in order based on their own preferences. At SI, it’s time for us to do that, as well.

2014 NFL draft position rankings: Running back | Audibles -
There's no question that the running back position has been devalued in recent years at the NFL level. While college backs continue to drive their offenses at major schools, many of those players are in for a rude awakening when they look to cash in at the next level.

Andre Williams plans beyond football before NFL career even starts | The MMQB with Peter King
Five weeks until the NFL draft means there’s a lot of time to speculate about what may happen. But that’s not the case for Andre Williams. Most of his free time is spent in an office at his older brother’s home outside Atlanta—at least one or two hours a day, and even more on weekends.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | The NFL's Four-Minute Offense Is the Prevent Offense
It has become routine in the NFL to see at least 60 times per season where a team wins the game after trailing in the fourth quarter. Most of the memorable comebacks were the product of a successful two-minute drill by the offense. Johnny Unitas is known for inventing the two-minute drill with the Colts in the 1950s, but it has grown to be a crucial part of the game that's practiced by every team each week. Some teams even use the no-huddle, hurry-up offense to start games now.

NFL 101: Breaking Down the Basics of the Route Tree | Bleacher Report
In today’s installment of the “NFL 101” series, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of the route tree to give you a better understanding of the pro game.

Cleveland Browns' misery over last 20 years remains unmatched - NFL - Don Banks -
Unsurprisingly, Kevin Costner never got around to pointing out the obvious while doing a national conference call with sportswriters this week to promote his new NFL-themed movie, Draft Day. But doesn't it just figure that the Cleveland Browns would wind up owning the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft -- considered the deepest draft in decades -- only if it was a work of pure fiction?

Julius Peppers vs. Jared Allen: Who Is in Better Position for Super Bowl Run? | Bleacher Report
The NFC North redistributed some of its most accomplished veterans on the defensive side of the ball with DE Julius Peppers leaving Chicago to sign with its division foes, the Green Bay Packers, as DE Jared Allen went shopping for his fair market value, which he apparently found hopping from Minnesota to Chicago.

Remaining Free Agents: Defense - Over the Cap
Yesterday we looked at a few “names” that are still available in free agency on offense and today we make the turn to defense. Two of the players from yesterdays post were signed later that day so maybe that bodes well for a few of these players as the league enters Phase III of free agency.

NFL Team Spending: Running Backs | The Daily Spot
The recent shuffling of major NFL running backs across the league furthers the continued de-valuing of the position. We’ll examine how NFL teams are allocating their 2014 salary cap dollars to their running backs in terms of dollars and percentages.

Week 5 Pro Day Takeaways: Clowney sails, Henderson bails -
With double-digit workouts each day, it can be tough to properly track each prospect. So, we whittled down this week's results to provide you the top-five story-lines that every NFL Draft fan needs to know. Jadeveon Clowney may have been the biggest story, but he's far from the only one.