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Thiel: Sherman’s play is the moment for a statue | Sportspress Northwest
Starting Monday, fans will asked to contribute funds to a statute commemorating Richard Sherman's decisive play that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.

Thoughts on Running Back Yards per Carry —
Regular readers know that I’m skeptical of using “yards per carry” to evaluate running backs. That’s because YPC is not very consistent from year to year. But it’s also not consistent even within the same year. For example, In 2013, Giovani Bernard rushed 92 times for 291 yards in even-numbered games last year, producing a weak 3.16 YPC average. But in odd-numbered games, Bernard averaged 5.18 YPC, rushing 78 times for 404 yards!

What to watch for as the Seahawks begin their Super Bowl sequel - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks won't begin their encore on Friday so much as they'll begin staging a sequel.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: A Trio of Sleepers
According to most fantasy football writers, the term "Sleeper" is dead, buried, and the wake held in its honor featured a stuffed mushroom dish with creamed spinach and Italian breadcrumbs soaked in butter. Considering that many football writers at the wake sported IV drips topped with Crisco, finger food is always underrated.

Breaking down the Seahawks’ 2014 schedule, sixth-toughest in the NFL | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
By the most common objective measure used – the combined won-loss record of 2013 opponents – Seattle’s schedule ranks among the most difficult in the NFL.

Seahawks start atop AP Pro32 rankings | Boston Herald
NEW YORK — The Seattle Seahawks start the preseason right where they ended last season, as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.

Seahawks Mascot Stutter-Steps, 49ers Fan Falls Like A Sack Of Potatoes
The bounce. The bounce is what makes this particularly humiliating for the San Francisco fan and absolutely wonderful for the rest of us. That it comes as he tries to adjust his pants while a furry mascot crosses him up is but a delicious, added bonus.

Fantasy Football: You must be savvy to go for the Seahawks defense in 2014
Scott Engel of says the Seahawks defense is destined to look dominant again.

John Nordstrom finally puts a ring on it
After the players and coaches got their Super Bowl rings in June, the rest of the staff was on the receiving end Wednesday during a ceremony on the site of the Seahawks’ first headquarters.

Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice retiring at age 27 - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice will retire from professional football, a decision that was first reported by and has since been confirmed by the team. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Hawk Talk highlights: Seahawks' passing game could be different - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
IAmTheWalRuskell asked whether the Seahawks will ask quarterback Russell Wilson to do anything differently this season.

In the end, Vernon Davis couldn’t stay away - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Vernon Davis holdout ended Wednesday just as I envisioned -- with him being welcomed jubilantly by his teammates.

Seahawks Countdown to Camp: 12 Questions for 12 Days — Reviewing final roster numbers from last season | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
We’ll continue the Countdown with a little discussion of the potential makeup of the final 53-man roster. Not that the any roster is ever really final, of course. Teams set a roster before the first week of the season and then continue to tweak it all season long.

What Sidney Rice's retirement means for the Seahawks | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Sidney Rice, at one time in his career, was a No. 1 receiver. That was the case in 2009, when he had more than 1,000 receiving yards catching passes for Brett Favre and the Vikings, and it was the case in 2012, when he led the Seahawks in both catches and receiving yards.

Nike Lunar TR1 LE Marshawn Lynch - Release Date.
The Lunar TR1 utilizes a breathable, lightweight mesh that is integrated with dynamic Nike Flywire technology to hug the foot for an adaptive and comfortable fit. Being able to reduce the weight of the shoe with these innovations gives athletes improved quickness without sacrificing other critical elements such as stability, traction and protection.

The NFL's top 10 active inside linebackers include NaVorro Bowman, Derrick Johnson - NFL -
In the NFL, defense is changing, and the inside linebacker positions are changing with it. Over the last two seasons, nickel defenses have been the league's base designs, meaning that more than ever, teams are taking at least one of their starting linebackers off the field on first and second downs in favor of another defensive back. This is in response to an increase in three- and four-receiver sets on former running downs, and it forces those linebackers who stay on the field to do more than perhaps they've ever had to before.

Seahawks WR Sidney Rice retires | - Seattle Sidelines
Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice is retiring at the age of 27, the team announced. The news was first reported by, which, citing a league source, said Rice is retiring because of a history of concussions.

Robert Quinn tops preseason list of best edge rushers -
Lightning-quick St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn tops Around The League's preseason list of the NFL's best edge rushers. Where do the rest of the premier pass rushers rank?

Golden Tate starts training camp on PUP list -
As more training camps begin, more names get added to the PUP list. Golden Tate opens up his first Detroit Lions training camp on the list. What other recognizable names are in the same predicament?

Tavon Austin: Playbook looked like Spanish as rookie -
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin told reporters on Wednesday that he didn't really know what he was doing as a rookie. That's no longer the case for the speedy playmaker.

Seahawks ready, still hungry, as training camp opens this week
Monday metatarsal musings: As if winning a first Super Bowl wasn’t enough, the Seahawks will report to training camp this week with their competitive juices flowing as they look to answer, “What’s next?”

The Best and Worst Things About an NFL Training Camp | Bleacher Report
As with most things in life worth anything, an NFL training camp comes with its own set of trials and tribulations. But the rewards and benefits that accompany this turbulent experience can vastly outweigh the hardships required to remain a member of such an elite group.