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Friday Round-Up: Pete Carroll one of NFL's most indispensable coaches
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Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, Feb. 28 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Doug Farrar of SI.com dubs Pete Carroll one of the NFL's most indispensable coaches, pointing to Carroll and general manager John Schneider's complete reconstruction of the club to produce one of the better defenses in recent history. Farrar puts Carroll in company with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, and Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. Farrar writes, "Schneider is the personnel guy, but Carroll calls the shots, and he’s assembled the youngest Super Bowl-winning team in NFL history. The way he’s done it makes him just about impossible to replace."
Joey Kaufman of SportsOnEarth.com recaps coach Pete Carroll's Wednesday night speech at the University of Southern California. In case you missed it, here's some video of Carroll at the speaking engagement with surprise guest Will Ferrell: Read
Tim Polzer of SI.com says the NFL may experiment with adding an extra referee during preseason games, bumping the number of black-and-white-striped bodies on the field to eight. The extra official would be positioned in the offensive backfield and watch for holding penalties by defensive players. Seven-official crews have been used since 1978.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com shares 17 prospects who may have gone overlooked at this year's NFL Combine.
Chris Wesseling and Gregg Rosenthal have compiled the Top 101 free agents of 2014. Defensive end Michael Bennett (No. 12), cornerback Walter Thurmond (No. 39), wide receiver Golden Tate (No. 45), and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (No. 84) make their list for the Seahawks.
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com has his first 2014 NFL Mock Draft, predicting the Seahawks to go with Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro with pick No. 32. On the pick, Brinson writes, "The rich get richer in a deep draft, as the Seahawks snag a new target for Russell Wilson. A potential high volume weapon up the middle, Amaro doesn't fit the perfect profile for a big blocking tight end in the Seahawks power scheme. But getting more weapons for an increasingly dangerous offense helps open things up for the Seahawks."
Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com has 15 thoughts from his week spent at the NFL Combine.
February 27, 2014 was proclaimed "Earl Thomas Day" in West Orange, Texas, as the town thanked the Seahawks All-Pro free safety for his work in the community and congratulated him on his team's Super Bowl championship earlier this month. Avi Zaleon of the Beaumont Enterprise rounds up several photos, videos, and nuggets from the event via his Twitter timeline.
Quarterback Russell Wilson joined FOX Sports' FOX Football Daily to discuss the team's Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos.
One last link on Russell Wilson - he recently told Access Hollywood he "definitely" has plans to join Dancing with the Stars at some point in his career.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com has a useful guide to NFL salary-cap and free-agency terminology.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com has play No. 6 on his countdown of the top Seahawks offensive plays of 2013, taking a look back at the 43-yard flea-flicker touchdown pass from running back Marshawn Lynch to quarterback Russell Wilson to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, writing for TheMMQB.com, gives us an inside look at the culture of an NFL locker room.
Ten-year-old NFL fan Khordae Sydnor - a finalist for the NFL's Together We Make Football contest - shares his Super Bowl experience with interviews from several Seahawks players and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Read
Here at Seahawks.com, 12th Fan View creator Chuck McGowan shares his latest video series from the Seahawks' 43-8 Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium.
And Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth revisits what you voted as the best play from the club's Super Bowl winning season - cornerback Richard Sherman's "Immaculate Deflection" in the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers.