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Guy, Browner and Sherman were the three fingered in 2012, when the Seahawks made their exhilarating run to the playoffs. Irvin will miss the first four games of 2013, leaving the Super Bowl-favorite Seahawks without a speedy pass-rusher who led all NFL rookies with eight sacks last season. Whether or not Seattle actually has a PED problem, among football fans there is at least a perceived problem. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has addressed the issue publicly, as have safety Kam Chancellor and other players. “It is what it is,” Sherman told ESPN . There lingers the obvious question of whether Sherman, who is quickly becoming one of the least-liked players in the league (except among the 12th Man), really did use a performance-enhancing drug last season. But Sherman reiterated to ESPN the same thing he’s said since getting popped in November . “Nope.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 Seahawks to start selling bags that comply with NFL safety policy Seahawks Pro Shops will start selling bags, which comply with the new safety policy. Sponsored Links SEATTLE — Seattle Seahawks will start selling bags at their Pro Shops in August, which comply with the safety policy at CenturyLink Field. Last week, officials announced a new policy, which included what type of bags, items and clothing that are and are not OK to bring into the stadium. On Tuesday, NFL Chief Security Officer Jeff Miller addressed the change of policy that will affect each of the NFL’s 32 clubs. “The bottom line is that our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” Miller said. “It is the No. 1 priority of our owners and Commissioner [Roger] Goodell.” Fans are still allowed to bring all of the same type of items permitted to bring before, but the only change comes in the type of container. Packs may not exceed a size of 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches and must be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC.

Rookie Bobby Wagner only missed a 16th start because the Seahawks opened the Week 3 game against the Green Bay Packers in their nickel defense. Another not-so-secret ingredient in their 11-5 season: When the coaches needed a backup to step up, he did. Jeremy Lane in starting three games at right cornerback and Frank Omiyale in his one start for Okung. While these are elements you can’t count on, the health of your starters and the ability of your backups to play like starters definitely are reasons that can be counted among the factors that lead to success. Dan Quinn, the Seahawks’ first-year defensive coordinator, was introduced to this reality early in his NFL career as a quality control coach on Bill Walsh’s (pictured below) San Francisco 49ers staff in 2001. It was after the team had made its final roster cuts and was preparing for its season opener. “I remember coach Walsh looking at the team and saying, ‘Anyone of you can be called on to win the game at any time,’ ” said Quinn, the Seahawks’ defensive line coach in 2009-10 who has returned after serving as the D-coordinator at the University of Florida the past two seasons.

Pete Carroll and  Jim Harbaugh

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That places a tremendous pre-snap burden on the defense. Think about it in the context of the Seahawks . You have Russell Wilson in the shotgun, with Marshawn Lynch next to him or behind him in the Pistol formation. If Lynch is next to Wilson, the defense must be prepared for read option, which presents its own set of tactical issues. If it’s the Pistol, then the defense must be ready for the complete and multiple running game with Lynch, which of course is no easy task to defend. Of course, you can throw very effectively from these formations as well, with multiple play action and run action principles.

They’ve both built themselves up as hard-nosed, tough-minded squads that won’t back down from anybody. In 2012, both teams ranked in the top five in rushing offense (Seattle was third, San Francisco fourth) and total defense (the 49ers were third, the Seahawks fourth) while relying heavily on young, talented quarterbacks (the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick and the Seahawks’ Wilson).  “I like their style,” Carroll said. “They’re coached well and they play like it. They run the ball well. They play good defense. They have a strong kicking game. We have a similar approach to doing things and I think it’s a great way to play football.

Adam Rank NFL.com Improved pass rush will put the Seahawks over the top The best defense will be played in the NFC West this season. All four teams will be pretty stout this year. But the Seattle Seahawks are going to be the best of a very good bunch. The Seahawks were very good on defense in 2012, as they ranked fourth in yards allowed . But if there was one spot they could have improved, it was in their pass rush — the team ranked 18th in sacks . Free-agent addition Cliff Avril , late of the Detroit Lions , should be a huge improvement in this area. Avril, along with the best secondary in the league ( according to Earl Thomas ), will make it tough for offenses to move the ball against Seattle this year.

The San Francisco 49ers acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens.

“He just adds a lot – his consistency, his playmaker ability. We already had that, so to add another one, it’s really exciting. You add him in there, it’s pretty awesome.” So far, Harvin has practiced as a slot receiver, outside receiver, running back and kick returner. He sees similarities to how he was used under Bevell in 2009 and 2010 in Minnesota, and also has had some flashbacks to his time at Florida, where he was the X-factor in the Gators’ read-option offense. Seattle will hold its mandatory minicamp this week. “We’re always trying to find unique qualities in our guys, and then hopefully express that in our play,” Carroll said. “He’s a different athlete, because not only is he so fast, but he’s steel strong.

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