Feeling mutual for 49ers, Seahawks

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By those standards, his rookie performance trumps any in the history of the league. The Baylor product also helped Washington improve a great deal on the offensive side of the ball. The Redskins ranked fourth in the NFL in scoring offense (27.3 PPG) a year after finishing 26th in that category (18.0). On the other side of the ledger, Luck struggled with turnovers (23 total) and completed only 54 percent of his passes. Wilson’s postseason performance, first against Washington and then Atlanta, is what set him apart from the rest of the rookie class. He tallied 699 total yards and four touchdowns compared to just one interception. Wilson also nearly led Seattle back in an amazing comeback effort against the Falcons in the divisional round. In total, he put up 445 yards and three scores in that game. That’s the biggest indicator of success moving forward: the ability to play like that on the road in the postseason as a rookie. The Seahawks offense picked up steam toward the latter part of the season. Where it seemed the plan was to protect Wilson early in the season, the coaching staff showed more confidence in him as things progressed. That’s the best possible way to handle a young quarterback in the NFL. Wilson responded. Seattle averaged 34 points and 400 yards per game in their final seven outings of the regular season.

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NFL news roundup: Robert Griffin III begins making cuts, Seahawks extend John Schneider Gear Up! James Brady, SBNation Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013, 8:13 AM Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III began making cuts recently, and reportedly wrapped up three straight days of change-of-direction drills . Griffin is currently rehabbing after getting torn ligaments in his right knee surgically repaired in January. The news that he has started making cuts is significant, given that it’s about the most taxing thing you can do to your legs in the NFL. For more you might have missed on Friday, read on: Seahawks quietly extend Schneider The Seattle Seahawks elected to extend general manager John Schneider last season, though it was only reported on Friday. His deal will keep him with the Seahawks through the 2016 season. Schneider inherited a somewhat-talented roster when he took over in 2010, but he’s added enough talent to get the Seahawks back to contention in the NFC West, earning a playoff berth as a wildcard last season. As noted by the folks at Field Gulls , head coach Pete Carroll will likely be next when it comes to extensions: So, Carroll is under contract for at least two more years – will likely earn an extension, and Schneider is locked in until 2016.

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State quarterback heard no and cant so many times he turned it into personal motivation. A third-round pick, 75th overall in 2012, he beat out high-priced free agent Matt Flynn for the starting job in training camp and then led the Seahawks to an 11-5 record and a win in the playoffs. Wilson tied Payton Mannings rookie record with 26 touchdown passes, and also ran for four touchdowns. His 120.3 passer rating over the final eight games of the regular season was the best in the NFL. He was even better in the playoffs, leading the Seahawks to a Wild Card win at Washington against fellow rookie QB Robert Griffin III. He then threw for 385 yards and accounted for three touchdowns in a 30-28 loss to Atlanta in the divisional round. All of the doubts and closed doors are also why he has started a summer football camp, which he will bring to Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Russell Wilson Passing Academy is Wilsons way of giving young players, ages 9 through 17, an opportunity to learn about the game.

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It seems plausible. McDonald’s 124.11 SPARQ score was good for 4th in the class. The 2nd half of the table above is populated with current Seahawks and some of the top tight ends in the NFL at the moment, athletically-speaking. Vernon Davis, completely unsurprisingly, takes the cake in SPARQ – he ran a 4.38 40 with a 42″ vert at 254 pounds. Cripes! Following him is former Pete Carroll tight end, Jordan Cameron, whose 4.53 40, 4.03 short shuttle, and 37.5″ vert at 254 pounds puts him amongst the elite athletes at the position. For our exercise here, it wouldn’t surprise me greatly if Carroll tested Cameron with the SPARQ system when he was recruiting him out of high school. St. Louis’ shiny new weapon in Jared Cook obviously impresses in the SPARQ rating – he ran a 4.49 40 with a 41″ vert at 246 pounds, coming out of South Carolina, and should provide a great seam-stretching threat for Sam Bradford going forward.

To understand how intense the rivalry between the 49ers and Seahawks has become, all you have to know is what San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh said in response to a question about five Seattle players who have been suspended for using banned substances since 2011. Along with saying he “definitely noticed” what had been happening with the Seahawks, Harbaugh added that “you always want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘They’re winning because they’re cheating.'” Those comments rankled the Seahawks; cornerback Brandon Browner told a local radio station that if Harbaugh were lining up against him after making such a statement, “I’d put my hands around his neck.” But they were only more fodder in what has suddenly become the NFL’s best rivalry. “I don’t like using the word ‘hate,’ but it’s definitely like a heavyweight fight when we play each other,” 49ers Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis said. “We’re not throwing little jabs that barely hurt. We’re trying to knock each other out.” The issues between the 49ers and Seahawks largely exist because of what has happened over the past 12 months. First, there were the games. San Francisco earned a hard-fought 13-6 Week 7 win before being blown out 42-13 in Seattle in Week 16. Even though San Francisco won its second consecutive NFC West title — and eventually reached the Super Bowl — those contests served notice about where this series was heading.

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Kirchner fills Ribarys role with Seattle after serving the last three years as its assistant director of pro personnel. A former Seahawks communications intern in 2000, he was the college scouting coordinator for the Washington Redskins in 2001 and served eight seasons (2002-09) as a pro scout for the Carolina Panthers. Morgan assumes Kirchners assistant director of pro personnel role after serving as Seattles pro scout for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The former 11thoverall selection in the 2001 NFL Draft started all 59 games played in seven seasons at linebacker for the Carolina Panthers. His career was cut short after ankle and Achilles injuries following the 2007 season. Graff has spent the last two seasons as an intern in the scouting department and now will represent the club in the Carolinas Region for National Scouting, Inc. Nagy joins Seattle after spending the last four seasons (2009-12) with the Kansas City Chiefs, serving last season as the Chiefs national scout. He began his scouting career as an intern in Green Bay in 1996, where he first met Seattle general manager John Schneider and moved in to a full-time scouting role with the New England Patriots from 2002-08, helping the team win Super Bowls after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

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