Seven takeaways from Friday at the combine

By Nick Shook | NFL.com
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Friday was the first day of workouts for offensive linemen, tight ends and special teamers, but as is often in the NFL, quarterback talk ruled the day.

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher pushed his big pile of confidence chips into the center of the table, telling reporters that his team is “betting on” Sam Bradford. Quarterback guru George Whitfield told reporters the possibility of Marcus Mariota landing on the same roster as 2014 first-round selection Johnny Manziel in Cleveland was a “very real situation.”

And then there was Jameis Winston taking the podium and telling reporters he’s planning on winning the Super Bowl next season. As if the football world hadn’t already adjusted to Winston’s tendency to provide surprising sound bytes, this one ranks among the most eye-opening.

As the quarterback goes, so goes the team in the NFL — and apparently so goes the media portion of the combine. Here are our takeaways from Friday at the combine: Continue reading

Will Russell Wilson’s new deal be fully guaranteed?

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Russell Wilson has had more than two weeks to mull the pass that stole the Lombardi Trophy from his grasp.

He’s also had more than two weeks to consider his future with the Seattle Seahawks.

With the arrival of the offseason and the upcoming start to the new league year, the latter moves to the forefront of his team’s offseason checklist, and likely his as well. The time away offers a chance to secure a contract extension for the quarterback. Continue reading

Darrelle Revis on Seahawks’ final call: I was shocked

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It was a decision that, more than 12 hours later, is still being questioned. It’s likely just the beginning of the in-depth examination of what went wrong with the Seahawks a mere 3 feet from essentially securing their second Lombardi Trophy in as many seasons.

Pete Carroll has taken the blame for it and attempted to explain the thought process behind it.

And in the immediate aftermath of the game, even the victors found the call to be perplexing. Continue reading

Pete Carroll on interception: ‘That’s my fault, totally’

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Seated on the doorstep of regaining the lead and potentially winning their second title in as many seasons, the Seattle Seahawks made a peculiar decision.

It resulted in an interception on the part of New England’s Malcolm Butler, decimating Seattle’s chances of winning Super Bowl XLIX and sending the Patriots to their first title since the 2004 season. Continue reading