Good morning. We're five days from knowing if the Seahawks go to the Super Bowl.
We'll start today with a story from our Todd Milles about how the Seahawks and 49ers mirror each other. Milles took a look at the construction of each roster. Here's how the Seahawks are put together:
2013DraftRB Christine Michael (2)DT Jordan Hill (3)TE Luke Willson (5)T Michael Bowie (7)
Trade/waivers/practice squadWR Percy Harvin (T)T Caylin Hauptmann (PS)LB/DE O'Brien Schofield (W)
Free agentsDE Cliff Avril (UFA)T Alvin BaileyDE Michael Bennett (UFA)TE Kellen DavisQB Tarvaris JacksonWR Ricardo LocketteDT Tony McDaniel (UFA)DE Benson MayowaFB Michael Robinson
2012DraftLB Bruce Irvin (1)LB Bobby Wagner (2)QB Russell Wilson (3)RB Robert Turbin (4)CB Jeremy Lane (6)G J.R. Sweezy (7)
Free agentsFB Derrick ColemanWR Jermaine KearseCB DeShawn SheadWR Bryan Walters
2011DraftT/G James Carpenter (1)LB K.J. Wright (4)CB Richard Sherman (5)CB Byron Maxwell (6)LB Malcolm Smith (7)
Trade/waivers/practice squadK Steven Hauschka (W)DT Clinton McDonald (T)
Free agentsWR Doug BaldwinLB Heath FarwellG/T Paul McQuistanFS Chris MaragosTE Zach Miller (UFA)LB Mike Morgan
2010DraftT Russell Okung (1)S Earl Thomas (1)WR Golden Tate (2)S Kam Chancellor (5)
Trade/waivers/practice squadDE Chris Clemons (T)T Breno Giacomini (PS)RB Marshawn Lynch (T)
Free agentsLS Clint GreshamC/G Lemuel Jeanpierre
2009DraftC Max Unger (2)
2008DraftDE Red Bryant (4)
Free agentP Jon Ryan
2007DraftDT Brandon Mebane (3)
The few misses are outweighed by the huge gets later in the draft.
> Our John McGrath writes a case can be made for either team Sunday, which leaves his head spinning. From McGrath:
On the right side, the emotional side that connects visual images with intuition and opinion, I’m beginning to believe the 49ers are primed to deliver a knockout blow to the Seahawks.
On the left side, the studious side, where facts are stored and numbers are analyzed, I’m not about to stray from my preseason prediction that had the Hawks finishing first in the NFC West, with a 13-3 record, and winning the Super Bowl.
On most occasions, I’m clearly partial to the right side — the reactionary side — because it’s a lot more fun in there than in the quiet office cubicle across the hall. But I’m gaining an appreciation this week for the side where reasoning leads to logic and have promised myself to soon start using it once or twice a year.
> Don Ruiz writes about Frank Gore (more on him later today) and how he, like Marshawn Lynch, makes the offense go.
We're back at it today with the first practice and injury report of the week. Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas will all take the podium today.
Links:> 710 ESPN's Danny O'Neil writes about the making of the rivalry between Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh, and, by extension, the Seahawks and 49ers.
> A scout tells Bob and Groz on 710 that the 49ers are the best team in football, but says homefield could be the equalizer for the Seahawks.
You can listen to the scout, Matt Williamson, here:> Jon Gruden was on Brock and Danny to talk about the game:> Hugh Millen talked Xs and Os on KJR yesterday:> A look at the Seahawks' "efficient, effective" drafting from ESPN, which echoes what we see outlined above in the roster build.
> Rick Reilly on Carroll and Harbaugh.
> ESPN writes the 49ers struck gold (cliche alert) with the trade for Anquan Boldin. They sent a sixth-round draft pick to Baltimore for Boldin.
> MMQB wonders is this weekend will be a passing of the torch (cliche alert 2!) from Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to the new generation of mobile quarterbacks headed up by Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.
> We're lucky to have Rod Mar, one of the best sports photographers in the country, to be shooting for the Seahawks. He does a photo essay each week. Here's last week's.
> Mike Silver says rivalries define the championship rounds.
> Workers are getting CenturyLink Field ready for Sunday.
> Michael McCann writes what the rejection of the concussion settlement by a judge means for concussion case against the NFL.
> Peyton Manning: "Omaha!"
> The Minnesota Vikings brought in Mike Zimmer for a second interview. Just two coaching vacancies remain, one in Minnesota and the other in Cleveland.