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Morning links: The real Super Bowl Sunday

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke writes that today’s NFC and AFC championship games serve as the real championship Sunday, providing more intensity and drama than the Super Bowl in two weeks because of the desperation of the four teams scratching and clawing to get into the big game.

I’d agree with that. I attended Seattle’s NFC championship win over Carolina during the team’s 2005 Super Bowl run, and I remember seeing grown men crying and hugging each other as the confetti came down during the celebration after the game was over. I think there’s probably more raw emotion in championship games, versus the celebratory feeling most fans have with their teams making it to the Super Bowl.

Enjoy the games today.

Plaschke: “Sunday is the greatest single day of the NFL season. Sunday is the real Super Bowl, only twice as much and twice as good.

The two conference championship games played Sunday will be more compelling than the one game played two weeks later, and it won’t even be close.

Sunday is the Super Bowl minus the capital letters, Roman numerals and incessant glitz. Sunday is real football, played in real weather, in front of real fans, for real stakes.”

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First look at the 2012 draft

Our annual preview of this year’s NFL draft begins today with the half-hour video above produced by TNT media guru Joe Barrentine.

In the video Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for and myself discuss some of the top draft prospects among this year’s group that we believe the Seattle Seahawks might have their eye on as they prepare for April’s draft.

That group includes quarterbacks like Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill and Ryan Lindley of San Diego State, along with a group of talented pass rushers like North Carolina’s Quinton Coples, Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw and Nick Perry of USC.

So check out the video. And below you can find a breakout of each player, which includes a link to highlights of each player, along with a quick comment from Rang.

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Morning links: Robinson added to Pro Bowl roster

Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson became the second Seattle player headed to Hawaii this month.

Robinson was added to the Pro Bowl NFC roster, replacing Green Bay fullback John Kuhn, who pulled out because of an injury. Robinson was a first alternate, and will be making his first appearance in the Pro Bowl, joining safety Earl Thomas.

Robinson’s bruising blocks helped teammate Marshawn Lynch rush for a career-high 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns, becoming the first Seahawks to eclipse 1,000 yards since Shaun Alexander in 2005.

ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Thomas and Robinson could have company if San Francisco makes the Super Bowl, with Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor likely being added as replacements.

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Hawks finish fifth in Sudden Change situations

Seattle Seahawks' Brandon Browner, left, intercepts a pass intended for Washington Redskins Jabar Gaffney, right, in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

There’s been a lot of talk about the record passing numbers this season.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s single-season passing yardage record with 5,476 passing yards in the regular season.

Ten quarterbacks threw for over 4,000 passing yards in 2011, considered one of the barometers of a successful season passing the football.

But as Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange noted this week, winning the turnover differential had more to do with who moved on in this year’s playoffs than having an elite quarterback.

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Morning links: NFL scouting combine invitees announced

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is sacked by Washington's Alameda Ta'amu for a 10-yard loss during the second half of the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File) gives us the initial list of 231 pro hopefuls invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which runs from February 22 to 28. This group only includes seniors at this time.

Today is the deadline for underclassmen to apply for this year’s draft.

Oregon quarterback Darren Thomas is the latest surprise addition to forgo his final year of college eligibility.

We’ll once again provide wall-to-wall coverage of the combine from Indianapolis this year, focusing on local prospects and players on the radar of the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s draft at the end of April.

University of Washington players invited include defensive tackle Alameda Ta’Amu and offensive lineman Senio Kelemete

Check out the breakdown of each position group here.

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Morning links: Fisher lands in St. Louis

In this Aug. 10, 2011, file photo, former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher watch the Detroit Lions practice at NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich. A person familiar with the decision says Jeff Fisher has accepted an offer to coach the St. Louis Rams. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, on condition of anonymity because the hiring hadn't been announced. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers some details on the St. Louis Rams reeling in a big fish by landing Jeff Fisher as their new head coach in a tug-o-war with Miami.

Fisher’s hire in St. Louis raises the stature of coaches in the NFC West, joining a group that includes Pete Carroll in Seattle, Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco and Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona.

Fisher is expected to make about $7 million a year, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the league. It’s expected that Fisher will have a similar setup in terms of structure as Pete Carroll has in Seattle, with final say over all personnel matters and a similar title of executive vice president-head coach that he had in Tennessee.

Former Seahawks personnel man and Federal Way native Lake Dawson is expected to have the inside track to become the Rams new general manager. Dawson currently serves as vice president of football operations in Tennessee, and is familiar with Fisher from his time with the Titans.

Dawson already has interviewed for the position.

New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams also is rumored to be joining Fisher in St. Louis. Williams served as Fisher’s defensive coordinator in Tennessee from 1997 to 2000.

ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his thoughts on what Fisher landing in St. Louis means to the rest of the NFC West.

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Roster analysis

We’ve still have almost two months until free agency begins in early March, but I thought we’d take a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks roster to get a better picture of where the team sits heading into Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider’s third offseason.

The Seahawks have 22 free agents, including 18 unrestricted free agents. So the team will have some decisions to make moving forward on players like running back Marshawn Lynch, fullback Michael Robinson, linebacker David Hawthorne and defensive end Red Bryant, along with the continued development of competition at each position.

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Morning links: Nonstop Flynn talk

Green Bay Packer quarterback Matt Flynn smiles as he exits the field after defeating the Detroit Lions 45-41 in an NFL football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Aaron Rodgers got to rest up for the playoffs and backup Matt Flynn threw for a franchise-record six touchdowns, the final one to Jermichael Finley with 1:10 left, giving the Packers a 45-41 victory over the Lions. (AP Photo/West Bend Dally News, John Ehlke)

John McGrath of The News Tribune doesn’t know if Green Bay backup quarterback Matt Flynn is the answer to the Seattle Seahawks question of who will be the team’s long-term solution at quarterback, but he’s just pleased Seattle-area radio stations are blasting the airwaves with nonstop Flynn talk instead of a steady diet of Tim Tebow.

McGrath: “It’s reasonable to wonder: Is Matt Flynn the latest Packers backup on the verge of blossoming as a full-time quarterback, as Hasselbeck and Rodgers did?

Or is he another Kevin Kolb, terrific in a spot-starting role but a bust as a full-timer?

Don’t ask me. Sorry. All I know is that as the NFL season has devolved into eight months of future-roster conjecture, Seahawks fans want to read about Flynn, and talk about Flynn, and argue about Flynn, because once Flynn is removed from the equation, all that’s left are some playoff games that shouldn’t require an appearance by Flynn.

Just the same, I’m glad Flynn has emerged not only as a conversation topic, but as proof of a divine force from heaven interceding on our football matters.

Without Matt Flynn, Sea-hawks fans have nothing to talk about except Tim Tebow.”

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