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Saturday, September 8, 2012 - Page updated at 09:51 p.m.

welcome to the fun house

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SUSAN JOUFLAS, BETTINA HANSEN AND RICH BOUDET / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Ringmaster Pete Carroll introduces Seahawks fans to this year's (hopefully) spectacular show.

Pete Carroll applies the finishing touch on Hawks

By Danny O'Neil
Seattle Times staff reporter

Don't look down, Pete Carroll.

Not while you're up on that high wire, inching across the gulf that separates the NFL teams that are rebuilding from those that are contending.

There's no net. Not this year. Read story

Carroll's way inspires belief; it's time to prove it works

By Jerry Brewer
Seattle Times staff columnist

I'll admit it: Pete Carroll has me all twisted up. When it focuses on the Seahawks coach, my brain resembles Marshawn Lynch's hair.

Covering Carroll is like trying to watch a magic show while skydiving. It's unhinging. It redefines "over the top."

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On the field

Breaking down the new uniforms

ROD MAR / SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Beyond the flash, there are also some technological changes to the Seahawks' uniforms.

Carroll embraces a bold choice — rookie Russell Wilson as starting QB

JORDAN STEAD / THE SEATTLE TIMES

By Danny O'Neil
Seattle Times staff reporter

It was fitting that Russell Wilson was named Seattle's starting quarterback with a hug, not a handshake.

This is a decision that coach Pete Carroll embraced, after all. Read story

Coach Richard molding Seahawks' secondary into one of the NFL's best

By Steve Kelley
Seattle Times staff columnist

Kris Richard, a former Seahawks player, focuses on the smallest details to help Seattle's defensive backs improve. Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Brandon Browner each made the Pro Bowl last season.

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Around the league

JOE MAHONEY / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

QB Alex Smith hopes to repeat last season's success, when he led the 49ers to 13 regular-season wins.

Expectations are high in San Francisco, where coach Jim Harbaugh leads a 49ers team that came up just short of reaching the Super Bowl last season.

A fantasy football perspective

How did you do in your fantasy football draft? Here's a scouting report for this season.

Staff Picks

Seattle Times reporters and columnists predict division and playoff winners
Danny O'Neil

Larry Stone

Jerry Brewer

Steve Kelley
NFC West Seattle San Francisco San Francisco Seattle
NFC East New York Dallas Philadelphia Philadelphia
NFC North Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay
NFC South Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta
AFC West San Diego Denver Denver San Diego
AFC East New England New England New England New England
AFC North Baltimore Pittsburgh Baltimore Baltimore
AFC South Houston Houston Houston Houston
AFC champion Houston Houston Baltimore Houston
NFC champion Green Bay Atlanta San Francisco Philadelphia
Super Bowl champion Green Bay Atlanta San Francisco Philadelphia

About the Pete Carroll photo illustration: Seattle Times artist Susan Jouflas sculpted Seahawks coach Pete Carroll's face in clay, then Bettina Hansen photographed it in the Times' studio and designer Rich Boudet created the additional illustration.

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