Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Wednesday

Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, info, interviews, analysis --  from around the interwebs.

Chalk Talk: Whitehurst's 27-yard TD pass to Baldwin - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
The situation: After a Giants field goal gave them a 25-22 lead late in the fourth quarter, Charlie Whitehurst, playing in place of an injured Tarvaris Jackson, had driven the Seahawks from their 20 to New York's 27 in six plays. Seattle had a first-and-10 with 2:43 remaining. The play: Double right, 74 Z slugggo seam. The result: A 27-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin that put the Seahawks up 29-25.

From The Sidelines: Seahawks at Giants
The Seahawks showed marked improvement on Sunday at the Giants; will it be lasting change?

The strategic legacy of Al Davis - Grantland
What the "vertical pass" guru contributed to football.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Further Thoughts on the Giants Victory
The more I think about Sunday's win against the Giants, the more it feels like an illustration of how defense and QB play fit together in this league. The Seahawks' defense didn't win the game for them. The game-sealing interception was a lucky bounce that lies more on Eli Manning's shoulders than any Seattle DB's, another of several bad decisions by a QB that couldn't push his luck forever.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 5 Quick Reads
An undrafted free agent out of Stanford, Baldwin wasn't likely to make an NFL roster, particularly in a lockout-shortened offseason that theoretically would have made experienced players even more valuable than usual. Seattle took a shot at him though, and the absence of Mike Williams left opportunities open for Baldwin against the Giants. He responded with a day that was virtually the polar opposite of Jacoby Jones' day (below). His first target fell incomplete, but he caught everything thrown his way after that, including five 20-yarders. The only other player with five 20-yard catches in a game this year: Carolina's Steve Smith against Chicago in Week 4.

Top 13 Observations From Seahawks’ Sunday Shocker
• No-huddle offense: Seahawks used it from the get-go, and it worked beautifully. Happy to see them in it the whole game. Center Max Unger said on the post-game show that it’s tiring for the offensive linemen, but he added that it’s probably more tiring for the defense. Note to Pete Carroll: Keep using it in every game, all game long. Not only is it effective, it’s fun to watch.

Whitehurst looks to take advantage of opportunity - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com
With the Seattle Seahawks offense finally showing signs of life the last few weeks using a no-huddle offense engineered by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, backup Charlie Whitehurst was left to practice the no-huddle on his own.

Beneficial bye week | Seahawks Insider
It's clear the Hawks will benefit from getting some time off during the bye week, as a number of key players sat out Tuesday's practice. The most visible was center Max Unger, who wore a protective boot. While it looked serious, line coach Tom Cable said it was a problem with a foot that swelled up Monday morning. He said he was told to expect that Unger would be available for the Cleveland game after the bye.

ESPN’s Kenny Mayne takes Seahawks back to the future | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - seattlepi.com
You probably thought the Seahawks’ victory over the Giants on Sunday — in New York, no less — was simply the product of preparation and execution.

Seahawks Blog | Center Max Unger misses practice | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks had a host of players who sat out Tuesday's practice, which shouldn't be a surprise considering it's the bye.

Carroll: 'We're making progress' ; Week 6 - Whitehurst Press Conference

One tough guy
Despite having major back surgery on Sept. 26, Tom Cable has been an inspiration to his Seahawks offensive linemen by not missing a game and barely a beat.

Seahawks.com Blog | Photoblog: Seahawks Claim a Giant Victory "
The Seahawks traveled across the country to take on the 3-1 New York Giants hoping to erase a string of losses in games that kicked off at 10 am Pacific Time.

NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
RISING 1. West Coast offenses. The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks both installed somewhat traditional versions of the West Coast offense this season. Both teams are lining up with written-off quarterbacks and young offensive lines featuring multiple high draft choices. And both teams are seeing real signs of progress on offense. The 49ers and Seahawks have combined for 110 points on offense since halftime of their Week 4 games. Alex Smith in particular could not have been much better Sunday.

Seahawks’ new attitude disregards poor history | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Having lost what seems like nearly every three-time-zone trip in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks have tried any number of approaches to break the trend. On Sunday, they brought something very important with them when they faced the New York Giants. Attitude.

Thiel: Bye lets Seahawks pass on controversy | Seattle Seahawks - Whitehurst’s second-half competence in the upset win over the Giants underscores Carroll’s belief that a team can win with decent, not spectacular, QB play.

Around the NFC West: Stifling QB dilemma - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has simple choices at quarterback heading into the team's bye week. There's no use overthinking them.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Upcoming Seahawks Personnel Decisions Nobody Is Talking About - Week six of the NFL season means players currently on the Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) are eligible to be added to the active roster. Teams will need to decide whether to add the players, place them on injured reserve or release them. Seattle has three players on their PUP list: WR Deon Butler, CB Roy Lewis, and TE Cameron Morrah.

Seahawks offensive line coach, players much improved - Blog - MyNorthwest.com - Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable spoke to the media Tuesday after practice for the first time since returning from his surgery. He is officially off the Seahawks' injury report.

Seahawks.com Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville " - "It’s something that I knew we were going to do, so you kind of do it in your hotel room by yourself," Whitehurst said. That would have been Saturday night in Jersey City. "You can kind of call some plays and make sure you formation things correctly. So you’ve got to prepare yourself that way." Really? "I’m in bed doing it," Whitehurst said, jokingly. "I’ve often wondered if people can hear me through the walls."

Whitehurst looks to take advantage of opportunity - seattlepi.com - With the Seattle Seahawks offense finally showing signs of life the last few weeks using a no-huddle offense engineered by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, backup Charlie Whitehurst was left to practice the no-huddle on his own.

Unger in walking boot, Whitehurst runs first-team offense - Oct. 11, 2011 | Seattle - Seahawks - TOP STORIES - Seattle's live and local sports station - With QB Tarvaris Jackson sidelined with a high grade pectoral strain, QB Charlie Whitehurst ran the first-team offense during Tuesday' practice. After coming off the bench to help the Seahawks close out a 36-25 win over the New York Giants on Sunday, Whitehurst says he's going to prepare as if he's starting the team's next game in Cleveland on Oct. 23.

Re-Focused - Seahawks @ Giants, Week 5 | ProFootballFocus.com - 1)  Road to Redemption When Brandon Browner (+2.7) gave up 10/10 balls thrown his way for 194 yards against the Steelers you would have understood the Seahawks turning away from him. But they persisted, and to their (and his credit) there has been a continual improvement that peaked with him playing a pivotal role in their victory over the Giants. It wasn’t just the interception return for a touchdown, but plays like the one with 9:48 left in the third, where he made an excellent play to break up what would have been a chain mover on third down. His stat sheet read just four receptions allowed on the eight balls thrown his way. That’s progress.

NFL - The Seattle Seahawks are combining a formidable run defense with an improving offense - ESPN - Teams that win playoff games don't often continue a rebuild, but that's what has happened in the Pacific Northwest. After all, the playoff run for Seattle last season came after a 7-9 regular season. The Seahawks blew up their offense, bringing in six new starters on that side of the ball and choosing not to re-sign quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. It's a continuing theme for the Pete Carroll era -- no team has turned over its roster like the Seahawks over the past two years. And while the new squad rarely looked like a playoff team in the season's first month, everything seemed to come together in Week 5 against the New York Giants.

Super 99: Receiving talent abundant - NFL - Sporting News - With more than a third of the college season complete, it's time to look at the top 99 NFL draft-eligible players. Among those moving up draft boards, Illinois OT Jeff Allen and Florida State OT Zebrie Sanders. Others like Nebraska DT Jared Crick of Nebraska and Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins will have the rest of the season to try and rebound from slow starts. As you look at the list, a number of players in bold are ones who have moved up or down since the last Super 99.

Harbaugh and How the 49ers Were Built - NYTimes.com - From 1983 to 1998, the San Francisco 49ers won at least 10 games each season. They  made the playoffs 15 times in those 16 years, and again earned playoff berths in 2001 and 2002. But from 2003 to 2010, San Francisco missed the playoffs every season. Over that eight-year stretch, the team ranked 29th in winning percentage, topping only the Cleveland Browns, the Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions. Now at 4-1, the 49ers are fielding their best team since at least 2002 and seem destined to end their playoff drought by winning the otherwise anemic N.F.C. West. The seeds of this team were planted during a 366-day stretch in the middle of the last decade.

NFL.com news: James uses social media to glean info on NFL league calendar - We haven't reached the stage where we take a potential LeBron James NFL career even remotely seriously, but it remains our duty to monitor the situation.

10/11: Will Tarvaris Jackson be ready by Week 7? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Brock and Salk agree that while there shouldn't be a quarterback controversy in Seattle, there is a question about whether Tarvaris Jackson and his strained pectoral muscle will be healthy enough to play after the Seahawks' bye.

Prospect of the day: Boise State QB Kellen Moore | National Football Post
Impression: I see him more as a later round type pick/reserve only whose playing career will end up being closer to say a Koy Detmer type quarterback than a Drew Brees.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll: Tarvaris Jackson is Our Quarterback if He’s Healthy
Pete Carroll joined 790 ESPN Seattle with Brock and Salk to discuss the status of Tavaris Jackson who was injured during Seattle’s Week 5 win over the Giants, why Whitehurst is better than he was last year, if there could be a competition between the two even when Jackson is healthy enough to play, the success his offense has had operating out of the hurry-up offense, and the outstanding play of the team’s defense, particularly in third-down situations.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Ken Whisenhunt: "We are just not able to get it done on game day and that is very frustrating for us."
Ken Whisenhunt joined 620 KTAR in Phoenix on In the Red Zone with Doug and Wolf to discuss the changes the Arizona Cardinals will be making during the bye week, his impressions of Kevin Kolb’s play so far this season, the Cardinals offensive line performing up to expectations and the areas the Cardinals will look to build on during the bye week.

Atonement for the much maligned - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com
The Seattle Seahawks' trip to New York to face the Giants offered them some opportunities to not only pull out a scrappy win, but for a team and its parts to make some reparations heading into the bye week. The slow start, the Eastern time zone, the running game and a few players found redemption last Sunday – in New Jersey of all places.

Year of the wide receiver? " Seahawks Draft Blog
With a cluster of talented players, 2012 could be a big year for the receiver position. Dwight Jones (WR, North Carolina) is my top rated wide out so far but he tops a long list of players who are primed to hear their names called early next April. Although the class lacks a true ‘freak of nature’ type in the form of A.J. Green and Julio Jones (Robert Woods (WR, USC) appears to be the next in line for such a grade, however as a true sophomore he will not be eligible for the 2012 draft) but this is still a deep group with several players likely to go in the first two rounds.

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