Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Wednesday

Humpday!!!

Draw It Up: The Kansas City Chiefs and the Counter Trey - The Triangle Blog
It sure wasn't a pretty game, but no one can say it wasn't hard-fought. The once left-for-dead Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Diego Chargers 23-20 in overtime in a weird and sloppy contest on Monday night. Each team managed to turn over the ball four times — most crucially by the Chargers on a fumbled snap that denied them the chance to kick a potential game-winning field goal. But not all the fireworks were defensive.

Five teams that need to embrace a throwback look immediately - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The St. Louis Rams looked splendid this last weekend. I don't mean that they played good football against the Saints (though they certainly did); I'm speaking strictly in a sartorial sense. They wore the old royal blue and deep yellow throwbacks of the Jim Everett area, and for one Sunday, they were beautiful, beautiful men. I noted this on Twitter and found that people shared similar sentiments. Following that were suggestions of other teams who would look better in old uniforms, and more often than not, I found myself agreeing.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 8
Vince Verhei: Charlie Whitehurst starting for Seattle again. Seahawks, needless to say, go three-and-out their first drive. Ensuing punt is boomed 64 yards, but Adam Jones breaks a few tackles and hits the open field. Jon Ryan, the punter, then proceeds to run him down from behind. Not making that up. Jones comes up grabbing at his hamstring.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 8 Quick Reads
The subject of our essay was not the worst quarterback of Week 8, but he was the worst passer. Although Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos chipped in with a handful of first downs as a rusher, he finished with only nine first downs through the air, at a cost of seven sacks, three fumbles, and an interception.

NFL.com news: With Hardesty, Hillis sidelined, Browns sign RB Clayton
The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent running back Thomas Clayton, according to a league source.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Refreshingly Humble Seahawks
Thursday night was a rare night out for this blogger. HawkBloggerWife had just finished jury duty, and my short, but too long, stint as a single working parent was coming to an end. Scott Enyeart is in town from LA, and was meeting up with some other Twitter buddies at Joey's in Bellevue for the Seahawks Weekly radio show KIRO710 puts on each week. It was a regular who's who of people who only matter when sitting behind a keyboard. Scott, Davis Hsu, Danny Kelly, Chris Sullivan, Erik (didn't catch the last name), and I circled a table waiting for the show to start. There were surprisingly few pocket protectors for guys that all met via Twitter. Star Trek and The Lord of the Rings never even came up.

John L. Williams: Changing It Up | HeraldNet.com - Sports
While John L. Williams was a wishbone tailback at Palatka High School in Palatka, Fla., no one would have guessed that he would develop into one of the best three-dimensional backs in NFL history. He had plenty of opportunities to run the ball in high school, but rarely was he asked to block anyone or catch a pass out of the backfield.

Seahawks' Carroll: Penalties 'need to go away' | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Seattle penalized 11 times for 80 yards in loss to Bengals.

Seahawks, referees need to get back to basics - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
A lot has been made about Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll leaving points on the board at the end of the half during Sunday's tilt against the Cincinnati Bengals.

11/1: Jones, Barkley should be there for Seahawks - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Pete Carroll and John Schneider have made three first-round picks in the two years they've spent with the Seahawks. Despite an obvious need, none have been used on a quarterback.

Monday metatarsal musings
Or footnotes: A look at three things that worked in the Seahawks' 34-12 loss to the Bengals on Sunday, and three things that need work heading into this week's game against the Cowboys.

From the sidelines: Seahawks vs Bengals
Placing the blame for the past on himself, Carroll calls on his players to write a better future for the rest of 2011.

Letting his actions speak for him
Chris Clemons has a do-not-disturb attitude when it comes to media attention, but the on-field actions of the Seahawks' "Leo" end tell the true tale of his Pro Bowl-caliber contributions to the defense.

Seahawks.com Blog | Photoblog: Seahawks vs. Bengals "
The Seahawks returned home to CenturyLink Field for the first time in nearly a month to face the resurgent Cincinnati Bengals.

Seahawks.com Blog | Up next: Dallas Cowboys "
Star power: DeMarcus Ware. As is rhymes with "everywhere." As in that’s where the Cowboys’ weakside linebacker has been making plays this season. He has 12 sacks, to rank second in the league; and 31 tackles, to rank fourth on the team. His line from the loss to the Eagles was off the charts: 11 tackles, four sacks, four other QB hits, a forced fumble. "I thought it was as amazing performance," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "It’s really almost what you come to expect from the guy." The five-time Pro Bowl ’backer is no stranger to the Seahawks. In the 2008 game at Texas Stadium, Ware beat Walter Jones for two sacks of his three sacks in what would be the final game of his career for the Seahawks’ Hall of Fame left tackle. Ware also had a sack among his eight tackles in the 2009 game.

Barkley vs Luck – Seahawks would pick 8th " Seahawks Draft Blog
I fought off the jet lag to stay awake during the marathon encounter between USC and Stanford. It actually proved to be a very similar meeting to last year’s game – closely fought with a nail biting finish. The other piece of deja vu? I actually thought Matt Barkley performed better than Andrew Luck.

Does ESPN's Skip Bayless know what he's talking about? | National Football Post
I spend most of my day on Monday and Tuesday watching tape of the weekend’s games. But while taking a little break from watching tape yesterday I watched a little of ESPN’s "First Take." I only saw two segments, both of which included Skip Bayless having his usual arguments with another analyst and both times he was way off with his "facts." In fact, he was so far off I wonder if he did any research at all.

Week 9 Rewind: Barkley, Polk, Glenn step up big - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Each week, we rewind the game film to highlight the star-worthy performances that could impact the 2012 draft rankings:

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