Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Tuesday

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Jon Ryan #9 of the Seattle Seahawks punts the ball away in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Seahawks 23-13. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Tuesday links!! Holy Cow!!

State of the Seahawks at the Halfway Point - SB Nation Seattle
Taking a look at this Seahawks team at the midway point.

The NFL doesn’t want you to have access to the "All 22″ film | Smart Football
The NFL doesn’t want "All-22″ game film — the "eye-in-the-sky" view that coaches use to analyze their teams and their opponents** — released to the public because "it would open players and teams up to a level of criticism far beyond the current hum of talk radio… [F]ans would jump to conclusions after watching one or two games in the All-22, without knowing the full story." It should be this simple This is, of course, ridiculous.

NFL: The All-22 Football Footage the League Won't Show You - WSJ.com
Despite Its TV Ubiquity, the League Won't Share "All-22" Footage; Second-Guessing the Coach.

The RSP Blog’s Top QBs (2006-2011) | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Ranking players is perhaps the least important part of the analysis I do when I create the Rookie Scouting Portfolio. It’s the conversation starter. The attention-getter. The marketing schtick.

Jerry Brewer | Seahawks are only halfway done learning the hard way | Seattle Times Newspaper
Tarvaris Jackson stood in the front of a near-empty locker room. The equipment, the players and their excuses were all but gone, and the probing media questions had been asked, except for one throwaway query about how the Seahawks could turn around a season trending toward miserable. The quarterback was appropriately blunt. "We've got to score points and stop killing ourselves," Jackson said. Oh, is that all?

Monday draft hits: Seahawks still need a quarterback " Seahawks Draft Blog
The game against Dallas was there to be won. Take nothing away from the Cowboys, they deserved to win it. However, they’re a team that just can’t get out of it’s own way. They’re stuttering when they should be fluid. In the first half, Seattle had the breaks but couldn’t capitalise. In the second half, all the Cowboys did was iron out a few of the creases and they were barely tested. Why? The Seahawks passing offense couldn’t keep up – it was impotent and turned the ball over.

Week 9 Judgements: 49ers QB Smith silencing bust talk in 2011 - NFL - CBSSports.com Football
5. Washington coach Mike Shanahan -- He sat down Rex Grossman after his four interceptions vs. Philadelphia, replacing him with a quarterback (John Beck) who hadn't started since 2007. So what happens? Washington not only loses three straight with Beck; it has one touchdown in its last 25 possessions. Time to face facts, Mike: The quarterback who can win for you isn't on the roster.

Week 9 thoughts: Running game, Phillips' defense fueling Texans - NFL - CBSSports.com Football
5. Dallas -- DeMarco Murray continues to impress running the ball. He shows speed to the outside and aggressiveness running inside. The Cowboys told me after his big game a few weeks ago that he was still getting a feel for working with his blockers while running the plays. He appears to be getting better at that. He ran 22 times for 139 yards. When Felix Jones comes back, this is an easy decision to me. Murray is the starter with Jones coming off the bench. I would get both of them carries, but I would lead with Murray and go with the hot hand. In comparing both backs coming out of college, Murray was a more complete back because he was a better inside runner, and that is still the case. That is why I would start him. He makes the Cowboys more unpredictable on offense.

The Shutdown Corner Halfway Point Roundtable, Part 1 - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
With the season halfway gone (already!?!?!), we thought it was time to put out a few landmark pieces so that we could get a handle on who's doing what in the NFL. To that end, we rounded up all the regular Shutdown Corner contributors for the first in a two-part roundtable on some of the NFL's burning questions halfway through the 2011 campaign.

The Shutdown Corner Halfway Point Roundtable, Part 2 - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
With the season halfway gone (already!?!?!), we thought it was time to put out a few landmark pieces so that we could get a handle on who's doing what in the NFL. To that end, we rounded up all the regular Shutdown Corner contributors for the first in a two-part roundtable on some of the NFL's burning questions halfway through the 2011 campaign.

Re-Focused - Seahawks @ Cowboys, Week 9 | ProFootballFocus.com
Dallas got back on track this week with a victory at a canter over the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys took their time getting into a comfortable position, and a dubious refereeing decision on simultaneous possession deprived Seattle a consolation score, but they had this game in hand and move to 4-4. They owe a debt of gratitude to a defense that clamped down on Tarvaris Jackson and the Seattle passing game, and a running game that opened up holes for their backs to take advantage of.

NFP Sunday Rewind | National Football Post
Let’s go back and talk Sunday football in the NFL. Here are then things I saw that we need to discuss today after checking out the Week 9 games. Breakdowns, personnel, plus some Xs and Os.

Cowboys 23 Seahawks 13 – The Aftermath
Another week, another loss for the Seahawks. Once again there were problems but also some good things to come out of this game. But let me get one thing clear: 2-6 SUCKS!!! I hate losing these games. Looking back at the losses these are, for the most part, games that the Seahawks could have won. Yeah, Pittsburgh dominated us. But the other 5 losses were all winable for the Seahawks.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Cowboys 23, Seahawks 13
The Seahawks let another winnable game slip away yesterday, and with that loss all realistic hope for a return to the playoffs evaporated. The good things Seattle did (protecting Tarvaris Jackson, establishing a solid ground game, excellent red zone defense) were overwhelmed by a clattering brood of mistakes: Penalties, poor decision-making (particularly from T-Jack), and an offense that seemed to melt as it grew closer to the heat of the enemy's end zone.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Morning After: Seahawks Lose To Cowboys, 23-13 - Fans and media tend to talk about strengths and weaknesses of football teams as if they are etched in stone.

Carroll: Seahawks offensive line took 'big step forward' - Blog - MyNorthwest.com - As Pete Carroll told "Brock and Salk" on Monday, it was their best performance of the season. "Without question," Carroll said. "Really, [offensive line coach] Tom Cable made an issue of it last week that we needed to take this step. We had talked about it as a staff. We needed to make a step ahead. We were not moving ahead with what was going on as a running game.

11/7: On Pete Carroll's defense of Tarvaris Jackson - Blog - MyNorthwest.com - Tarvaris Jackson said he felt "very sick" about his three-interception performance in the Seahawks' 23-13 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

Seahawks Blog | Video: Seahawks Pete Carroll, Tarvaris Jackson from Dallas | Seattle Times Newspaper

Seahawks Blog | Three things we learned: Cowboys 23, Seahawks 13 | Seattle Times Newspaper - Seattle's run defense is not impregnable It took eight games, but someone finally rushed for 100 yards against the Seahawks. That would be the Cowboys' DeMarco Murray, who gained 139 yards Sunday. The Seahawks didn't allow anyone to rush for 100 yards in the first six games last season, but when Darren McFadden cracked triple digits in Game 7 -- which was the game Red Bryant was injured -- the Seahawks allowed another couple rushers to surpass 100 yards: Jamaal Charles, who rushed for more than 170 yards in the Chiefs' victory in Seattle, and LaGarrette Blount, who checked in at 141 in Tampa Bay.

Monday metatarsal musings - Or footnotes: A look at three things that worked in the Seahawks' loss to the Cowboys on Sunday and three things that need work as they prepare for this week's game against the Ravens.

Seahawks.com Blog | Game at a glance " - A recap of the Seahawks’ 23-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday:

Seahawks | Seahawks fall apart in the second half, lose 23-13 to Cowboys | Seattle Times Newspaper - Everything is supposed to be bigger in this state. Even the shortcomings. No, especially the shortcomings. Because Seattle's imperfections became warts and their warts became sores in a 23-13 loss to Dallas.

Advanced NFL Stats: Running Into Trouble on 4th Down - Tied 13-13 with 1:54 left in the game, the St. Louis Rams found themselves in a 3rd-and-1 on the Cardinals 33 yardline. Looking to just run the clock down and kick the game-winning field goal, the Rams called two straight run plays for Steven Jackson, who had 130 rushing yards on the game. Jackson was stuffed twice, turning the ball over to the Cardinals and causing a 45% drop in win probability.  Typically, running the ball on 3rd or 4th-and-short is the correct decision, and the Rams were certainly right to go for it in that situation.  But, it got me thinking about trends in rushing and passing frequency and efficiency on 4th down.

Scout’s corner: The next Adrian Peterson? | National Football Post - Observations and analysis from the tenth week of the college football season, including thoughts about some of the nation’s top prospects on both sides of the football. 

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