Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Tuesday

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Raheem Brock #98 of the Seattle Seahawks sacks Caleb Hanie #12 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 38-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Happy... Tuesday!! (I couldn't think of a nickname for Tuesday.)

Seahawks' Front Office Building Team With Value Picks & Free Agents - SB Nation Seattle
A look at some of the value Seattle has gotten from recent roster additions.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 15
Each Sunday, the FO staff sends around e-mails about the games that each of us are watching. We share information about the games that the rest of the group might not be watching, ask questions, and keep everyone else informed about which games they might want to tune into (if they can).

Bill Barnwell on how to eliminate Green Bay, and the rest of the things worthy of our attention from Week 15 in the NFL - Grantland
The rest of the league should be thanking the Chiefs for discovering a formula for how to beat Green Bay

Re-Focused: Bengals @ Rams, Week 15 | ProFootballFocus.com
A matchup between a playoff contender and an injury plagued afterthought played out an intriguing matchup in Week 15 as the Cincinnati Bengals in the end proved to have too much for the St Louis Rams. For most of the games the two teams played back and forth, only exchanging field goals before two Bengals touchdown drives either side of the intermission between the third and fourth quarters put this game away. The Rams got a consolation touchdown late on but as soon as the Bengals established that two score lead you felt this game was over.

Handing out the Week 15 NFL game balls | National Football Post
Let’s go back and hand out some game balls from the Sunday NFL schedule. Here are the names that make my list…

Should Titans have started Locker over Hasselbeck? | National Football Post
Titans' QB tried to play through calf injury in loss to Colts.

LaMichael James vs. Lamar Miller | National Football Post
Taking a look at a pair of standout running backs from Miami and Oregon.

Updated two-round 2012 NFL mock draft - Mocking The Draft
After not updating my own mock draft since late October, now seemed to be a good time to do so. I can't speak for anyone else who does a mock draft, but these are quite time consuming. This edition of the mock draft is two rounds (you're welcome New Orleans and Atlanta) and took probably four hours of research and typing out.

Seahawks 38, Bears 14 – The Aftermath
What an awesome second half! This is probably the best half of football the Seahawks have played all year. They were able to put up 31 points in one half on a Bears team that nearly everyone said was better than the Seahawks. But us Seahawks fans knew better.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard
For grizzled veterans of the Twelve Army, the ugly first half today in Chicago followed a very familiar, very cliched script: In an important late-season road game, the Seahawks were making big mistakes, making an opposing "just a guy" QB look like a Pro Bowler, and shitting away an opportunity to "level up." Of course I thought we were still in the game, but what came next even shocked me, the King of Wishful Thinking...

Brock and Salk - Blu - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
Can the Packers' Week 15 loss to the Chiefs be a blessing in disguise? Should Colts quarterback Peyton Manning consider retiring? What has been the key to the success of the Seahawks' offensive line?

Pete Carroll Show - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
During his weekly conversation with "Brock and Salk," Pete Carroll discussed the Seahawks' Week 15 win over the Bears, the instincts of rookie linebacker K.J. Wright, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson's unflappable demeanor, cornerback Brandon Browner's chances of making the Pro Bowl, the team's development compared to last season, and more.

710 ESPN Interviews - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com - Jackson joined "Bob and Groz" and discussed the interception defensive end Red Bryant returned for a touchdown in the Seahawks' Week 15 win over the Bears, the development of second-year wide receiver Golden Tate, and more.

Carroll: Brandon Browner playing at a Pro Bowl level - Blog - MyNorthwest.com - Brandon Browner had come up empty in six previous NFL tryouts when he came to Seattle last winter for a workout with the Seahawks. Now, 14 games through his first season in Seattle, Browner has gone from hoping he would finally make an NFL team to being the subject of Pro Bowl discussion. Brandon Browner returned his interception 42 yards for a touchdown in Seattle's win over the Bears on Sunday. (AP) "He's playing like it," coach Pete Carroll told "Brock and Salk" on Monday when asked whether the Seahawks cornerback should be in the Pro Bowl.

Carroll’s genius deserves a vote | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Pete Carroll won’t be named NFL coach of the year. The award almost certainly will go to the 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh, who has sealed his front-runner status now that the Packers have been denied a perfect record under coach Mike McCarthy.

Lynch runs to place in Seahawks' record book | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Seattle Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith had an easy explanation for his team’s 5-1 record in the second half of the season – more carries for Marshawn Lynch. "He wasn’t getting used," Smith said. "He did what we asked him to do. He wasn’t getting a lot of touches, and he didn’t get a lot of opportunities.

Jerry Brewer | Time to face reality — the Seahawks are legit | Seattle Times Newspaper
Red Bryant was 323 pounds of jolly, high-stepping into the end zone. It was his Deion Sanders impression. He wanted to take it further, but instead he got caught in the moment, stopped and did a belly-roll dance.

Seahawks Blog | Three things we learned: Seahawks 38, Bears 14 | Seattle Times Newspaper
Tarvaris Jackson can do more than just manage a game. His second-half turnaround was among the more impressive, more important things that happened for Seattle on Sunday. The Bears were so focused upon stopping Marshawn Lynch that they were bringing one of their safeties up into the box. That was a surprise given Chicago's devotion to the Cover Two defense. That put the onus on Jackson to make something happen. He did most notably on his 43-yard pass to Ben Obomanu against man-to-man coverage, setting up the game-tying touchdown. He completed 15 of 19 passes in the second half for 176 yards.

Freakonomics " "Football Freakonomics": How Advantageous Is Home-Field Advantage? And Why?
Do home teams really have an advantage? Absolutely. In their book Scorecasting, Toby Moscowitz and Jon Wertheim helpfully compile the percentage of home games won by teams in all the major sports. Some data sets go back further than others (MLB figures are since 1903; NFL figures are "only" from 1966, and MLS since 2002), but they are all large enough to be conclusive:

COSELL TALKS: Broncos Must Toss Tebow’s Training Wheels : NFL Films Blog
Tim Tebow’s fourth quarter and overtime heroics cannot be sustained over a long period of time. This is not an attack on Tebow, it’s simply a reality. And it has to be conceded as we both celebrate what he’s accomplishing, and as the Broncos enter a critical phase in which they must remove all Tebow’s training wheels in order to evaluate whether he is a viable, long-term solution at quarterback. I watched every Tebow throw his last year at Florida, and have seen every play in his 2 year career with the Broncos. One advantage he has shown as a mobile quarterback is the ability to compensate for his deficiencies as a pocket passer with his ability to make plays outside the structure of the offense. That’s a positive.

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