Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Wednesday

Humpday!

On the Firing Line | National Football Post
Coaches and general managers must be on same page.

49ers' goal line play action had everyone taking the bait | National Football Post
Breaking down Alex Smith's TD pass to Vernon Davis.

Andre Branch (DE,Clemson) game tape vs South Carolina " Seahawks Draft Blog

Thiel: Seahawks, 49ers coaches almost the same guy | Seattle Seahawks
Carroll, Harbaugh built their teams nearly the same way — heavy on defense and special teams, light on offense. Only the 49ers are better. The Seahawks’ only chance is to be smarter.

The Final Matchup (Seahawks Playoff Hope Edition): The San Francisco 49ers " The Matchups Zone
In a way, the playoffs have begun for the Seattle Seahawks. All crazy and hopeful scenarios aside (I can’t stand those by the way..Just win) the Seahawks must win out to give themselves a chance. The first huge test and last home game of the year, will be this Saturday against a very polished, and tough 49ers team. Fresh off their destruction of the Steelers, many in the media have begun to notice and overly praise them. I say wait a minute. While their season has been a huge success considering recent years, this team is not a juggernaut, and can be beaten with the right game plan. Also, with return specialist Tedd Ginn hobbled during the Steelers game, out goes the one guy who killed us in week one. That "should" mean this game will probably look alot like week one on many fronts, minus the two returns for scores. Notice to 49er fans: The Seahawks are a much better football team now..

Harbaugh: Alex Smith is our long-term quarterback | ProFootballTalk
Early in Monday night’s game against the Steelers, Alex Smith missed a number of potential scoring opportunities. He wasn’t playing poorly, but the 49ers could have opened up the lead earlier.

Re-Focused: Seahawks @ Bears, Week 15 | ProFootballFocus.com
The difference between these two teams was slim but all too obvious: one quarterback played mistake-free football for two halves, whereas a certain Caleb Hanie could only manage one. Bears fans must be wondering what they did to deserve such bad fortune. A month ago, Jay Cutler had just completed his best-ever game as a Bear, we were talking of Matt Forte as a legitimate MVP candidate, and the team was nailed on to a playoff berth. Unfortunately, the crowbar of fate has pried them away and they are now almost certain to miss out. The Seahawks have an identical record–and as little chance of making it to January as the Bears–but for some reason, a more positive feel at the moment. Maybe it’s the fact they see themselves with a brighter future; they’re a young team who are a quarterback and a re-tooling of the offensive line away from being very good indeed. Is Tarvaris Jackson that player?

Mike Williams Had Successful Surgery, Is Already Mentoring Ricardo Lockette - The Daily Drip - SB Nation Seattle
I've had the same surgery Mike Williams successfully underwent on Tuesday morning, and it amazes me the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver is already putting in the work to mentor his potential replacement. With Williams out, Ricardo Lockette will likely see more significant action in the Seahawks lineup, and his on-the-job training is already underway.

Tarvaris Jackson could be an elite game manager - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
The quarterback position is one of the most scrutinized in all of sports. Every team would love to have an elite-level starting quarterback, but it's not often that an Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady falls into your lap.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Larry Fitzgerald Laments Losses Against the Ravens and Giants Earlier this Year
Larry Fitzgerald joined PFT Live with Mike Florio to talk about what changed for the team after the 1-6 start, what the biggest win was for the team during this impressive late season run, what two losses stick in his mind the most, whether or not it will help him and Kevin Kolb to have a full offseason to work and get to know each other, and why he has had more success with John Skelton as opposed to Kolb.

Forget recent slide, real 49ers show up with stifling of Steelers - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
Now that they've beaten Pittsburgh in a game with playoff implications, the question is: What are we to make of the San Francisco 49ers?

Week 15 thoughts: Loss gives Packers chance to gear up for title run - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
1. Green Bay -- Nobody should be surprised that the Packers are disappointed in losing to the Chiefs. Who wouldn't be if you had a chance at an undefeated season? But this might very well be a blessing in disguise. The loss will allow Green Bay to rest up, both mentally and physically, as they prepare for another title run. There is no doubt in my mind the Patriots were tired from staying perfect by the time the made it to Super Bowl XLII. The Pack won't make that mistake now. I look for them to play out the game against Chicago on Christmas and rest the starters against Detroit to close the season. I would even suggest that Aaron Rodgers not play at all against the Lions.

Advanced NFL Stats: How Much to Pay a Free Agent?
Let's say you have a star safety finishing his final year with your team. What kind of contract offer is he worth? What does the market for such a player look like? This post will begin to answer those questions using salary data and advanced player statistics. Think of this as a 'demonstration of concept', which begins to establish a framework for a quantitative estimate of player contract value.

Superlatives: The best breakout players of 2011 - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The best (and worst) of the season. Today: Freshmen, transfers and other newcomers who made the best of their first shot at the field.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 15 Quick Reads
With 7:47 to go in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked and fumbled. Oakland Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry recovered the ball for a touchdown, putting his team up 27-14 and seemingly knocking the Lions out of the playoff picture.

Re-Focused: Seahawks @ Bears, Week 15 | ProFootballFocus.com
The difference between these two teams was slim but all too obvious: one quarterback played mistake-free football for two halves, whereas a certain Caleb Hanie could only manage one. Bears fans must be wondering what they did to deserve such bad fortune. A month ago, Jay Cutler had just completed his best-ever game as a Bear, we were talking of Matt Forte as a legitimate MVP candidate, and the team was nailed on to a playoff berth. Unfortunately, the crowbar of fate has pried them away and they are now almost certain to miss out.

Vinny Curry vs West Virginia (2010) - YouTube

Re-Focused: Browns @ Cardinals, Week 15 | ProFootballFocus.com
On the surface of things, a Cleveland Browns versus Arizona Cardinals contest didn’t appear to be something that would provide much excitement. Indeed you only needed to look at the respective quarterbacks on display to think this game could go down as one of those instantly forgettable end of seasons.

How did Stafford, Calvin Johnson beat the Raiders? | National Football Post
Breaking down the Lions' red zone route scheme.

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl preview: FIU-Marshall | National Football Post
The Golden Panthers and Thundering Herd clash for the first time.

Playoffs or not, the Seahawks are looking good - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
At this time last season, the Seahawks were 6-8 and coming off a 34-18 home loss to the Falcons. Those Seahawks split their remaining two games to reach the playoffs. This year's team, despite being 7-7, needs quite a bit of help to get back to the postseason. "There's no doubt," Pete Carroll told "Brock and Salk" when asked if he's satisfied with the progress his team has made from Year 1 to Year 2.

Where do you stand on Tarvaris Jackson? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
You won't find Tarvaris Jackson's name on many Pro Bowl ballots, not with the 23rd-best QB rating and just as many touchdowns as interceptions.

Monday metatarsal musings
Or footnotes: A look at three things that worked for the Seahawks in Sunday's victory over the Bears in Chicago and three things that need work as they prepare for Saturday's game against the 49ers.

Seahawks.com Blog | Monday in Hawkville "
FOCUS ON The Pro Bowl. The Seahawks have not had a Pro Bowl representative the past two seasons. Will this third season be the charm as the players and coaches around the league cast their votes this week?

Seahawks.com Blog | Photoblog: Windy City Winning "
The surging Seahawks landed in the Windy City to face the Chicago Bears at Solider Field for the third time in two seasons. Seemingly no longer affected by 10:00 am Pacific time kickoffs, the Seahawks scuffled through the first half before waking up to score 31 unanswered points on their way to a 38-14 victory.

Texas game tape no better for Ryan Tannehill " Seahawks Draft Blog
This was the sixth time I’ve watched Ryan Tannehill this season, and each time I’ve gone in with an open mind. I want to be impressed enough to make the kind of ambitious first round projection others are making. It’s not happening.

Seahawks ignored conventional wisdom when they built their defense | HeraldNet.com - Sports
The enduring image of the Seahawks' win Sunday in Chicago undoubtedly will be that of super-sized defensive end Red Bryant high-stepping into the end zone.

Seahawks | Seahawks' second-half success revives season | Seattle Times Newspaper
Finishing wasn't a question when the Seahawks reached the midway point of this season. At 2-6, the Seahawks looked finished.

Seahawks backups are playing more like starters - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com
When Pete Carroll came to town he preached the "always compete" mantra and next year that's what we're going to see in training camp whether some players like it or not.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Play Rewind: Big Red Goes Primetime
No play captured the ability of Pete Carroll's staff to make halftime adjustments than Big Red Bryant's pick-6 on the second play of the Bears first possession of the second half. Caleb Hanie had gained 21 yards scrambling in the first half, nearly out-gaining Marshawn Lynch (27 yards). His lone touchdown came on a play where he escaped the pocket as well. You will see below a stark contrast in how the Seahawks opened up defending Hanie and the Bears versus how they adjusted in the second half.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks' a second-half squad in almost every way | Seattle Times Newspaper
Seems like everything has gotten better in the second half for the Seahawks, a statement that is as true for Seattle's performance in the third and fourth quarters of games this season as it is for the 5-1 record so far in the second half of the schedule. Just look at the numbers of Seattle's performance in the first half -- and by that we mean the first and second quarter -- compared to the second:

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