Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Thursday

Man, this week is just flying by.

2012 Pro Bowl rosters and the NFL Draft - Mocking The Draft
The full breakdown is after the jump, but here's what it looks like: 44 first-round picks, 10 second-round picks, seven third-round picks, five fourth-round picks, three sixth-round picks, two seventh-round picks and eight undrafted players

Mac's Football Blog: Bills Sign K Brandon Coutu
The Buffalo Bills have announced the signing of kicker Brandon Coutu.

The Shutdown Corner Hidden Pro Bowlers – The Offense - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Every Pro Bowl roster has its snubs, but we'd like to present this list more as the guys we think should be on there with the understanding that a ball of excellence at certain positions and the politics of popularity will have things going another way. Here is the full list of Pro Bowl starters for 2011. You'll see some of these names below as alternates, and at the very least, consider this to be a list of players you should be watching out for in future seasons.

Re-Focused: 49ers @ Seahawks, Week 16 | ProFootballFocus.com
The Seahawks where looking to keep their playoff hopes alive by knocking off division rival San Francisco, but the 49ers had different plans. As they did in Week 1, the 49ers were looking to punish Seattle into submission and crush any hope of playoff glory. Seattle is a much-improved football team since the last time these two met. The Seahawks were riding the highs of an impressive running game and a defense keen on taking the ball away from their opponent, but a lack of takeaways and pressure caught up to them in this one. As for the 49ers, they just keep on winning. Every week it’s the same thing, stout defense and ball control on offense. The 49ers are still looking to lock up that first round bye with a final victory in Week 17.

32 Teams, 32 Observations, Week 16 | ProFootballFocus.com
Seattle Seahawks: Safety Earl Thomas has 31 stops on the year, which is good for second most in the NFC.

Five Analysts, Five Questions, Week 16 | ProFootballFocus.com
With just one week left in the regular season, the team sit down for another five questions. This week, as well as looking at the best performances from the penultimate week of games, they look at the keys to the de facto playoff game in New York to decide the NFC East winner, as well as the chances of the two teams in control of their own destiny in the AFC. They then move on to an area in which it’s been a big year and choose the pass rushers they’d put in with the game on the line and finish off the discussion by looking at the most improved players of the year.

Cosell’s Watching: Scheme + Spiller Keyed Bills Offense : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the Bills offense vs. the Broncos defense.

Cosell’s Watching: In 2nd Half, Patriots D Thrived by Not Thinking : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the Patriots defense vs. the Dolphins offense.

Cosell’s Watching: In 2nd Half, Patriots D Thrived by Not Thinking : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the Patriots defense vs. the Dolphins offense.

Cosell’s Watching: Packers Re-Worked O-Line Looked Strong : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the Packers offense vs. the Bears defense

Cosell Talks: Cam Newton’s Remarkable Transition : NFL Films Blog
Cam Newton has had an unprecedented first season in the NFL. The reason is not what you’d expect. We all know he broke Peyton Manning’s rookie record for passing yardage, but that’s simply the statistical narrative. The far more impressive element is how he did it. No quarterback has exhibited such a dramatic difference in the method of his success from college to the NFL.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Bottom 5 WORST Seahawks Regular Season Finales
I usually try to emphasize the positive here on my blog, but I'm depressed and pissed off right now, so here's the five WORST regular season finales in Seahawks history. Fuck.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Game Managers Don't Need To Suck
No topic generates more discussion amongst Seahawks fans than quarterback. People throw around terms like "franchise quarterback," and "elite." Pete Carroll caused reverberations by promoting the idea that the Seahawks need a "game manager." Somehow, that has led many fans to believe Carroll devalues the quarterback position. Signing Tarvaris Jackson this off-season furthered that fear as people started to worry that Carroll was under the impression that a team could contend with a bad player behind center. Jackson went on to surprise most everyone by performing above NFL average while battling a serious injury that effected his throwing ability. Jackson came on strong late in the year as he drastically cut his turnovers, while leading the team to a series of wins. Media and fans started asking if Jackson was becoming the game manager Carroll wants. That remains a possibility, but is far from likely.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: 2012 DRAFT: Cost Of Trading Up
Danny O'Neil did some homework to find out that the Seahawks could wind up picking as high as No. 10, or as low as No. 19 in the 2012 NFL Draft. You can see the types of players Rob Rang, a fantastic local draft scout, has projected to be taken around the 10-19th picks in the first round. Believe it or not, a player like OG David DeCastro is going to be very tempting if he is available for the Seahawks. Robert Gallery is 31, and injury-prone. John Moffitt had a serious knee injury, and DeCastro is being compared to Steve Hutchinson. Of course, the focus for every Seahawks fan will be who they draft at quarterback.

NFL Game Center: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals - 2011 Week 17
Inside story You can fully expect Kevin Kolb to start this game barring a setback in his concussion recovery. It would be big for him to make a nice statement at the end with a $7 million bonus upcoming in March. Marshawn Lynch continues to find the end zone every week for Seattle in a contract year. A Seahawks win and they surpass last year's division-winning victory total.

Mack Strong: The Long Timer | HeraldNet.com - Sports
This is the last of 22 chapters in "The Game of My Life," about former Seattle Seahawks and the games they remember most. For a look at the series, jump to the end of this story.

Robert Griffin III confirms occasional security - College News - MyNorthwest.com
Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is getting help in dealing with his new fame. The Baylor quarterback confirmed Monday that he's sometimes shadowed by security since being honored earlier this month as the nation's best player.

Draft notebook: Tar Heels' final impression will last, and hurt too - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
In the weeks leading to the draft, NFL general managers are often asked to give team owners a video snapshot of the players they are targeting with early-round selections. Some owners, of course, have more say than others in the evaluation process but many like to see for themselves the young men who could soon be their employees.

Carroll says Jackson the QB for 2012 | Seahawks Insider
Amid all the conversation on talk radio and on the comments section here, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll provided some clarity on who his quarterback will be next season – Tarvaris Jackson. "Yeah, that’s where we are," Carroll said. "We know where we are with that in that regard. Now, that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to look at the draft really hard and all the opportunities. We’ll always do that at every position.

NFL mock draft: The bidding for Robert Griffin III could get crazy - NFL - Sporting News
There’s no doubt who’s going to be the No. 1 pick of April’s NFL draft: Stanford QB Andrew Luck. After that first pick, however, things could get a little crazy. Many teams will try to trade up to get their hands on Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (if he decides to turn pro). The Vikings or Rams, for instance, could acquire plenty in return from a team desperate for an elite quarterback. Here’s a look at our latest mock draft, the order of which is based on records through Week 16.

Jerry Brewer | Busy Mora riding 'tornado' of activity | Seattle Times Newspaper
Jim Mora felt test anxiety. That's when he really knew he had gone back to school.

Seahawks Blog | Chat with Tarvaris Jackson at noon | Seattle Times Newspaper
Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will be answering questions at SeattleTimes.com for about 45 minutes starting at noon on Wednesday. Stop by, ask a question and we'll get through as many as we can.

Seahawks Blog | Carroll's injury update: "We're in a pretty good shape." | Seattle Times Newspaper
Here are some brief injury updates from coach Pete Carroll's press conference Wednesday.

Seahawks Blog | Arizona's QB situation remains uncertain | Seattle Times Newspaper
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt has Arizona's quarterback situation narrowed down. Just not narrowed very much. "Well, we know it's going to be one of three guys," Whisenhunt said.

From the sidelines: Seahawks vs 49ers
Even a heartbreaking loss to the 49ers confirms the Seahawks are heading in the right direction, with loads of positive momentum pushing the team toward a bright future.

A reason to smile
When the NFC Pro Bowl squad was announced Tuesday, the Seahawks had a starter in Earl Thomas and three first alternates, which left coach Pete Carroll smiling.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthrough: All-Rookie Team 2011
WIDE RECEIVER: Doug Baldwin, Seahawks. Baldwin is likely to finish second to Green in first-down receptions (38 to Green’s 41 through Week 16) and receptions of 20 or more yards (18 to 19). This year’s rookie receiver class is one of the better groups in recent memory, and Torrey Smith, Julio Jones, Denarius Moore, and Titus Young all deserve honorable mentions. Smith, Jones, and Young all got to be No. 2 receivers, however, and Moore has been hurt, so Baldwin gets the starting nod.

Reflections on Kolb's first Cardinals season - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kevin Kolb will emerge from the 2011 NFL season with an incomplete grade, whether or not he plays for the Arizona Cardinals in their Week 17 game against Seattle.

Updated mock draft: 28th December " Seahawks Draft Blog
Projecting the 2012 draft is proving increasingly difficult. High-profile prospects opting to return to college is hitting a talent pool that was never particularly deep to begin with. Matt Barkley will head back to USC, dynamic linebacker Jarvis Jones will remain with Georgia and emerging defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has reaffirmed his intentions to stay at Utah. It could impact the draft in two ways – some players will be taken earlier than they should, while others could now declare in the hope of taking advantage of a weaker class.

NFL Podcast With Peter King, interview with Packers GM Ted Thompson - SI.com
Sports Illustrated and SI.com pro football writer Peter King takes fans behind the scenes of the NFL and interviews the top players, newsmakers in the league.

Five Analysts, Five Questions, Week 16 | ProFootballFocus.com
With just one week left in the regular season, the team sit down for another five questions. This week, as well as looking at the best performances from the penultimate week of games, they look at the keys to the de facto playoff game in New York to decide the NFC East winner, as well as the chances of the two teams in control of their own destiny in the AFC. They then move on to an area in which it’s been a big year and choose the pass rushers they’d put in with the game on the line and finish off the discussion by looking at the most improved players of the year.

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