Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Friday

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by members of the San Francisco 49ers defense at CenturyLink Field December 24, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. San Francisco won 19-17. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)


Breaking down Ryan Lindley (QB, San Diego State) " Seahawks Draft Blog
Just before Christmas, Kip posted two excellent articles looking at later round quarterbacks that could be in play for the Seahawks. To see both pieces, click here and here. I wanted to continue this theme by taking a look at other options the front office might consider. I think it’s likely Seattle will draft a quarterback at some point, even if it’s not the top-end first rounder a lot of people are hoping for. I wanted to highlight Ryan Lindley (QB, San Diego State) as someone who’s drifted off the radar this season despite being one of the pre-season tips to get among the big name quarterbacks.

The Shutdown Corner Week 17 Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
We're back with another weekly podcast featuring our favorite X's-and-O's analyst — Greg Cosell, the longtime NFL Films maven, who's also the executive producer of ESPN's "NFL Matchup." As always, we go through this week's upcoming games with a scout's eye and Greg in control of the All-22 tape.

Boycotting the Corner Store: A Lesson for RBs | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Isaiah Pead is an NFL running back prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft. The 5’11″, 198-pound University of Cincinnati senior is agile, and quick. He earns his tuition gaining yards from spread and pistol sets. This morning I’m watching Pead gain 191 total yards from scrimmage and score two touchdowns against NC State.

The Packers have allowed more yards than they’ve gained, but what does that mean? | Smart Football
After 15 games, the Green Bay Packers are 14-1. But this season, the Packers have been outgained by their opponents. In fact, the Packers have won more than half of their games while losing the yardage battle. How is that possible?

Pereira’s rip job on Gruden just one more reason he can’t be trusted - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Former NFL VP of officiating and current FOX Sports analyst Mike Pereira made a great deal of news this week with a column that ripped ex-NFL coach and current Monday Night Football broadcaster Jon Gruden for Gruden's assertion that the league's current officiating crews are not calling certain helmet-to-helmet penalties consistently.

Analysis Notebook: Week 16 |
For this special holiday time of year the Analysis Notebook is offering a special edition too. We’re still bringing you three interesting plays from the Week 16 action, but this time they all have something in common.

Jets' Aaron Maybin goes from bust to playmaker | National Football Post
Ryan compares lightweight pass rusher to Fred Dean.

Closing the books on 2011 | National Football Post
As we put a wrap on both the 2011 NFL regular season and, well, 2011, there are some year-end accounting issues and other concerns to address. Let’s look at a few of these areas of business:

An inside look at the TE position in the red zone | National Football Post
How the Lions and Packers targeted the TE in Week 16.

Cosell’s Watching: Pats Offense Found Rhythm On "Empty" : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the Patriots offense vs. the Dolphins defense

Cosell’s Watching: Raiders Boosted & Burned by Inconsistent Palmer : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the Raiders offense vs. the Chiefs defense.

Cosell’s Watching: Raiders Curry & Branch Jump off the Film : NFL Films Blog
Curry continued to show up on film with his athleticism and movement, Excellent range

Cosell’s Watching: Beast Mode runs like Adrian Peterson : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the Seahawks offense vs. the 49ers defense.

Cosell’s Watching: 49ers Must Keep it Simple for Alex Smith : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the 49ers offense vs. the Seahawks defense. news: Reseeding playoffs would add more meaning to Week 17 games
This is my annual futile attempt to propose to the NFL that it is time to consider reseeding the playoffs once the teams have been established. news: Panthers' Newton: Criticism not racist; JaMarcus, VY to blame
Because Cam Newton has set the NFL on fire this season, it seems silly to think back to when scouts and experts wouldn't go near the Panthers rookie quarterback's bandwagon. Blaine Gabbert more worthy of the No. 1 overall pick? That's downright laughable now.

NFC West Week 17 Game Capsules - Beware Thy Neighbor, Seahawks picks
The Seattle Seahawks are no longer still barely mathematically alive in the NFC wildcard race. A loss to the 49ers last week coupled with a Detroit Lions win did them in. Time for the Week 17 NFC West previews. The Seattle Seahawks travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals. The 49ers play the St. Louis Rams in the final action of the NFL regular season. Here’s my capsule previews and NFC West predictions for Week 17.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Seahawks Long Odds This Sunday
Seattle and Arizona have had similar seasons. Both started 2-6, before going 5-2 in their last seven games. The Seahawks have enjoyed some amount of national recognition for their resurgence, helped in part, by two blowout wins on national television. The Cardinals did not have a quality win until Week 13 and Week 14 when they beat the Cowboys and 49ers at home on successive weekends. Kevin Kolb's failure at quarterback is what most fans think about when thinking of the Cardinals, and for good reason. The truth, at least for this season, is that the Cardinals are a energized defensive team with a decent running game that can rise up and beat any team, especially at home.

710 ESPN Interviews - Podcasts -
Sando joined Bob Stelton, Dave Grosby and Paul Moyer and discussed the Seahawks' Week 17 matchup with the Cardinals, a key no-call in last week's loss to the 49ers, how Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh defy convention, what the Rams would do if they end up with the top pick, and more.

Mayhem in the middle
Here’s a little secret about a not-so-little piece of the Seahawks’ defensive puzzle: Brandon Mebane has more tackles than any interior lineman in the NFC. It’s just that the plays the wide-bodied nose tackle makes are usually hard to see. Because of what he does and where he does it, it’s often difficult to tell – and even more difficult to see – what he’s doing. Even on the slow-motion TV replays. Blog | Wednesday in Hawkville "
FOCUS ON Michael Robinson. In official Pro Bowl parlance, the Seahawks’ lead-blocker is listed as the first alternate at fullback to the NFC squad that was announced Tuesday. But Tom Cable has a different take on the situation.

Pro Bowl picks point to strength | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
With one player selected as a starter for the Pro Bowl, and two others named as alternates, the Seattle Seahawks have one of the best defensive backfields in the league, right?

Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch: "I feel like I became a pro this year" | Seattle Times Newspaper
The beastly nickname. The Skittles. The punishing running style and consistent production. What surrounds Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch these days is often hard to miss. The man known on game days by his alter ego, "Beast Mode," is setting records seemingly at a weekly pace and has already established career bests this season in rushing yards (1,118) and touchdowns (13).

Seahawks | Seahawks' Brandon Browner never gave up hope on the NFL | Seattle Times Newspaper
Brandon Browner's eyes were never too far from the NFL. He spent four years playing in the Canadian Football League, practicing outdoors in temperatures so cold your nose didn't drip so much as freeze. To say Browner never stopped looking across the border was much more than a metaphor.

Buckle up: Chancellor, Wilson break mold - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' Adrian Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor tower over the other strong safeties in the NFC this season. That is true not only in their accomplishments -- Wilson is a Pro Bowl starter, Chancellor a first alternate -- but in their physical dimensions.

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