Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Tuesday

Yay! Tuesday!

NFL.com news: Cardinals, Seahawks hit their strides after rough starts
Everyone has been a little tough on the NFC West at times, but after the 7-9 division winner a year ago, it was only fitting. So in that vein, I feel it's only fair to send some love out there now, as two teams in this division are much improved the past month or so and deserving of more respect.

Monday metatarsal musings
Or footnotes: A look at three things that worked in Thursday night's all-three-phases victory over the Eagles, and three things that need work as the Seahawks prepare for Monday night's game against the Rams.

Week 13 Thoughts: Munchak's coaching job keeping Titans in hunt - NFL - CBSSports.com Football
Philadelphia -- Andy Reid is taking a lot of criticism in Philly these days. Many people are calling for him to fired. Sometimes you can stay in one place too long, and that is what has happened to him. I even saw this with Joe Gibbs in Washington. He could not win enough even with three Super Bowl rings. I will say this: If Philly lets him go, he will be the first in line for every opening in the NFL. Maybe he should leave for his sake, but I would not fire him. I do think he will have to make some critical personnel decisions and coaching-staff decisions in the offseason. Among those will be deciding whether to draft a young QB for the future, which I think is their biggest need. If they don't find that guy, they must at least make an upgrade at backup QB.

Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers clinch franchise’s first NFC West title since 2002 - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
How long has it been since the San Francisco 49ers clinched the NFC West? Last time it happened in 2002, Steve Mariucci was their head coach, Jeff Garcia(notes) was their quarterback, Terrell Owens(notes) was firmly entrenched as their leading receiver, and Garrison Hearst led a surprisingly effective ground attack. There may not be as many marquee names on the new 49ers, and this team is doing things a different way.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 13
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).

Scout’s corner: Ranking the Draft’s Top 5 QB Prospects | National Football Post
Plus, a rundown of the top prospect performances from this past weekend.

NFP Sunday Rewind | National Football Post
The 12-0 Packers, Saints vs. Calvin Johnson, Bears are in trouble, Tebow, Ray Rice, Steelers and more.

Eagles Vs. Seahawks recap - NFL Week 13 Summary, Seattle Seahawks football blogs
On Thursday night at CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks (5-7) got back in the win column with a 31-14 win over the slumping Philadelphia Eagles. With the win Seattle kept their faint playoff hopes alive, but with San Francisco sitting at 9-2 the Seahawks will have to win and out and get some help.

What Happened To Mike Williams? | Articles
One of the hottest topics among Seahawks fans this season is Mike Williams. And no, it’s not because he is successfully repeating his breakout 2010 season of 65 receptions for 751 yards. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Poll: Priorities For The Seahawks And The NFL Offseason - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Yesterday we discussed the needs that the Seahawks have going into the offseason. Today I thought I’d put it to you to prioritize those needs. So, select the 3 needs from the list below that you think are biggest needs that the team has. Why 3? because this team has plenty of needs, and while we might all agree on 1 of them, I think there will be some disagreement in terms of what the biggest needs are after that.

Spiking Celebrations " The Matchups Zone
After watching The Buffalo Bills’ Stevie Johnson pantomime Plexico Burress’ shooting himself in the leg as part of a TD celebration last week, followed by Seattle’s Golden Tate scoring a TD against the Redskins then falling to the ground in celebratory stupidity, I was annoyed. Not just because Johnson’s penalty was followed by him dropping a couple of passes which would in the end play a huge part in the Bills losing to the Jets, or because Golden Tate gave the Redskins a short field (that was appreciated fully) but because in both cases it was an example of a player costing his team yards.

Bill Barnwell on getting in a kicker's head, and the rest of the things worthy of our attention from Week 13 in the NFL - Grantland
Calling timeout right before a field goal attempt is usually the last resort after a series of bad decisions.

Killer B's
The Seahawks' B-boys - Red Bryant, Brandon Browner, Doug Baldwin and Alan Branch - have been drawing A-grades as the team has won three of its past four games.

The making of Seahawks' defensive tackle Brandon Mebane | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
To know what Brandon Mebane is about, you have to know where he’s been. Mebane grew up in a tight-knit family across the street from Crenshaw High School. He didn’t play football until his freshman year, but four years later he was one of the best players in the city.

Seahawks Blog | The Seahawks (admittedly long-shot) playoff picture | Seattle Times Newspaper
Playoffs? I'm not seriously going to talk about the Seahawks making the playoffs, am I?

Jerry Brewer | Seahawks can measure progress with solid second half | Seattle Times Newspaper
Pete Carroll is the stubborn male driver who won't stop to ask for directions. Scream all you want that he's going the wrong way. He's not listening. He believes too much in his way. And unlike the typical stubborn male driver, Carroll might actually arrive at his destination in a timely manner.

Winning -- not draft order -- is paramount for Seahawks - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Al Davis was right. "Just win, baby." Spending five days on Hawaii-time and flying over thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean affords one the opportunity to think and reflect, and for the Seahawks, finding ways to win football games down the stretch far exceeds a plummeting draft position.

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