Coffee and Cigarettes

Back at it after a long holiday weekend. Here are some good things for you to read as you settle in.

The Secondary, the Bandit, and Why the Future of Both Looks Bright | May: Really great in depth look at the Seahawks' defensive backs and how the future there looks by Matthew Heuett. Definitely worth a read over at Seahawk Addicts.

"So if the team didn't have enough talent to man the four DB slots in the base defense, it absolutely didn't have the seven DBs it takes to run one of Carroll and Bradley's more exciting changeup looks, the 3-1-7 Bandit alignment.  I like the scheme an awful lot; it's a ballsy mix of quarter defense personnel, 3-4 pass rush, and tendencies straight out of Fritz Shurmur's Big Nickel playbook.  It requires big defensive backs to run properly: cornerbacks on the outside big enough to bump-and-run with authority, and safeties big enough to handle a linebacker's job (at least for a couple snaps per game).  The Bandit has the ball-hawking centerfielder in Earl Thomas it needs to patrol the back end, but was victimized an awful lot in the middle of the field, where the coverage skills of nickel and dime backs Roy Lewis and Jordan Babineaux proved to be no match against above-average slot receivers and tight ends.

Two members of the base defense's secondary are now free agents, and as luck would have it they just so happen to be the weakest of the four, Jennings and Milloy.  Assuming that Thomas and Trufant will stay on the field regardless of defensive scheme, the Seahawks are going to need two more DBs to fill the 4-3 Leo's secondary and five additional DBs to man the Bandit."

Bird Nerd Facts: Did you know? " 12th Man Rising | A Seattle Seahawks Blog: An interesting list of facts pertaining to our Seahawks. 

Who Seahawks Should Target: Running Backs " Seahawks Gab: A good list of potential free agent running backs that the Seahawks could pursue.

Stat Sheet Misconceptions: Punting Yards Per Attempt | "Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus wraps up his 10-part series of Stat Sheet misconceptions with a look at punting yards."

yfrog Photo : Shared by TeamGowe: "Justin Forsett, Deon Butler, Cameron Morrah & Roy Lewis video shoot." It's just a picture of some Seahawks. But it's a slow offseason so why not?

Huskies | Lockout puts NFL dreams on hold for undrafted Victor Aiyewa and Nate Williams | Seattle Times Newspaper: "Current NFL players and those recently drafted know that eventually, when the saber rattling is done, they will have a home. And NFL free agents, at least the big-name ones, can rest assured there will be a job for them somewhere. But undrafted rookie free agents, such as former Washington players Victor Aiyewa and Nate Williams, are forced to sit out the lockout in the unknown, preparing for an opportunity they can only hope is waiting for them when the lockout lifts." Kolb might not suit Cardinals' offense: "They wonder about his decision-making. But mostly the Cardinals' brass wonders if Kolb is the right fit for coach Ken Whisenhunt's offense. Kolb averaged only 6.46 per pass attempt in his five starts in 2010. Until last season, when the Cardinals were forced to play quarterback roulette and started a pair of rookies at various times, the Arizona passing game averaged over 7.0 yards per attempt under Whisenhunt. The number dropped precipitously to a paltry 5.81 yards in 2010, but, again, there were mitigating circumstances."

Kyle Orton's biggest weakness -- lack of improvisation - NFL - Sporting News: Russ Lande on Kyle Orton.

Several NFL teams might have interest in Burress - Should be interesting to see where Plaxico lands and whether he has some success. It doesn't seem likely that the Seahawks would be a suitor.

Undrafted players left just waiting around - NFL - Yahoo! Sports: Good read by Doug Farrar on the plight of the undrafted free agents still stuck out there in limbo. "Cornerback Kendric Burney of North Carolina, quarterback Adam Froman of Louisville and offensive tackle David Mims of Virginia Union epitomize the upside-down circumstances facing undrafted players this particular offseason. While seventh-round picks (Mr. Irrelevant included) know where they'll eventually be playing, undrafted players must balance the possibilities of participation in other leagues to bide their time and get some pro-football tape of themselves for prospective NFL employers."

Chester Pitts finds Kurt Warner's remarks 'disingenuous' | National Football Post"There were a lot of players I spoke to who were stunned by what he said," Pitts told Freeman. "I was disappointed. Disappointed is a good word, but disheartening is a better word. "hat makes this country great is everyone is entitled to their opinion. Not all the players are in lockstep. We have disagreements, but it's disingenuous for Kurt to say those things now that he's retired and wealthy. Not every player is wealthy, and certainly not every retired player has a lot of money."

Tannenbaum thought Hard Knocks helped the Jets | National Football Post: ""I was probably the last person on board to do it and I called Ozzie Newsome, the general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, who I respect immensely, and he said just from a football standpoint he felt like they got better practices because the cameras were around," Tannenbaum said during an interview with ESPN 101 in St. Louis. "Everybody was giving their ‘A Game,' everyday and our decision was we thought we had a great story to tell.""

NFL: 10 coaches hit hard by the lockout - ESPN: John Clayton: "9. Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable: The former Raiders coach took over the Seahawks' offensive line, which is trying to replace three starters. The Seahawks used their first two draft choices on offensive linemen James Carpenter and John Moffitt and they have to find another guard in free agency. Starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is unsigned and has to decide whether he wants to return to what will be the league's youngest and -- until the lockout is over -- most uncoached offensive line."

Marcus Forston 2012 NFL Draft prospect notes - Mocking The Draft: "Forston's size and bulk make him a legitimate defensive tackle prospect.  He has the potential to play either the 3 technique or nose tackle in a 4-3 system.  His strong lower half allows him to hold at the point and avoid getting moved off the line.  Forston's success is dependent on his snap awareness which helps him get off the line and penetrate the pocket."

41st to 50th Defensive Prospects - Mocking The Draft: "This is the final part of a five part series that look at the top 50 defensive prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft. This group is full of great LB prospects such as Nico Johnson, Tank Carder, and Travis Lewis."

Breaking down Frazier and the 'load option' | National Football Post: I just really enjoys this series by Matt Bowen. Also I'm a big Nebraska fan so thought I'd pass this on.

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