Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Saturday

Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, links, info, interviews, analysis. You name it, I got it here for you. Happy Saturday everyone, hope your Friday night went well. Here are some great reads from around the NFL to take a look at. And read. They're good.

Pass Blocking Efficiency: Running Backs | ProFootballFocus.com: "Completing the series on pass protection, Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus breaks down the running backs." Justin Forsett is a very good pass-blocking running back.

6/16: Matt Hasselbeck's limited mobility isn't ideal, but likely not a deal-breaker - Blog - MyNorthwest.com: "Mike Salk discusses Jim Mora's comments about whether Matt Hasselbeck's limited mobility would fit with the Seahawks' new offense."

Former Seahawk, Free Agent Raheem Brock Arrested for Skipping Out on $27 Bar Tab - The Daily Drip - SB Nation Seattle: "The latest to NFL player to find himself in trouble with the law is former Seahawk DE Raheem Brock.

Raheem Brock Arrested; Reportedly Fails To Pay $27 Bar Tab - SBNation.com: "DE Raheem Brock, most recently with the Seahawks, was arrested in Philadelphia after allegedly failing to pay a $27 bar tab and resisting arrest."

NFL.com news: Brock arrested after allegedly skipping out on $27 tab: "Fox 29 News in Philadelphia reports, according to unnamed sources, that Brock was arrested after he engaged in a minor struggle with police when questioned about allegedly skipping out on a $27 bill. A female server at the Copacabana told NFL.com that it was the behavior of a woman accompanying Brock that led the couple to leave without paying their bill."

2011 Fantasy Football Sleeper: Ben Obomanu: "It’s always nice to have an edge in fantasy football and know some unknown players that your other league-mates might not know about.  In this article I’m going deep and letting you know about little known Ben Obomanu."

Will the Seahawks pursue CB Nnamdi Asomugha? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com: "ESPN's John Clayton thinks Nnamdi Asomugha's age and his steep price tag will likely keep the Seahawks from pursuing the All-Pro cornerback, though he didn't rule out the possibility. Asomugha, who turns 30 next month, reportedly made $28.5 million in the first two years of a three-year deal he signed with the Raiders before the 2009 season. The final year of that deal was voided when Asomugha failed to reach certain incentives last season, meaning the All-Pro cornerback will be among the league's most prized free agents once a new labor deal is reached."

Ultimate Rankings: Rams, Seahawks surge - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN: "The rankings evaluate 122 professional franchises across the following categories: bang for the buck, fan relations, ownership, affordability, stadium experience, players, coaching and to what degree teams have won or are likely to win championships during their fans' lifetimes. Teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball comprised the rankings."

Sources: Saints allowed Bush to gauge interest - NFL - Yahoo! Sports: "Among the most likely candidates for Bush’s services, according to one of the sources, are the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants. Miami and Pittsburgh are looking to add speed on offense. Seattle is coached by Pete Carroll, Bush’s former coach at USC. The Giants’ interest would depend on whether the team is able to keep running back Ahmad Bradshaw(notes) once free agency starts."

Robert Griffin (QB, Baylor) vs Illinois (2010) " Seahawks Draft Blog: Rob Staton provides us a look at Baylor's QB, Robert Griffin. 

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Data Points: Top pass rushers’ impact on teams ": "NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan ranked his top pass rushers Wednesday, with Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, James Harrison, Julius Peppers, and DeMarcus Ware bringing in the top grades. But how did the Vikings, Colts, Steelers, Bears, and Cowboys — the teams those great players belong to — fare in team sacks? While having a great pass rusher is certainly important in today’s pass-happy NFL, it takes a lot more than one guy who can get to the quarterback to consistently succeed defensively."

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Data Points: TD efficiency on long drives ": "With the new kickoff rules in effect, clubs will be forced to put together these long touchdown marches to win games. Below is how every team in the league fared getting the ball in the end zone on drives of 10 plays or more."

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Brooks: Pryor’s a project, but keep him at QB ": "Brooks didn’t speculate on where Pryor might go in the supplemental draft, but he didn’t think it would be a wasted pick for a team that had time to develop him. "Although he is raw in several aspects of the position, I like his athleticism and arm strength," he said. "He will certainly need a lot of time to develop, but if he really works at his craft, there is no reason why he couldn’t be an effective QB as a pro.""

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Three and out: Palmer trade could happen ": "Carson Palmer deal possible?: During a recent interview on Rich Eisen’s podcast, current NBC Sunday Night Football analyst and former Bengals wideout Cris Collinsworth suggested that owner Mike Brown will ultimately change his mind and trade Palmer. Up to this point, Brown has been steadfast in his stance that he will not deal the veteran quarterback, and it’s looking more and more like rookie Andy Dalton will be under center when the Bengals open the 2011 season in Cleveland. So if Brown does decide to deal Palmer, what would be the best destination from a fantasy perspective? Personally, I’d love to see him in Miami. Imagine what his presence would do to the value of Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Daniel Thomas? Another possible landing spot is Seattle, where he’d play under former USC coach Pete Carroll and immediately improve that offense. Regardless, dealing Palmer would make what is already a deep fantasy quarterback position even deeper."

Collinsworth: Mike Brown will trade Carson Palmer " Seahawks Draft Blog: "I guess not everyone believes Mike Brown will retire to his bunker once free agency opens, putting up a heavy guard against a potential deal for Carson Palmer. NBC analyst and three-time Pro Bowl receiver (not to mention former Bengal) Chris Collinsworth believes Mike Brown will trade the disgruntled quarterback when the lockout eventually ends."

NFL.com news: Sources: Some owners demanding better financial protection: "With deadlines approaching and momentum building as the NFL and players work towards ending the three-month-old lockout, owners have gotten some resistance from within their ranks, according to sources."

Kyle Orton works out with Larry Fitzgerald - CBSSports.com: "Which brings us to contestant No. 2: Kyle Orton. We haven't heard much from him lately, but like Kolb, he has previously been linked to Arizona because he's a) available, and b) an above-average quarterback, something the Cards haven't had since Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season. With Tebow-mentum building in Denver, there's probably nothing left for Orton, at least as a starter, even though he's proven he can run an offense. (More than that, as a rookie in Chicago, he replaced an injured Rex Grossman and went along for the ride on an 11-5 season and the playoffs. We said yesterday that the Cardinals don't need Tom Brady, they just need someone to steer clear of the icebergs; Orton can do that.) So it's not altogether surprising to see that he's working out with … Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald."

Steelers 21, Seahawks 10 special for another reason: "Steelers 21, Seahawks 10. Those two words and two numbers make Steelers fans smile...."

Breaking down Calvin Johnson in the red zone | National Football Post: "Let’s set it up. 4th down situation, down five points in the red zone. The Lions have their Posse personnel (3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB) on the field vs. the Redskins Nickel sub package (5 DBs) showing pressure from their pre-snap alignment. Check out the video replay and then we will get into some coaching points on why the ball was going to Johnson before the ball was even snapped." I just enjoy this series so I wanted to pass it along.

NFL.com news: Titans expect big things from Johnson, have hopes for Locker: "New offensive coordinator Chris Palmer tells Titans' fans that if Jake Locker turns out to be the best quarterback on the roster, the rookie will start."

Bracing for a free agent frenzy in the NFL: "Between unrestricted free agents and undrafted college players, there could be more than 700 players hitting the open market in the next few weeks. GMs, coaches, agents and - mostly significantly - players and their families are going to be heavily impacted by the newly hatched free agent rules. Action on the available players is going to be fast, especially if training camps are going to open as scheduled in late July. And so much is still unknown. For instance, the answer to the basic question of whether free agency will begin for players with four vested seasons (the old model), six vested seasons (a possibility) or the middle ground of five."

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