Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Thursday

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Thoughts from Seattle Seahawks practice - NFC West Blog - ESPNThoughts and observations after watching the Seattle Seahawks practice Wednesday.

John Carlson speaks about his shoulder injury, plus other notes | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - seattlepi.com - John Carlson didn’t know back on Aug. 13, two days after the Seahawks’ preseason opener, that the shoulder injury he sustained in that day’s practice would cause him to miss the season. It came on a simple 1-on-1 play, Carlson said Wednesday, when he dove to catch a ball. "I think the initial injury was there," Carlson said, "and then later in practice I aggravated it blocking."

From Tom Brady to Andy Dalton, ESPN's John Clayton ranks the NFL's starting QBs - ESPN - 30. Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks Analysis: Jackson was beaten out by Gus Frerotte and Brett Favre during his five seasons with the Vikings. Unless Dave Krieg comes out of retirement, he should beat out Charlie Whitehurst for the starting job.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks re-sign receivers after a couple of injuries | Seattle Times Newspaper - All that could add up to more opportunities for Golden Tate, the second-year receiver who for the second consecutive year has been largely a non-factor during the exhibition games. Tate did not play in the first half of Saturday's game at Denver, and coach Pete Carroll indicated afterward that was because Obomanu filled the role as the primary slot receiver with the starting offense.

Raiders vs. Seahawks NFL Preseason: Offensive Line Remains The Point Of Focus - SB Nation Bay Area - Much like their rivals across the bay, the Oakland Raiders will be focused on the offensive line in week four of the NFL Preseason. Now, their starting unit hasn't performed nearly as badly as the maligned unit of the San Francisco 49ers, but opposing defenses have got their fair share of licks in, and that's led many to speculate on how the line will perform going forward. On top of that, many are speculating as to what the starting offensive line will actually consist of  - coach Hue Jackson has yet to reveal what his definite o-line depth chart is.

Portis? Seahawks' veteran parade continues - NFC West Blog - ESPN - News that Clinton Portis is visiting the Seattle Seahawks provides an opportunity to revisit the running back position heading into Pete Carroll's second season as head coach. Portis is 29 years old and has broken down physically. He would not project as a long-term answer for the Seahawks if they did decide to sign him. 

Seahawks Blog | Line of fire: Concerns continue | Seattle Times Newspaper - The offensive line has reached such a level of civic concern that Tim Eyman just might have to get involved. A jest, a jest. A referendum is no way to fix what has been the one position group that most clearly traces the decline and erosion of the Seahawks. They had what was considered one of the best lines in the league in 2005, boasting three Pro Bowlers from a team that went to the Super Bowl. Then that Steve Hutchinson guy left, and Seattle remained a perennial playoff team the next two years -- the Seahawks even won a pair of playoff games. And then the erosion continued, the fact that this team drafted exactly one man to play tackle from 2005 to 2009, saw the line erode to the point the Seahawks went 9-23 in in 2008 and 2009 and changed coaches twice in the span of 13 months.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Ed Hochuli: "The rule changes that have been made over the last few years to protect defenseless players are 100% good things." - Ed Hochuli joined XTRA 910 in Phoenix with Bickley and MJ to discuss rule changes for this upcoming NFL season, being able to see and feel a difference in NFL violence since he became a referee in 1990, helmet-to-helmet hits being heavily enforced, every scoring play in the NFL this season being reviewable and other rule changes that may have come up in the past that are a point of emphasis in this upcoming NFL season.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: New Beginnings - Seattle Seahawks Why They Were Chosen The Seahawks offensive line should be the most interesting to breakdown, much in the same way that a crash is the most interesting part of an Indy Car Race. Take this quote from the Seahawks chapter of the 2011 FOA (available at this very site!), for instance: "Partly due to bad luck, partly by design, the Seahawks have put together a line in which no two starters have ever played a meaningful snap together." That seems impossible, but I tend to believe anything in quotation marks.

What is a 'bust?' | National Football Post - With official cutdowns starting today and continuing through Saturday, there are going to be players who were former high draft choices getting cut around the league and many of these players will have the "bust" label attached to them. With that being said, I thought I would write about the subject because there are many factors involved in saying a player busted.

2011 Scouts Inc. predictions for NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Well, this will stir up some dust. Scouts Inc.'s 2011 season projections, available to Insider subscribers, call for the St. Louis Rams to win the NFC West with a 9-7 record. I'll run through their projections, revisit mine and single out two aspects of the Scouts Inc. analysis, one I like ("Amen, Scouts Inc.") and one I think needs clarification (Picking nits).

Seattle Seahawks: 6 Recently Released Players the Hawks Should Consider Signing | Bleacher Report | Bleacher Report - The Seahawks roster is finished undergoing the first cuts of the 2011 preseason, and they've been making moves; already trading Kelly Jennings to the Bengals as they make changes for the last preseason game...

Quick look at Seahawks' 80-man roster - NFC West Blog - ESPN - The Seattle Seahawks reached the 80-man roster limit in effect Tuesday.

A few things to consider on Golden Tate - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Looming roster cuts have spurred discussions on the blog regarding which players should stick past the reduction to 53 players Saturday. Regular contributor Redzone59 wondered whether 2010 second-round choice Golden Tate had done enough to earn a roster spot in Seattle. He pointed to Doug Baldwin's emergence as one reason to question Tate's status following a disappointing preseason. Tate I'll offer a few thoughts for consideration.

Carroll: TE Carlson to have season-ending shoulder surgery; Carpenter and Giacomini split reps at RT | Seahawks Insider - Carroll said losing Carlson is a blow to the team, but that they have decent depth at tight end, with Anthony McCoy and Dominique Byrd playing well, and Cameron Morrah (toe) working to get back on the field. "We were so excited about having Zach and John playing together," Carroll said. "And unfortunately that’s not going to happen now. … It’s disappointing because John had a great start to camp. He was rockin’ and rollin’, and those two guys out there together looked really good. "But fortunately our tight ends have really played well. Anthony has done a good job, and Dominique Byrd has done exceedingly well catching the football and getting open." The other big news is rookie James Carpenter and Breno Giacomini split reps at right tackle with the first unit today. Carroll said that Giacomini will be given an opportunity to compete for the starting right tackle job.

Seahawks Blog | Video: Pete Carroll talks about Tarvaris Jackson | Seattle Times Newspaper - Seattle's difficulties in stopping the opponent's pass rush has not only been hazardous to a quarterback's health, but it's made it hard to evaluate Tarvaris Jackson's chemistry with receivers like Mike Williams, according to coach Pete Carroll.

8/30: Offensive lines don't come together overnight - Blog - MyNorthwest.com - In Tuesday's Wrap Up video, Brock Huard says the Seahawks' struggles along the offensive line aren't surprising given the difficulty in establishing continuity in that unit.

Clayton thinks Seahawks could cut WR Golden Tate - Blog - MyNorthwest.com - Golden Tate has followed up his underwhelming rookie season with a disappointing preseason, failing to inspire confidence that he can assume the bigger role coach Pete Carroll said he envisioned for the second-year wide receiver. ESPN's John Clayton told the "Kevin Calabro Show" on Tuesday that he doesn't think it's a given that Tate will make the team. "All I know is that there's an undrafted guy [rookie Doug Baldwin] that kind of has the same type of body and does the same types of things that he does," Clayton said. "All of the sudden you might see an undrafted guy beat out a second-round pick."

Growing pains for Hawks’ line - Seahawks - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports - "Excuse" is not a part of Tom Cable’s vocabulary. So when the offensive line’s inexperience was cited as a reason for his group’s struggles in the Seattle Seahawks first three exhibition games, Cable wasn’t buying it. "We can all see where they’re at – they’re not there yet," Cable said about the offensive line’s youth, including two rookies in John Moffitt and James Carpenter starting on the right side of the line. "So how you handle the time crunch, we talked about it from day one. We didn’t have OTAs (organized team activities), minicamp – all those sorts of things.

Seahawks.com Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville " - FOCUS ON The offensive line, and especially rookie right tackle James Carpenter. This is no surprise after the Seahawks allowed QB Tarvaris Jackson to be sacked five times in Saturday night’s loss to the Broncos in Denver, and Carpenter yielded two of them. During today’s full-pads practice, Breno Giacomini was rotating with Carpenter – with the first unit as well as the second. "It’s a competition that we’re just continuing," coach Pete Carroll said when asked about the situation. " ‘Giac’ has done a nice job. He’s put together a really good preseason. He’s very solid. He hasn’t played against the same (level of competition as Carpenter) all the time, but he has had a very solid preseason.

Steve Kelley | Tom Cable calls this 'ultimatum week' for Seahawks' line | Seattle Times Newspaper - Seahawks practice has a sense of urgency this week, a feeling that the offensive line is leaking, the pass protection is broken and the problem has to be fixed quickly. Friday night's game against the Oakland Raiders feels more important than just a final audition before opening day. This game is a call for help. "We're very determined to get our issues taken care of," coach Pete Carroll said after Tuesday's practice. "I would like to see it suddenly snap into place this weekend. I don't know that that's going to happen. "When you take a look at what this whole offseason gives you with the lack of opportunities to work together and then you take a new group (of offensive linemen) and then you take a young group, it's as challenging as it can get."

Seahawks offensive line has plenty of room for improvement | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - seattlepi.com - Tom Cable gave his offensive linemen a simple guideline when training camp began. Simple. And also, he must hope, prophetic. "I told them from the beginning: your greatest improvement will be from your biggest failures," Cable said. Failure. That’s not an inaccurate term for the performance of Seattle’s first-team offensive line in a 23-20 preseason loss to the Denver Broncos on Saturday. Especially in pass protection. The Broncos burned the Seahawks for five sacks, two of them by defensive end Von Miller against rookie right tackle James Carpenter. How’s that for a prerequisite to Cable’s proclamation?

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