Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Thursday

Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, info, interviews, analysis --  from around the interwebs.

Smith on Falcons: "We’re not playing very consistent football right now" | Seahawks Insider
Atlanta head coach Mike Smith was blunt in his assessment of where his team sits heading into Sunday’s contest with Seattle, with the Falcons at a surprising 1-2. "We’re not playing very consistent football right now," Smith said. "And I would say it’s probably most noticeable on our offense, but really as a football team we have not played consistent football in the first three weeks – offensively, defensively and special teams. "I’ll give you an example. All of last year we had seven penalties on special teams, and through three games we’ve got seven penalties. And we’re doing some very uncharacteristic things across the board."

Seahawks Blog | Falcons O-line under fire, too | Seattle Times Newspaper
The pass protection has been a constant problem, the first-round pick at left tackle is getting criticized after a pair of tough games and the quarterback is getting sacked so frequently the coach expressed the possibility of a lineup change. The Falcons coach that is. What? You thought we were talking about Seattle? Nah. For once, the opponent's offensive line is getting more scrutiny than Seattle's entering this week's game. "We're not executing," coach Mike Smith said in a conference call with Seattle-area reporters.

Seattle Seahawks Top 10 Defense In 2011 - Week 3, NFL update, ball hawks
My point to these questions was a fairly simple one. Outside the confusion surrounding the offense, the defense as a whole, has been the lone bright spot the Seahawks can point to as being a success in the early part of this season. Seahawks young fast defense makes a statement The interesting thing about this defense is there isn’t that one standout/star player. Which as we know, doesn’t seem to conform into today’s NFL model. But what the Seahawks have managed to assemble, is a group of guys who seem to do the little things right. They don’t over pursue on tackles, and they never seem to be out of position in passing situations.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Seahawks 13, Cardinals 10
My weekend trip out west to see family, friends and the Seahawks got off to a rough start at the Flint, MI airport. Here's what the TSA guy said when he saw my Seahawks cap: "Seahawks? PFFT. Why the hell did you guys sign Tarvaris?" So it began- I tried to explain the reasoning behind the move while taking off my shoes and getting out my ziplock baggie of various liquids, but he wasn't really buying it. Then were the acquaintances at my friend's birthday party in Seattle Saturday night, who were unanimously incredulous when I told them the Seahawks would beat the Cardinals. The pessimism about the Seahawks is a national pandemic- from casual observers thousands of miles away to the very nerve-center of the Twelve Army.

From the Sidelines: Seahawks vs CardinalsBehind an overwhelming defense and a deafening crowd, the Seahawks hearken back to 1976 for motivation en route to their first win of 2011.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Atlanta Offers Perfect Test For Carroll - Ten months ago, an 11-2 Atlanta Falcons team strolled into Qwest Field to face a reeling 6-7 Seahawks team that had lost five of their last seven games. It looked like a mismatch on paper, but was far from it on the field. Seattle struck first on a 12-play, 80 yard drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch. The teams battled back-and-forth and were tied 10-10 with only two minutes to go in the first half. Atlanta managed to get a touchdown right before half to go up 17-10. The Seahawks defense was solid. The running game had a healthy 4.3 average per carry, but the game turned into a blowout on three second half turnovers by Seahawks quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck. Pete Carroll eventually pulled Hasselbeck and brought in Charlie Whitehurst. There may be no better platform for Carroll to make his case for a game manager at quarterback than the rematch against Atlanta this week.

Wednesday notes: 2012 a down year on the d-line " Seahawks Draft Blog - This is a down year for defensive line talent  I watched the tape from UNC’s defeat at Georgia Tech and Quinton Coples was again a disappointing non-factor. It’s not a total surprise that he struggled to create pressure against the triple option, but this isn’t the first time I’ve been totally non-plussed by Coples inability to have an impact. He’s not an explosive pass rusher to play off the edge and he’s not got the size to move inside and possibly work out at tackle. I’m always sceptical of defensive lineman that don’t flash great hands and technique because I want to see more than physical potential, which is essentially what Coples is all about. With greater physical development he could become a very solid five technique at the next level, but is that really enough to warrant the universal elite grades he’s receiving in pretty much every mock draft and big board? Coples is #2 overall on Mel Kiper’s latest board, he’s named at #3 overall by Scouts Inc and NFL Draft Scout ranks the Tar Heels lineman at #2. 

Seattle Seahawks Lead NFL With Fewest Dropped Passes Through Three Weeks - SB Nation Seattle - The Sehawks have only dropped one pass all season, placing them tops in the league along with the New England Patriots.

John Boyle: Seahawks secondary something to get excited about " Kitsap Sun - The first time Earl Thomas met Kam Chancellor, he was convinced his new teammate and fellow rookie was lost. There's no way any one Chancellor's size belonged in a room full of defensive backs. "I thought he was in the wrong room when he came in the DB room," Thomas said.

Arizona Cardinals still working to overcome miscues - Arizona Cardinals still working to overcome miscues, Sometimes the space between winning and losing in the NFL is so thin that light can't shine through. If the Cardinals don't understand that after Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Seahawks, they never will.

Seahawks | Could Aaron Curry be splitting from Seahawks? | Seattle Times Newspaper - On Monday, coach Pete Carroll left linebacker Aaron Curry's role with the team open-ended. "It's how he responds and fights back and competes that will be important," Carroll said after Curry's demotion from the first-unit defense. Curry made several responses on Twitter this week that probably weren't what the coach had in mind.

Scout’s corner: My five most overrated prospects | National Football Post - With the college football season already four weeks in, here is my list of the top five most overrated prospects at this stage in the draft process… Also be sure to listen to this week’s edition of Scout Talk featuring CBS College Football Expert Bruce Feldman. We breakdown the top LSU secondary prospects as well as two of the nation’s top senior quarterbacks.

9/28: What's next for Seahawks LB Aaron Curry? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
In Wednesday's Wrap Up video, Mike Salk discusses what might be next for Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry, who had his contract restructured earlier this year and has now lost his starting job.

Seahawks.com Blog | Clemons, continued "
"Clemons on the defensive line is one of the better ones you see," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said this morning during a conference-call interview. "He’s quick off the ball; really good pass-rush guy. So we’re going to have to know where he’s at this week."

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks' latest injury-related change to the offensive line will not affect the game-day rotation. Assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable underwent back surgery that will keep him from coaching for the short term. On the field, Seattle appears likely to start the same five linemen in the same spots in back-to-back weeks, something the team has not done this season. The line made strides overall against Arizona, but Paul McQuistan struggled through a tough matchup against Calais Campbell in his first game as Robert Gallery's injury replacement at left guard. Fullback Michael Robinson's absence since Week 1 has hurt the special-teams coverage units. He's back this week. Strong safety Kam Chancellor is expected to start despite resting a thigh injury Wednesday. Receiver Sidney Rice made it through his Seattle debut without aggravating his shoulder injury. His availability is big for the passing game.

Tom Cable Has Back Surgery, Remains in the Hospital - SB Nation SeattleAccording to Sports Radio 950 KJR's Curtis Crabtree, Seattle Seahawks Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable will miss the next few days of practice due to a recent back surgery. The unknown procedure will leave him in the hospital to recuperate for the next few days:

Aaron Curry speaks: Seahawks LB says he’s ‘at peace’ with demotion | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - seattlepi.com - Here comes Aaron Curry. He’s wearing an Ichiro T-shirt with his football pants, an hour or so before practice, standing now behind a podium where reporters will pepper him with questions about his future with the team. The Mariners shirt was an interesting choice, since Curry seemed Wednesday as if he’s far from certain that he’ll be in Seattle all that long. In a brief but poignant interview, Curry was vague about his desire to return to the team next season, addressed his current situation as a backup linebacker to rookie K.J. Wright, discussed a handful of cryptic tweets he made over the past couple days, and characterized himself as being "at peace" with the fact that he’s no longer starting. Why is he at peace? Why isn’t he frustrated that he lost his starting outside linebacker job to a rookie?

Suck for Luck? " Wait For It Seattle - Well, well, well. After looking like the worst NFL team in the history of the sport, the hometown Seattle Seahawks decided to win a game and screw up this whole Suck for Luck plan. While I think having a good draft pick and potentially getting the quarterback of the future (like Andrew Luck) will be better for the long term success of this franchise, I cannot root against them. I just don’t have it in me. So I found myself in Boise, Idaho, at Buffalo Wild Wings (awesome!) cheering on the Seahawks virtually by myself. (No one really cared about the game except me). There were some frustrations still to be had by the Seachickens, but the win proved sweet – especially since the Cardinals and their fans had actual hopes of success this year.

Seahawks WR Mike Williams: "I'm not frustrated." | HeraldNet.com - Seahawks blog - Last season, Mike Williams led the Seahawks in receptions and receiving yards. This year, through three games, he has just five catches for 43 yards. In Sunday's win, he was targeted just once, and had no catches. Following Sunday's win, both Pete Carroll and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said, unsolicited, that they need to get Williams the ball more. And when the locker room opened to reporters after the game, Williams was already on his way out. So clearly he must be upset by his lack of production, right? Well, if he is, Williams isn't about to say so. Taking a mature approach, Williams said he won't complain about the number of balls thrown his direction when the team is winning.

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