Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Thursday

Guys, I survived the snowmaggedon, but I did see a coyote.

Tuesday draft notes & Derek Wolfe game tape " Seahawks Draft Blog
Derek Wolfe has flashed some big plays during his time at Cincinnati, but it’s tough to fit him into Seattle’s defense. He’s been used at both tackle an end in Cincy’s system, but his home at the next level will surely be as a five technique. He’s got the kind of height that teams like for the position (6-5) and his size (300lbs) means he’ll hold up well against the run and help set the edge.

Updated mock draft: 18th January " Seahawks Draft Blog
I want to try and make these mock drafts different, not just a weekly repetition with one or two minor tweaks. These things are never that accurate and a good mock draft should never be the benchmark for validation. This is all about the journey from September to April – watching the tape, making the judgements and coming to conclusions. I expect a lot of people to disagree with this week’s projection, but that’s OK. We’re over three months away from the draft and now is the time for debate.

2012 Shrine Game: Wednesday West Practice Notes | Articles
Some condensed notes because I without a notepad as well as having a shorted/uneventful practice, but I thought Justin Francis, Dominique Hamilton, Kevin Koger, Marc Tyler and Shaun Prater were winners in today's ugly looking practice.

2012 Shrine Game: Wednesday East Practice Notes | Articles
Day three for the East roster, I got a great chance to look at the receivers and defensive backs especially today, with also focus on how the linebackers and running backs did in team drills. The big winners today were Tauren Poole, Chase Ford, AJ Jenkins, Josh Norman, and RJ Blanton, but see who did well at each position here.

Shrine Practice Notes: West Day 3 | National Football Post
Prospects make their mark during rain soaked practice.

Shrine Game Notes: East Roster- Day 3 " Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
BJ Coleman (Chattanooga) continued to pace the group, but accuracy was still an issue for him today. I like his intangibles and he is supposed to be a film junkie, so I think that with coaching and patient development he could be a starter in two years. He’s got the arm and the tools, he just needs time. Austin Davis (Southern Mississippi), on the other hand, doesn’t have Coleman’s tools as I have pointed out since my preview and he didn’t have a very good day today. He threw a couple interceptions, missed high at times, and was generally unimpressive. He’s a solid guy but when he’s not accurate as he wasn’t today, especially early in practice, his value plummets. He can stick on a roster and possibly be a Chase Daniel type where he develops in one system and eventually becomes the primary back-up, but I think that’s his ceiling. John Brantley (Florida) continues to have some issues, but he looked more comfortable today and showed the ability to climb the pocket (when it was there) and made a couple nice throws today. He’s a project though and I imagine he will be an undrafted guy that gets a chance to make a roster in camp.

Tuesday - Tony Pauline - SI.com
The NFL's 32 franchises are well-represented in St Petersburg, Florida this week to take in the East-West Shrine Game, the first of the major postseason scouting events. The 80-degree temperatures made for pleasant viewing for league scouts, though its been tough for some of the participants, many of whom have not played football in almost two months. Numerous next-level prospects stood out during Tuesday's practice. Here are the 10 best.

Rams May Cut Jason Smith - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams have a great deal of money tied up in offensive tackle Jason Smith. In the years since drafting him with the second overall pick in 2009, they have had little in the way of return for that investment. Now, with a new head coach and eventually a new GM, the team may cut Smith if he isn't willing to take a pay cut, according to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk.

Jeff Fisher Meeting With Hue Jackson About Rams OC Job - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams continue their search for a new offensive coordinator. On Wednesday, the team's new head coach, Jeff Fisher, held a face-to-face meeting with Hue Jackson, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. It was a follow up to a phone conversation the two men had about the job previously.

NFL.com news: Unheralded and small-school prospects getting a close look
University of Regina defensive lineman Akiem Hicks has taken a long and winding road to the 87th annual East-West Shrine Game (Saturday on NFL Network, at 4 p.m. ET). Two or three Canadian players are invited to the storied contest every year, with Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije one of the more successful stories from this relationship, but few prospects have a backstory like Hicks.

Ranking the 2012 Draft Prospects by Position - Running Backs - Mocking The Draft
Hey guys. Today I am going to rank the RBs in order. I will rank about 20 to 25 backs. See the first five below the jump and all the rest after the jump.

Coastal Carolina's Josh Norman Impressing at East-West Shrine Game - Mocking The Draft
Josh Norman may be from a small school, but he is impressing scouts in practice at the East-West Shrine Game this week. Listed at 6-feet-2-inches tall and 190 pounds, Norman has the size and athleticism that pro scouts will be looking for. In the scrimmage at today's practice Norman has picked off multiple passes and continued to shine, according to Tony Pauline via Twitter.

Draft 2012: Shrine Week Update - NFL Draft Preview - Rotoworld.com
The first two practices of an all-star game are always challenging, both for players and scouts. Practice day one (Monday) was of the pad-less variety, preventing players from showing off their physicality. Therefore, I focused more on skill positions (QBs, WRs, TEs, CBs, Safeties). Both squads planned for contact on Tuesday, showcasing one-on-one linemen battles.

2011 In Review: AFC East Defenses " Pick 256
This is the first in a series looking back at the stats from the 2011 regular season.

Shredding Cover Two with a "Delayed Slant" from the Smash Concept | Smart Football
The old "smash" concept — with an inside receiver on a corner route behind a quick hitch by an outside receiver — remains one of the most versatile pass plays in football. It’s simple enough that any team, whether they are a run-first team or a passing team, an NFL team or a junior varsity team, can get great use out of it.

Mac's Football Blog: Titans Promote Mike Reinfeldt, Ruston Webster, Lake Dawson
The Tennessee Titans announced that General Manager Mike Reinfeldt, Vice President of Player Personnel Ruston Webster and Vice President of Football Operations Lake Dawson have been promoted

Shrine Game Notables at Skill Positions | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
All-Star games are under way and if you want some good practice reports for the East West Shrine Game check out Cecil Lammey’s work, which will be posted daily on the Footballguys.com Shark Pool.

Eli Manning, Osi Umenyiora key New York Giants' upset over Green Bay Packers - Peter King - SI.com
Here are two questions for you to start your Championship Week: What would have happened if Ernie Accorsi hadn't had such a backbone on April 24, 2004? And what would have happened if A.J. Smith had played hardball with Accorsi as the clock wound down on the fourth overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, with just seven minutes to go and the Giants on the clock? Ben Roethlisberger a Giant.

Sean Payton clear Gregg Williams exited on his own | National Football Post
Saints coach doesn't place blame on defense.

Is there a scheme to limit the Patriots' TEs? | National Football Post
Here is one coverage I would carry in my game plan.

East-West Shrine Practice Notes: Day 3 | National Football Post
Who looks like a top 100 pick from the East squad?

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Bradford helped sell Fisher on Rams "
Some of the credit for the Rams landing coach Jeff Fisher might go to QB Sam Bradford.

NFL.com news: Oakland's trade for Palmer was bad then, worse now
Revisionist history. It's something everyone likes to do -- that is, everyone who can't own up to something when it blows up in their faces. My quotes were taken out of context. I never said at the beginning of the season Curtis Painter would be a great quarterback, what I said was that he could be great if he was a better player and more talented.

NFL.com news: Intensity rises at Day Two of Shrine Game workouts
The second day of practice at the East-West Shrine Game provided scouts with the opportunity to see top prospects workout in pads.

Why San Francisco's playoff win was good for the Seahawks | HeraldNet.com - Seahawks blog
Wait, what's that? Seahawks fans should be happy that the rival 49ers are in the NFC Championship Game? Well maybe Seattle fans won't celebrate San Francisco's win, but there is some good in that result for the Seahawks. Same with Baltimore's win over Houston.

Seahawks Blog | Passing playoff muster | Seattle Times Newspaper
The NFL has become a passing league. That's what they tell me anyway. And by they, I mean anyone who is trying to put into context the historical passing numbers that are being put up whether it's Drew Brees breaking Dan Marino's NFL record for single-season passing yardage in 2011 or the 10 different players who passed for more than 4,000 yards this season. Yep, that's right: Ten. That's almost one-third of the starters in the league.

Seahawks.com Blog | On this date: Cable, Bevell hired "
A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 18: 2011: Tom Cable (assistant head coach/offensive line), Darrell Bevell (offensive coordinator) and Todd Wash (defensive line) are added to Pete Carroll’s staff, while Kris Richard (defensive backs) and Rocky Seto (assistant defensive backs) are promoted to new posts. Also, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates is relieved of his duties after one season with the team.

2012 Kiper mock 1.0: Seahawks thoughts - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mel Kiper's first mock draft for 2012 provides the foundation for discussing how NFC West teams might proceed this offseason. I'll continue with a look at Kiper's plans for the Seattle Seahawks, who will draft either 11th or 12th, pending a coin toss with Kansas City.

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