Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Friday

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Mac's Football Blog: Seahawks Sign LB Tressor Baptiste To "Reserve/Futures" Contract
The Seattle Seahawks have signed first-year linebacker Tressor Baptiste to a three-year "Reserve/Futures" contract, a league source confirmed on Thursday.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " 49ers vs. Giants: Carlos Rogers Hoping for Clear Skies in NFC Championship Game, Calls Jim Harbaugh a ‘Blessing’
Carlos Rogers joined WFAN in New York with Joe and Evan to discuss the difference in his performance with the San Francisco 49ers, the impact of Aldon Smith for the 49ers defense, the blessing of having Jim Harbaugh as a head coach, his confidence in Alex Smith to lead the 49ers on a game winning touchdown drive against the Saints, and his weather preference for the NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park.

Cripes! Get back to fundamentals...: Developing a Quarterback with Jim Harbaugh
Talking ball with Harbaugh as he shares his secrets to creating a better passer...

The Shutdown Corner Conference Championship Podcast with Greg Cosell | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
We're back with another weekly podcast featuring our favorite X's-and-O's analyst — Greg Cosell, the longtime NFL Films maven, who's also the executive producer of ESPN's "NFL Matchup." As always, we go through this week's upcoming games with a scout's eye and Greg in control of the All-22 tape.

Smarter Stats: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The Week 10 matchup between the Giants and 49ers (a 27-20 San Francisco win) was more atypical than indicative when it came to the San Francisco offense. Jim Harbaugh operated one of three NFL offenses that ran more than it passed in 2011 (the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans were the others), but of the 26 plays San Francisco ran in the first half of that game, 20 were pass plays.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Keeping Up With the Smiths
Saturday's Saints-49ers game was one of those rare games that is enjoyable both while watching it live and when rewatching it for article research. This game was incredibly physical and featured a ridiculously fast defense flying all over the field. It was everything the SEC claims to be, but with the added sprinkle of actual offensive execution. Still, despite what your pee wee coach told you, the most important thing is that the 49ers won. The defense made enough big plays to let Alex Smith pull it out late, and as a result San Francisco has a date with New York this weekend.

Analysis Notebook: Divisional Round | ProFootballFocus.com
Instead of looking at a few random plays from the week’s games, we’re going to focus instead on just one player, and the impact he had. The three plays we’re inspecting are his three touchdowns, each of which came against a different covering defender, and each showed a different facet to his game, helping to explain why he broke all-time records this season that have stood for years. That player is Rob Gronkowski, and here Sam Monson breaks down his touchdowns against the Broncos.

Justin Smith's toughness represents gritty, surprising 49ers defense - Ann Killion - SI.com
If you're looking for a play that illustrates the toughness and determination of the San Francisco 49ers defense, Justin Smith can provide it.

Top 10 prospects from East-West Shrine Game - NFL - SI.com
After three days of practice in St. Petersburg Florida, the NFP ranks the East-West Shrine Game's top prospects for the upcoming NFL draft and breaks down which NFL teams are good fits for each.

Andrew Luck among record number of underclassmen declared eligible for draft - NFL - SI.com
Six players from the BCS national title game - including Alabama tailback Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne - are among college football's underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft. They've got plenty of company.

Trent Dilfer familiar with Joe Flacco's plight as QB of Baltimore Ravens - Don Banks - SI.com
Trent Dilfer gets it. He knows there's only one quarterback in this week's conference title games who's being subjected to the on-the-couch treatment from every NFL analyst on the planet, and he's well aware of how his own reputation and playing experience factors into the "can-he-do-it?'' debate that rages around Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco.

Backs in Action | National Football Post
Foster and Rice about to hit the market

Top 25 Class of 2012 team recruiting rankings | National Football Post
Which programs have put together the most impressive list of prospects thus far?

A difficult decision looms large in Houston | National Football Post
Mario Williams is headed for free agency. Will the Texans bring him back?

Can Woodson make the transition to safety? | National Football Post
Three reasons why CBs can struggle making the switch

Cosell’s Watching the Divisionals: Alex Smith Made the Difference : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Divisional Weekend coaching tape: 49ers offense vs. Saints defense.

Cosell’s Watching the Divisionals: Packers Pass Rush Tiny in Giants Loss : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Divisional Weekend coaching tape: Giants offense vs. Packers defense.

Cosell’s Watching the Divisionals: What Went Wrong with Packers Offense : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Divisional Weekend coaching tape: Packers offense vs. Giants defense.

Cosell’s Watching the Divisionals: Niners Pass Rush was Gold : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Divisional Weekend coaching tape: 49ers defense vs. Saints offense.

Cosell’s Watching the Divisionals: Pats New Chess Piece Checkmated Denver : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Divisional Weekend coaching tape: Patriots offense vs. Broncos defense.

NFL.com news: Ability to adapt makes McCoy, Chudzinski the future of NFL
If I need a head coach in the NFL right now, I call McCoy or Chud before anyone else. Who are they? The wave of the future.

NFL.com news: FAU's Morris among Shrine Game players to follow for 2012 draft
The third day of practice at the East-West Shrine Game provided scouts with another opportunity to see the top prospects work out in pads. The pace and tempo of practice was certainly pro-like in nature, and you could see players becoming more comfortable with their teammates and the playbook.

NFL.com news: Year of the tight end continues on Championship Sunday
In Baltimore, the talk has been about the quarterback; same in New England, but for different reasons. Nobody is questioning Tom Brady's poise and effectiveness -- and definitely not somebody from his own team.

NFL.com news: Agent says Packers seek a long-term deal with TE Finley
The Green Bay Packers want Jermichael Finley to return, and the tight end wants to come back. What's left to work out are the details.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Alex Smith and the Real Wolf
People have been hailing Alex Smith's "arrival" for seven years, every time he posts the rare impressive win. It's never stuck. Smith "growing up" as a quarterback is such a common occurrence that I've come to ignore it when I hear it. How long will it be until his next choke? I wonder as I roll my eyes.

Hawks finish fifth in Sudden Change situations | Seahawks Insider
There’s been a lot of talk about the record passing numbers this season. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s single-season passing yardage record with 5,476 passing yards in the regular season.

Melvin Ingram in Seattle? I can’t see it " Seahawks Draft Blog
I’m a little surprised that Melvin Ingram’s stock has steadily grown to the point he’s considered a top-15 pick. Coming into the 2011 season, he was pretty much an afterthought. A fifth year senior who missed the whole of 2008 with a broken foot suffered off the field, he carried a mid-late round grade. He started out at linebacker before moving up front, but his eye-catching athleticism led to a role returning kicks having worked as a running back at high school. He accumulated 19 sacks in the last two seasons and a few explosive plays this year have helped put him in the national picture. But top-15?

2012 Shrine Game: Thursday Practice Notes | Articles
The big winners today were Lance Lewis, Shawn Loiseau, Kyle Wilber on the East and Dan Persa, Justin Francis, Aaron Henry on the West.

The Patriot Way Is Now A Load Of Shit
Drew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. Buy Drew's book, The Postmortal, through here. Find more of his stuff at his Twitter feed.

Senior Bowl invites Washington "junior" RB Polk - CBSSports.com
Lost amid the clutter of the NFL's release that a record 65 underclassmen were granted special eligibility for the 2012 draft was the announcement from the Senior Bowl that ten Pac-12 players were invited to participate in the preeminent senior all-star game in the land.

Belichick's dual TE threat started in 1970s - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The combination of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez is giving defenses headaches. Bill Belichick helped cook up the scheme more than 30 years ago. - National Football League news

Patriots vs. Ravens: Tale of the tight ends - BostonHerald.com
The comparisons are inevitable. In the 2010 NFL draft, the Ravens selected a pair of tight ends — Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta. The New England Patriots also claimed a pair of tight ends — Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. That’s where the similarities end. Where Dickson and...

ProFootballWeekly.com - Seahawks not locked into using first pick on QB
As anxious as the Seahawks are to find a long-term answer at quarterback, we hear it's far from a given that they will use their first-round pick (currently 11th or 12th, subject to coin flip) on a signalcaller.

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