Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Saturday

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson #7 (second from left) of the Seattle Seahawks talks with his team in the huddle during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Happy Weekend, yo.

Carles on how we relate to mediocre NFL quarterbacks - Grantland
Before I started writing things on the Internet, I had a traditional office job. Every day, I would show up at work, pretend to do tasks that required gazing into the computer screen. Whenever there were important meetings, I would construct a conflict that I was trying to resolve. As long as I was willing to demonstrate that I had 'shown progress' and formulated a narrative that justified myself as a resource, I could brand myself as a valuable asset to the company.

Chris Brown on Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans' running game - Grantland
The good news: You're Gary Kubiak, coach of the Houston Texans, and you will be hosting your first playoff game Saturday. Your opponents are the very beatable 9-7 Cincinnati Bengals. Now, the bad news: Your quarterback will likely be T.J. Yates (oh, no!), unless he's hurt, in which case it will be Jake Delhomme (holy crap!), and if both of them are injured, it will be Jeff Garcia ("Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me." — Psalm 55:5). This is Kubiak's dilemma, as he and the Texans have backed into the playoffs after season-ending injuries to starter Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart.

Virginia Tech’s David Wilson will enter the draft | ProFootballTalk
Three days after losing to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl, Virginia Tech running back David Wilson announced that he’ll be entering the NFL Draft this year.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: Violence of the Rams
It wasn’t a good year to be a St. Louis Rams quarterback. When the Rams drafted Sam Bradford in the first round before the 2010 season, they expected he’d be making significant strides towards establishing himself as a franchise quarterback by now. Instead, he regressed significantly as a passer in his second season. Of course, it didn’t help that he was often running for his life. When he was injured, the Rams turned to A.J. Feeley. When Feeley was injured, they were forced to turn to Kellen Clemens.

32 Teams, 32 Observations | ProFootballFocus.com
Seattle Seahawks: Brandon Mebane had the most tackles (39) out of all the defensive linemen who had zero missed tackles this year.

Pass Rushing Productivity - Defensive Tackles | ProFootballFocus.com
For the purpose of this study we’re counting 3-4 nose tackles and 4-3 defensive tackles in the same class. An imperfect science but we’ll leave it to you to weight that.

Report: Rams to interview Ray Horton | National Football Post
Cardinals defensive coordinator gets shot at top job.

Matt Flynn now in a very interesting position with Packers | National Football Post
Could Green Bay place franchise tag on QB?

Report: Todd Haley to talk with Cardinals about possible return | National Football Post
Arizona went to Super Bowl with him as offensive coordinator

Cosell Talks: Tim Tebow vs. Dick LeBeau : NFL Films Blog
All week I have been asked this question: How will the Steelers defense match up to Tim Tebow? That’s not the appropriate question. The far more realistic one is: How will Tebow match up to the Steelers defense?

NFL.com news: Ravens' Rice, Saints' Sproles among possible playoff stars
It happens every year. Whether it's a known star, an unheralded veteran or a breakout youngster, somebody turns into a beast when the playoffs begin.

NFL.com news: Instant Debate: Why not the Packers' or Patriots' D?
Neither the Packers' nor Patriots' defenses appear to be popular selections after questionable showings during the regular season. But both teams were in the top three in turnovers forced this season. If you weren't considering either team, does this change your mind at all?

2011 Season Evaluation | January
The 2011 NFL season for the Seattle Seahawks has come to a close. Although they ended up with the same 7-9 record as last season, progress has definitely been made in the Pete Carroll regime. Looking back, how did we fare this season and what’s next? Let’s take a brief position-by-position look.

710 ESPN Interviews - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
Hasselbeck joined "Brock and Salk" and discussed his first season in Tennessee, his impressions of teammate and former Huskies quarterback Jake Locker, his thoughts on Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and his contract situation, and more.

Morning links: 2 more sign futures contracts | Seahawks Insider
The Seattle Seahawks announced that they have signed two more players to futures contracts as they firm up the 80-man roster for 2012, receiver Charly Martin and defensive tackle Adrian Taylor. Martin, 27, is 6-foot-1 and 212 pounds, played at West Texas A&M and was with Jacksonville’s practice squad last season. Taylor, at 6-foot-3, 311 pounds, played for the University of Oklahoma and tore his Achilles and missed the final four games of his senior season.

OU's Adrian Taylor has his future mapped out — with or without football | Tulsa World
First, he wants to be a professional football player. Then, he wants to be on television, in the movies or even on stage.

Might Josh McDaniels coach against Rams? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
There was always a chance Josh McDaniels would leave the St. Louis Rams after only one or two seasons as offensive coordinator. The team did not anticipate it would happen under the current circumstances.

Running back a strength of 2012 NFL Draft with additions of Bernard Pierce, David Wilson - Mocking The Draft
Few positions look as strong in the 2012 NFL Draft as running back. The class got even deeper today when Bernard Pierce of Temple and David Wilson of Virginia Tech both announced they were entering the draft.

Clayton doubts Trufant will be back with Seahawks - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Marcus Trufant isn't one of the 18 Seahawks set to become an unrestricted free agent, but his future with the team seems to be just as much in question. The 31-year-old cornerback has been beset by injuries two of the past three seasons and has seen other, less expensive players at his position emerge in his absence. Those factors lead ESPN's John Clayton to believe Trufant won't be back with the Seahawks next season.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: That'll Do, Tarvaris.
"Seahawks? PFFT. Why the hell did you guys sign Tarvaris?" That was what a TSA agent said to me before I boarded my flight west for that Seahawks v Cardinals game last September. Few of Seattle's offseason moves were more derided than the twin decisions to let Matt Hasselbeck walk and replace him with ex-Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson. I'll admit that at that moment I was stunned... But I came around to the notion that Jackson could be an effective "bridge" to the quarterback of the future, and that he was far more likely to survive the 2011-2012 seasons than Hasselbeck (and would be available at a much lower price). Back on July 31, I wrote this:

NFL Total Quarterback Rating - National Football League - ESPN
Check out ESPN.com's NFL total quarterback rating.

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