Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Friday

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Seahawks DC Gus Bradley on taking on New England’s Tom Brady and no-huddle offense: "Let’s go." | Seahawks Insider
"We’ve kind of built a personality, a philosophy," Bradley said. "And I think it’s important that each team we play, we really stay within that philosophy. "Carolina was a classic example. Here we’re seeing speed option, and we still played our defense. We adjusted it somewhat, but we’re very cautious not to get away from who we were. And we want to play fast, and make sure everyone knows what we’re doing and communicate. And that’s really the same approach we’re going with in this game. "So I think it’s going to really be a situation where, ‘You know what we’re doing. And we know what we’re doing – you’re going to check at the line of scrimmage – now let’s go.’"

Seahawks preparing for Patriots' no-huddle attack - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
A few Seattle defenders like cornerback Richard Sherman have faced the Ducks and other no-huddle teams in the Pac-12. "What New England does is similar with the pace," said Sherman, who played collegiately at Stanford. "I think it's different because Oregon had guys running here, and motioning there. They would run two or three reads and you didn't know where the ball was. The Patriots will line up quick, but then they'll run power."

Max Unger does not practice for second consecutive day | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times

Video: Russell Wilson hopes for red-zone improvement vs. Patriots | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Video: Russell Wilson hopes for red-zone improvement vs. Patriots | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Jeff Fisher Has the St. Louis Rams at 3-2 In His Return to Coaching
Jeff Fisher joined KOA in Denver with The Dave Logan Show to discuss his return after a year off, why he chose to take that year off, Peyton Manning’s comeback season, dealing with Gregg Williams’ ban following "Bounty Gate" and the potential for his St. Louis Rams team.

Is This Real? The Packers' Faltering Offense - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
What's happened to the Green Bay Packers? After running off a 19-game winning streak that stretched over two seasons, a magical playoff run, and a Super Bowl win, Green Bay's gone 4-5 in their last nine games. (Talk about selective endpoints.) Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson, and Mike McCarthy looked like they were infallible a year ago; now, after a 2-3 start to the 2012 season, they've come in for criticism.

The Hidden Factors for Winning in the NFL - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
With 20 quarters in the books for 26 of the league's 32 teams, now seems like a good time to take a quick look back at the first five weeks of the year and start seeing which clubs have been enjoying notably good or bad times in those hidden factors that help determine success. Some of the statistics and concepts I'll mention are mostly random and subject to dramatic regression toward the mean over the course of a larger sample, while others might be harbingers of impending success over the remainder of the season. I'll try to make that clear as we go along. Let's start with one of the more beguiling and meaningful measures of success out there: fumble recovery rates!

The Trenchie Awards: Houston's Zone Blocking, the Rams' Rushers, and the Best Line Play From Week 5 - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
For about 15 years, many of the NFL’s best running attacks had one thing in common. It wasn’t a punishing back, or a huge, mauling set of guys up front, although those things often help. No, it was just one guy, a North Carolina–born assistant coach with a penchant for four-letter words and an unrelenting demand on the men he coached. Alex Gibbs was never a head coach. He was never even an offensive coordinator. But he’s done more for football than many who’ve been either.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Mario Williams says wrist injury is hindering hand use
"I always get doubled, get chipped or get triples — it is what it is. The biggest thing that I have to do is to use my hands and overcome the whole wrist thing," he said. "That’s what I do — I’m a hands person."

ProFootballWeekly.com - Cardinals' ground game in dire shape
The ground game's short-term prognosis is far from promising, however. "For starters, they’re not sure how much they can get out of LaRod because of the hip injury (that forced him to miss the last two games)," one team insider said. "And at 5-7, 185 pounds, they have never wanted to make him a featured back. They are always worried about overuse with him."

ProFootballWeekly.com - Veteran S Mikell experiencing 'rebirth' with Rams
You can rest assured Jeff Fisher issued a huge sigh of relief when starting SS Quintin Mikell returned to practice Wednesday feeling no worse for the wear after suffering a head injury in the second quarter of the Rams’ Week Five victory over the Cardinals that initially looked like it could be pretty serious.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Beaten Bills
After two straight weeks of watching the Buffalo Bills defense, there isn’t much to say. They can’t cover or tackle on the back end. The linebackers don’t get off blocks and are terrible at blitzing. The well-paid front four isn’t generating a pass rush and is getting pushed around in the running game. To paraphrase Silky Johnston (PlayerHater of the Year 2002-2003) "What can be said about this defense that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan? It looks bombed out and depleted."

Analysis Notebook Week 5, 2012 | ProFootballFocus.com
Five weeks into the season and some things are starting to take shape, while some remain up in the air. The Analysis Notebook may be a day late this week, but it promises to be worth the wait, because our Analyst Sam Monson takes a look at how the Vikings have turned Percy Harvin from an off-season malcontent into an early dark horse candidate for MVP.

Secret Superstars: Week 5 | ProFootballFocus.com
Alfonzo Dennard, CB, New England Patriots It’s really not surprising anymore when the Patriots can plug a late-round draft pick into the line-up and see him find success straight away. But that’s what happened once again with Alfonzo Dennard’s (+2.5) impressive showing on Sunday. He came into the league as a seventh-round pick in April’s NFL Draft with concerns about his straight-line speed and with an assault charge looming over him, so not much was expected of the former Nebraska Cornhusker this early in his career. And of all the quarterbacks to face in your first snaps on the field on defense how about arguably the greatest to ever play the position in Peyton Manning? How would Dennard respond?

NFL Week 6 picks -- Steelers-Titans, 49ers-Giants, Packers-Texans, Broncos-Chargers - Peter King - SI.com
New England Patriots (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (3-2) Tom Brady's first, and probably last, trip to Seattle to play football ends in disappointment. Bruce Irvin's the reason. This is going to be a speed game, with the Patriots continuing to race to lead the league in offensive plays, and Irvin, the fastest speed-rusher in football, will have the advantage of playing in the cacophonous CenturyLink Field. The last time the Seahawks played at home, the Green Bay line couldn't handle the speed of the Seattle defense and the noise, and eight first-half sacks resulted. Not saying it'll be the same here, but the Patriots will struggle blocking the speed demons, led by Irvin, rushing for Seattle.

The Human Genome | Draft Breakdown
The System There’s nothing that I can write about the Air Raid offense that Chris Brown of SmartFootball.com hasn’t already covered in a more thorough and insightful fashion than I could ever hope to. I’ll link to his work on the WVU offense at the end of the article, but I found this passage to be particularly illuminating regarding quarterbacks and offensive systems:

Over-Rated Prospect - T.J. McDonald | National Football Post
Russ Lande takes a hard look at USC's T.J. McDonald.

What's next for Steven Jackson? | National Football Post
Steven Jackson’s days in St. Louis could be numbered. After Jackson and the Rams failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension, they inserted a clause into his current contract which allows the running back to void the 2013 year—his final contract year—if he notifies the team by next February 8th.

Brandon Jacobs, Jim Harbaugh 'ironed it out,' RB says - NFL.com
"I've played through worse injuries than I have now," Jacobs told reporters, via the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. "But I have the rare opportunity where I have a chance to get healthy, 100 percent healthy. Coming into this season, I was injured, I was going to be down for a long time and they kept me. ... "There aren't a lot of guys in the league who are 100 percent healthy. A lot of those guys are playing because they have no choice. In my case, I don't have to, and again, that's what I meant by a 'rare opportunity.' "

New England Patriots diversify offense with power running game - NFL.com
The New England Patriots continue to field one of the NFL's most explosive offenses, but the unit has undergone an extensive makeover at the hands of Bill Belichick. Rather than rely on the pass-first premise that fueled a pair of Super Bowl runs from 2007 to 2011, the offense has returned to the diversified approach built upon a power running game that helped the team capture three Lombardi Trophies in the 2000s. New England currently ranks third in the NFL with 165.4 rushing yards per game.

The QB Bench Mark: 3 who should sit (yep, Mike Vick is on the list), 3 who shouldn't - CBSSports.com
The NFL season is just five weeks old, and fans in different cities are already crying for quarterback changes. When you play the most glamorous -- and the most scrutinized -- position in all of team sports, that happens. So we're weighing in. Here are three starting quarterbacks we think should sit down and three others who we think should keep their jobs, despite many calls for their demotion.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | FO Mailbag: DVOA Explanation Triple-Header
Aaron Schatz: OK, so, first things first: opponent adjustments. Washington's VOA on third/fourth down is 5.9% (15th), as opposed to their DVOA of 17.6% (7th). You have to remember that our "third down" efficiency is actually third or fourth down, and the Redskins have converted three of three fourth downs, so that gives them a little boost as well.

Seahawks: Pete Carroll Conference Call Transcript
Q: How do you defend the little guys? PC: Try to stay in front of them as long as we can. Nobody can defend the guys – I know you’re talking about Wes [Welker] – there’s nobody that defends him. He catches balls on everybody; that’s how you get 120 a year or whatever the heck he’s getting. We’re just going to try tackling him, hopefully get him down when he catches the ball. He’s going to catch a bunch I think. We’re going to try tackling and not let him catch and run it too far. It doesn’t sound like we have much of a chance does it? [laughter] These guys are so good, it’s pretty hard.

Seahawks seek to improve league-worst red zone scoring offense | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
"We're doing a pretty decent job of moving the ball down the field and getting to the red zone," said Darrell Bevell, Seattle's offensive coordinator. "Now we're not finishing those with touchdowns, and we've got to do that at a better rate."

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: 49ers-Giants
Championship rematches are always compelling -– especially when the losing team comes in having improved since the last battle. That’s the case with the 4-1 Niners, who now complement their stingy defense with one of the league’s top offenses. Sunday will be the third time in 11 months that the Giants have traveled cross country to face Jim Harbaugh’s club. Let’s look at what to expect.

Living Large and Staying Alive - SBNation.com
For 10 years, Kris Jenkins was one of them – part of a 358-member football fraternity that lived life large, carrying around at least 300 pounds on an NFL job site that over the past 20 years...

Seahawks say they’re ready for the furious challenge of New England’s offense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Welker, who played for Leach at Texas Tech, talked about the similarities between the college concepts we've seen for years, and New England's version. "Spreading the ball around and doing different things," Welker sad of the overall game plan. "I think [we] run the ball a little more than Mike would like to, but for the most part, I think spreading it out and doing some of those things in various situations — that kind of offense is moving a little more to the NFL."

Seahawks say they’re ready for the furious challenge of New England’s offense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Welker, who played for Leach at Texas Tech, talked about the similarities between the college concepts we've seen for years, and New England's version. "Spreading the ball around and doing different things," Welker sad of the overall game plan. "I think [we] run the ball a little more than Mike would like to, but for the most part, I think spreading it out and doing some of those things in various situations — that kind of offense is moving a little more to the NFL."

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