Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday everyone.


Seahawks turn into complete team | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
"Growth. That's what this was about — growth," fullback Michael Robinson said. "A comeback like this wouldn't have happened around here the last two years."

Three quick thoughts on a wild Seahawks victory | - Seattle Sidelines
Russell Wilson is more than just a facilitator "I guarantee you now everybody’s on the bandwagon," said safety Earl Thomas. "Like I’ve always said from the start, he’s special. The way he prepares, I expect that out of him because he prepares. He prepares like a winner and he led us."

Patriots vs. Seahawks: What We Learned from New England's 24-23 Loss in Seattle - Pats Pulpit
3. The 2012 Seattle Seahawks remind me of the 2001 New England Patriots You better believe it—the 2012 Seattle Seahawks are the real deal and I believe that they could be the best team in just about any division across the NFL. Seattle, much like the 2001 Patriots, rely mostly on their defense as they have a rookie starter in Russell Wilson, similar to Tom Brady, as well as a stud-running back, much like Antowain Smith in 2001. We've only went through six weeks of the NFL season, and it might be a little premature, but the Seahawks are definitely a force to be reckon with.

John Clayton's Last Call - ESPN
1. It's clicking for Carroll: Pete Carroll's unconventional approach to personnel is winning in Seattle. Critics questioned Carroll's decision to start rookie third-round choice Russell Wilson at quarterback instead of veteran Matt Flynn, who received a three-year, $19.5 million contract as a free agent. Well, Carroll is smiling with a 4-2 record and home upsets over the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots. Wilson, who is only 5-foot-10 5/8, overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit by throwing two touchdown passes in the final 7:21 and beat the Patriots 24-23. Wilson has the best record among the rookie quarterbacks.

Seahawks make statement with win over Pats - Blog -
The Seahawks' vaunted defense didn't dominate the Patriots. That's OK; no one does. They were out-manned at times – everyone is – but found ways to limit the damage. The Patriots scored just three points on two turnovers, this despite a pass rush that did not get home often enough. Bill Belichick has gotten credit for his bend-but-don't-break defenses in the past. In this game, it was the Seahawks finding ways to limit the damage despite the 395 passing yards from Tom Brady. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman ended likely scoring drives with interceptions and two intentional grounding penalties had a similar effect. Three times they held New England to field goals after the game's best offense entered the red zone.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 6
Aaron Schatz: I'm just sitting here in shock. I can't figure out how on earth the Pats lost this game. They had this thing completely in control, numerous times. They were up 20-10 at the goal line early in the fourth quarter. They threw the pick there, but still went up 23-10 a few minutes later. Then they managed to stop the Seahawks with 3:14 left and got the ball back up 23-17. How on earth did they lose? I think the worst thing was the conservative playcalling on that drive with 3:14 left. You have an offense that almost never goes three-and-out, and the other team still has three timeouts to work with, so why on earth do you go into instant obvious "a one-yard run doesn't matter as long as we kill clock" mode. You need a couple of first downs there.

Rating offenses and defenses since 1970
NFL offenses and defenses are not mirror images of each other. The gap between the best and worst offenses is generally bigger than the spread on the defensive side of the ball. And strength of schedule is more likely to play a key role when it comes to determine the best and worst defenses, too. Today’s post is a two-parter: in Part I, we look at some data on the best and worst teams in the modern era, while Part II analyzes the above claims.

Brandon Coleman: future NFL star, should be a Seahawks target " Seahawks Draft Blog
I can’t remember the last Rutgers game I had access to, but I think Tom Savage was the quarterback. He’s since transferred twice, from Rutgers to Arizona to Pittsburgh. Either way its been a while. This weekend I read Tony Pauline’s latest piece for where he singles out CFB’s week seven ‘risers and sliders’. Rutgers wide receiver Brandon Coleman was listed among the ‘risers’:

Gut Reaction: Seattle vs. New England - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site -
Seattle’s offense sucks. I don’t care what statistics you can point to, the offense is terrible. Seattle is a playoff caliber team in every way, except for the passing game (which sucks). And because the success of the running game is a function of the passing game, the playoff caliber ground game is now struggling. At this point Seattle is going to struggle mightily to end the season at .500. As a fan, it’s like a car wreck. It hurts to watch, but I can’t take my eyes away because it’s my team. Before everyone has a stroke, I wrote that at the start of the fourth quarter when Seattle had gone three-and-out after getting their second interception and trailing New England 23-10.

Morning Rush: Debate's over; Russell Wilson's rally past Pats wins over fellow Seahawks - Yahoo! Sports
Trailing by six points and 46 yards away from the end zone, with the clock ticking toward the 1:30 mark, some of Seattle's players worried that coach Pete Carroll was being too conservative. They wanted Wilson to pass; this was an epic fail. "We were like, 'What's with the running plays?' " one Seahawks player said. "Like, 'Shouldn't we be going after it?' We realized later he was setting up the play-action. Then it all made sense."

NFL - How the New York Giants dominated the San Francisco 49ers - ESPN
The New York Giants won in very convincing fashion in San Francisco on Sunday. They played a nearly flawless game and made the nation realize that the defending Super Bowl champions are not fading away in 2012. In the process, New York showed us the offensive and defensive blueprint for beating the 49ers.

Giants' smash Alex Smith, 49ers for most impressive win of 2012 -
Thursday Night Football can't get here fast enough While I usually devote the entirety of my Monday column to Sunday's action, I can't help but peek ahead to Thursday night's NFC West showdown, when the 4-2 Seattle Seahawks travel to San Francisco to face the 4-2 San Francisco 49ers. This is going to be an incredibly physical football game. I can't wait to see how the 49ers respond after their poor showing against the Giants. Harbaugh and Seattle coach Pete Carroll don't particularly like one another, and neither do their teams. Despite their personal differences, both squads have quite a bit in common, relying on power running games, disruptive defensive fronts and hard-hitting defensive backs. This is going to fun to watch!

What we learned: Seahawks 24, Patriots 23 | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
1. Seattle does, in fact, have some downfield weapons. Quarterback Russell Wilson passed for a career-high 292 yards, but what was as impressive as the total was the distribution. No Seahawk caught more than three passes, and Wilson completed a pass of more than 40 yards to each of Seattle's three top receivers. Doug Baldwin caught a 50-yard pass in the first quarter, Golden Tate had a 51-yard reception in the fourth and then of course Sidney Rice had a 46-yard catch for the game-winning touchdown. Seattle totaled eight completions of 20 yards or more in the first five games. The Seahawks had six of those on Sunday alone.

Thiel: Seahawks Wilson ‘out-Bradys’ Tom Brady | Seattle Seahawks
"The lift — you could see it in our players — as we were finishing the game was really something to make you proud as a coach," said Carroll, whose four-speed oral transmission found a fifth gear. "It really took every play, every kick, every rush — everything we did had to happen like it that, for us to have a chance. "I just loved the way we rallied on both sides of the ball and special teams, knowing that we had a chance to win. It’s a big statement for this young team — more so because (of New England and) the championships ways they know. "Russell played a fantastic game today."

Seahawks, Baumgartner linked by sports psychologist - Blog -
"Dr. Michael Gervais works with us, and he's his [Baumgartner's] performance coach", Carroll told "Brock and Salk" on Monday. "He was right there at the launch pad and we've been watching this thing for months now."

Seahawks review: Three likes and dislikes about the 24-23 victory over New England | The Brewery
It's impossible to whittle all the drama of Sunday's game down to six discussion points, but we'll attempt to do it anyway. Here's the good and the bad from the Seahawks-Patriots game. As usual, we'll start with the bad and end on a good note.

CB Thurmond could be in play for Niners | Seahawks Insider
Carroll said the player will attend meetings and begin preparation for San Francisco today, including a short walk-through on the field. "You don’t have a whole lot of choice physically, you just have to get there," Carroll said. "So it is the learning and acquiring the game plan, the style of play you’re up against and all of that stuff in condensed fashion, so you don’t have as much time," Carroll said. "So it’s really important, and we’ve talked as coaches that we have to teach really well. We have to present information really clearly, and make sense and maximize every second that we have."

Injury roundup: DeMarco Murray out for Cowboys -
DeMarco Murray, Trent Richardson, Brandon Lloyd and Kevin Kolb all are among the walking wounded. Gregg Rosenthal recaps all the injury news you need to know following Week 6 action.

Matt Hasselbeck will start again for Tennessee Titans -
Matt Hasselbeck will lead the Tennessee Titans for another week. Jake Locker isn't ready to return, meaning Hasselbeck will make his third consecutive start Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Richard Sherman beats Tom Brady; taunts the Pats with ‘U MAD BRO?’ after the game | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
"Anytime you run a gimmick offense, you're a little bit afraid -- you're not sound in what you're doing in your base stuff," he told Yahoo! Sports right after the game. "You're running this hurry-up stuff, and there's a reason it's not effective, because there are great defenses out there who will stuff it. We figured out early in the game what the calls were, what they were doing, and what the adjustments were. We started executing better, and that's why they got only six points in the second half."

Six from Sunday: Rookie QBs dazzle, desperate teams win on the road - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Wilson made the biggest statement with three touchdown passes in a win over New England to leave his team with a 4-2 record. Two weeks ago people were calling for his benching. Coach Pete Carroll wasn't listening.

Russell Wilson, Giants-49ers rout, Aaron Rodgers' big day part of surprising Week 6 - Peter King -
Thirteen points down to Brady, in a heavy Seattle mist with nine minutes to go, Wilson led an 83-yard drive ending in his red-zone touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards. He got the ball back at his 43 with two minutes and change left. On the fourth play of the drive, from the Patriots' 46, Wilson started with play-action and rolled right. He said he wasn't sure Sidney Rice would be his target, and how could he know he'd be victimizing two New England rookies? But then he saw something: Rice getting an edge on a double-move on Tavon Wilson, feigning toward the corner then darting to the post. "I had a feeling he'd open up,'' Wilson told me. "You never really wait until a guy is open. You have to anticipate. And I delivered the ball to a spot where I thought only Sidney would be able to catch it.'' - Mebane, Wagner providing red-zone heroics for Seahawks
"They’ve been very impressive on the short field, and against New England, they were able to get the job done without their fifth defensive lineman, Clinton McDonald (groin injury), who has been a key guy for them near the goal line," one team insider said. "Players like Alan Branch and Jason Jones are really stepping up. But the one guy who sticks out in my mind is (starting DRT) Brandon Mebane, who stays on the field over the center all the time. He has been steadily disruptive, making really huge plays that aren’t necessarily showing up on the stat sheet, doing things like forcing opposing offensive players to run to other gaps."

Trade deadline isn’t tomorrow | ProFootballTalk
Last year at this time, the NFL was on the eve of the annual trade deadline. This year, the trade deadline has been moved, from the Tuesday after Week Six to the Tuesday after Week Eight.

The top teams in the game, and the rest of the Week 6 news - Grantland
With the way 2012 has gone, it's pretty difficult to figure out which teams are actually good — but we're going to try to do it anyway.

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