Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Thank god it's TGIF?

Links, yo.

Former USC coach Pete Carroll's return to the NFL paying off for the Seahawks - LA Daily News
In the most figurative sense, Pete Carroll left USC for the Seattle Seahawks because of Russell Wilson. Not Wilson per se, exactly. It was the thought of him, the idea of him.

Week 7 - Carroll Postgame Press Conference
Pete Carroll talks with the media following the team's 13-6 loss to the 49ers on Thursday Night Football in San Francisco.

Week 7 - Wilson Postgame Press Conference
Quarterback Russell Wilson speaks with the media following the team's 13-6 defeat to the 49ers in San Francisco.

Held at Bay
Welcome to the new NFC West. Finesse? Forget about it. This has become a division where big-boy pads are a prerequisite and the faint of heart need not apply. The Seahawks’ 13-6 loss to the defending division champion San Francisco 49ers in Thursday night’s nationally televised game at Candlestick Park was a down-and-dirty dogfight from start to finish – which is the way things have gone for the four NFC West teams this season, and it appears nothing will change as the season progresses. "We found ourselves in the midst of a real slugfest here tonight," said coach Pete Carroll, who grew up in the Bay Area and used to coach for the 49ers. "I don’t think that’s a real surprise that it could have gone that way and it did. We had two good defenses playing and two teams committed to run the football. "That’s what this division has become."

49ers Blog and Q&A: Harbaugh: "The most physical 30 minutes I've ever seen"
"That was the most physical 30 minutes of football in the second half I've ever seen them play," said Jim Harbaugh, who threw compliments all around but had the most for an offensive line that helped crate 175 rushing yards and defensive line that sealed the game in the fourth quarter.

49ers get out alive, and that's enough - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"We've got one of those divisions that is a defensive-driven division right now," said Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who stared down Tom Brady a week ago and won. "A lot of the defenses are playing well. It's just a battle right now. Every game with every team is a heavyweight bout."

Rapid Reaction: 49ers 13, Seahawks 6 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What I didn’t like: Both teams seemed a little too content settling for field goal tries. Seattle’s decision to run Leon Washington on third-and-3 comes to mind. Washington didn’t get the first down. Seattle wound up missing a long field goal try. The 49ers settled for a second-half field goal after running a quarterback draw on third down.

Seahawks lose while learning to win - Blog -
Losing stinks. It's frustrating in all sports, but most give you the opportunity to avenge your losses quickly. Football is different. Those losses stay with you for a while. They sting a little more.

49ers make just enough plays, hold off Seahawks - Seahawks News -
"The way we lost was frustrating. We could have done some things better," Wilson said. "I could have done some things better."

Video: Pete Carroll reacts to the Seahawks' loss in San Francisco | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times

Two-minute drill: San Francisco 13, Seattle 6 | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
San Francisco running back Frank Gore rushed for 131 yards, 93 of those coming in the second half. He became the first running back to rush for 100 yards against Seattle since Washington's Roy Helu hit that plateau in November 2011. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 103 yards, the third time this season he has hit the century mark. In the past 44 games, the 49ers have allowed an opponent to rush for more than 100 yards in three games, and Lynch is responsible for two of them.

San Francisco 49ers back atop NFC West after beating Seattle Seahawks -
Two of the NFL's top defenses dueled it out in a low-scoring game just as everybody expected -- and San Francisco's offense did just enough to give the 49ers a narrow lead in the NFC West.

Doug Baldwin, Malcolm Smith injured in Seahawks-49ers game -
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and linebacker Malcolm Smith left Thursday night's game at San Francisco with injuries and were ruled out.

49ers take temporary control of NFC West with 13-6 win over Seahawks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The San Francisco 49ers used sound second-half adjustments on both sides of the ball and a steady dose of Frank Gore to erase a 6-3 halftime deficit to move to 5-2 on the season, momentarily taking control of the NFC West with a 13-6 win over the Seattle Seahawks (4-3) on Thursday night

With Gore carrying, 49ers can grind out victories, win again in NFC West - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
"All week long," tackle Joe Staley said, "we wanted [coaches] to put the game on our shoulders. It was a tall order, but we knew we had to run the ball to win the game." And they did, with Gore demonstrating to a national audience why he's one of the game's best and most underrated running backs. Not only did he lead the team in rushing; he led it in receiving, too, with five catches for 51 yards ... or 182 yards in offense. Compare that to Seattle's total of 251, and maybe now you understand why the 49ers are the team to beat again in the NFC West. "We always pound the ball with Frank," tight end Delanie Walker said. "Sometimes we go away from it in different games, but when it's a tough game like this one we try to get Frank the ball because he's great at finding holes."

Seahawks review: Three likes and dislikes about the 13-6 loss to San Francisco | The Brewery | The Seattle Times
Here are my highs and lows from a hard-hitting game in which the Seahawks wound up feeling the most pain:

49ers kept Seahawks out of position in win - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
It figured that the San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks matchup would be a defensive struggle, because the game pitted two of the three teams allowing the fewest points per game in the NFL.

Seahawks out-bruised by 49ers in physical battle | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
"I'm not pleased with what we did on defense," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "That's really unfortunate. I think we're better than that."

Seahawks receiver Golden Tate dropped two crucial passes Thursday | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
"We've got to figure out a way — as a receiving group — to go up and get balls to help us," Tate said. "It starts with myself. Before the half, I've got to come down with one of those. A huge first down. I have to catch that. The team relies on me to catch that, and do what I do best — gain some yards. "Honestly, I take it personally, this loss. I feel like I could have done something to put us in a better position to win this game at the end or get a lead."

Around the NFC West: 49ers' special victory - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seattle began its drives at its own 15-yard line on average, the worst average starting field position for any team in a game this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Should the Seahawks trade for Dwayne Bowe? " Seahawks Draft Blog
There’s been a bit of talk this week about Dwayne Bowe wanting out in Kansas City. It’s not a total shock – he wants a big contract and received the franchise tag instead. The Chiefs have started poorly at 1-5 and there’s serious front office unrest with speculation about the future of GM Scott Pioli. Blog | Game at a glance: 49ers 13, Seahawks 6
"They did a great job," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "They schemed beautifully and Frank ran great. But we need to do better."

A few quick thoughts on Seahawks loss in San Francisco | - Seattle Sidelines
Four days after one of their biggest wins under Pete Carroll, the Seahawks came crashing back to earth Thursday night in a 13-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. This certainly doesn't have to be a devastating, season-altering loss for the Seahawks. The 49ers are a very good team, despite their loss last weekend, and the Seahawks are still 4-3 with plenty of season left to play themselves into a playoff berth. That being said, however, this was a reminder that the Seahawks have some improving to do, particularly on offense, if they are going to be a playoff team.

The running game still sells in San Francisco | National Football Post
My game notes from the 49ers' 13-6 win over the Seahawks.

Want to get fired? Spend a first round pick on a quarterback
In yesterday’s post, I argued that teams were overly hesitant to move on from bad investments. There’s a reason for that: miss on a first-round quarterback, and there are serious ramifications. Sometimes the offensive coordinator gets the axe first — we saw the Jets move on from Brian Schottenheimer this past offseason — but usually the coach and offensive coordinator are a package deal. And the quarterback usually gets at least one more chance with a new staff.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Late Movement
The Kansas City Chiefs played poorly against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. (Analysis!) They averaged a miniscule 2.7 yards per rush and a pitiful 4.7 yards per pass attempt. Looking at those numbers, it’s not surprising that the Chiefs failed to score an offensive touchdown for a second straight game. What might be surprising is that Kansas City’s offensive line actually played pretty well.

Playbook: Rodgers, Nelson light up the Texans | National Football Post
'All-22' breakdown of Packers' 'Pin' route vs. Cover 4.

NFL Rookie Quarterback Comparison - Week 6 - The Phinsider
Week 6 of our weekly look at the five rookie quarterbacks starting for their respective teams. We look at the weekly and season stats for Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, and Russell Wilson.

Kerri Walsh Jennings and Dr. Michael Gervais take us on their journey
It was intimate and unique. The third event in the WinForever Always Compete Speaker Series, like other previous events in our Series, delivered something that isn’t offered by anyone else. We didn’t just talk about a usual ride to stardom. A sold-out crowd at The GRAMMY Museum in LA LIVE created a unique environment that produced a rare energy. It was clear the passion coming from the audience matched those of the talent on stage. On stage included three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and WinForever’s high performance psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais, with Yogi Roth as the always-entertaining moderator.

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