Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Friday

TGIF IT"S FRIDAY WOOOOOO

Expect Seahawks to look at other quarterbacks | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
After months spent evaluating game film and grading NFL hopefuls, the Seattle Seahawks’ personnel department hits the road to get an up-close view at more than 300 college prospects beginning today at the annual NFL Scouting Combine.

Looking draft; thinking free agents
John Schneider is in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine this week, but the Seahawks' general manager also continues to work on re-signing the team's potential free agents.

Seahawks trade up? Do not think so - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
More than 40 minutes with Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider reinforced perceptions the team likely will not trade up for a quarterback in the 2012 NFL draft. That was a primary takeaway, in my view.

Combine history? Explosive growth since medical tests turned into skills - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
I get asked every year about this time, what goes on at the combine? Why is it so secret? What are the player interviews all about? And, most importantly, how much stock do teams really put in the combine when getting ready for the draft? The NFL Network is now in the stadium broadcasting all of the measurable events for fans to watch and that does provide a clue as to the things taking place in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Combine experimenting with 40-yard dash timing - CBSSports.com
As about 327 former college football stars participate in the National Football League's job fair known as the Scouting Combine, they will be part of a grand experiment in the most popular and most publicized event -- the 40-yard run.

The 2012 Tight End Market - Offseason Low Down - Rotoworld.com
The NFL is nothing if not a copycat league. It’s why the terms "West Coast Offense" and "Tampa Two" have become generic, and why the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals have both donned black jerseys in the past 10 years.

Mac's Football Blog: 49ers GM Trent Baalke Wants To Keep The Band Together
Two weeks after receiving a contract extension of his own, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is looking to retain all the players that contributed to the team's successful 2011 season.

Mac's Football Blog: Locker, Hasselbeck To Compete For Titans QB Job
Tennessee Titans 2011 first-round pick Jake Locker spent his rookie season behind veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who was signed to a three-year contract to help bridge the gap and mentor Locker. That could change in 2012, as head coach Mike Munchak disclosed that Hasselbeck and Locker will compete for the team's starting quarterback role during the off-season.

Temple RB Bernard Pierce: All About The Angles | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Wednesday night, I Tweeted that there’s little better than watching a good angle blocking scheme in action. It’s like watching Joe Frazier walk right up to his opponent and deliver an uppercut that floors him. The adrenaline rush that comes from watching that kind of moment is similar to a runner and offensive line taking it to a defense.

All about Friday’s two NFL draft coin flips | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Two coin tosses taking place on Friday morning will determine the final order of the 2012 NFL draft. The Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins will flip to see which team picks No. 8 or No. 9 in April's player selection, while the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks will call it in the air (or beforehand -- thanks, Phil Luckett) to determine the No. 11 and No. 12 picks.

Combine notes: Whisenhunt foresees ‘open competition’ between QBs Skelton and Kolb | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
It's always an odd situation when a backup plays as well as a starter, especially at the quarterback position, and especially after a team has invested a great deal in the starter without yet getting returns on that investment. That was the case for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. In the offseason, they traded cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick for ex-Eagles backup Kevin Kolb, and gave Kolb a six-year, $65 million contract (with some interesting backdoor clauses) and set him about a new position as the face of a franchise.

Notes from the NFL Scouting Combine: Thursday - NFL - SI.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- News and notes from day one...

2012 NFL Scouting Combine live chat - NFL - SI.com
The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine officially began on Wednesday, with workouts beginning Friday. All eyes will be on Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as the quarterback group works out Sunday, but, as is the case every year, there will be a number of players and performances to watch. SI.com draft expert Tony Pauline and the National Football Post's Wes Bunting will be in Indianapolis to see how all the workouts shake out, and they answered your questions for an hour. See what they had to say below.

Tournament of Touchdown Shots: Championship : NFL Films Blog
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s finally here. Our Tournament of Touchdown Shots Championship match! Over the past few months, we have presented 32 shots from different touchdowns, either from the ground-camera or the top-camera. We presented 8 passing touchdowns, 8 rushing touchdowns, 8 defensive touchdowns, and 8 special teams touchdowns. And after receiving thousands of votes, the Championship finally comes down to two rushing TD’s filmed by top-camera shots: Steve Young’s run against the Vikings vs. Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Mode run against the Saints. Watch both shots and tell us which one you think is the best in our vault. The results will be announced Monday, February 27!

NFL.com news: Fastest players at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine
Just when the inhabitants of Indy felt the last of the aftershocks from hosting Super Bowl XLVI, the NFL returns to town for the NFL Scouting Combine.

NFL.com news: Shurmur looks forward to RG3 meeting, praises McCoy
Pat Shurmur isn't going to act like it's unreasonable for people to connect the Browns to Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

How much is too much for quarterback Matt Flynn? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Tight end Jermichael Finley's contract extention with the Packers leaves Green Bay with the option to use the franchise tag on backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

49ers not content with breakout season | Seahawks Insider
Even though San Francisco finished 13-3 in Jim Harbaugh’s first season with the 49ers, winning the NFC West, advancing to the NFC championship game and finishing with a winning record for the first time since 2002, the head coach believes his team can make a significant jump from year one to year two.

Schneider: No deal yet with Lynch | Seahawks Insider
Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider talked about the ongoing talks with soon-to-be free agent running back Marshawn Lynch here at the NFL Scouting Combine this afternoon. Schneider said there’s no deal yet, but the two sides are having productive talks, with the hope that something will get done in the next, two weeks. "We’re having great discussions," Schneider said. "And I’m actually meeting again with his guy tonight.

Seahawks Blog | Sidney Rice underwent surgery on shoulders (yes, that's shoulders with an s) | Seattle Times Newspaper
The news that Sidney Rice underwent shoulder surgery is not new. The extent of the operation, however, is. Seahawks general manager John Schneider confirmed Thursday that Rice had both of his shoulders operated on after the season.

Seahawks.com Blog | Lynch will run for Seahawks in 2012 "
One way or another, Marshawn Lynch will remain with the Seahawks for at least the 2012 season. That was the word from John Schneider today, when the Seahawks’ general manager field questions for almost 45 minutes at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Combine day one links & Sean Spence tape " Seahawks Draft Blog
The combine is underway with offensive lineman and kickers/punters on board for weigh-ins and interviews. The Seahawks GM John Schneider also spoke to the media in Indianapolis today.

NFL Combine: Afternoon news and notes | National Football Post
What we learned from some of the nation’s top OL and TE prospects.

Webster: Hasselbeck showed his value - NFC West Blog - ESPN
That was former Seattle Seahawks executive Ruston Webster lauding former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on Thursday.

Seahawks, Chiefs Flip Friday For 11th pick | Seattle Seahawks
Every step up the NFL’s first-round draft ladder in the first round adds value; the season can score their first "win" of the off-season by beating Kansas City.

Trusting your evaluation key to selecting QB | Seahawks Insider
And we’re off. I heard some interesting comments about evaluating the quarterback position as it pertains to the Seattle Seahawks.

Cosell Talks: Matt Flynn and the Art of Quarterbacking : NFL Films Blog
Rewind to New Year’s Day. On that cold and windy afternoon at Lambeau Field, Matt Flynn’s second NFL start produced 480 passing yards and six touchdowns, the final one with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter. It was the winning score in a 45-41 shootout with the Detroit Lions.

Tale of the Tape: Coby Fleener vs Notre Dame - Mocking The Draft
Stanford tight end Coby Fleener is believed to be one of the top tight ends in this class. I've seen people who have him as a third round talent, some people have him in the second and a few have him creeping into the late first round. With tight ends becoming more and more involved in the passing game I thought I'd take a look. Fleener's stat line from this game: four receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Mohamed Sanu wants to prove at the Combine he has the speed to play in NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
You would have thought a school- and conference-record 115-catch performance as a junior last season would have done the trick quite nicely, but Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu arrives at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday in need of showing he can separate himself. Everybody's got something to prove here at the NFL's winter job fair, and Sanu's task is to make it clear he deserves to be seen through more than the dreaded "possession receiver'' prism, as if keeping possession of the ball is a lesser skill in the game of football.

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