Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Wednesday

J.R. Sweezy is not one to trifle with.

HUMPDAY.

Hawks rev up version of "NASCAR" package | Seahawks Insider
For Pete Carroll this offseason the idea was simple – add more speed to the team’s pass rush to create more sack opportunities, similar to the way New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell drew up his NASCAR package with four defensive ends on third down, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka.

Ram tough: Les Snead leans on strengths to rebuild St. Louis - NFL.com
Tuesday was May 1. For new St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead, the beginning of the new month meant it was finally time to tie up a whole bunch of loose ends.

Rebuilding? Rams prefer to look at 2012 as re-stocking period - NFL.com
The St. Louis Rams approached the 2012 NFL Draft embracing the reality that they were not one player away. As last year's 2-14 finish clearly illustrated, they were missing far more than that.

Can Russell Wilson win a starting job as a rookie? | National Football Post
Pete Carroll is going to give the QB a shot to compete.

Russell Wilson's shot to start reveals Pete Carroll's lack of commitment to Seahawks QBs - Yahoo! Sports
There are many derivations on the basic theme of finding and committing to a good quarterback. Or you could be like Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and continuously date.

2011's Best Performances: Defensive Tackles | ProFootballFocus.com
We began focusing on the defensive players yesterday in our continuing look at the best individual performances from the 2011 season. Today we stay on that track, shifting to the inside guys as we turn our attention to those players who spend their life at either defensive tackle or nose tackle. As is the norm, we’re going to give you the 10 highest-graded individual displays from the position in 2011. This takes into account how a DT performed while stopping the run, rushing the passer, and even when dropping into coverage (and the penalties they took, too). Let’s get to it.

Pressure point: Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Examining who faces the most challenging season for the Seattle Seahawks and why.

Pressure point: Rams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Examining who faces the most challenging season for the St. Louis Rams and why.

Marquess Wilson (WR, Washington State) vs ASU & Washington " Seahawks Draft Blog
Wilson fits the criteria as a player who should really benefit from Mike Leach’s presence at Washington State. Whether he ever develops into a first round prospect remains to be seen, but he’ll probably get plenty of targets next season.

Don't believe the hype during OTA season - NFL.com
The Super Bowl was more than three months ago. The NFL Draft is over and free agency slowed to a crawl. We are hungry for football, so we turn to Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamps for sustenance.

NFL - Seattle Seahawks' QB competition is getting crowded - ESPN
It's a quarterback free-for-all in Seattle, Ashley Fox writes.

NFL - Bad time to be a rookie - ESPN
As the new 10-year collective bargaining agreement starts to play out, there may be no more notable difference in the business of the NFL than the timing and ease of rookie contract negotiations. The new CBA has, for at least a decade, radically simplified and shortened the negotiation of these deals.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Jeff Fisher Says He "Didn’t Pay Much Attention" to Sam Bradford’s Rough Second Season
Jeff Fisher joined Frank Cusumano on KFNS in St. Louis to talk about what he sees in Sam Bradford that causes him the believe in the former Heisman Trophy winner. He also touched on the death of former teammate Dave Duerson and the connection to the recent Junior Seau suicide, reflected on the changes during his quarter-century of coaching and stated that he and his staff deliberately don’t work overly taxing hours.

Fantasy Football 2012 Rankings: Wide Receiver Part I - Fake Teams
It's time to rank some wide receivers.

Seven QB battles will be raging soon—and here's how they'll turn out - NFL - Sporting News
An offseason of intriguing player movement has left many teams uncertain about their starting quarterback. With organized team activities and training camps still to come, here are seven quarterback battles that must be settled between now and NFL Week 1:

2011's Best Performances: Defensive Tackles | ProFootballFocus.com
We began focusing on the defensive players yesterday in our continuing look at the best individual performances from the 2011 season. Today we stay on that track, shifting to the inside guys as we turn our attention to those players who spend their life at either defensive tackle or nose tackle. As is the norm, we’re going to give you the 10 highest-graded individual displays from the position in 2011. This takes into account how a DT performed while stopping the run, rushing the passer, and even when dropping into coverage (and the penalties they took, too). Let’s get to it.

Is the new CBA good for young players? | National Football Post
New deal will display some flaws.

My story: Using the Giants as inspiration, the Rams are searching for dominant units - NFL.com
Usually you hear teams, especially the bad ones, looking to build one player at a time. They talk about increasing depth across the board and getting talent everywhere. Well, the Rams might not consider themselves to be rebuilding, but they are definitely doing some renovations.

Fullback Owen Schmitt to sign with Oakland Raiders - NFL.com
The Oakland Raiders will sign free-agent fullback Owen Schmitt to a one-year contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

101Sports.com: Tony Softli - Window of Opportunity is Closing
The St. Louis Rams and the CVC (Convention and Visitors Commission) are in the middle of a back and forth volley more befitting a French Open tennis match. Instead of clay, however, the two sides are negotiating over much more than the surface. The current winner is the Edward Jones Investment Company that bought the stadium naming rights several years ago (paying the Rams an average of $2.65 million per year over the course of the 12-year agreement), which is reaping some very good marketing publicity over this now public battle. (In my opinion, the Ed is much in need of a renovation, in order to make it respectable among the other NFL stadiums.)

Cosell Talks: 2012 NFL Draft Post-Mortem 2 : NFL Films Blog
I had the opportunity last weekend to attend the Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie minicamp. It’s always enjoyable to see college players react to NFL coaching for the first time. If you’re a defensive lineman, I can guarantee you’ve never seen a coach quite like Jim Washburn, the old-school defensive line mentor who’s been dispensing his particular brand of knowledge for over 30 years. Washburn is one of the best in the business, and I love seeing his passion and attention to the smallest of details.

Winding road leads Toomer to Seattle
Korey Toomer wasn't even invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. But after linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. saw him at his Pro Day workout, the Seahawks decided Toomer was draft worthy.

Matt Barkley (QB, USC) vs Stanford " Seahawks Draft Blog
Ranked at #1 in our top 40 watch list, Matt Barkley probably should be the #1 overall pick next year. That doesn’t mean he will be. Teams are enamoured with big, athletic quarterbacks. It’s not so much why an elite talent like Cam Newton goes #1 overall, but it is a reason why guys like Jake Locker and Ryan Tannehill become top-ten picks. Barkley isn’t the big time athlete with ideal height, a huge arm and plus mobility. He’s a surgeon who’s technically better than any quarterback I’ve ever seen in college.

Comparing upsides of Matt Flynn, Russell Wilson - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Three quarterbacks technically have a shot to win the competition to be the Seahawks' starter this season. But only two of them -- free-agent addition Matt Flynn and third-round pick Russell Wilson -- are signed beyond 2012.

Bills will give Patriots trouble in the AFC East, more early predictions for the 2012 season - Don Banks - SI.com
The NFL is both beloved and exalted in the pantheon of spectator sports because absolutely no one knows what will unfold from week to week. But that doesn't stop us from predicting up a storm when it comes to the season just ahead. More than two months away from the full-scale opening of training camps, here are seven strong hunches we're willing to share in a bold foretelling of 2012's storylines to come:

On fifth-rounder Fleming's knee injury - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Durable veterans have helped the San Francisco 49ers field one of the NFL's toughest defenses. Losing outside lienbacker Darius Fleming, a fifth-round choice in 2012, to a potentially season-ending injury will not affect their plans for the coming season. The injury stunts efforts to develop young depth for the future. One of the team's long-time starters at the position, Parys Haralson, was a fifth-round choice in 2006.

Rams sign Barry Richardson, Mario Haggan | ProFootballTalk
The St. Louis Rams announced Tuesday that they have signed free agent offensive tackle Barry Richardson and linebacker Mario Haggan. Richardson, who turned 26 today, met with the Rams before the draft.

Can Seahawks get last laugh with Barron? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks have continually churned their roster along the offensive line, finding starter Breno Giacomini and other contributors that way. Alex Barron becomes the latest addition after the Seahawks announced agreeing to terms with the veteran first-round choice Tuesday.

Ravens, Saints must overcome adversity; don't sleep on Bengals - NFL.com
First wave of free agency? Done. Second wave of free agency? Done. (Call it A.P. -- after Peyton.) NFL draft? Done. Now, where does your team stand in relation to its peers?

Wilson not only rookie to shine | Dave Boling - The News Tribune
Former Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren used to have a tactful phrase to describe some of the young players in the depth chart cellar early in NFL camp. They soon will be "free to go about their life’s work," he said.

Guest column: Surviving life after the NFL - NFC West Blog - ESPN
ormer NFL linebacker George Koonce recently submitted to Marquette University a doctoral dissertation on transitioning from life outside the game. This column represents his personal experience, as told to NFC West blogger Mike Sando.

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