Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Saturday

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 17: Chris Clemons #91 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against J'Marcus Webb #73 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 17 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Clemons; J'Marcus Webb

Weekend.

Progressing beyond the prototypical
Pete Carroll loves players with unique characteristics, and the Seahawks' third-year coach is using them in unique ways to form a defense that ranked ninth in the NFL last season and featured a trio of Pro Bowl players.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthrough: No Reaches
When it comes to scouting prospect tape, "better late than never" is a wise adage. The Seahawks drafted West Virginia pass rusher Bruce Irvin in the first round, and many of us invoked the dreaded r-word ("reach") because we had him listed as a mid-round value, if we had him listed at all. Don’t judge us harshly: it is hard to form a coherent opinion within a ten-minute window.

Seahawks.com Blog | Jackson, Flynn cool with competition "
Tarvaris Jackson realizes the Seahawks’ quarterback situation is all about competition this offseason. "I’m not a GM, I’m not a head coach, so I can’t go pick exactly who they want. Or say, ‘Don’t get a quarterback,’ " a smiling Jackson said today after the team’s non-OTA workout. After the laughter subsided, Jackson added, "But that’s not how things work. So I’m just here to compete, and may the best man win.

Deuce the vegan and other potential truths - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Newly signed defensive tackle Jason Jones is tall (6-foot-5) and lean (276 pounds). One look at him and there's no question of his primary role. It'll be as a pass-rusher.

Flynn on QB competition: "I know that everything I do matters" | Seahawks Insider
He looked smooth, got rid of the ball quickly and appeared comfortable on the field. Those were my first impressions of new Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn while watching him briefly in the team’s 45-minute workout this morning, the first time Seattle-area reporters had an opportunity to see Flynn in action.

Pete Carroll: Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson QB competition is like a classic duel
When it comes to selecting a starting quarterback, the Seahawks are relying on one thing: competition. (Getty Images photos) Competition, competition, competition.

Pete Carroll updates status of Seahawks injuries - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Following the Seahawks non-OTA workout Friday morning, head coach Pete Carroll spoke to the media and updated the injury situation regarding the veterans returning from last season. A number of players were absent from the workout, most notably wide receivers Mike Williams and Sidney Rice.

Brock and Salk - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
Brock & Sandmeyer sit down with Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to talk about the multiple Hawks defensive draft picks. Plus, Answer the Question, Jerk!

Friday draft thoughts " Seahawks Draft Blog
Over the last few days we’ve looked at two Bruce Irvin games (more on the way) and critiqued how badly he fit West Virginia’s 3-3-5 defensive scheme.

Draft Spotlight: Jaye Howard, DT, Florida " Seahawks Draft Blog
Dan Quinn built a strong reputation as a defensive line coach, joining the Seahawks in 2009 and helped the line retain respectability in 2009 and 2010 even when there wasn’t a ton of talent there. He left the Seahawks last year after being offered a promotion to coach as a defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators. It’s only fitting then that the first gator to be drafted in 2012 was a defensive lineman, going to the Seattle Seahawks no less.

2011 Pass Rushing Productivity: Defensive Backs | ProFootballFocus.com
Numbers. They can jump out at you and make an immediate impact. When you see that Roman Harper ended the year with 7.5 sacks, you can’t help but think wow. After all, defensive backs aren’t meant to produce that many sacks.

Saints bounty issue reprises misguided fight between NFL and union at wrong time - Don Banks - SI.com
At the very least, Junior Seau's shocking suicide this week raises the stakes all the more when it comes to what might be on the line in the controversial and much-debated effort to increase player safety in the NFL. We don't know for sure yet if the league's two biggest headlines in recent days were connected on any level, and if Seau's long and distinguished football career led to the kind of brain injury that contributed to him taking his own life, but there is ample reason -- and far too much recent history -- to support suspicion on that front.

Head coach power rankings | National Football Post
Which coach would you put at the top of the list?

Top Third Round Values | National Football Post
Who added the best values in round three?

2011 NFL Draft Profile: WR - Raymond Webber - Arkansas-Pine Bluff | April
Yesterday I talked about finding receivers late in the draft that have all the athleticism necessary to be successful at the NFL level, but are passed on due to their school. I use Marques Colston as the perfect example of a player that likely would've been drafted earlier had he not attended Hofstra and had instead gone to Florida, USC or Ohio State. Granted there are plenty of these unknowns that never made the transition; however, in the 6th and 7th round isn't it worth it to take a home run swing?

Seahawks' backfield has another Skittles fan - NFL.com
A few things stand out about new Seattle Seahawks running back Robert Turbin. The first: He likes to bring out the gun show. Imagine trying to tackle that.

The 8th round: Best undrafted free agent fits for each team - NFL.com
The announcement of the final selection of the 2012 NFL Draft, given the title of "Mr. Irrelevant," at Radio City Music Hall last Saturday night did not signal the end of teams' attempts to improve their rosters.

Seahawks' Turbin, Lynch share more than a position - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
The Seahawks saw Robert Turbin as a big-bodied thumper who could duplicate Marshawn Lynch's physical running style.

West adds weapons with eye on end zone - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL teams selected 14 wide receivers and running backs in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL draft, an average number since the league expanded to 32 teams for the 2002 season.

Where NFC West teams are most improved - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. singled out the San Francisco 49ers' passing game as one of the NFC's three most improved units this offseason. Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James are among the newcomers he expects to upgrade that area.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Pete Carroll on Junior Seau’s Tough Transition to Retirement:
Pete Carroll joined J.T. The Brick on Fox Sports Radio to discuss Junior Seau’s tragic death, to reflect on Seau as a person and a player, to discuss the tough transition from athlete to retiree and to touch on the brain trauma link that has been a hot topic in light of Seau’s decision to take his own life.

Rams run risks, chart new course
Who knows what the future will bring for the draft class of 2012 in particular, and on a broader scale, for the marriage of Rams coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead?

2012 Dynasty Rookie Ranks - Dynasty Rankings - Rotoworld.com
Evan Silva, Adam Levitan, and I covered the immediate draft fallout earlier in the week. Silva handed out grades for the NFC teams while I tackled the AFC with help from draft guru Josh Norris. If you’re looking for the top rookies for the 2012 season, Levitan has you covered with 20 impact players. Going the extra mile, Norris highlights the top 32 seniors for next year’s draft.

Mac's Football Blog: 49ers Announce Crop Of 17 Undrafted Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of 17 undrafted free agents, including three players -- wide receiver Chris Owusu, defensive end Matt Masifolo and safety Michael Thomas -- who played for head coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. Players will hit the field when the 49ers conduct their rookie mini-camp from May 11-13.

Rookie starters for 2012? Bengals, Bucs, Jags, Browns will have a few - NFL -
The draft and all the hype surrounding the selection process is finally over. The reality is about to set in for well over 300 rookies. Gone are the limos pulling up on 6th Avenue, the red carpet at Radio City has been rolled up, and now the locker room awaits the young hopefuls.

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