Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers look sto pass as he rolls out of the pocket in the third quarter against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

HOLY CRAP WEDNESDAY!

One reason rookies may have bigger roles in 2012 than ever before… - NFL.com
The draft was not even a week old, and Bears WR Alshon Jeffery already had his rookie contract finished. That day, his agent Eugene Parker told me he didn’t understand why more teams didn’t follow suit. Soon, they would.

Seahawks.com Blog | Jackson, Flynn throwing to ‘hungry, hard-working’ receivers "
Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn, who are competing to be the Seahawks’ starting quarterback, have played with Pro Bowl wide receivers.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Browns President Mike Holmgren Says Drafting Brandon Weeden Was the Team’s "Plan B"
Mike Holmgren joined ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland with the Really Big Show to talk about why the team failed to address the wide receiver position earlier in the draft, if it was his call to trade up for Richardson and draft Weeden at number 22, what he liked about Weeden, on the future of Colt McCoy, if he regrets on missing out on Robert Griffin III, what his own future is in Cleveland and the expectations in 2012.

Study: NFL players living longer than general population - CBSSports
The NFL on Tuesday morning sent an e-mail to about 3,200 pre-1993 players that included an update on some retirement issues. There was some normal business chatter in the e-mail, including news that former New York Giants quarterback Joe Pisarcik is now interim president of the Alumni Association and Jim McMahon won the association's golf tournament. But also in the letter, obtained by me, was a bit of a blockbuster.

2011's Best Performances: Running Backs | ProFootballFocus.com
Up next in our series looking at the highest-graded one-off performances from 2011, we turn our attention to the running backs.

Chargers release LaBoy | National Football Post
The San Diego Chargers have released outside linebacker Travis LaBoy on Monday. LaBoy signed with the Chargers last season as an unrestricted free agent and appeared in 14 games with 47 tackles and one sack.

What should we expect from Alex Smith in 2012? | National Football Post
Is the former first-round pick ready to evolve into a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback?

A look at the NFC West drafts | National Football Post
Taking a glance at how the division's four squads fared.

San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith refining throwing mechanics - NFL.com
During a chat with fans posted on the 49ers' official team website, San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith revealed that he recently spent time working on his throwing mechanics with a specialist in the Los Angeles area.

Five best free agent wide receivers available - NFL.com
Around the League looks at the best free agent wide receivers on the market. And there are some notable names on the list like Braylon Edwards.

Seahawks strike quickly with draft choices
In an almost-unheard of flurry of moves, the Seahawks reached agreements with eight of their 10 draft choices on Monday – including first-round pick Bruce Irvin.

Reality check: Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson is not going anywhere | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
So the writing is on the wall for Tarvaris Jackson, huh?

Which draft pick will make biggest impact - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd was fifth and Seattle Seahawks pass-rusher Bruce Irvin sixth on John Clayton's list of 10 new draft choices likely to make the greatest immediate impact.

Pete Carroll interview on ESPN 710 " Seahawks Draft Blog
- This is a genuine quarterback competition. Carroll has been nothing but honest about his quarterbacks, initially naming Matt Hasselbeck the starter in 2010 despite trading for Charlie Whitehurst, then naming Tarvaris Jackson the starter in 2011. If anyone had the job to lose at this stage, Carroll would say so. This isn’t the first time he’s referred to the Matt Leinart/Matt Cassel competition at USC. This appears to be a fluid situation.

2012 Offensive Line Rankings - Matchups - Rotoworld.com
Casual NFL observers don't do intense offensive line watching. They see the quarterback drop back from center, then hand the ball off to a back or throw it to a receiver. The O-Line is criticized if no running lane opens or the passer is sacked. It sometimes gets credit if the offense sustains a long stretch of undisrupted plays.

Finding the Fits: Selecting Cousins a savvy move by Redskins - CBSSports
Over the next several weeks, NFLDraftScout.com will be reviewing some of the more intriguing picks made during the 2012 NFL draft through a series called "Finding the Fits." The goal of the series is to identify one relatively unheralded player per team who would appear to be a particularly good schematic fit and therefore more likely to be a surprise contributor early in his respective pro career.

Finding the Fits: Selecting Cousins a savvy move by Redskins - CBSSports
Over the next several weeks, NFLDraftScout.com will be reviewing some of the more intriguing picks made during the 2012 NFL draft through a series called "Finding the Fits." The goal of the series is to identify one relatively unheralded player per team who would appear to be a particularly good schematic fit and therefore more likely to be a surprise contributor early in his respective pro career.

Class of 2013 Freaks - CBSSports
It's an annual tradition for CBSSports.com senior writer Bruce Feldman to gather the names of some of the fastest, strongest and most physically impressive college football players to put on his 'Freaks list.' The Eye on Recruiting naturally has its own version and this year's class of 2013 provides plenty of candidates worthy of inclusion.

Report: Seahawks' Bruce Irvin pick blew up Jets-Steelers draft-day trade - CBSSports
According to a report from the NFL Network, the Steelers and Jets had a draft-day trade in place so Pittsburgh could move up and grab David DeCastro. But when the Seahawks decided to take Bruce Irvin, the Jets bailed out of the deal.

Playoffs? These five 2011 also-rans have a good shot at getting there - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Every year for the past 16 seasons there have been at least five teams to make surprise appearances in the playoffs -- which is another way of saying at least five teams that made it to January that weren't there the year before

Seahawks Offseason Report: Can Seattle's Offense Do Their Part In 2012? - SBNation.com
The Seattle Seahawks' defense was among last season's biggest surprises of 2011, but offensive troubles limited the team's overall success. Will Seattle's offseason moves prove to be enough to...

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