Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Tuesday

ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers defends a pass to Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas. Woodson was injured on the play. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

TUESDAY! AGAIN!

Shaping the Slot: Defense | ProFootballFocus.com
After last week’s article breaking down slot receiver prototypes, it’s time to look at the players who line up across from them as the nickel and dime cornerbacks. With the slot receiver no longer an afterthought for offensive coordinators, their defensive counterparts must choose wisely when selecting a nickel back. He not only has to worry about covering the different types of slot receivers around the league, but must also take on added run stopping and blitz responsibilities. When you add it all up, the slot cornerback needs to be quick enough to handle great receivers and tough enough to stick his nose into the thick of the action. Let’s take a look at the different style of slot cornerbacks that defensive coordinators are employing to stop the ever increasing spread formations around the league.

NFL - Player strategies used to earn more money - ESPN
The NFL's offseason is longer than its season, with the first meaningful snap after the Super Bowl coming seven months later in September. From a front-office perspective, the offseason -- when teams are assembled and renovated -- is busier than the season. I always chuckled when people asked, "What do you do in the offseason?"

NFL - Free agency comes to an end with an obvious winner - ESPN
At their meetings in March, the NFL team owners tabled seven bylaw proposals, four that would have significant impacts on the 2012 season. Although free agency goes on every day of the year, the league unofficially closed the books on 2012 unrestricted free agency Friday.

Does Baylor have another first round WR prospect? | National Football Post
Is Terrance Williams the draft’s best senior wide out?

How to attack Cover 2 from a 3x1 alignment | National Football Post
Drawing up the '999' route on the chalkboard.

Tampa Bay Bucs have best chance of quick NFC turnaround - NFL.com
Daniel Jeremiah ranks the NFC's four last-place finishers based on their chances of going from worst to first in 2012: Find out where Greg Schiano's Tampa Bay Buccaneers fall on the list.

Monday Morning QB live chat replay | Seahawks Insider
I think the ideal scenario for Seattle is Sidney Rice stays healthy and seizes control of the No. 1 receiver spot at flanker or Z, Doug Baldwin continues to serve as the slot receiver and someone emerges to take control of the split end of X position. Players involved in that competition at split end include Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, Ricardo Lockette, Deon Butler, Kris Durham and Mike Williams.

How good should Matt Flynn look in practice? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
"I'm not saying that he hasn't looked good in practice, but you haven't seen just the 'wow' factor," Sando told "The John Clayton Show" on Saturday. "I don't think that's necessarily a concern, but you don't go out on the practice field and think this guy was a high draft choice."

NFL rankings: Among tackles, there's no doubing Browns' Joe Thomas is No. 1 - NFL - Sporting News
You can argue that having a star left tackle is not as important as it used to be. Quarterbacks are throwing more often out of the shotgun. They are getting rid of the football quicker. And the influx of mobile quarterbacks into the NFL has changed the game both for pass rushers and pass blockers.

Daugherty: Fantasy Top Tens - Goal Line Stand - Rotoworld.com
You know Evan Silva, Chris Wesseling and Mike Clay. I, sir, am no @evansilva, @ChrisWesseling or @MikeClayNFL. That doesn’t stop me from getting paid to try to be, however. Come for the surprises (man this guy who isn’t Wess or Evan really loves receivers who get sued!), stay for the dated cultural references and delight in the fact that this list is evidence that, yes, fantasy football is finally right around the corner.

How to (and how not to) Throw the Bomb | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
The bomb is one of the most awesome plays in football. A strong arm and a fast receiver capable of getting separation are the primary factors that the uninitiated considers most important. These physical skills work well in high school football, and often the college game.

This Day in Football: The NFL Lands in Seattle : NFL Films Blog
On June 4th, 1974 the NFL granted a franchise to the city of Seattle, leading to the birth of the Seahawks. Here’s a look back at their start and first draft pick, from the 1975 film "The Seattle Seahawks: In The Beginning."

Ranking the top QB, RB and WR combos in the NFL | National Football Post
Who has the best 'triplets' in the game?

Report: Dashon Goldson, 49ers separated by $1M - NFL.com
Dashon Goldson continues to negotiate a new deal with the San Francisco 49ers, but he reportedly wants $1 million more per year than the team is willing to pay him.

Justin time: Forsett sole RB drafted by Seahawks under Tim Ruskell | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
It's not easy to put Justin Forsett's free-agent departure in perspective.

UFA period doesn't get old in NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFC West teams added or re-signed 38 unrestricted free agents during the recently completed UFA signing period. They lost or did not re-sign 47 such players. One key difference between those groups: age.

As Peter King points out, the 2006 NFL Draft was terrible - Mocking The Draft
In this week's Monday Morning Quarterback, Peter King of Sports Illustrated points out the terribleness of the 2006 NFL Draft to make a point about the Houston Texans. For a refresher, that was the year of Mario Williams, Reggie Bush, Vince Young and Matt Leinart.

Post-Draft Review/Future Outlook-St. Louis Rams | The Sideline View
With a new coaching staff and revamped front office, the Rams put together a very interesting draft with their 10 selections.

Post-Draft Review/Future Outlook-Seattle Seahawks | The Sideline View
Like many observers, my kneejerk reaction on the selection of DE Bruce Irvin as the Seahawks’ first-round pick was that he was a reach that early, but that was before I had enough information on him. I spoke to a one NFL executive after the draft who said that Irvin is a true boom or bust pick, but could have the same impact DE Jason Pierre-Paul has had with the Giants if he stays on the straight and narrow path. So while some feel Irvin was a reach, he could have a big impact down the line—and he certainly fills a big need.

Niners unwilling to meet Goldson’s asking price | ProFootballTalk
Florio recently passed along news that 49ers unsigned franchise player Dashon Goldson is seeking "Eric Weddle money" in long-term contract talks with San Francisco.

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