Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Thursday

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers enters the field for their game against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on November 14 2010 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Here, read these things.

Increasingly pass-happy NFL might not be - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Perhaps you've fallen for the line about NFL teams becoming increasingly pass-happy on offense. Turns out that is not necessarily the case. It's a little embarrassing, in retrospect, to think how many times this notion has appeared as fact in these parts recently.

Finding the Fits: Looney, if healthy, could start as rookie for 49ers - 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 appears to be a good schematic fit and therefore more likely to be a surprise contributor early in his pro career.

Former NFL DB Wade Davis comes out publicly with help for others | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: During his time as a defensive back for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, and Seattle Seahawks, Wade Davis was a smart player who spent a lot of time studying and drawing up the defensive schemes he would need to get … Continue reading →

Vernon Davis: 'I strongly believe we should be the Super Bowl favorites' | National Football Post
49ers tight end amped up for season

How do you defend the 'bunch' look? | National Football Post
Chalkboard breakdown of the "Box" technique (4-on-3).

Hot-seat coaches who'll reward their faithful players - NFL.com
Who will be this year's Gary Kubiak? After sitting on the hot seat last season, the Texans coach was rewarded by his players' patience, and the team finally got to the playoffs.

5 Mistakes Most Rookies Will Make | National Football Post
I have witnessed major mistakes most players, especially rookies, make in their first few years in the NFL.

Practice pays
Jeremy Lane admits that making plays on the ball when it's in the air wasn't one of his strengths at Northwestern State. But the rookie cornerback showed in Tuesday's last OTA practice that now it is.

The birth of the 3-3-5 defense - Grantland
An excerpt from The Essential Smart Football.

On the NFL's punishment of Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
I've attended a couple OTA practices in Seattle without noticing anything that seemed to qualify as unusually rough. Practices were spirited. There were a couple shoving matches. Players seemed to be competing hard. Those seemed like good things at the time.

Interesting Matt Flynn Quotes - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn was a guest on KJR yesterday, and while most of the interview was the usual "I don’t want to say anything that might be turned into a pseudo-controversy" stuff, mixed in there were a few interesting quotes.

Brandon Weeden's maturity, essential as much as his arm strength and accuracy, is showing up already
Of the more realistic candidates, free agent Matt Flynn was no bigger than McCoy with a similarly popgun arm. He was never seriously considered.

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