Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Saturday

SEATTLE WA - DECEMBER 19: Wide receiver Mike Williams #17 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch against Brent Grimes #20 of the Atlanta Falcons at Qwest Field on December 19 2010 in Seattle Washington. The Falcons defeated the Seahawks 34-18. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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The curse of the 10-win comeback season | National Football Post
History shows us that San Francisco, Houston and Detroit could be in trouble entering the 2012 campaign.

Hawks release Mike Williams | Seahawks Insider
Apparently the Seattle Seahawks were not willing to wait until training camp to see if Mike Williams would get healthy. The team announced that Williams has been released this afternoon, making the 28-year-old an unrestricted free agent.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: 17 Sentences on Whether Chris Clemons is Really Overrated
Pro Football Weekly saluted Seattle DE Chris Clemons as the NFL's most underrated player today, continuing a trend of grudging but increasing respect from the national media as they slowly realize that Pete Carroll is NOT, in fact, just signing every USC alumi he can find.

Seahawks release wide receiver Mike Williams - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
The Seahawks have released wide receiver Mike Williams after a two-year run in Seattle that began as a feel-good story and ended with an injury-filled and unproductive season.

Mike Williams release in context | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
The release of receiver Mike Williams doesn't come as a total surprise. He was never able to contribute consistently last season, was slow to recovery from surgery this offseason and if nothing else, coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have shown that patience may be a virtue, but it's not part of their football team's M.O.

The Seattle Seahawks Still Have Questions To Answer - 12th Man Rising -
This is the time of the year where hope seems to be in infinite supply. Look back at the team previews that I’ve been posting for the last month (we’ll finish that up next week), and you’ll see that all but 6 teams think they have a chance at the playoffs. So while most of what I write for this site falls into the category of hopeful, I thought it would be prudent to point out some of the causes for concern that this team still faces.

Larry Lumpkin signed by Indianapolis Colts - NFL.com
The Indianapolis Colts signed undrafted free agent linebacker Larry Lumpkin, the team announced Friday.

Eric Reid, Tony Jefferson among top college safeties - NFL.com
Safeties are asked to do many different things at the NFL level, making identifying top prospects a challenge. Chad Reuter picks the best ones at the college level right now.

Playbook: 'Limiting' Sproles in the red zone | National Football Post
Drawing up a 'Boston' call (Cover 7) on the chalkboard.

Seahawks Training Camp Signups are NOW
For those late to the party, the Seahawks have opened up 13 training camp practices to the public. Tickets are free but there is a $6 "transportation fee" that you’ll have to pay. It is on a first come first serve basis, and while I don’t think week days will fill up, if you’re hoping to attend any of the four weekend practices I’d suggest you get on that horse because it’ll be ridin’ out of town soon.

Saints couldn't afford not to pay Drew Brees what he wanted - CBSSports.com
NFL contracts aren't as ridiculous as other sports -- but the deal Drew Brees just got -- is pretty absurd. And yet, for the Saints, he's worth every penny, since they couldn't afford not to pay him.

Joy of Six: Bills, Rams among six joining parity playoff field; who's in and out? - NFL -
The NFL is king of parity. Need proof? Over the past 10 seasons, six playoff teams from the season before fail to make it back. So which new clubs will earn a postseason berth? Jason La Canfora shares his predictions.

Conditioning At Camp Fitzgerald
"We grind," Seahawks running back Leon Washington said. "We are blessed to have a job that most people dream of having. I get paid to come out here and work out and stay in shape. You can’t beat that."

2013 NFL Draft: Texas preview - CBSSports
From 2001-2010, there were a combined 14 players drafted in the first round from the University of Texas. The Longhorns didn't produce a first-round pick in either of the past two years. Expect that trend to change in 2013 when as many as three Longhorns could contend for first-round honors.

Random Perspective On: The 2012 Detroit Lions
Matt Stafford’s 2011 season was slightly overrated based on his 663 pass attempts.

Brandon Lloyd and Josh McDaniels together again
Brandon Lloyd and Josh McDaniels have teamed up for three different teams.

Thoughts on Josh Gordon to Cleveland | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
As I mentioned last week, I’ll have more analysis on Gordon’s game within the next 7-10 days. But I have a little time to share some thoughts on the Browns drafting Gordon with a second-round pick and the general tenor of reactions I have seen regarding the former Baylor wide receiver.

3 Reasons NFL Passing Records Are Being Broken at a Record Pace | Bleacher Report
In the last decade, we have seen some of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game step foot on an NFL field. Are today's quarterbacks better than the quarterbacks of yesteryear, or are they simply aided by underlying circumstances?

Evaluating the 3 Most Dynamic NFL Offenses Heading into 2012 | Bleacher Report
Offense has seemingly taken over the NFL. Whether it's spreading defenses out like the Green Bay Packers or pounding the ball like the Houston Texans, the NFL has turned into an offensive explosion over the past few years.

Offseason Breakdown: St. Louis Rams | Audibles
Whenever I think of the 2011 Rams, I can’t shake the title of The Roots’ album Things Fall Apart. The year began with such hope, coming on the heels of a turnaround 2010 that saw a six-win improvement and near playoff berth at 7-9 in the (then) weak NFC West. Sam Bradford was the reigning Rookie of the Year, and he was paired with a smart offensive coach in coordinator Josh McDaniels in his second season. One of the more promising young coaches in the league, Steve Spagnuolo, ran the sidelines. After just six wins in three years from 2007-2009, there was light at the end of the tunnel.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Rookies bolster Rams' CB situation
It certainly won’t take much for the Rams to improve their situation at cornerback in 2012 after placing six CBs on injured reserve last season, including the top three of Ron Bartell, Bradley Fletcher and Jerome Murphy. But if the strong early impressions of rookie CBs Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson are any indication, a dramatic upgrade could be in the offing at the position.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthrough: Rogerize
Do your memos lack pizzazz? Not coming off as enough of a vindictive autocrat in your emails? Does your business and personal correspondence fail to convey the sense that your decisions are cruel sentences handed down by a vengeful deity? There’s a simple solution: Rogerize!

Best Case/Worst Case: QBs - Football Daily Dose - Rotoworld.com
With training camp less than two weeks away, the serious fantasy footballer has no doubt already pored through countless projections, profiles and predictions. Odds are, many of them were quite useful. But whereas projections, profiles and predictions strive to guess the most likely out

NFL Contracts – 15 Ways NFL Players and Teams Gain Leverage in Negotiations – Part One |
Let’s talk contract leverage for a second. Now granted, if you ever get lucky enough to get drafted (or make a team as an undrafted free agent) you’ll have to wait at least four or five years before you’d probably ever have to deal with this, but it doesn’t hurt to know it anyways.

NFL Contracts – 15 Ways NFL Players and Teams Gain Leverage in Negotiations – Part Two |
Welcome back to our brief look into the different ways teams and players can gain leverage when it comes contract negotiations.

San Francisco 49ers: Two New Offensive Weapons to Become Niners' Best Red-Zone Threats - Niners Nation
In 2011, the 13-3 San Francisco 49ers had the 30th ranked red-zone efficiency. This coming season they will look to improve with added firepower, particularly from two new additions.

BREAKING NEWS: People Like The NFL - Niners Nation
The NFL dominated a recent ranking of the most-view sporting events of 2012. We look at the ridiculous nature of some of these dominant ratings.

Ankle Injury Still Bothering Sam Bradford - Turf Show Times
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford says his ankle injury still bothers him occasionally.

2012 Program Preview - Rutgers - Mocking The Draft
Looking at the 2012 Rutgers Scarlet Knights from a 2013 NFL Draft perspective.

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