Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Tuesday

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers throws under pressure from Chris Clemons #91 the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 24, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. San Francisco won 19-17. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)

Clemons!! (My thoughts to follow soon).

On Seahawks' new deal with Chris Clemons - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Chris Clemons' decision to skip a mandatory minicamp won't cost him $1 million in 2012 salary, after all.

Clemons, Seahawks agree to new deal | Local News | The Seattle Times
Defensive end Chris Clemons and the Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms on a multiyear deal that will keep Clemons under contract beyond the 2012 season, his agent confirmed on Monday night.

NFL 2012: Seahawks camp all about QB battle and what might happen with RB Marshawn Lynch -
RENTON, Wash. — When Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks broke from minicamp in mid-June, all the focus heading into training camp was on a three-way competition for starting quarterback.

JIM MOORE | Lynch the one guy Seahawks can't afford to lose " Kitsap Sun
As you know, Marshawn Lynch was charged with DUI last week in northern California. The Seahawks running back has issued an apology and faces an arraignment date of Aug. 14.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | The Herm Edwards All-Stars
To this point, our Coaching All-Stars series has focused on some of the most successful coaches of the modern era, guys like Bill Parcells, Dick Vermeil, and Tom Coughlin. For this installment, we’ll look at a coach who understood that you play to win the game, even if he wasn’t so sure how to translate that into, you know, actual wins. Herm Edwards was a coordinator on Tony Dungy’s staff in Tampa Bay, and he tried to bring the patented Buc Cover-2 defense to New York and, later, Kansas City. What makes Edwards interesting is that he had a clear idea of what he wanted his teams to look like, and occasionally had good success with his blueprint. So what would an ideal Herm Edwards team look like? Let’s examine it.

Smaller window for NFL position battles - ESPN
Timing is everything, and the current CBA will alter the ways teams handle position battles. Under the new training-camp-lite CBA, coaches don't have the luxury of two-a-day practices. They have to give players a day off after five consecutive days of practice. That doesn't leave a lot of time to handle major battles at certain positions.

NFL Training Camp 2012: Analyzing the Most Heated Battles | Bleacher Report
NFL rosters are constantly in a state of flux; rarely is a player or a job untouchable. Training camp represents a stage where players can show what they have and make cases for not just roster spots but for starting jobs, as well.

Cardinals History of Patience with Rookies Isn't Only Thing Holding Floyd Back | Bleacher Report
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt's philosophy of easing rookies into the mix is well known, and that made Arizona Republic columnist Paola Boivin's report that "it wouldn't be surprising" for No. 13 overall pick Michael Floyd to start the season on the bench, well, not surprising.

With healthy Cutler and Forte, and reliable backups, Bears are Packers' biggest worry - NFL -
Forget Detroit. Clark Judge says Chicago is Green Bay's biggest threat in the NFC North. After adding reliable backups for Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, and a big-play WR in Brandon Marshall, the Bears are stocked for a playoff run.

Looming Revis contract battle could become larger part of Jets drama - NFL -
Seems like yesterday when Darrelle Revis was holding out for a better day. But Jason La Canfora says the elite corner got only a stopgap deal last time and has heavy leverage now to score a mega Jet-for-life deal.

49ers add Darcel McBath for secondary help | National Football Post
Was cut loose by Jaguars in April.

Pick your poison: Manning vs. Romo | National Football Post
Which NFC East signal-caller is more likely to produce big-time results in 2012?

My story: College coaches pinpoint the next trend to permeate the NFL’s game -
First, there was the Wildcat. Then, spread offenses. The college game has long proven a feeder ground for concepts that break into the NFL. But what’s next?

Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III carrying mobile QB trend to NFL? -
Mobile quarterbacks have excelled at the college level for years, but is this trend suddenly hitting the NFL? Ian Rapoport examines the impact of dual threats like Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III.

Seattle Seahawks Camp Preview: Defensive Backfield Roster Battles - 12th Man Rising
We're down to jut 4 days until players report, and 5 until they take the field. in this final week of the offseason, I thought it would be good to handicap

Will Seahawks have Lynch in Week 1? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
It's melodramatic to suggest the 2012 NFC West race hinges on Marshawn Lynch's availability to the Seattle Seahawks early in the season. It's more reasonable to frame Lynch's availability for the Seahawks' opening-week matchup against Arizona as potentially pivotal, at least.

A Violent Collision Seeker - Evaluations -
I spend most of my falls and winters breaking down NFL football players and whiffing on Sunday prognostication, but every Saturday my significant other and I make college football watching a priority.

Training Camp Battles: NFC West |
After spending the past seven days looking at training camp battles, we come to the final installment: the NFC West.

Breaking down the numbers on the game's ground pounders - Grantland
Most years there's a clear-cut title holder, but this season it's up for grabs.

Marshawn Lynch Arrest Asks Important Question: Who Is Robert Turbin? | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks offense is heavily reliant on the running game to set up the pass and that's not expected to change this year as they enter training camp with potentially a new starting quarterback in Matt Flynn or Russell Wilson, two young quarterbacks that can't carry the team just yet.

Pressing questions for all 32 teams entering training camp -
Chicago appears to have the makeup of a serious contender, but can the offensive line keep Jay Cutler upright? Michael Lombardi provides pressing questions for all 32 teams entering training camp.

How about Blount as a contingency plan for Seahawks? - Blog -
John Schneider counts Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik among his closest friends in the NFL. Their relationship, Schneider said, was instrumental in the trade that sent tight end Kellen Winslow to Seattle in May.

Preseason Power Rankings No. 4: San Francisco 49ers | ProFootballTalk
The San Francisco 49ers entered the 2011 season coming off a 6-10 campaign, and lacking a winning record since 2002. Although Jim Harbaugh’s hire instilled some offseason hope following Mike Singletary’s failed regime, you wouldn’t have found many football analysts projecting a playoff trip for the ’11 49ers.

NFL training camp: A guide to grading DBs | National Football Post
Five things to evaluate on the practice field.

A few thoughts on 49ers' latest addition - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Darcel McBath played close to 15 percent of the defensive snaps for Denver when Ed Donatell was the Broncos' defensive backs coach during the 2009 and 2010 NFL seasons.

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