Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Saturday

August 24, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) runs in for a touchdown as Kansas City Chiefs fullback Shane Bannon (38) can't make the tackle in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Seattle won 44-14. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Weekend!

Game Highlights: Seahawks at Chiefs
Russell Wilson threw 2 touchdowns in his first career start, helping the Seattle Seahawks crush the Kansas City Chiefs 44-14.

Russellmania! Seahawks rookie Wilson shines in first NFL preseason start | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
"He had run so much through the first two games, I wanted to see how he would do if he held in the pocket and read it out," Carroll said after the game. "He's done everything we've asked of him. When John was excited about drafting him, and we got the momentum to make that pick, this is the guy we hoped he would be. All the talk about how tall he is and stuff -- I don't see it being a factor. I've watched more carefully than anybody could have watched, and it isn't [an issue] to me."

Seahawks Notebook: Did Russell Wilson do enough to win the starting QB job? - CBSSports.com
As for Wilson, "He's done everything we've asked of him," Carroll said. "This is the guy we had hoped he would be." "I definitely felt that I was ready to go," Wilson said.

Seahawks' Matt Flynn sits with sore elbow - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
"Unfortunately, Matt's elbow just cropped up in the middle of the week and surprised him and surprised us about the soreness," coach Pete Carroll told reporters afterward. "He couldn't throw well enough to play today."

Game Highlights: Seahawks at Chiefs
Russell Wilson threw 2 touchdowns in his first career start, helping the Seattle Seahawks crush the Kansas City Chiefs 44-14.

Russell Wilson impressive as Seahawks win big | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
"He's just very impressive," Edwards said. "You never want to use the term surprising because I didn't know necessarily what to expect, but he's just very impressive to watch. He's a rookie, but he conducts the offense like a veteran."

Rookie Russell Wilson leads Seattle Seahawks by K.C.Chiefs - NFL - SI.com
Russell Wilson made the most of his first chance to start for Seattle. The rookie quarterback threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a just under three quarters of work Friday night, leading the Seahawks to a 44-14 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs .

Three things revisited: Seahawks-Chiefs - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Russell Wilson's efficiency. The rookie quarterback led Seattle to three field goals and three touchdowns on his first six possessions. Wilson played another series with the backups. That one included a 40-yard strike to Terrell Owens before the drive ended with a missed 51-yard field goal. Wilson completed 13 of 19 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He ran twice for 58 yards, including once for a 31-yard gain on third-and-7.

VIDEO: Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson reacts to Seahawks' victory | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times

Russell Wilson leads the way as Seattle Seahawks rout Kansas City Chiefs - NFL.com
"I don't surprise myself, I think because I prepare in the right way," Wilson said. "I try to visualize myself being very, very successful, and just positive self-talk, I guess."

Lessons learned from Friday night's preseason games - NFL.com
Russell Wilson's performance should lock up Seattle's starting job. He hit four plays for more than 20 yards, only threw six incomplete passes and rushed twice for 58 yards. He led the Seahawks to 37 points in two and a half quarters! Aside from occasionally holding the ball too long, Wilson looks like a veteran ... an electric veteran. Matt Flynn didn't even play because of an elbow injury.

Dilfer praises Hasselbeck for helping 'save my life' | National Football Post
"(Hasselbeck was) walking me through the most difficult time of my life. I mean I was a mess," Dilfer told USA Today. "I'll be very transparent. I mean I was 265 pounds and drinking myself to sleep. I'm depressed, my wife's going, 'What's going on?' And it's that guy, Matthew Hasselbeck, that says, 'This is over. I love you too much to let you do this to yourself. You need to come back up to Seattle.' And I credit Matthew Hasselbeck for the type of father I am, the type of husband I am, because he really saved my life in 2003."

Keenan Allen Scouting Report: Breaking Down the California Wide Receiver | Bleacher Report
Keenan Allen is the best 2013 NFL draft eligible wide receiver that doesn't have questions about rehab from an injury. Is he the best 2013 NFL draft eligible wide receiver, period? Let's take a closer look at the big Golden Bear pass-catcher.

First Impressions: Cardinals @ Titans | ProFootballFocus.com
I’ll be honest in saying preseason isn’t my favorite time of the year. I’m impatient and want some real football where the results matter, and the first teams are playing for 60 minutes. However, even I was interested to see what the Cardinals and Titans would look like when they met in Week 3 of preseason. Obvious attention was going to be paid to the quarterbacks on both sides, but this game told me a lot more about what to expect from both teams going forward. Here’s three things that interested me on either side of the ball as I watched the entire first half and bits of the third quarter until the starters came out.

32 Teams in 32 Days: San Francisco 49ers | ProFootballFocus.com
PFF's Jeff Deeney explores the good and bad for the 49ers as they head into the 2012 season.

Whisenhunt not ready to name a starter | ProFootballTalk
With the third preseason game completed, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt could make a decision regarding a starting quarterback. But he's not ready to. Per the Associated Press, Whisenhunt said Friday that he'll consider the question over the weekend.

That's Sweezy, as in making it look easy
Clare Farnsworth A year ago, J.R. Sweezy was a defensive tackle at North Carolina State. Tonight, he will make his second preseason start for the Seahawks at right guard against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Which NFC West teams look the best - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks' new uniforms are different. We can agree on that. My wife thinks the neon green piping along the outside pants seam resembles lighted arrows guiding plane passengers or moviegoers toward the exits.

TonySoftli.com: How to form a 53 man roster
Beginning at 12:00 noon, NFL teams may establish a practice squad of eight players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free agency credit or who were on the 46-player active list less than nine regular season games during each of any accrued seasons. A player cannot participate on the practice squad for more than three seasons. These players are paid $5,700 per week. In 2012, teams are allowed a minimum of 43 and maximum of 46 players for each regular season and postseason game.

Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers need to solve tackle issues - NFL.com
I loved Russell Wilson coming out of the draft, but thought he was a year away. But the great thing for him is that Pete Carroll is an outside-the-box thinker. He doesn't care how old his players are, how tall they are, or whatever else. He just wants players to help him win football games for the Seattle Seahawks. If I'm playing a pick-up hoops game and want to keep the court, I'll take Russell Wilson on my team. He's just a natural winner. I'm intrigued to watch him start Friday night against the Chiefs.

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