Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

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Happy Memorial Day weekend, y'all.

Happy Memorial Day weekend, y'all.

Where Do NFL GMs Come From? | Bleacher Report
David Caldwell spent his life trying to prepare for this moment. The fate of a franchise was on his shoulders, just as he envisioned as a lowly scouting assistant for the Panthers 17 long years ago...

Third Day Gems: WR Patton - Evaluations - Rotoworld.com
With Michael Crabtree suffering a torn Achilles, Josh Norris discusses why Quinton Patton could see some of the displaced targets.

Bradley Praises Current Seahawk | Mitch in the Morning - Seattle's live and local sports station
“Bruce is a good person. I really enjoyed coaching him,” Bradley said. “And some things like that are unfortunate, but knowing Bruce he’ll come back even stronger because of [the suspension].”

Friday Toss-Up: Randall Cobb vs. Percy Harvin | Audibles - SI.com
The showdown for our inaugural toss-up: Green Bay WR Randall Cobb vs. Seattle WR Percy Harvin.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: Percy Harvin's talent is off the charts - CBSSports.com
The Seahawks held their first OTA this week and quarterback Russell Wilson already seems impressed with newly acquired receiver Percy Harvin. 'His talent level is unbelievable, off the charts,' Wilson said.

UMD's Bscherer goes from potential sales rep to NFL's Seattle Seahawks | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota
“The offer is on the table,” Bscherer said. “Hopefully I’ll be there for the rest of the summer. We’ll be training and conditioning and hopefully I can get a grasp of the offense. It’s exciting. I’m just hoping to take advantage of everything.” “It was definitely a surprise,” Bscherer said. “I hadn’t given up on it. I knew there was always that possibility.”

Where Russell Wilson has shown the most growth - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
"He's grown miles and miles from where he was last year in terms of how confident he is in his reads, how quickly he makes his reads, how quickly he moves from No. 1 to No. 2 to No. 3," Sherman told "Brock and Danny" Thursday. "His decision making is much quicker than it was last year, and I think that comes from all the work he puts in. He stays in the film room as much as, shoot, as much as the clickers do. He's in the film room like it's his second home, and I think it's showing."

Anthony McCoy's injury and offensive shift - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Fifth-round tight end Luke Willson was one of the more impressive players in rookie camp with the Seattle Seahawks recently. It's looking like the team will need him.

Eight in the Box: RB status check - NFC West Blog - ESPN
How does each NFC West team look at running back, and what still needs to be done?

Nine offseason moves that need to happen -- and one that doesn't - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Carroll needs to take control of players Pete Carroll has his work cut out for him with getting his Seahawks in line. Self-explanatory. Massive Adderall use, drunk drivers. The only thing missing is a rock and roll band.

NFL draft's move to may just the latest turn in its evolution - NFL - Richard Rothschild - SI.com
The NFL draft is on the move -- again. It was announced this week that after 28 seasons as a fixture in late April, the 2014 draft will be switching to a new date, either beginning May 8 or May 15, the latest date ever for the league's premier player procurement procedure.

Around the NFC West: Lockette's chance - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Good morning, NFC West. We're heading into this Memorial Day Weekend with no shortage of subject material.

Closing In On NFL Defensive Evaluation Tool - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
I have finally found something mathematically significant in my now week long study of NFL defenses. It’s not what I was hoping for, but ultimately it might be the best measure for the quality of a defense that we have. I’m going to continue to work with the data to develop a statistical model that fits all the data that I’ve presented over the last week, but I’m now very close to the ultimate defensive analysis tool I was after.

Jenkins, Patton, Lockette to compete for Crabtree's spot - NFL.com
Head coach Jim Harbaugh quickly shot down speculation that the San Franciso 49ers might turn back to Randy Moss in the wake of Michael Crabtree's Achilles' tendon surgery. The coaching staff intends to give the 49ers' young receivers a chance instead.

Five NFL scheme changes to watch: Defense - NFL.com
The New Orleans Saints hope a Rob Ryan-led defense will return them to form. But the Saints aren't the only team hoping a new defensive scheme will lead to the playoffs. Which defenses hope to rise?

The offset battle with early first round picks | National Football Post
Keep an eye on what happens in Miami between the Dolphins and first round pick Dion Jordan.

Colts check out a few veteran tight ends | ProFootballTalk
The Colts drafted Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen in 2012, a pair of players they likely expect to occupy the tight end position for at least the next few years.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Four Downs: NFC West
The Rams’ "hole" is really more like a "faulty surface." Upon initial glance, there are no glaring issues with their secondary. But upon closer inspection, you see several soft spots that could seemingly collapse under the right amount of pressure. Only time will tell if those soft spots can solidify or if they’ll have to be patched over.

The Tape Never Lies: Dashon Goldson’s play will determine how much Tampa’s secondary improves | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs | theScore.com
Going into the 2013 offseason, the Buccaneers had to upgrade one of the league’s worst secondaries. It was thrown on the second most last season, an incessant 627 times, and it gave up the second most net yards per attempt at 7.3, per Pro Football Reference. To prevent that from happening again, general manager Mark Dominik made a splash by acquiring Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets, a game-changer at cornerback and one of the league’s best players. He also made another move, luring free agent free safety Dashon Goldson away from the San Francisco 49ers.

Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis broke the mold for prototype inside linebackers - NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
Now that Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis have opted for retirement just months apart, maybe their defining accomplishment is that nobody personified the evolution of the middle/inside linebacker position -- with all its demands for increasing athleticism -- better than the two veterans who respectively became the familiar face of the Bears and Ravens franchises.

Steelers hope new blocking scheme kick-starts running game | TribLIVE Mobile
Three spring practices were more than enough to make a believer out of Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.

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