Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Monday



Brand new week, gang.

Jets following Seahawks model with QB competition -
New York has a glut behind center, something its new general manager has already experienced.

Seahawks whiffed on native-son John Elway during 1983 draft | John McGrath - The News Tribune
So now we find out the rest of the story: John Elway could have spent his entire career with the Seahawks. The ESPN documentary "Elway to Marino" analyzes the quarterback-rich 1983 draft with a hindsight that's both fascinating and frustra...

Obscure Seahawks Bi-Weekly: Myles Wade - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site -
This is a picture of Portland State playing football. Myles Wade played for Portland State, that's about the best I can do. For the second edition of t

Is there a question mark next to Seahawks star RB Marshawn Lynch? | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News -
Is there a question mark next to Seahawks star RB Marshawn Lynch?

Post-draft West ranks: Revisiting safeties - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Our post-draft amendments to pre-draft positional rankings continue with Matt Williamson, NFL scout for Up next: safeties.

Chris Harper brings diverse background to Seahawks offense
From running back to quarterback to wide receiver, and from Kansas, to Oregon, back to Kansas again, 2013 fourth-round draft pick Chris Harper is ready to roost at wideout with the Seahawks in the Pacific Northwest.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
The evolution of the cornerback position; best undrafted players and a spin around the league.

Brian Banks runs Falcons' defense at rookie minicamp -
Brian Banks' NFL dream moves forward. The 27-year-old linebacker attended rookie minicamp with the Atlanta Falcons, where he ran the defense at middle linebacker in his first session.

Woman allegedly suffered broken collarbone in dispute with Daryl Washington | National Football Post
Cardinals linebacker faces scrutiny

Ditka: I'd take a chance on Tim Tebow -
If the online petition asking President Obama to force the Jacksonville Jaguars into signing free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow fails, perhaps there's still hope for the recently released Jet.

T.O. wants Pats, who don’t want T.O. | ProFootballTalk
Three Super Bowl champions have been crowned since the last time Terrell Owens played in a regular-season NFL game. And yet he still talks about coming back. And the media still reacts when he does. By the way, is that a worm? That worm looks tasty.

Post-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings - Offseason Low Down -
From 1-32, Evan Silva ranks the NFL's projected starting lineups after draft and free-agent additions.

Drafting QBs: Opportunity Cost - Draft Analysis -
JJ Zachariason unveils Part 4 of his 5-Part Quarterback Series, examining Opportunity Cost of QBs in fantasy football drafts.

Draft Impressions: All 32 Teams | The Tailgater
These are not the draft grades. They will go live on Sports on Earth in 2016. No, no: There will be draft grades by Thursday; as a former teacher, I can assure you that proper grading takes time. Preferably three years, but you will not wait that long.

Greg Schiano and others visiting Bill Belichick to talk techniques - NFL - Don Banks -
Although the two coaching staffs will be squaring off in Week 3 of the 2013 regular season, the friendship and bonds shared by New England head coach Bill Belichick and his Tampa Bay counterpart, Greg Schiano, will produce a rather unconventional twist next week. That's when Schiano and six members of his coaching staff will travel to Foxboro to meet and go over coaching topics and techniques with Belichick and his assistants, has learned.

Finding the Fits: Alonso could star as QB of Bills' defense - CBSSports
The attention will be heaped upon EJ Manuel and the rest of the "skill position" talents the Bills added via the draft but it could be a playmaker on the other side of the ball who makes the greatest immediate impact.

Grading the Draft: Buffalo Bills
For months many thought the Bills would take a signal caller in the first round, and they did. They just didn’t select the quarterback many predicted. The team maneuvered throughout the first two days of the draft and came away with a variety of offensive weapons. Chris Tripodi grades the team’s effort.

Grading the Draft: Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins entered the draft with multiple picks and plenty of ammunition to maneuver throughout the seven rounds. They broached the possibility of a trade before the draft with the hopes acquiring Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert. That transaction never took place so the Dolphins decided to make a big move up draft boards. Then they surprised a lot of people.

Grading the Arizona Cardinals 2013 Draft
1st Round, 7th Overall: Jonathan Cooper - Offensive Guard, North Carolina The Cardinals’ offensive line needed some serious TLC. Once the top three offensive tackles went in the first four picks, the Cardinals were choosing between Cooper and Chance Warmack. While many had Warmack rated higher, Cooper is a better fit for Bruce Arians’ zone-blocking scheme. He’ll vastly improve the interior pass protection, and he’ll be an asset as a run blocker. They needed better talent at tackle more, but the 7th overall pick wasn’t high enough for that this year. Grade: B+

Grading the Oakland Raiders 2013 Draft
1st Round, 12th Overall: D.J. Hayden - Cornerback, Houston This pick was one of the biggest head-scratchers of the first round, though multiple leaks pointed to Hayden as the Raiders’ target for days leading up the draft. Personally, this was a bit rich for my blood. On talent, I perceived him to be a solid second-round prospect, but the Raiders even said they would’ve taken him with the third overall pick, so they clearly feel he’ll be a star in the NFL. Reggie McKenzie is from the Ted Thompson/Ron Wolf heritage in Green Bay, so I’m inclined to trust his ability to scout talent. With their need at defensive tackle and the positional availability at this point, though, I think they could’ve filled a bigger need. They picked up a second-round pick from Miami by trading down, and they did fill a need. Grade: B

2014 Draft “First Look”: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville | FRG Scouting
As we work our way through Spring and into the Summer, the name you’re most likely to hear amongst the top two or three candidates to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is Teddy Bridgewater, the 20-year-old junior quarterback of the Louisville Cardinals.

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