Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Thursday

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LINKS!

Already another game tonight. NFC West even!

All-22: Eagles Find Success With Run Game, Read Option | Birds 24/7
An All-22 look at how the run game and read option are carrying the Philadelphia Eagles' offense.

The Quarterback Index: Ranking the starters - NFL.com
Philip Rivers a top-five quarterback? So far in 2013, there's no doubt about it. Gregg Rosenthal ranks the starters, including takes on Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford.

Cowboys OL Cohesion - The Smash Mouth - Rotoworld.com
Lance Zierlein highlights the success of Dallas' running game in his Week 4 Smash Mouth column.

Seahawks’ Wright excels after moving to weakside linebacker | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle’s coaches saw the move as a natural fit for Wright, listed at 6 feet 4, 246 pounds with an almost 81-inch wing span.

Seattle Seahawks may start two backup tackles at Houston Texans - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks may be without both starting offensive tackles this weekend, a scary though going against star defensive linemen J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans defense.

Tuesday in Hawkville: Seahawks 3-0 start tied to turnovers
Looking for the secret to the Seahawks’ 3-0 start? Look no farther than turnovers. They have won the turnover battle in each game and are plus-6 in turnover differential.

Seattle Seahawks Vs. Houston Texans: Team News, Preview And Injury Report; Will Andre Johnson Play On Sunday?
Week Four of the 2013 NFL season features a potential Super Bowl preview. The Houston Texans will host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in a matchup of two of the best teams in football.

Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina) vs Georgia Tech « Seahawks Draft Blog
As noted yesterday, there are things I like about Eric Ebron. It looks like he’s got bigger this year without losing any speed or fluidity. Clearly he has a knack for making the spectacular catch — as evidenced by his one-handed touchdown catch. I’m not convinced he’ll be a dominating difference maker in the mould of Jimmy Graham, but certainly he’s a mobile tight end that will make plays in the passing game.

Chalk Talk: Russell Wilson to Zach Miller, Part II - 710sports.com
It was Russell Wilson's athleticism that stood out most during his second touchdown pass Sunday, the one in which he pirouetted to shake a defender before hitting Zach Miller in the end zone.

Reading Between the Lines: Michael Bennett edition - 710sports.com
There's not much to read into a 28-point victory.

Can St. Louis Rams' success against San Francisco 49ers continue? - ESPN
The only things missing from last season's meetings between the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams were black and white television broadcasts and the booming voice of NFL Films' John Facenda.

Gary Kubiak talks about Matt Schaub, Seattle Seahawks defense - ESPN
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak had a conference call with the Seahawks reporters Wednesday morning. Here are a few of the things he had to say about his team and the upcoming game against Seattle at Reliant Stadium:

Video: Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s some of what Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said during his session with the media today:

Seahawk personnel updates: Carroll optimistic Bryant will play Sunday, other injury updates | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said today during his weekly Wednesday press conference that he thinks defensive end Red Bryant will play Sunday against the Texans.

Five questions, five answers: Houston Texans | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Houston has some impressive statistical numbers but has struggled to turn that into points, it appears. What have been some of the major issues?

Bevell on Watt: ‘(We have to) make sure that he doesn’t wreck the whole day for us’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
(On Kellen Davis…) “Really excited about him. He’s a big body, we were able to get him involved, we have kind of given him certain packages because he wasn’t here through training camp. Just kind of building on it a little bit at a time. But, he’s really a versatile guy. He can play the ‘Y’ position, but he also runs well enough, catches well enough he could play the ‘U.’ So we’re trying to do all of that stuff with him right now. Just give him little packages that he can really hone in on, as well as he’s trying to pick up the rest of it.”

Seahawks injury report | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
It’s a pretty full one today:

Houston’s Kubiak on Hawk D: ‘I think their speed is number one’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
We had a chance to chat with Houston coach Gary Kubiak this morning. Here’s most of what he said:

Seahawks catch break with wideouts | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Doug Baldwin wants context.

Rich Gannon questions Schaub’s credentials; college TV schedule updates - Sports Update
“I don’t know that he can carry this football team,” Gannon said. “He’s a system guy. He’s a guy that (succeeds) when they’re running the football well. But it’s these kinds of mistakes that really bother me: not seeing a flat defender or a linebacker run in front of an angle route. … These are the things that you expect from an inexperienced rookie quarterback.

Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable on the play of rookies Bailey and Bowie | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
One of the benefits of a blowout win is it gave the Seahawks ample time to get rookie tackles Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie their first regular season action. Bowie came in at right tackle when Breno Giacomini left with a knee injury, then moved to left tackle when the starters came out, and Bailey came in to play on the right side.

Seahawks' new-look pass rush 'just warming up' | HeraldNet.com - Sports
RENTON -- The first time the Jacksonville Jaguars faced a third down against the Seahawks on Sunday, the play was a rather nondescript short pass...

Seahawks' top unit of the week - Seattle Seahawks blog, TJack, Russell Wilson
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks' blogger Jordin Ereth details the Seattle unit that was most impressive in their week 3 triumph over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Marshawn Lynch was surprisingly stopped for much of the contest, which meant it became Russell Wilson's show. Once the game was in hand, Pete Carroll called off the dogs and inserted Tarvaris Jackson and Christine Michael. The routing continued, and the quarterbacks played extremely well the entire way through.

Antoine Winfield will reportedly consider return for 'right situation' - NFL.com
Although Antoine Winfield announced his intention to retire early this month, the veteran cornerback will reportedly consider a return for "the right situation." Might he be interested in rejoining the Minnesota Vikings?

Josh Freeman wants trade from Tampa Bay Buccaneers - NFL.com
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman would like a trade to a place where he could play, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports. Is there a market for Freeman's services?

Saints' D rising: What we learned from Game Rewind - NFL.com
The New Orleans Saints were historically bad on defense last season, but Rob Ryan has turned things around. Marc Sessler tapped into Game Rewind and All-22 footage to find out how.

Chip Kelly to Peyton: 'We'll go play in a parking lot' - NFL.com
"We're coming off of a short week -- it's nice of the NFL to give Philly 12 days and give us six," Manning said, per CSN Philadelphia. "So we've got to handle that. We've still got some guys injured. So we've got to get some new guys playing."

Broncos' Peyton Manning among Players of the Week - NFL.com
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has dominated defenses lately with his performance. That's why he's among the recipients of the Players of the Week award for Week 3.

Jets try out Daniel Fells, David Nelson | National Football Post
Jets work out seven players in total.

NFL Stock Watch: AFC flips the script on NFC in conference battle - CBSSports.com
The NFL Stock Watch takes a look at who's up and who's down around the league each week.

Jim Brown rips Mike Holmgren, calls Richardson trade 'brilliant move' - CBSSports.com
Cleveland Browns special adviser Jim Brown joined the Inside the NFL crew on Showtime on Wednesday and had some not so nice things to say about former Browns president Mike Holmgren.

The once vaunted Cover 2 pass coverage is on the verge of extinction | The MMQB with Peter King
Pittsburgh fans entered Heinz Field thinking they’d see a familiar barrage of blitzes last Sunday night. They did, but from the unexpected team. The Bears, long known for having the NFL’s consummate vanilla Cover 2 defense, sent additional rushers after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on 27 pl...

Matt Schaub can win on the field, but he's losing the battle of perception | Audibles - SI.com
SEATTLE -- Among the many things that define truly great quarterbacks, one might say that the most important characteristic is the ability to transcend his surroundings -- to make those around him better than they would be otherwise.

Grading Chip Kelly, Marc Trestman, Andy Reid, other rookie NFL coaches | Audibles - SI.com
Even though the jury is still very much out on the eight rookie head coaches around the NFL, three weeks of the regular season have provided a little glimpse into how those hires are working out.

Irsay says Colts need to be physical to win a championship | ProFootballTalk
Colts owner Jim Irsay knows the importance of a franchise quarterback, and he knows he was fortunate to follow Peyton Manning with Andrew Luck. But Irsay believes it takes more than a good passing game to win a title.

Mac's Football Blog: Chiefs make small financial investments in offensive linemen Rishaw Johnson, Rokevious Watkins
The last two front office regimes of the Kansas City Chiefs have invested considerable financial and draft resources in their offensive line.

Mac's Football Blog: 19 NFL suspensions will end after Week 4
Notable players returning next week are Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington, Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin and Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Running back Mike Goodson is eligible to return to the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts will get wide receiver LaVonn Brazill back next week, as well.

Advanced NFL Stats: Team Efficiency Rankings: Week 3
Though three games seems like an insufficient sample size, we've already zoomed our way through nearly one-fifth of the NFL season. No one should be making any sweeping coronations or condemnations yet, but it is also time to stop resting on one's laurels and start evaluating which teams might become relevant contenders.

Week 3: Which Teams Get the Most out of Their Salary Cap - Over the Cap
Examining what performance teams in the NFL are getting for their salary cap spending through Week 3 of the 2013 NFL season

All the Rage: Breaking Down the Wide Receiver Mid Screen | Bleacher Report
In the past week across the NFL , teams utilized or attempted to utilize the wide receiver mid screen, a heretofore seldom used play, no less than eight times...

Updated QB Power Rankings After NFL Week 3 | Bleacher Report
Week 3 of the NFL was loaded with crazy outcomes and unpredictable upsets. It’s fair to say the NFL has been turned upside down and completely shaken up by surprise performances ...

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