Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Thursday

Jonathan Ferrey

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#HotSportsTakes: Should Richard Sherman Be Playing in the Super Bowl? «
Every now and then, we will attempt to write the worst sports column on earth. Today: Let’s talk about the shameful display from Seattle on Sunday, and what happens next.

Denver Broncos WRs pose unique threat to Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII | Audibles - SI.com
Peyton Manning has been in the NFL for 16 seasons. His offenses have ranked in the NFL’s top three in points eight different times, and in the top three in yards seven times. He’s had great receiver corps through the years, led by Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison, but it’s safe to say that he’s never had a group of targets as interesting, diverse and productive as the one he currently has with the Denver Broncos. The 2013 Broncos set an NFL record with 606 points, Manning set a league mark with 55 passing touchdowns and four of his receivers caught 10 or more touchdown passes.

John Madden calls Richard Sherman's rant 'embarrassing' - CBSSports.com
The 24-hour news cycle is working overtime for Richard Sherman's post-game tirade, which is now in Day 3.

Richard Sherman's H.S. coach: 'He was just like T.O.' - NFL.com
"He was just like Terrell Owens; he wanted the ball," Donerson told USA Today High School Sports this week. "A lot. He was never shy about asking for the ball."

Super Bowl XLVIII: A Full Guide to the Seattle Seahawks' Roster | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Mike Pettine a finalist for Cleveland Browns coach job - NFL.com
The last team left to fill its head coaching vacancy might be ready to make a decision. Now a finalist for the role, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will interview again with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.

NFL: Wrong call on NaVorro Bowman's fumble recovery - NFL.com
Fumbles are not reviewable, but it wasn't "the right call on the field," NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino revealed Wednesday. "The pass is going to be ruled complete. The key is that the ruling on the field was a fumble recovered by Seattle," Blandino said during his "Official Review" segment, which will air on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" at 7 p.m. ET. "That's important because the recovery of the loose ball, if it doesn't involve a sideline, or it doesn't involve the end zone, it's not reviewable

Focus on: Covering the fade
It was only one pass in an NFC Championship game that featured 49, but Richard Sherman tipping away that 49th pass in the end zone against the 49ers has the Seahawks Super Bowl bound.

Seahawks mix and match on offensive line | HeraldNet.com - Sports
The Seattle Seahawks’ coaching staff has no fear of the unorthodox.

Clinton McDonald making most of second chance with Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald was cut by the Seahawks before the start of the season but is playing a key role now for the team. McDonald, who didn’t have a sack his first three NFL seasons, has 5.5 this year.

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson attended Manning camp | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson attended the Manning Passing Camp as a high school sophomore. He worked with Peyton Manning, then the Colts’ star quarterback.

Lynch, Baldwin, Mebane held out of Seahawks practice Wednesday | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
As noted earlier, receiver Percy Harvin was able to practice, and he did so as a full participant. Three players did not practice: running back Marshawn Lynch (knee), receiver Doug Baldwin (hip) and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (ankle).

Russell Wilson: 'We know that the weather could be a factor' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson met the media today to talk about the preparation for the Super Bowl, meeting Peyton Manning in high school, Richard Sherman, and more. Here’s the official transcript of what he said:

Former Seahawk Krieg on Sherman: 'It's unfair to Richard' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Former Seahawk quarterback Dave Krieg, in town this week for a few events that include attending tonight’s Sports Star Banquet, said he has been shocked by the reaction to Richard Sherman’s comments after the win Sunday after the 49ers and called it “not fair to Richard, not fair to the Seahawks.”

Russell Wilson: “I believe God placed me in this city for a reason” | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Russell Wilson and the Super Bowl? He says he was destined for it.

The Seattle Seahawks wanted Peyton Manning all along - ESPN
The Seahawks didn’t take any time last week thinking about whom they might play in the Super Bowl. Taking on the rival 49ers was a big enough task. Super Bowl questions would have to wait.

Second-half turnovers a theme in Seattle - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Tuesday, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he is already working and competing toward getting better for the future.

San Francisco 49ers season wrap-up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Biggest surprise: The impact that Michael Crabtree's injury and then his return had on the team. When Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles in May, the 49ers knew it would affect their offense. But his absence was felt dramatically during the 11 games he was out. The 49ers had essentially nothing behind receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis in the passing game. However, when he returned Dec. 1, the 49ers were instantly a better, more varied, dangerous offense. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was more confident. The difference was stark.

Seahawks notebook: Lane weighs in on collision - 710sports.com
"During the game, I thought I saw the guy try to move," Lane said. "And then all of a sudden, I saw the arm so I really wasn't sure what happened. I was like, 'Man, after the game, I'm going to watch it.' "

Seahawks' Richard Sherman: 'I can only be myself' - 710sports.com
Cornerback Richard Sherman apologized for the spectacle he created on Sunday without backing away from anything he said.

The #1 player vs the #1 team & Senior Bowl notes | Seahawks Draft Blog
Mike Sando and Matt Williamson spend their time wisely.

NFLN survey/Super Bowl player: Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The Seahawks split their votes among four players on whom they would like to see in a Super Bowl, but Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wasn't among them.

Clayton's mailbag -- Seahawks riding old-school formula - ESPN
From 1983 through 2005, defense meant everything in the NFL.

Super Bowl XLVIII -- Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks says he's not a villain - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said Wednesday that his postgame comments Sunday were ''misdirected and immature" but he is not a villain or a thug.

Here's Another Awesome Richard Sherman Interview, Before Erin Andrews
Before Richard Sherman gave his fantastic interview on Sunday night, Fox Deportes got to him. We somehow haven't seen it until now. It might actually be even better than the one with Erin Andrews.

Richard Sherman Explains What People Mean When They Call Him A "Thug"
For the first time since breaking football, the media, and the internet, Richard Sherman addressed the reaction to his postgame interview, and his critics' use of the word "thug."

Super Bowl 2014: Previewing the big game with my Australian mother - SBNation.com
You'll hear from lots of experts, but this is the only one that matters.

Russell Wilson on Peyton Manning: I love him to death | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a big fan of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. And the two could have been teammates.

Greg Cosell’s AFC Playoff Preview: Attention is on QBs, but each team can and will run it | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: In the regular-season meeting between the Broncos and Patriots, New England coach Bill Belichick played almost every snap out of a two-deep safety shell, with six players in the box. So the Broncos handed off to Knowshon Moreno 37 times … Continue reading →

What’s wrong with Russell Wilson? Why has his playmaking and efficiency plummeted since Week 13. Analyst Greg Cosell sheds some stunning light | Kryk SlantsKryk Slants
The high-water mark for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks offence occurred on Monday night, Dec. 2, when they shredded the New Orleans Saints 34-7.

Greg Cosell’s Playoff Film Review: Let’s check out Richard Sherman on the field | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: It's hard to avoid the Richard Sherman-Michael Crabtree talk the last couple days, but that's just pop-culture stuff. I don't care about that. I care about what they do on the field. Crabtree said Sherman really isn't that good. First … Continue reading →

MOBILE: Miami Hurricanes’ Seantrel Henderson puts past behind, aims for NFL - UM - MiamiHerald.com
“I was partying a little bit too much at times,” Henderson said when asked to explain his three (at least) suspensions at UM. “I had got into trouble a couple of times for marijuana. I just put all that behind me.”

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. should have gotten Pro Bowl invite - Mile High Report
The Denver Broncos did not even list cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on the Pro Bowl ballot this season. After taking a look at the film, we call foul.

Super Bowl 2014: How has Peyton Manning performed in past Super Bowls? - Mile High Report
Peyton Manning has made it to the Super Bowl twice in his storied career. He is 1-1 in the big game, but how has he fared at the individual level?

Richard Sherman Taunts Everyone; Backs It Up | BaySportsNet.comBaySportsNet.com
Richard Sherman. By now, you have undoubtedly heard and read every possible opinion from every person you care to ask about the trash talk dealt out by Sherman at the end of the NFC Championship Game between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

Richard Sherman's rant part of NFL mindset - NBC Sports | NBC Sports
Priest Holmes, the superb running back for the Kansas City Chiefs in the early 2000s, would shake his head every time we talked about postgame interviews. The whole thing just didn’t make any sense to him. Holmes was no taller than 5-foot-9, by midseason he probably weighed 200 pounds, he wasn’t exceptionally fast by football standards. He had blown out one knee, blew it out again, got his hip knocked out of joint and had been hit so hard he was not sure how he made it to the sidelines.*

Seahawks' success built on players with lots of 'grit' | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Doug Baldwin couldn't help himself.

Lattimore: 'I felt like I could've played' | CSN Bay Area
Running back Marcus Lattimore spent his entire rookie year getting ready for the 2014 season.

Hochman: Demaryius Thomas figures to have his hands (and ears) full with Richard Sherman - The Denver Post
For the miffed many, the Seattle Seahawks no longer are this anonymous army of opposing players — these are now the Richard Shermans.

The NFC West Won 75% of Non-Division Games
It was a very good year for the NFC West. Seattle is heading to Super Bowl XLVIII, as king of the best division in football. To get to MetLife Stadium, the Seahawks had to defeat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, which is only fitting after the scorched-earth run by the division during the regular season. Seattle went 9-1 outside of the division in 2013, losing only in Indianapolis (and 10-1 including the playoffs). The Arizona Cardinals went 8-2 when not facing NFC West opponents, with the only losses coming in Philadelphia and New Orleans. The 49ers went 7-3 (8-3 including playoffs), losing in New Orleans and at home to Carolina and Indianapolis. That means the top 3 teams in the NFC West went 24-6 outside of the division in the regular season, with all losses coming to 10+ win playoff teams.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Trading Places: Seahawks WRs On Broncos, And Vice Versa
Expect football stories to begin making their way back to the Super Bowl lead-up as the Richard Sherman discussion mellows.

John Elway on assembling Denver’s roster and Peyton Manning’s future | The MMQB with Peter King
John Elway on assembling the Broncos’ roster, his need to see a scoreboard every Sunday and Peyton Manning’s future beyond Super Bowl XLVIII

AFC playoffs end early for Colts, Chiefs, Bengals, Patriots, Chargers | The MMQB with Peter King
In the past three weeks, the Super Bowl dreams ended for 10 teams. Here, we diagnose precisely how every AFC playoff loser—Indianapolis, San Diego, Cincinnati, New England and Kansas City—missed out on an early February trip to New Jersey. (The NFC version will run Thursday.

Seantrel Henderson admits to marijuana use at Senior Bowl 2014 | Audibles - SI.com
At least one team -- the Eagles, per Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski -- recently removed University of Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson from its draft board. Thanks to an admission by Henderson himself, we might have found out the reason.

Denver Broncos WRs pose unique threat to Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII | Audibles - SI.com
Peyton Manning has been in the NFL for 16 seasons. His offenses have ranked in the NFL’s top three in points eight different times, and in the top three in yards seven times. He’s had great receiver corps through the years, led by Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison, but it’s safe to say that he’s never had a group of targets as interesting, diverse and productive as the one he currently has with the Denver Broncos. The 2013 Broncos set an NFL record with 606 points, Manning set a league mark with 55 passing touchdowns and four of his receivers caught 10 or more touchdown passes.

Technology, Drones and Scouting | National Football Post
How technology could change the way evaluators scout.

Senior Bowl notebook | National Football Post
Breaking down the offensive line and quarterback prospects.

2014 Senior Bowl: Under-the-radar defenders highlight North practice - CBSSports.com
Undersized but under-appreciated no longer, Wyoming defensive back Marqueston Huff and Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward were among the standouts during the Wednesday morning's North Team practice at the Senior Bowl.

2014 Senior Bowl: OLBs Attaochu, Van Noy step up to pressure - CBSSports.com
Most scouts leave after Wednesday's Senior Bowl practices, making them as important as any single day in a player's evaluation. Some players showed improvement (like Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu and San Jose State's David Fales), whereas others (like BYU's Kyle Van Noy) showed their polish.

NFL Notebook: Detroit Lions won't ditch 'wide-nine' D - NFL.com
While Lions coach Jim Caldwell has promised to fix the play of QB Matthew Stafford, don't expect Detroit's 'wide-nine' defense to vanish from existence in 2014. That and more in our Wednesday notebook.

2014 Salary Cap Space Update- Jan 22 - Over the Cap
I figure every week in which there are some salary updates to post I’ll post estimates for the salary cap space for each team in 2014. The estimates include estimated carryover totals from 2013, savings from voidable contracts, and all escalators that have been earned thus far. Futures contracts are also included and most teams are at the top 51 figure already. The numbers don’t include adjustments for LTBEs/NLTBEs, grievances, etc…but they should give a fair estimate as to where teams stand heading into 2014.

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