Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

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Super Bowl 48 may rest on Peyton Manning-Richard Sherman matchup | The MMQB with Peter King
Sometimes, the obvious storyline entering a game isn't the most important or impactful one. But Seattle's Super Bowl 48 hopes really do rest on whether its secondary can stop Peyton Manning and the Broncos' vaulted passing game

Alterraun Verner & Joe Haden Defend Richard Sherman: “That’s who he is” | The Big Lead
“I know Richard, I grew up playing with him,” said Verner, who played at UCLA, and also played high school football in Southern California around the same time Sherman was at Compton High. Verner comes across as reserved and measured, but is understanding of Sherman acting in his own way. “That’s not necessarily how I would have done it, but that’s Richard, that’s who he is.”

Super Bowl 2014: 5 reasons to bet on the Seahawks - SBNation.com
Defense wins championships, NFC teams cover Super Bowl spreads and Super Bowl underdogs bite hard. Check out more reasons why Seattle will win the Super Bowl, from Odds Shark.

Schefter's Blitz - Super Bowl RBs have persevered - ESPN
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch and Denver running back Knowshon Moreno share a position and a path to Super Bowl XLVIII.

Secret to Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks? Don't stop the music - NFL.com
From the draft room to the locker room to the practice field, there's one constant in Seattle: the music. Michael Silver chronicles DJ Pete Carroll and the omnipresent grooves that fuel his Seahawks.

Harvin: ‘I wouldn't take anything back that's happened this year. It's made me a stronger person.' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Receiver Percy Harvin was a full participant in practice for the second-straight day Thursday. So how does he feel?

Jaguars Coach Gus Bradley Making a Name for Himself at the Senior Bowl
"They have an awesome practice with a great tempo," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. "You can see the teaching aspect. They run the position-specific drills we like to see. Guys are competing. It's a credit to Gus and his staff."

Seahawks fans are finally being heard, better get used to the noise | The MMQB with Peter King
By Neal Bledsoe All the noise means we’re finally being heard. Typically in late January, no one is paying attention to Seattle sports, not even Seattleites. January means that the Mariners are rearranging deck chairs for next year’s shipwreck.

The (Other) Pro Bowl Problem | The MMQB with Peter King
Sure, there are a lot of issues with the annual Hawaii game from the fan perspective, but teams dread the game too for an entirely different reason. Plus, my thoughts on Richard Sherman and Kevin Greene's abrupt departure in Green Bay

12 reasons the Denver Broncos totally suck
Next Sunday, the Seahawks are playing in a bowl that's even bigger than the one you put your Cinnamon Toast Crunch in, Super Bowl XLVIII. And even though the media's endless fawning over Peyton Manning means you probably know all you need to about their opponents, we've helpfully listed a few of the reasons the Denver Broncos are the absolute worst, so you can adequately troll your Mile High-loving friends/blood enemies.

Paul Allen Q&A: Blazers/Seahawks owner talks Super Bowl, the key to success and the trade deadline | OregonLive.com
Trail Blazers and Seahawks owner Paul Allen met with the media for a little more than 10 minutes Thursday to discuss the Seahawks making the Super Bowl and the early success of the Trail Blazers:

A Quarterback's Cold Remedy: Huge Hands—Russell Wilson - WSJ.com
Both starting quarterbacks possess a trait that renders them all but weatherproof. Seattle's Russell Wilson and Denver's Peyton Manning have huge hands.

For Paul Allen, the Seahawks owner and co-founder of Microsoft, it all began at Harvard House of Pizza - NY Daily News
The road to East Rutherford begins here, at the corner of Massachusetts Ave. and Martin St., at a tiny place called Harvard House of Pizza. It has five faux-wood tables, peach-colored benches, and an amiable counterman named Naseer Khan, who is standing by a Coca-Cola clock and a sign promoting a two-slice-and-a-soda special ($4.85 plus tax), talking about the owner of the Seahawks, a guy who used to be a regular here.

Ex-Canuck exec downplays role in Hawks' liftoff
Feb. 2 - the date of this year's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey - is an anniversary the

Pete Carroll: Percy Harvin ready to “do everything we want him to do” | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks got wide receiver Percy Harvin back at practice this week and coach Pete Carroll said Friday that it is all systems go for the wide receiver who missed the NFC Championship Game because of a concussion.

Senior Bowl talent level down, but could feature six 1st-rounders - NFL.com
The talent level may be down at the Senior Bowl this year, but NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes the game could still feature as many as six 2014 first-rounders.

20 Minutes & 2 Beers in: Season 4, Episode 2 (158)
(Week of January 20, 2014) Kenneth Arthur from FieldGulls.com joins the guys to talk about the Seahawks and the Super Bowl. Listen to find out how Sherman and Co.'s attitude has changed the atmosphere for Seahawks fans and what to expect in the Super Bowl. JD and Bobby both bring the rock in this week's music and the Six Pack gives JD his proper nickname and Bobby tells us which 80s tv star should come back to save television. The Last Call tells you what firefighting tool could be in your hand at this very moment and how you can have beer without the hangover.

Carroll: Harvin will 'do everything we want him to do' - NFL.com
Percy Harvin has been cleared for the Super Bowl and has practiced without restriction all week. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday the wide receiver will "do everything we want him to do."

Why Seahawk Richard Sherman's story resonates with Times staffer | Take 2 | Seattle Times
A man who came out of an inner-city neighborhood in Los Angeles. Who has a father that has been working as a garbage man for more than 30 years. Who beat the odds to graduate from Stanford. I’m talking about Richard Sherman, right?

USA TODAY Sports' 22nd All-Joe team full of unsung Seahawks, Broncos
USA TODAY Sports' All-Joe team was created in 1992 by longtime NFL writer Larry Weisman as a tribute to Joe Phillips, a 14-year defensive lineman who did yeoman's work for the Kansas City Chiefs that season.

Massive 12th Man banner to fly over Super Bowl - 710sports.com
Most Seahawks fans won't be able to attend the Super Bowl next Sunday, but they'll be well represented as PEMCO Insurance is paying to fly a massive 12th Man banner over and around the stadium in New Jersey throughout Super Bowl weekend.

Schneider lauds Carroll's authenticity, lack of ego - 710sports.com
"Low ego," Schneider said. "That's easy."

Ex-safety praises Richard Sherman's football smarts - 710sports.com
"I've played a lot of football, I've been doing this broadcast business now for six years," Lynch told "The Herd" on ESPN Radio Thursday, "and absent of the quarterback position, I've never been around a more intelligent football player."

Carroll: Harvin 'looked like he was full speed' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks are off the field following their last practice of the season at the VMAC. They will travel to New Jersey on Sunday and then spend the following week there preparing for the Super Bowl.

Peyton Manning's Omaha? Seattle Seahawks don't care - ESPN
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning can bark out "Omaha" or any other middle America city he wants to use in his signal calling.

Super Bowl - Early forecast for game between Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
It appears the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will have manageable weather conditions for Super Bowl XLVIII.

There’s no debate: Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin is a gifted playmaker | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, who says he is motivated by his failures, always has an answer on the field for critics who think he’s not good enough.

Eli Manning helps brother Peyton with tix, stadium tips | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
For the third time in his life, Eli Manning will watch his older brother play in a game he himself desperately wishes he could be a part of. And this time, he’ll do so from the stands of his own building, MetLife Stadium, when the Broncos play the Seahawks on Feb. 2.

NFL and NCAA must act to save the Senior Bowl | Seahawks Draft Blog
I remember glancing at the names tabbed to appear at the Senior Bowl this year and thinking… Really?

Richard Sherman fined $7,875 for on-field celebration - NFL.com
Richard Sherman got a bit carried away after his pass deflection led to the game-sealing interception in the NFC Championship Game. The NFL disciplined the All-Pro Seattle Seahawks cornerback Friday for his behavior.

Matt Prater misses second straight Broncos practice - NFL.com
Matt Prater missed practice for the second consecutive day as he deals with an illness. With the Super Bowl 10 days away, will the All-Pro kicker be ready to continue his stellar form in the playoffs?

Super Bowl XLVIII: Early look at weather forecast - NFL.com
The NFL appears headed toward avoiding a worst-case weather scenario for Super Bowl Sunday, but will fans still need to bundle up to excess when they reach MetLife Stadium for the game?

Peyton Manning: Cold-weather practice a 'good thing' - NFL.com
Peyton Manning and the Broncos will travel to New York for the coldest Super Bowl of all time. Denver's quarterback believes that "it's always a good thing" to practice in freezing temperatures.

Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks ready for 'pick plays' - NFL.com
"That's how teams want to attack us now," Thomas said Thursday, via the New York Daily News. "They don't want our big corners to press or they don't want us to mess up the timing, so getting us in condensed formations ... bunch formations, but we know that. We understand how teams want to attack us. That's the beauty of it."

Roger Goodell 'not cheering for' Richard Sherman rant - NFL.com
The Richard Sherman debate has dominated headlines since his rant on Michael Crabtree. Commissioner Roger Goodell wants Sherman to "present himself in the best possible way."

Ron Rivera earns CBSSports.com's 2014 Coach of the Year honors - CBSSports.com
After a 1-3 start, Ron Rivera led the Panthers to a 12-4 record, the NFC South title, and the playoffs. And he's the CBSSports.com 2014 Coach of the Year.

When Denver has the ball: How the Broncos will try to solve Seattle - CBSSports.com
The Broncos led the league in scoring, but it will take more than a few screen passes to fool the Seahawks' top-rated defense. And Seattle might want to think twice about blitzing Peyton Manning.

Warren Moon loses $200K in Miami Heat ticket, ownership scam - CBSSports.com
Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon will be heading to New York this week with $200,000 less in his bank account. The former NFL quarterback, who serves as the analyst on the Seahawks flagship radio station, was scammed out of the money by a man who sold him Miami Heat tickets that didn't actually exist, according to MyFoxLA.com.

2014 NFL Draft prospects: Top 50 Draft Board 1.0 - CBSSports.com
After countless hours of tape and in-person scouting, I put together my initial top-50 draft board of the season

What if Peyton Manning had signed with the Titans? | National Football Post
The $25 million per year deal would have had a significant ripple effect around the NFL.

Darrelle Revis: I'm the best CB in the NFL | National Football Post
"I feel like I'm the best," Revis said, via NFL.com. "Deion Sanders probably feels like he is the best. Everybody has their own personal opinion. And that is how you go with it and I think that is what makes it fun"

Eight in the Box: Cities that should host a Super Bowl | Audibles - SI.com
There have been 15 host cities for the Super Bowl, counting the unique New York setting this year. This is not the first time that a metropolitan area has been handed the keys to the NFL's day in the sun (or snow or wind or rain) -- Los Angeles has hosted multiple times at the Rose Bowl in Pasad...

Carroll says Lynch, Baldwin will be ready to play | ProFootballTalk
A pair of key cogs in the Seattle offense haven’t been practicing in the aftermath of the NFC title game. But the absence of running back Marshawn Lynch (knee) and receiver Doug Baldwin (hip) from practice doesn’t mean they’ll be unable to play in Super Bowl XLVIII.

SB XLVIII Is The Best Offense/Defense Super Bowl Ever
This year, the Broncos averaged 37.9 points per game, 14.5 points more than league average. Seattle, meanwhile, allowed just 14.4 points per game, 9.0 points better than league average. That means this is a true clash of the titans in one sense: when the Broncos offense is on the field against the Seattle defense, the two units will have been a combined 23.4 (difference due to rounding) points better than average during the regular season.

The NFL Honor Roll «
The official ceremony is a week away, but here are our picks to take home the trophies

Four days in Mobile: Wrapping up Senior Bowl practices - SBNation.com
Dumping everything out of my notebook, here is a breakdown of players who looked the best, helped themselves the most and some general news, notes and observations.

2014 NFL Draft top 200 big board - SBNation.com
Not much has changed at the top, but some new names have moved up our NFL Draft big board.

Tweets to NFL players from confused people: A fictional compilation - SBNation.com
Folks on Twitter are passionate. Unfortunately, as a guy with a Twitter handle just barely different from Richard Sherman's has learned, they sometimes direct their tweets to the wrong people. Here, we imagine the grim possibilities.

49ers vs. Seahawks Rewind: A handful of plays undo a game's worth of good work - Niners Nation
The 49ers came up mere inches short of returning to the Super Bowl. We break down the gory, painful details from the NFC Championship's most pivotal plays.

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