Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Tuesday

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Super Bowl bloggers share what scares them most about their teams - 01-23-2014
All season long, we’ve looked to expert NFL bloggers to provide insight into why football bettors should play their teams. But with two weeks off before Super Bowl XLVIII, contenders are analyzed and overanalyzed, having their every strength – and weakness – exposed.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Blake Bortles the new No. 1 pick - SBNation.com
A new No. 1 pick, multiple trades and two full rounds of picks in this week's mock draft.

A Super Bowl-Goer’s Real Guide To Downtown Jersey City (And Beyond)
Super Bowl XLVIII will feature a Groundhog’s Day clash between the Broncos and the Seahawks in the open-aired icebox that Metlife Stadium is sure to be come February 2nd.

How will the Seahawks cover Julius Thomas? | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs | theScore.com
There are several X-factors in Super Bowl XLVIII, and then there’s a J-factor: Julius Thomas. How do you stop him? He’s 6’5″, weighs 250 pounds, and he’s quick and explosive. He can line up in-line like a traditional tight end or like a modern flex/slot. He may not seem like any different of a problem to the Seattle Seahawks than some of the recent tight ends they’ve faced, including Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis the last two weeks, but he is. He won’t soften like Graham did or be underused like Davis was. He’ll battle the defense until the game’s end, and he’ll get plenty of chances to beat them too.

Broncos, Seahawks players before they became famous | The MMQB with Peter King
The MMQB called high school and college coaches to pull back the curtain on 14 players—Broncos and Seahawks—as they step into football’s brightest spotlight

Psyched for Russell's big day
Anna Wilson, a sophomore at Collegiate High (Richmond, Va.), is one of the best high school basketball players in the nation. The 5-foot-7 point guard, who has given a verbal commitment to Stanford, is also the sister of NFL star Russell Wilson. She blogs for espnW.

Super Bowl XLVIII Rankings - Post-Season Fantasy Football Guide - Rotoworld.com
Super Bowl XLVIII is upon us. If you’ve been participating in playoff leagues this season, this is your final chance to separate yourself from the competition and take home a prize or three.

Breaking Down Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks Running Game
Marshawn Lynch’s ability to run the football effectively in Super Bowl XLVIII versus the Denver Broncos will be key to establishing the line of scrimmage, dictating tempo and creating second-level throwing lanes for quarterback Russell Wilson.

Richard Sherman, The Seahawks and a Study of Obnoxious Sports Fans | Lewis Krell
This whole Sherman story got me thinking about if such a thing as a non-obnoxious sports fan can really exist and I'm beginning to think the answer is no. This binary, black-or-white mentality of being a sports fan makes us all quite repellent.

Super Bowl -- Seattle Seahawks players defend Russell Wilson - ESPN
Yes, the Seattle Seahawks players on offense know their quarterback is short. It's not a news flash, but they heard numerous questions Monday from the Super Bowl media about Russell Wilson's lack of height, and they were ready for them.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Post-Traumatic Elway Disorder
For younger Twelves, Sunday's Super Bowl pits our Seahawks against one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and the most formidable team the AFC can offer up. For Twelves over 30, XLVIII represents even more than that. Not only would victory make our Hawks World Champions- It would also be the final, decisive victory over the cruelest tormentor our franchise has ever faced: John Elway.

Carroll: Russell Wilson's success could help Johnny Manziel - NFL.com
As a smallish quarterback, former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel may be entering the NFL at the ideal time. So suggests Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Terrance Knighton talks Russell Wilson’s tendencies | ProFootballTalk
“You’ve just got to watch a lot of film. Quarterbacks have tendencies. His tendency is that he is a right-handed quarterback; he wants to get out to his right and throw,” Knighton said of Wilson. “He’s more successful that way. So we’ve got to do a good job of keeping him in the pocket and force him out of his comfort zone. When he’s moving left he’ll tend to run it more and when he’s moving right he wants to pass it more. We just have to do a good job of containing him. He’ll get out and he’ll make his plays during the game, but we’ll just have to limit them.”

A Tale of Two Cities «
What happens when the Broncos' historic offense faces off against the Seahawks' immovable defense?

How did Seahawks get here? Look no further than GM Schneider - CBSSports.com
Russell Wilson. Marshawn Lynch. The Legion of Boom secondary. GM Jon Schneider has quietly led Seattle to the Super Bowl with one shrewd move after another.

How the Seattle Seahawks were built - NFL.com
Pete Carroll and Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider have completely rebuilt their roster since taking over in 2010. Gregg Rosenthal breaks down how they see talent differently.

Peyton Manning: Seahawks defense 'as good as advertised'
Broncos know Super Bowl week will feature plenty of speculation.

Seattle Seahawks Will Have 'Ohm' Team Advantage - ABC News
This year's Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, but it looks as if the Seattle Seahawks will have the "ohm" team advantage, as head coach Pete Carroll encourages all his players to meditate daily.

Aaron Donald is much better than I thought | Seahawks Draft Blog
I’m not sure how I got it so wrong.

Robinson: I'll be with Lynch for Media Day
Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson spoke Monday about his nerves before Super Bowl XLVIII, the new attention he's getting, and how he thinks Marshawn Lynch will handle Media Day.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate: New Jersey weather won't phase team
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate says the Seahawks recent game against the New York Giants in December has familiarized their team with NY/NJ weather.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Seahawks Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Taking a closer look at some of the key players in Super Bowl XLVIII, beginning with Seattle's Walter Thurmond:

How will wide receiver Percy Harvin impact the Seattle Seahawks' offense? - NFL Videos
The "NFL Total Access" team discusses how the return of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will impact the team's offense for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Michael Bennett on staying in Seattle, playing on rocks, and being overlooked (or not) | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
Michael Bennett isn’t the best-known member of the NFL’s best defense, but he has been one of the Seahawks’ most valuable players this season. And by the end of the week, regardless of how he plays, Bennett could become much better known just for his personality and sense of humor, which if Monday was any indication, should produce some good moments at Tuesday’s media day.

How Seattle & Denver will attack each other in the Super Bowl | Seahawks Draft Blog
It wouldn’t surprise me if Peyton Manning didn’t attempt a pass beyond 15 yards on Sunday.

Hasselbeck: Carroll's goal was winning from Day 1 - 710sports.com
Matt Hasselbeck was in Seattle for the beginning of the Pete Carroll era four years ago, serving as the starting quarterback for most of his first season at the helm. So with the Seahawks' Super Bowl clash with the Broncos just days away, Hasselbeck is one person who especially knows just how far the Seahawks have come.

Marshawn Lynch's quiet power behind Seahawks' Super run - NFL.com
"If you're forced to do something, it's not as good as if you choose to do it," Lynch told NFL Media last week during an expansive interview, making an exception to his three (words) and out approach to answering questions from reporters. "So no, I won't have a lot of interesting things to say. When you're forced to do something and you know it, it kind of just takes away from the whole experience of what it could be if (it were) natural. So, I'll probably give forced answers."

Marshawn Lynch undecided over attending Media Day - NFL.com
Marshawn Lynch is famously shy when it comes to speaking with the media. He told Michael Silver he's not even sure he'll attend Super Bowl Media Day. That could be an expensive decision.

Super Bowl presents great matchup between Broncos offense and Seahawks defense - Sports - The Boston Globe
Defense wins championships, right? Guess we’ll find out Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Curtis Martin on Peyton: Chess master - New York Jets Blog - ESPN
Curtis Martin always has been an admirer of Peyton Manning. Two years ago, the Hall of Famer wanted to see the New York Jets pursue Manning as a free

Pete Carroll credits Bud Grant with his success - ESPN
"Bud's an amazing man," Carroll said. "The confidence he exudes in going with what he believes in his gut was extraordinary to me. It was the calm and commitment that what he built was right.

Top-five key NFL Draft moments: Denver Broncos - CBSSports.com
The Broncos were able to land Peyton Manning in free agency, but the supporting cast around him was mostly built through the NFL Draft and has proven to be the nucleus for the AFC Champions

Pete Carroll: NFL should explore medical marijuana if it helps players - CBSSports.com
Should the NFL allow medicinal marijuana? Seahawks coach Pete Carroll thinks the league should explore anything that might help the NFL take care of its players.

Super Bowl XLVIII: Broncos, Seahawks get 35 percent of tickets - CBSSports.com
How many comped Super Bowl tickets do you get for playing in the Super Bowl? Not as many as you would think.

Undisputed: Manning vs. Sherman is greatest Super Bowl matchup ever - CBSSports.com
The greatest QB of all time? Maybe. The best corner in the NFL? Hard to argue otherwise. Who wins the greatest individual matchup in Super Bowl history: Peyton Manning or Richard Sherman?

John Fox, Michael Robinson took paths of courage to the Super Bowl | Audibles - SI.com
There’s been a lot of talk already about the unusual journey Denver Broncos head coach John Fox had to take to the Super Bowl, and for good reason. Fox had known since 1997 that he had a defective bicuspid aortic valve in his heart, but had managed it through his time as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator from1997 through 2001, as the Carolina Panthers’ head coach from 2002 through 2010, and as the Broncos’ head coach from 2011 to November of last year. During the Broncos’ bye week, Fox was on a Charlotte, N.C. golf course when he started to feel short of breath. And at that point, the doctors who told him that he would have to get a procedure done let him know that now, it was not an option he could weigh.

How Seattle Seahawks pursued Peyton Manning ... and Russell Wilson almost went to Denver Broncos | Audibles - SI.com
The rumblings started soon after Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Peyton Manning’s release in a tearful press conference on March 7, 2012. Several NFL teams were ready to compete for Manning’s services, and Seattle was one of them. The Seahawks had finished their second year under head coach Pete Carroll with Tarvaris Jackson as their primary quarterback, and it was their second 7-9 season. It was clear that while Jackson had done his best, Seattle would need more at the position if it wanted to compete at a Super Bowl level. Thus, as Manning met with representatives of the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals to decide his future, Carroll came up with a plan to try to crowbar the process.

How Seattle Seahawks built team that made Super Bowl 2014 | Audibles - SI.com
When head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider were hired by the Seattle Seahawks in early 2010, both men understood that there was serious work to be done. They made over 300 transactions in their first year together, and Carroll’s “Always Compete” mantra has meant that any player on this roster is a few screw-ups away from demotion or outright release, and any other player is a few great moments away from a starting spot.

Broncos LB Paris Lenon's long journey from the XFL to Super Bowl 48 | The MMQB with Peter King
How do you play 13 years of pro football in three leagues, bouncing among a dozen cities and two countries, with a family to feed, and maintain your sanity? You forget. A lot. You hold on to concepts, but not plays. You recall faces, but the names and places become difficult.

Michael Bennett: I would love to stay in Seattle | ProFootballTalk
“I don’t think about the money because it’s not in my account,” Bennett said. “You do want long-term deals, but I don’t think about it as much as some people think I think about it. I think about winning the game. I’m taking it one game at a time, taking care of this moment and playing for this team.”

Golden Tate doesn’t feel Seattle’s offense is being overlooked | ProFootballTalk
“No, not really. At the end of the day, in order to win they’re going to need offense, defense and special teams,” Tate said. “Like I said earlier, it’s no secret that the number one offense is going against the number one defense. That’s going to draw attention naturally. I’m excited to watch it myself. I can only worry about what I can control. I can control how I practice this week. I can control how I play on Sunday and I’m just going to leave it all on the field.”

Julius Thomas anticipating a physical game on Sunday | ProFootballTalk
“No. I think all year I’ve been trying to avoid big shots,” Thomas said. “That’s just something you do as an offensive player, you don’t want to let guys tattoo you when you’re out there running with the football. On the line, that’s a physical part of the field. All physicality is welcomed down there in that part of the trenches.”

Seahawks’ Pete Carroll, now a Super Bowl coach, reflects on time with Jets | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Seahawks’ Pete Carroll was back in New Jersey, where he began his head-coaching career in 1994 with the Jets and was fired after one 6-10 season.

Stanwood Lions raise big 12 on smokestack to honor Seahawks | HeraldNet.com - Local news
STANWOOD — How many places can the 12th Man represent?Count Stanwood among the faithful. The Stanwood Lions Club has raised the “12” 150 feet up the...

Seahawks arrive for Super circus | HeraldNet.com - Sports
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Crunching through the gray curbside snow piles, the Seattle Seahawks walked through the same doors they did six weeks ago.Police...

Does Game Tape Back Up Richard Sherman's Claim to NFL's Best CB?
Some people say shutdown cornerbacks don’t exist anymore. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman would beg to differ. He has made the claim on numerous occasions that he is the NFL’s best cornerback.

Seahawks' Carroll honed coaching philosophy at USC - The Orange County Register
he energetic coach has guided the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl in a manner that should look awfully familiar to USC fans.

Seahawks' Carroll honed coaching philosophy at USC - The Orange County Register
he energetic coach has guided the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl in a manner that should look awfully familiar to USC fans.

Seahawks wrap first day of practices in New Jersey - Jan. 27, 2014
QB Russell Wilson may be the biggest single reason the Seattle Seahawks have made it to Super Bowl XLVIII and was one of the main topics of conversation Tuesday.

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