Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Tuesday

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Monday Observations: Don't expect a big shakeup in Cincinnati - CBSSports.com
After another ugly playoff exit for the Marvin Lewis-led Bengals and Andy Dalton, will the Bengals change their stripes? Don't expect owner Mike Brown to change a thing.

Brash Golden Tate backs up his words | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Seahawks receiver has won people over with unwavering belief in his abilities

Roman, Fangio draw interest for head-coaching jobs | CSN Bay Area
The day after the 49ers executed well-conceived game plans on both sides of the ball, the team’s top two assistant coaches have attracted attention for head-coaching vacancies.

Seattle won't expect similar game vs Saints | HubArkush.com
Pete Carroll says he'll be diligent this week to make sure the Seattle Seahawks aren't expecting an easy win against New Orleans like in Week 13.

Pete Carroll: Percy Harvin's availability still up in the air - 710sports.com
Percy Harvin's availability is as uncertain as it was last week when he practiced for the first time in seven weeks.

Seahawks vs. Saints: Some in national media line up against Seattle | Take 2 | Seattle Times
What does national media say about the New Orleans’ Saints – and Seahawks – after the Saints’ narrow NFC wild-card victory over the Philadelphia Eagles? A lot, it turns out.

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks: Scouting Report | NOLA.com
Some of the luster has come off the Seahawks since they dismantled the Saints last month but they are still the team to beat

Seahawks Country stretches thousands of miles | Local News | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks have Seattle in their name, but their turf stretches north to Alaska, south to Oregon and east to Montana — with a few pockets of fans even beyond that.

Proposal: Seahawks could make TE a round one target | Seahawks Draft Blog
Could drafting a tight end in round one actually be one of the most productive moves this team makes in 2014?

After breakout year, Tate hopes to stay with Seahawks - 710sports.com
Entering the 2013 season, the Seahawks didn't have a clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver, especially with new acquisition Percy Harvin recovering from hip surgery. What they did have, though, were three receivers in contract years -- Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice -- that each had the opportunity to become quarterback Russell Wilson's top option and prove they are worthy of being a priority for the Seahawks re-sign.

Monday in Hawkville: NFL postseason off to an entertaining start
The Seahawks had a first-round bye in the playoffs, which gave coach Pete Carroll a chance to watch – and enjoy – the wild-card weekend action that featured final-play field goals and second-half comebacks.

Up next: New Orleans Saints
Rematches are the norm, rather than the exception, in this weekend’s divisional round of the NFL playoffs. And it starts with Saturday’s rematch between the Seahawks and Saints at CenturyLink Field.

Pete Carroll stressing right mindset ahead of rematch - 710sports.com
"That's real important," he told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" on Monday, "and that will be a point of emphasis that that has nothing to do with what's going on now. We're going to kick right into the mode that it's championship time, and that's what we've been preparing for all along."

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was born to coach | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Darrell Bevell, the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator, might be a candidate for a head-coaching job soon. For now, though, he’s happy to call the plays for Seattle.

Carroll on Saints game: ‘It has nothing to do with what happened before’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Here’s what Pete Carroll said to reporters Monday:

New Orleans Saints head to Seattle looking to weather another road playoff game | NOLA.com
Wet, cool conditions expected for Saturday in Seattle

Doubt is not an option for Seahawks' Tate | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Following his career-best day, Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate was onto round four of interviews at his corner locker.

Dolphins fire offensive coordinator Sherman | HeraldNet.com - Sports
A punchless offense in the final two games kept the Miami Dolphins out of the postseason, and they'll have a new play-caller in 2014.

Seattle Seahawks 2014 Mock Draft: Round-by-Round Best-Case Scenarios | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Jim Caldwell to interview with Tennessee Titans - NFL.com
The Tennessee Titans will interview Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell for their head-coaching job. Who else is on the Titans' radar?

Nick Foles is building block for 2014 Eagles, Kelly says - NFL.com
Coach Chip Kelly said Monday he will build his 2014 Philadelphia Eagles roster with Nick Foles as the starting quarterback. Is Foles a lock at the top, or will there be competition at the position?

NFL divisional playoffs previews: Going from eight to a final four - CBSSports.com
The NFL playoffs are sawed in half this weekend with the Seahawks, Broncos, Panthers and Pats hold home field advantage. Three of four games are rematches from the regular season.

2014 NFL Draft: Jernigan (FSU), Ford (Auburn) star in BCS championship - CBSSports.com
The pre and post-game hype will focus on Florida State's Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Auburn's finalist, running back Tre Mason. NFL scouts, however, won't forget the impact made by a pair of "undersized" defenders who early on looked like MVP candidates in this game.

NFL Draft: Towson star RB Terrance West to forgo senior season - CBSSports.com
Towson University RB Terrance West, a runner-up for FCS player of the year, tells CBSSports.com he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Blake Bortles No. 1 to the Texans makes sense - CBSSports.com
In a class that lacks a consensus top quarterback prospect, it shouldn't shock anyone if the Houston Texans draft Central Florida's Blake Bortles with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft

Ron Rivera views Colin Kaepernick as bigger challenge in rematch | ProFootballTalk
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera expects to see a better performance from Colin Kaepernick this time around. Kaepernick posted one of the worst performances of his career as the Panthers earned a 10-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10 at Candlestick Park.

Carroll: First meeting with Saints means nothing | ProFootballTalk
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wants his team to forget what happened a month ago. The Seahawks hammered the New Orleans Saints in a convincing 34-7 victory in Seattle on Dec. 2.

Panthers try to follow lead of home underdogs before them | ProFootballTalk
Just as in the first meeting between the teams in November, the 49ers are favored over the Panthers in Sunday's NFC divisional-playoff matchup in Charlotte. As of late Monday afternoon, most Nevada oddsmakers listed the 49ers as two-point favorites at Carolina.

Checkdowns: Pro-Football-Reference.com releases 2013 AV
It’s Christmas in January. Again. Thanks to the tireless work of Mike Kania and the P-F-R staff, PFR has now generated the Approximate Values for every player in the NFL this year. For the uninitiated, you can review how AV is calculated here. And if you’re so inclined, you can thank Mike or PFR on twitter. (You can still thank Neil, although he has now officially moved on.)

Tale of the Tape from NFL Wild Card Weekend | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Kelvin Benjamin embraces comparisons to Calvin Johnson - NFL.com
Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin embraces comparisons to Detroit Lions superstar Calvin Johnson.

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