Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

Tom Pennington

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Richard Sherman's tribute Pete Carroll's role in Seahawks Super Bowl | The MMQB with Peter King
He saw it in me before anyone else—the ability to be a shutdown corner—when I was still in high school. But even though I didn't wind up playing for Pete Carroll at USC, I'm sure glad I am now. If you're looking for reasons the Seahawks are in the Super Bowl, start with him. And it's not just his game plans, either

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Super Bowl XLVIII Preview
By now, you've read plenty of articles around the Internet about how this year's Super Bowl is a historic pairing of great offense and great defense. Football Outsiders stats agree, of course. This is the first Super Bowl to ever match the No. 1 team in offensive DVOA (Denver, the sixth-best offense since 1989) with the No. 1 team in defensive DVOA (Seattle, the seventh-best defense since 1989). It is only the third Super Bowl to match the top two teams in total DVOA, and only the fourth Super Bowl to match the top team from each conference in total DVOA.

Super Bowl XLVIII Denver/Seattle Preview
I’ve written many glowing articles about the Seattle pass defense, and we all know about the Broncos record-setting offense. Super Bowl XLVIII is the greatest offense/defense showdown since 1950 and the greatest passing showdown ever. Denver’s pass offense is historically great, and Seattle’s pass defense is historically great. But beyond being a great defense, there are reasons to think the Seahawks present a particularly tough challenge for Manning and company.

In-Depth Denver Broncos' Red Zone Report
The Denver Broncos have won the AFC Championship and are now set to play in the Super Bowl. Along the way to their Super Bowl berth the Broncos have unleashed an offensive onslaught upon the league.

Super Bowl Prediction: Slight Edge to Seahawks - NYTimes.com
Football fans should be in for a treat Sunday, as Denver and Seattle ended the season ranked No. 1 and 2 in the Advanced NFL Stats efficiency model by virtue of each team’s dominance on one side of the ball. For the Broncos, that side is obviously offense, led by quarterback Peyton Manning. And for the Seahawks, it is defense, led by their smothering secondary.

Seattle Seahawks Defenders: How Often Do They Really Commit Fouls? | The Big Lead
The 2013 Seattle Seahawks have had one of the best pass defenses in NFL history. Chase Stuart broke it down by adjusting for what the rest of the teams in the league were allowing, and Seattle is behind only the 2002 Buccaneers since 1990, and in the top five since 1950.

Triangle Super Bowl Diary, Day 5: Parties, Problems, and That Action «
We’re back. Friday. After five days full of way too much Super Bowl coverage from everyone on earth, we’ve got just two more days before there’s an actual football game. In between, there have been parties, concerts, a giant toboggan that is actually more like a big slide, Marshawn Lynch turning himself into a national hero, and then the weather, obviously. Here’s an update on the weather this week:

Triangle Super Bowl Diary, Day 4: Meet Michael Robinson «
The Seahawks don’t suffer from a lack of star power. There’s Richard Sherman and the cloud of insanity that comes with him. There’s Marshawn Lynch and the cloud of awesome that comes with him. Then Russell Wilson. Pete Carroll. Earl Thomas. Kam Chancellor. Percy Harvin. Michael Bennett, Red Bryant, and Cliff Avril. Everybody. All of them have their own fascinating stories, too. Most were cast aside and overlooked at one point or another, and then somehow made it. It’s ridiculous how many people on that team have beaten the odds to make it here. You could probably say that about most teams, but with the Seahawks, it’s true for the biggest stars on their roster.

Triangle Super Bowl Diary, Day 3: Life Lessons From Media Day «
“Everyone talks about media day,” Eric Decker said Tuesday, “but until you get to experience it … It’s hyped up to what it really is.”

Triangle Super Bowl Diary, Day 2: The Sweet Music of Media Day «
You are looking LIVE at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. So many questions today. Will Marshawn Lynch skip media day? Will some Vice reporter drop acid? Who will come through with the zany haircut? What is the Rutgers band doing over there?

Key to Broncos’ offense is unselfishness | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has plenty of targets to throw to. Five Broncos scored at least 10 touchdowns this season, an NFL record.

Super Bowl preview: Manning vs. Wilson, Sherman and keys to victory | FOX Sports on MSN
Super Bowl XLVIII showcases a battle of opposites. We have the fire of the Seattle Seahawks’ defense, the NFL’s best, that’s fueled by the attitude of its vivacious and vociferous leader, Richard Sherman

It took some doing, but stricken teen gets wish to attend Super Bowl - CBSSports.com
Ryan Dotson can't play football anymore, but his wish to attend Super Bowl 2014 has come true thanks to the Dream Factory and others.

Super Bowl security: Is the NFL ready for anything? - SBNation.com
From snipers to plainclothes officers in the stands, NFL security goes all out for the Super Bowl. SB Nation's Steven Godfrey talked with current and former FBI agents about what still worries them about security at the big game.

LiLo blames Seahawks’ Sidney Rice for ‘missing’ $75K fur coat | Page Six
Lindsay Lohan claims half of her $75,000 fur coat went missing at a New York nightclub — and she tried to blame injured Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice for its disappearance.

Boeing draws giant, invisible '12' in the sky for Seahawks fans | The Verge
Say you're a Microsoft executive getting ready for the Seahawks' performance in Sunday's Super Bowl: maybe you have a jersey on, maybe you're wearing a cap. Going for the understated look? A...

Team Needs & Roster Rankings - Offseason Low Down - Rotoworld.com
The 2013-2014 NFL season officially goes in the books Sunday, and the Scouting Combine is less than a month away. Free agency opens on March 11. With coaching staffs largely settled, impending free agents identified, and salary cap situations beginning to clarify, here is a look at the four most glaring positional needs for every club entering the 2014 offseason.

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Richard Sherman doesn’t duck Peyton Manning comments | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman acknowedges he said Peyton Manning “throws ducks” but insists Denver quarterback always gets the ball where he wants.

Broncos’ Adam Gase and Seahawks’ Dan Quinn are destined to become head coaches | The MMQB with Peter King
There’s more to XLVIII than the league’s top offense going up against the league’s top D. The respective coordinators, Denver’s Adam Gase and Seattle’s Dan Quinn, are rising stars who are destined to become head coaches. Think of this Super Bowl as the prequel to something even bigger between the two

Why it may not always be pretty with Russell Wilson, but he still gets the job done | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs | theScore.com
There’s been a lot of criticism of Russell Wilson as of late. It’s been about how he didn’t finish the regular season with remarkable statistics, or how he’s missed throws he should be completing. He has been a bit inconsistent at times, leaving throws on the field in favor of holding the ball and trying to make a bigger play, but he’s played fairly well in the playoffs. In the games against the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers, two games which have stark contrasts in raw statistics, he played well, making big plays when his team needed them and keeping drives alive.

Super Bowl X-factors: Terrance Knighton, Max Unger and more - NFL.com
We've heard plenty about the two quarterbacks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Let's focus on the other key players who will determine the outcome. Here are three guys on each team who must play well in order for their respective squads to take home the Lombardi Trophy:

What we can learn from how the Jaguars defended Peyton Manning | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs | theScore.com
Nobody knows how Peyton Manning will attack the Seattle Seahawks’ defense. He may not have a choice, to be frank. He may have to settle for underneath throws all night and work his way up the field. It’s entirely possible if his Week 6 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense is any indication.

The Evster’s Super Bowl Punter Breakdown | The700Level
This might be even harder to look at. A photo of Britton having his face caressed by his beautiful fertile wife. I cannot believe how sensual she is. Like a young Juan Pablo. I’m about to barf all over the place.

Super Bowl 2014 matchup: Breaking down Denver Broncos-Seattle Seahawks - NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
NFL senior writer Don Banks spoke with two longtime NFL personnel executives in recent days, breaking down the Denver Broncos-Seattle Seahawks matchup in Super Bowl XLVIII:

Prediction: Seahawks' defense will frustrate Peyton - Newsday
More than 2½ years' worth of anticipation, capped by a frenzied media week -- New York style -- and here we are. Finally, it is showtime for Super Bowl XLVIII. Broncos-Seahawks.

Key: Broncos protection vs. Seahawks rush - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos' wide receivers will have their hands full with the Seattle Seahawks' secondary in Super Bowl XLVIII, as detailed here .

Broncos' five keys to beating Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII
Speed kills. The Denver Broncos' record-setting offense will be well-served to put its foot on the gas early with a no-huddle approach while trying to leave the Seattle Seahawks' monstrous defense breathless. An early lead will go a long way toward luring Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to try and match Peyton Manning through the air. Denver's five keys to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII:

Seahawks fan invasion: 12th Man comes to the Big Apple | Local News | The Seattle Times
Seahawks fans are arriving in Manhattan, painting the town blue and green and ready to root on their beloved team in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.

Seattle vs. Denver: An “unreal chess match” | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
It’s Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ high-scoring offense against the Seahawks’ No. 1 defense in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Analysis: Why Seahawks' Percy Harvin will be Super Bowl MVP
There's only one sensible way to end Percy Harvin's strange season.

Broncos’ Terrance Knighton: Can Pot Roast stuff Seahawks’ beast of a run game? | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Broncos nose tackle Terrance ‘Pot Roast’ Knighton is a 335-pound force in the middle who will try to devour the Seahawks’ ground-and-pound offense.

Friday in Hawkville: John Fox and the Silver Fox bring down the house
In the final media session before Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the Seahawks and Broncos, coaches Pete Carroll and John Fox were engaging as they bantered back and forth.

Pete Carroll & John Fox #SB48 Press Conference
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Denver Broncos head coach John Fox address the media for the final time before their teams take the field for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Seahawks receivers shake off lack of respect - 710sports.com
Golden Tate doesn't necessarily seek out the unflattering opinions about Seattle's receivers, but he still sees them.

Persons of Interest: The moldbreakers - 710sports.com
Taking a closer look at two key players in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and Broncos tight end Julius Thomas:

Person of Interest: Broncos' Knowshon Moreno - 710sports.com
Taking a closer look at another key player in Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver's Knowshon Moreno:

Seahawks took risks en route to Super Bowl XLVIII - 710sports.com
It took Seattle 30 seasons to play for its first Super Bowl.

All Seahawks practice without limitation Thursday - 710sports.com
The Seahawks are as healthy as they've been all season just days before the Super Bowl.

Pro Football Focus previews Super Bowl XLVIII | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Plenty of quality replacements from both Super Bowl teams made the list on Injury Report: Next Man Up, 2013 In Review.

Seahawks practice report: ‘Finished like I hoped’ | Sportspress Northwest
“And now,’’ said coach Pete Carroll, “we wait. We had a great day today. We finished like I hoped we’d finish, and I thought our execution today was very good.”

Why the Seattle Seahawks can win Super Bowl XLVIII - NFL.com
Russell Wilson and his Seahawks are green when it comes to playing in the Super Bowl, but Gregg Rosenthal explains how that lack of experience could help Seattle emerge victorious Sunday.

Why the Denver Broncos can win Super Bowl XLVIII - NFL.com
Peyton Manning and the Denver offense are up against a juggernaut Seahawks defense, but Gregg Rosenthal outlines how the Broncos can take home the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday.

Roger Goodell on Rams-to-L.A. talk: Don't overreact - NFL.com
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's annual State of the League news conference at the Super Bowl is always good for a few news items that help us forecast the future of the NFL. Friday was no exception.

Roger Goodell outlines benefits of expanding playoffs - NFL.com
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that there are "a lot of benefits" to expanding the playoffs. The Arizona Cardinals barely missed out on the field this season; will the league add one team in each conference?

St. Louis Rams' Stan Kroenke purchased L.A. land - NFL.com
St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased 60 acres of land in Los Angeles County. Does he have his eye on moving his franchise back to the Golden State?

Peyton Manning unanimous CBSSports.com NFL MVP - CBSSports.com
The Case for Peyton Manning: This is the easiest argument you'll face all year long. Manning was the MVP from literally start to finish in 2013. He started the season by throwing seven touchdowns against the Ravens in the 2013 NFL Kickoff and he never looked back, putting a bow on the greatest statistical season by a quarterback in NFL history with a four-touchdown effort in a Week 17 win over the Raiders. Manning completed 68.3 percent of his passes and threw for 5,477 yards. He threw 55 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. The Broncos were one of the two best teams in football the entire year.

49ers OL Daniel Kilgore arrested, charged with public intoxication - CBSSports.com
Forty-Niners offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore was arrested in Tennessee on Jan. 26 and charged with public intoxication.

Six for Super Bowl Sunday: Special teams, turnover battle are crucial - CBSSports.com
Can the Broncos score more than 26 points on the top-ranked Seattle D? Can the Seahawks get to Peyton? Who wins the special teams battle? All three will be key factors Sunday.

Kaepernick says 'Go, Peyton,' calls Sherman rant 'ridiculous' - CBSSports.com
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who thinks Richard Sherman's post-NFC Championship Game rant was 'ridiculous,' says he will be pulling for the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

NFL Prospect Focus: C.J. Fiedorowicz and Jace Amaro | National Football Post
Keep an eye on these tight ends in the NFL Draft

Who will win Super Bowl XLVIII? Making case for Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks | Audibles - SI.com
This season’s Super Bowl is that rare matchup of the conference’s top seeds, and a battle between the NFL’s No. 1 offense and the league’s top-ranked defense. As a result, many are calling it a very close game — even a push. We tend to agree… but since someone has to win this thing eventually, below are reasons each team has a chance to claim the Lombardi Trophy.

Percy Harvin poised to have big impact against Denver Broncos in 2014 Super Bowl? | Audibles - SI.com
It’s unusual for a player to take 39 snaps total in the regular and postseason and still have a potentially monumental impact in a Super Bowl, but Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin is no ordinary player.

Kevin Gilbride on game-planning against the Super Bowl defenses | The MMQB with Peter King
NEW YORK CITY — Two weeks between the conference championship and the world championship: More than enough time to scheme, analyze, dissect, tweak—and produce the perfect Super Bowl game plan.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure's Super Bowl Preview
This is going to be a fascinating Super Bowl. The first-ever Super Bowl to match the league’s best offense by DVOA against the league’s best defense by DVOA, it’s also a matchup of two wildly dissimilar quarterbacks.

Super Bowl weather forecast: Could game be played just in time? | ProFootballTalk
Could the weather break just right for Super Bowl XLVIII?

Robert Kraft in favor of centralized replay | ProFootballTalk
During his press conference in New York City on Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about taking replay review away from the stadiums and moving it to a centralized location.

Peter King picks Denver Broncos to beat Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII | The MMQB with Peter King
So the theories have abounded all week. No. 1 offense against No. 1 defense, for only the fifth time in 48 Super Bowls, and how would Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase and quarterback Peyton Manning handle the borderline impenetrable Seattle secondary?

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