Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Monday

Jonathan Ferrey

Brand new week, gang.

Super Bowl quickly became battle of attitudes for Broncos-Seahawks - The Denver Post
In the buildup to Super Bowl XLVIII, the difference between the Broncos and Seattle Seahawks was well hyped.

Seahawks dynasty heads top 12 questions for 2014
Less than a week removed from Seattle's lopsided win over Denver in the Super Bowl, the focus has already shifted to next season.

Seahawks fans unite in support of homeless 49ers fan at parade - NFL.com
A San Francisco 49ers fan who crashed the Seahawks' victory parade turned out to be a 15-year-old ward of Washington state who lives in homeless shelters. Seahawks fans have since showed support with a GoFundMe campaign.

Seattle Seahawks Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Bobby Wagner and Jermaine Kearse on music, travel and more - ESPN The Magazine - ESPN
FRESH OFF THEIR win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, four members of the Seattle Seahawks took over the ESPN campus on Friday. Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Bobby Wagner and Jermaine Kearse helped host "SportsCenter," crashed "Numbers Never Lie" and answered countless questions about their remarkable season in a whirlwind tour of Bristol, Conn. But it wasn't all football talk. We caught them for a few minutes between takes to talk about everything else.

Debate: Should Seattle make defense a draft priority? | Seahawks Draft Blog
I really like this years receiver class. Who wouldn’t?

ESPN reporter: Priorities are re-signing Bennett, Tate - 710sports.com
"I know they could look back now and wish they had signed him to a two- or three-year deal instead of a one-year deal. He's their best defensive lineman," Blount said of Bennett. "I think they really, really want to keep him, but it won't be easy. He made $4.8 million against the cap this year, (and) somebody's gonna offer him $7 million or more.

Seahawks aren’t close to satisfied after historic season | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
A young Seahawks team won a Super Bowl with a chip on their shoulder and then laughed at those who doubted them. Now they seem just as certain that they can do it again.

Jaguars hire two assistants | members.jacksonville.com
The Jaguars hired two assistant coaches Saturday and both have ties to Gus Bradley. According to a source, Robert Saleh is the new linebackers coach and Scottie Hazelton is the new assistant linebackers coach. Saleh spent the last three years as Seattle’s defensive quality control coach, including two years (2011-12) when Bradley was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator.

Is this the beginning of a Seahawks dynasty? | HeraldNet.com - Sports
As Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll finished giving his postgame speech to the newly crowned Super Bowl champions, Red Bryant stepped to the...

Five big names who could end up salary-cap casualties - NFL.com
We've reached the offseason, where NFL front offices have difficult choices because of the salary cap. Chris Johnson and Julius Peppers could be two of five stars who may soon be on the street.

Sherman told Welker: 'Don't you ever say you want 1-on-1's with us' - CBSSports.com
Richard Sherman smacktalked Wes Welker during Super Bowl XLVIII.

Chicago mayor wants to host NFL Draft and Super Bowl - CBSSports.com
For Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel, it's about more than the Super Bowl. He'd like to see other NFL-related events in the Windy City, too.

Buccaneers WR Mike Williams facing trespass, criminal mischief charges - CBSSports.com
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams will be arraigned in court later this month on misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing from an unidentified December incident.

NFL Prospect Focus: Yawin Smallwood and Ka'Deem Carey | National Football Post
These two juniors have NFL futures.

Super Bowl 48 photo gallery: Best shots by Walter Iooss Jr. | The MMQB with Peter King
PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER IOOSS JR. NEW YORK CITY — From Joe Namath sitting poolside to this year’s Sports Illustrated Super Bowl cover—Seattle’s defense swarming Peyton Manning to force a first-quarter interception—Walter Iooss Jr. has shot it all at the Super Bowl.

Franchise tag window, Combine next up on NFL calendar | ProFootballTalk
On the first Sunday without NFL football since September 1, it’s a good time to look forward to what’s next on the NFL calendar.

Where Does Luck/Smith Rank Among Great Playoff QB Battles? — FootballPerspective.com
The NFL playoffs began in very entertaining fashion in Indianapolis. The Chiefs lost Jamaal Charles on the first drive of the game to a concussion, but stormed out to a 38-10 lead. Then the Colts pulled off the second greatest comeback in NFL history, eventually winning 45-44. The much-maligned Alex Smith had the game of his life, finishing 30 of 46 for 378 yards, with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions while also rushing for 57 yards.

Insane Ideas: Rules Changes — FootballPerspective.com
Should the depth of the NFL end zone be extended from 10 to 20 yards? Practically, this is probably impossible, as adding 20 yards to certain fields would be an issue in many NFL stadiums. But let’s ignore that issue for today. I recently had lunch with a baseball friend of mine who suggested this change. My initial reaction was that this would be a bit odd, but there are several reasons to like his idea:

Looking at Free Agent Running Backs - Over the Cap
Today we will take a peek at the free agent running backs in the NFL. I usually try to look at players using two criteria- player generated yards and added yards per target. Player generated yards are determined by calculating how much of a players yards should come from his offensive line (yards before contract) and subtracting that figure from his yards on the season. Yards per target is based on the average yards gained on a pass attempt at the position and comparing it to the players performance.

Podcast: Super Bowl Thoughts, Seahawks, Chiefs, RFAs, and More - Over the Cap
If you still want more podcasting this week we have our regular OTC podcast for you to check out. We go over some thoughts on the Super Bowl, the Seahawks model, why the Chiefs are in really bad salary cap shape, potential restricted free agents, the Jaguars plans, the Falcons, and positions due for an increase and decrease in salary. Feel free to submit questions for next weeks show.

Report: North Carolina TE Eric Ebron put on 'significant weight' - NFL.com
A report says former North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, considered the top TE in the 2013 NFL Draft, put on significant weight and lost some of his speed.

Peshek: CB Metrics 1.0 - Out Of The Box - Rotoworld.com
Cornerbacks are a bit more tricky than other positions when it comes to their metrics. If you read a previous post on the problems with CB stats, you’ll understand that the stats are rather ambiguous and can be tricky when taken at face value. I’ll try to be transparent and put them in context, but there are many more confounding factors than say…with a running back.

Big Board: Clinton-Dix fits new NFL prototype at free safety - NFL, NFLDRAFT - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
If other NFL teams are hoping to follow the Seattle model, they're in luck: the 2014 draft possesses the prospects who fit this template.

'The eagle has landed': The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of how NFL prospect Michael Sam came out - Outsports
If drafted, SEC co-defensive player of the year Michael Sam will become the first active openly gay NFL player. Here is our exclusive story on how his announcement came to be.

NFL prospect Michael Sam comes out as gay - Outsports
"I want to own my truth," Michael Sam says. The SEC co-defensive player of the year from the University of Missouri would be first openly gay active NFL player if drafted. He came out to his team last summer.

NFL execs: Sam's stock unchanged, player reaction in question - CBSSports.com
NFL personnel men say Michael Sam coming out as gay won't change his draft status. Meanwhile, players polled last summer say his acceptance mostly depends on ability.

Michael Sam’s teammate: ‘Proud of my bro Mike for finally coming out’ | Audibles - SI.com
Donovan Bonner played alongside Michael Sam for five years at Missouri. Sunday, after Sam announced he is gay, Bonner took to Twitter to offer his support.

Michael Sam's coming out as gay before draft tests NFL's mindset | The MMQB with Peter King
The news spread quickly across the NFL Sunday night. Then again, the New York Times report about mid-round draft prospect Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end, coming out as gay two weeks before the scouting combine and 12 weeks before the draft wasn’t a surprise to every team in the le...

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