Coffee & Cigarettes: Educational links for Tuesday

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While I'm away from the blog for a couple of weeks, I've set up some posts that point you in the direction of some interesting or educational links about football. Today's expert analysis comes from Andrew Brandt, former VP of the Green Bay Packers.

NFL free agency assessment on money, contracts, players, more | The MMQB with Peter King
The business of football is football this time of the calendar. Well into our second week of the new league year, let's take a look at what we've learned via two distinct avenues: the money and the people. THE MONEY • Still too early to call the CBA winner.

NFL franchise tag kills the notion of a true open market | The MMQB with Peter King
Monday marked the final day of the NFL’s annual game of tag, a two-week ritual when teams have the ability to remove their top free agent from the marketplace.

NFL franchise tag kills the notion of a true open market | The MMQB with Peter King
Monday marked the final day of the NFL’s annual game of tag, a two-week ritual when teams have the ability to remove their top free agent from the marketplace.

NFL salary cap, contract restructures, extensions easily misunderstood | The MMQB with Peter King
In the year-round coverage of the NFL, there is no topic more misunderstood than the salary cap. Cap room, cap numbers and cap consequences often aren’t what they appear to be, and at times alleged “smart” cap management is merely salvaging the present to complicate the future.

NFL Scouting Combine as much about business as it is about prospects | The MMQB with Peter King
The NFL recently held its annual corporate convention at the Super Bowl, a week full of hospitality, over-the-top parties and celebration around the league’s main event (there was a game as well).

2014 NFL Draft preparation begins with shaping of The Board | The MMQB with Peter King
Whether working as an agent, as an executive with the Packers or now in the media, I always have been amused by the question I still hear every year: So what do you do in the offseason? For someone like myself, the more appropriate question has always been: So what do you do during the season? ...

Super Bowl 48: Seattle Seahawks primed for sustained success | The MMQB with Peter King
There may be no NFL team better positioned for sustained success right now than the Seahawks. Not only have they reached the Super Bowl, but with a powerful home-field advantage; a young, deep and talented roster; management and coaching driven to succeed; and one of the country’s richest men writ...

NFL financial talk on playoff pay, concussion settlement, QB contracts | The MMQB with Peter King
We have reached the time of year where the business of the NFL exists in a state of limbo, sandwiched between the end of the 2013 season and the start of the 2014 league year, beginning in March. The 20 teams that played their last game on Dec.

Hiring head coaches in the NFL is an inexact science | The MMQB with Peter King
In Part 1, I discussed the unpleasant side of the hiring/firing process. In today's conclusion, I'll tackle the flip side and relate my two hiring experiences in Green Bay. Every team is different in how they approach the hiring of a head coach.

Firing head coaches is becoming more commonplace in NFL | The MMQB with Peter King
The conclusion of another NFL season brought us the involuntary separation of multiple head coaches and their staffs from their respective teams in what unfortunately has become an annual ritual for this time of year.

NFL agents recruiting draft prospects can be cutthroat, shady business | The MMQB with Peter King
We have now reached “go time” for agents in their pursuit of 2014 NFL Draft prospects. Once the college football regular season ends and teams have down time prior to their bowl games, the focus of the top players and their coaches, parents and advisors turns to the agent selection process...

NFL franchise in London is foregone conclusion | The MMQB with Peter King
Sunday marks the first of two games of the 2013 NFL International Series as the Minnesota Vikings “host” the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium in London (the Jacksonville Jaguars meet the San Francisco 49ers next month).

NFL season's start means work shifts from front office to coaching staff | The MMQB with Peter King
When the ball is kicked off tonight to start the 2013 NFL season, front offices can finally exhale. The majority of work for this year’s versions of their teams is done; it is now time to view the fruits of their labor.

It’s Never Easy to Cut a Guy | The MMQB with Peter King
Although the weather is at its warmest, we have entered the coldest time of year on the NFL calendar. While thousands of young men are living their dreams by being in training camp with an NFL team, several hundred of those dreams will soon be crushed.

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