Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It's the weekend, everybody!

Seahawks' Simon standing out after lost rookie season - 710sports.com
To say that Tharold Simon's NFL career got off on the wrong foot would only be halfway accurate.

Who were the winners & losers this offseason for Seahawks? | Seattle Seahawks
Yesterday saw the Seahawks close their mandatory minicamp, on the heels of voluntary organized team activities and rookie training camp, which stretched over the prior month. Now the players return to their off-season homes until late July.

Seahawks fan petitions for "Legion of Boom" to join Richard Sherman on cover of Madden NFL 15
Midwest Sea Hawker Jason Coiner is seeking support from his fellow 12s to put the entire "Legion of Boom" on the cover of Madden NFL 15.

Seahawks’ Super Bowl ring ceremony has a familiar ring to it
After everything that went into the Seahawks’ Super Bowl season in 2013, the players and coaches celebrated the accomplishment again on Thursday night by receiving their Super Bowl rings.

What we learned from the Seahawks' offseason - 710sports.com
The year-round reality of the NFL schedule is emphasized by the fact that we now summarize – and even evaluate – a team's offseason.

Benson Mayowa eager to play a bigger role with the Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
After an offseason of bulking up, Benson Mayowa is ready to contribute more for the Seahawks this season, specifically at the rush-end spot the team calls LEO.

How you can view the Seahawks' Super Bowl ring | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here you go, your own chance to view the Seahawks’ Super Bowl ring. If you haven’t figured out, it was indeed designed by Tiffany & Co.

Seahawks WR Sidney Rice opens first chicken-wings shop - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
We know Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice loves chicken wings. How do we know that? Last year, he invested in the Wingstop franchise and planned to open five new locations in the Seattle area.

Seahawks' Jesse Williams battling back from knee trouble | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Jesse Williams is feeling good these days. So good, in fact, that the Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle estimates that he, and more importantly his knees, haven't felt this good since he was playing junior college football before he went to Alabama.

Anquan Boldin: Michael Crabtree 'a lot more explosive' - NFL.com
With Michael Crabtree another offseason removed from last year's Achilles tear, fellow 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin says his teammate is "back to his old self" in San Francisco.

Seahawks' Terrelle Pryor: 'I don't know how to catch' - NFL.com
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Terrelle Pryor has a good reason why he shouldn't switch positions. He can't really catch much beyond a shotgun snap.

Can Seahawks be even better this season? | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks receive their rings, and talk about what they have to do to repeat. In some ways, the team might be better off at this time than it was last year.

Minicamp Day 3: 49ers concentrate on red zone | CSN Bay Area
The 49ers concluded their offseason program Thursday exactly where you would expect.

Seattle Seahawks receive Super Bowl rings - NFL Videos

Picking the winners and losers of minicamp season - NFL.com
Minicamp season is over. NFL teams now slip off the grid until the start of training camp and another long season. The Around The League team shares who shined and who flopped this spring.

Agent's Take: How your team structures deals -- and why it matters - CBSSports.com
What will Cam Newton's next deal look like? Or Alex Smith's? Structure is king in NFL contracts, and knowing how each team does deals provides a blueprint.

Antonio Cromartie: Revis and I still NFL's best CBs - NFL.com
While Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman debate their standing as the NFL's top cornerback, Antonio Cromartie tells "NFL Total Access" that he and Darrelle Revis are still on top.

San Diego Chargers quietly ready to make noise in AFC West | The MMQB with Peter King
From appearances, the Chargers’ offseason seems rather tame. There were no expected starters signed in free agency. The draft was fairly status quo, with only a trade up in the second round (from No. 57 to 50) to draft Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu.

San Diego Chargers quietly ready to make noise in AFC West | The MMQB with Peter King
From appearances, the Chargers’ offseason seems rather tame. There were no expected starters signed in free agency. The draft was fairly status quo, with only a trade up in the second round (from No. 57 to 50) to draft Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Classic Pocket Passers Versus Mobile Quarterbacks
For many years, the popular belief among NFL analysts was that the success of an NFL team comes with a quarterback who can stand tall in the pocket and deliver the ball downfield. Members of the elite group of active quarterbacks, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees, for instance, also earned their reputation by making plays almost exclusively from the pocket.

Michael Vick on running quarterbacks: I started it all | ProFootballTalk
Jets quarterback Michael Vick knows he's far from the only running quarterback in the NFL these days, but he wants to be remembered as the one who started the trend toward quarterbacks who can beat defenses with their legs as well as their arms. "I was the guy who started it all," Vick told ESPN.

Pettine explains the value of having an opponent’s playbook | ProFootballTalk
“It’s a credit that [the Patriots] have been able to get that information,” Pettine said.  “I didn’t mean to imply it was gathered illegally. . . .  To me, it’s a sign of a smart team.  We’re not actively pursuing playbooks, but when they fall in your laps, you’ll study it.”

NFL 101: Breaking Down the Basics of the Zone Blitz | Bleacher Report

In this installment of the "NFL 101" series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of the zone blitz in order to give you a better understanding of the scheme and its execution at the pro level.

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