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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Wednesday

Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, info, interviews, analysis --  from around the interwebs.

NFP Week 4 rookie report card | National Football Post
This week I was able to view a number of games so there will be two editions of the Week 4 Rookie Report. First up will be Atlanta at Seattle and then Detroit at Dallas.

McCoy placed on IR; Vobora signing official | Seahawks Insider
The Seattle Seahawks made several moves today in order to replenish the roster heading into Sunday’s contest against the New York Giants. After Pete Carroll said on Monday that linebacker Matt McCoy would be out indefinitely with a knee sprain, the Seahawks ultimately decided he would not recover in time to help them this year, and placed him on season-ending injured reserve today. In his place, Seattle brought up linebacker Jameson Konz, the team’s seventh-round draft choice from a year ago, and added him to the active roster.

Ex-Gator Janoris Jenkins dominating at D-II level -
Former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins is playing every bit as well as you might expect for Terry Bowden and the North Alabama Lions.

Looking at the rest of the Seahawks schedule - After four games the Seahawks are sitting at 1-3. I don’t really think this record is too much of a suprise to too many Seahawks fans. Of course I was rooting for 4-o but realistically I would have been very happy with 2-2. Losing the San Francisco game stung but not too many people are shocked that the Seahawks lost to the Steelers or Falcons. And the Seahawks nearly won that Falcons game.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Bleed With Tarvaris - "You have bled with Wallace, now bleed with me." - Robert the Bruce, Braveheart

Carroll hopes Seattle can build off rally - Seahawks News - - That Pete Carroll was being asked on Monday if he was second-guessing his decision to attempt a potential game-winning 61-yard field goal spoke to how impressive Seattle's rally was from a 20-point deficit.

How NFC West quarterbacks compare through 4 weeks - Blog - - Dave Wyman examines how NFC West quarterbacks have fared through the first quarter of the season. Blog | Photoblog: A Chance to Win " - The Seahawks faced the visiting Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field, with both teams looking to even their 2-2 records with a victory. The NFL honors National Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October of every year, and the field, players and fans were decked out in pink for the game. Blog | Up next: New York Giants " - Unsung hero: Hakeem Nicks. The third-year wide receiver has become an even bigger part of the offense after wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Kevin Boss left in free agency. If that’s possible. Nicks, after all, did catch 79 passes for 1,052 yards and 11 TDs last season. But in four games this season, he’s got 24 receptions for 347 yards and two TDs – a pace that will produce a 96-catch, 1,388-yard, eight-TD season. Against the Cardinals, Nicks had 10 catches for 162 yards. Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville " - FOCUS ON First-quarter honors. After an offseason of uncertainty when it seemed the regular season would never get here, the Seahawks already are a quarter of the way through it. With the players off today and the coaches working on the game plan for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants in the Meadowlands, we figured it was a good time to pass out some awards:

2011 Seahawks Week 4: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Five things I noticed while watching the Seattle Seahawks during their 30-28 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4: 

Play-by-play of Melvin Ingram's dominance against Auburn - Mocking The Draft
In South Carolina's 16-13 loss to Auburn on Saturday, Gamecocks defensive lineman Melvin Ingram had an astounding game. The game was reminiscent to the 2009 Big 12 Championship where Ndamukong Suh almost beat Texas by himself. Ingram finished this game with 11 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. It was such an impressive showing, it would be hard to see Ingram not getting drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Needless to say, the site rankings will have to be re-done to reflect how dominant Ingram has been this season.

Bill Barnwell on the heroes and goats of Week 4 in the NFL, plus a closer look at the alleged shortcomings of Tony Romo - Grantland
Before you call for Tony Romo's head, you should look a little closer. Plus, we have the rest of the winners and losers on Sunday.

Shawn Zobel's Draft Headquarters Website - Best of the best for NFL Draft Information!
Seattle Seahawks – People won't say it out loud, however behind closed doors, those in league circles have hinted at the fact that the Seattle Seahawks signed Tarvaris Jackson to be their starting quarterback this offseason with the anticipation that he would be bad enough to land them their franchise quarterback in 2012. For head coach Pete Carroll, having coached against Luck while at USC, there's a belief that he would absolutely love to have the chance to land the Stanford quarterback and let him battle against his former head coach Jim Harbaugh twice a year.

Carroll has enough job security, especially after making the playoffs and beating New Orleans last year, that one down year in 2011 won't hurt him. Even if Seattle doesn't land Luck, they are the favorites to come away with Carroll's former star with the Trojans in Matt Barkley. The Seahawks may have a great plan in place; either that, they could luck into a great plan.

NFP Heisman Watch | National Football Post
Compiling the weekly NFP Top 25 is difficult enough, but breaking down the early season Heisman Trophy race is giving that challenge a run for its money as it seemingly gets closer and closer as the weeks get knocked off the calendar. But a few candidates are starting to separate themselves from the pack.

Ian Furness - Seattle's live and local sports station
Here is the first edition of Doug Farrar's Seahawks Play of the Day!

10/4: Don't discount Seahawks' second-half offense - Blog -
In Tuesday's Wrap Up video, Brock and Salk discuss the performance of the Seahawks offense in the second half of their loss to Atlanta and how their success wasn't a product of the Falcons playing soft defense.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 4 Quick Reads
Tarvaris Jackson's DYAR, one week at a time: -62 in Week 1; -11 in Week 2; 18 in Week 3; 85 in Week 4. That's almost linear improvement, and a positive sign for the Seahawks going forward. Jackson threw three touchdowns and nine other first downs against Atlanta. He had 12 throws for 10 yards or more, and five for 20 yards or more. He threw a pair of interceptions, but he wasn't sacked. Jackson saved his best for last, as he nearly rallied Seattle from a 20-point deficit. In the second half, he went 17-of-23 for 186 yards.

If Seahawks expect to win, they need to stop their sluggish early play | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Certainly ranking among the top 10 of Pete Carroll’s most common messages to his team is this one: It doesn’t matter how you start, but how you finish. It seems that one might be worth backing off a little bit. Although it shows they’re paying attention, the Seattle Seahawks are taking him far too literally . . . especially the offense.

Joe Nash: One of the Gang | - Sports
Joe Nash learned the importance of teamwork at an early age. He was born into a family that already had eight kids, and the Nashes eventually added four more. With 12 siblings, Joe Nash was part of a team throughout his entire childhood. "In large families," he said, "you've got to be a team player." That philosophy would be the key to a career that went on longer than anyone – even Nash himself – could possibly expect.

Zeitgeist: Seahawks Stats You Didn’t Know | Seattle Seahawks
One Record, Almost Two More Had Steven Hauschka been able to make that 61-yard field goal attempt on fourth down with 13 seconds remaining to play, the Seahawks would have defeated Atlanta 31-30 after trailing 27-7. A 20-point comeback victory would have matched the franchise record for most points overcome to win a game, set on Dec. 10, 1995, when the Seahawks trailed 20-0 at Denver and rallied for a 31-27 victory. A successful field goal by Hauschka from 61 yards would have broken Josh Brown’s club record of 58 yards, set at Green Bay on Oct. 5, 2003. Hauschka’s 61-yard attempt, which fell short, was the longest ever tried by a Seahawks’ kicker, breaking the old mark of 60 by Efren Herrera vs. Kansas City on Nov. 9, 1980.

Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times Newspaper
It was a hurry-up drill because after the Monday night game ran long, the show was shortened. We were in the 2-minute drill, and hopefully, were more accurate than that Painter guy was Monday night.

Seahawks Blog | By the numbers: Tarvaris Jackson | Seattle Times Newspaper
Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson finished with a career-high in passing yardage and threw his most touchdown passes in three years. It was a great performance. For Jackson. But just how did his day stack up to the rest of the 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL? Here's a breakdown:

Half, and half not
After four games of slow starts, the Seahawks will look to push the tempo earlier as they prepare for Sunday's game against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands.

Patriots Should Trade for Seahawks' Aaron Curry - Musket Fire - A New England Patriots Blog
Aside from losing one its best players, the linebacking corps depth obviously takes a big hit with Mayo out. However, help could be one trade away. The Seattle Seahawks are listening to trade offers for former first-round pick, LB Aaron Curry. Curry, the fourth overall pick in 2009, has loads of athletic ability and potential, but things just haven’t clicked in Seattle. He hasn’t been terrible by any means, especially if you compare him to the linebackers on the Patriots’ roster, but he hasn’t lived up to his "fourth overall" stature.

Seahawks | Seahawks trying to figure out a way to start faster | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks are one-quarter of the way through the season, but it's the first half that has coach Pete Carroll's full attention. Specifically, the first two quarters of games. "We have not been able to get started quickly," Carroll said. The Seahawks haven't been great at stopping opponents in the first half, either. At least they weren't Sunday against Atlanta when the difference in their performance from the first half to the second was so dramatic it was impossible to miss. "It's surprising that the game could be so different," Carroll said.

Rewind: Seahawks tried to rain on Falcons' parade  |
What we learned 1. The pass rush needs work:  After lighting up Chicago’s Jay Cutler for five sacks and 11 quarterback hits in the season-opener, the Falcons pass rush has gone sackless and registered just 12 quarterback hits in three games against Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Seattle. Coach Mike Smith likes to say that the pass defense is a combination of pass rush and coverage.

The pass rush has not helped the coverage and the coverage guys botched several assignments against Seattle. They dared Seattle’s Tarvaris Jackson to pick apart their zone coverages. The enigmatic Jackson had a career-day as he completed 17 of 24 passes in the second half and finished with a career-high 319 yards. Defensive end Ray Edwards, who was signed to a five-year, $30 million deal, did not register a sack over the first quarter of the season.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 4 DVOA Ratings
Week 4 is when we introduce opponent adjustments into our formula for the first time. The hardest schedules so far have belonged to Denver and Oakland; the easiest have belonged to Tennessee, Atlanta, and the New York Giants. The Giants rank 32nd in schedule so far and first in schedule remaining. (Note that the schedule ratings are based on DVOA, not DAVE.)