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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Monday

Got a case of the Mondays? Read these, it might help.

Seahawks Pummel Bears 38-14, Stay Alive In NFC Playoff Hunt - SB Nation Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks took it right to the Chicago Bears in the second half, and turned a close matchup into a rout. After falling behind 14-7 at halftime, Seattle rolled up 31 straight points, 17 in the third quarter, 14 in the fourth quarter and they're still alive for one of the final playoff spots.

Pete Carroll on the Seahawks' Identity - SB Nation Seattle
A look at some comments the Seahawks head coach made this week.

The Formula | December
A few months back I read Rex Ryan’s book Play to Win. Now, all I really expect from an active head coach’s book is boilerplate ghostwriting with a few useful facts sprinkled throughout, but somehow this one failed to meet even those low expectations. Honestly, it’s best to think of Play to Win not as a book about football, but as a way for Ryan to brag at length about how awesome he is and how much his life rocks, interspersed with some barebones summaries of Jets games and painful attempts to justify Mark Sanchez’s existence. Unless you’re as deeply in love with Rex Ryan as Ryan himself, I recommend avoiding it at all costs.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Tyranical Seahawks torment and terrify adorable baby Bears quarterback, win 38-14
Oh what a wonderful feeling. This must be what it feels like. Its certainly a new feeling for me, to be on the winning end of a game in which one of the teams made a complete embarrassment of themselves. Although the context is almost completely different, I can imagine a lot of Bears fans reacting to this game the same way the Seahawks fans did after any of their numerous ugly blowout losses to end 2009. This one in particular.

Thiel: Seahawks, Bryant startle Bears, NFL | Seattle Seahawks
Trailing14-7 at the half, Tarvaris Jackson and Red Bryant led the Seahawks (7-7) to a 38-14 rout of the Bears Sunday that enhanced their shot at the playoffs.

Seahawks' D too much for Bears 38-14 - Seahawks News -
Red Bryant's path was clear to the end zone. There were just 20 yards for the 323-pound defensive end to travel with the ball after an interception that highlighted a stellar defensive day for the Seattle Seahawks.

Bears starting QB is up in the air for next week -
With Caleb Hanie, once again, playing unimpressively (10 of 23 for 111 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions) in Chicago’s 38-14 loss to the Seahawks, the Bears benched him in favor of Josh McCown. And with the team 0-4 since Jay Cutler was lost (and with Hanie throwing three interceptions in three of those games), coach Lovie Smith wouldn’t say Hanie would return next week as the starting quarterback. "It's right after the game and we're disappointed in our performance today at the quarterback position," Smith said, via Rapid Reporter Gene Chamberlain. "I can't tell you any more than that."

RSP Football Writers Project: The Readers Team | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Offenses: Spread, Balanced, or Run Heavy? Although building a defense has been the first question on my mind, my natural preference is to go strong on offense. I like the idea of a high-octane passing attack that uses multiple receivers and hybrid players at running back and tight end to spread the field or execute great plays from the draw and screen game. However, this means you have to break the bank on a quarterback. As we saw with the Colts, if you lose that quarterback to injury your team is lost.

The Most Depressed Fan Base: Sorry, Oakland, You Can't Even Win This - The Triangle Blog
Welcome back to your monthly dose of Schadenfreude. Here at the Depressed Fan Base Committee, our job is to kick a city while it is down. And man, there are some down cities in this country. This month, 10 voters identified 35 cities as worthy of recognition. Along with the Top 10 list below, nominees included Detroit; Atlanta; Stillwater, Okla.; every city in Texas; the entire state of North Carolina; and the Three M's: Montreal, Manchester, and Milwaukee. (They still call those "The Three M's," right?)

Five prospects worth evaluating today | National Football Post
QB Ryan Lindley: San Diego State (6-4, 230) Lindley is certainly worth a draft pick as he has the skill set physically to go somewhere in the mid round range -depending on how well he performs the rest of the year/post-season-. However, if he doesn't improve his overall footwork/coordination from the pocket, it's going to be tough for him to make plays in the NFL consistently.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
How Gronkowski, Hernandez and other TE duos are changing the NFL, Scout Talk on RG3 and all the latest on the coaching front. news: Cards owe QB Kolb $7M roster bonus in March, could decline
Much was made of the trade acquisition and subsequent signing of Kevin Kolb by the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, and the team did so with the intention of having the quarterback be its starter for years to come. And he could well do so.

Source: Seahawks lose Mike Williams to broken fibula - Blog -
Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams suffered a broken left fibula in the second half of Seattle's 38-14 win over the Bears on Sunday, a team source tells 710 ESPN Seattle's Liz Mathews. According to Mathews, Williams also suffered a left ankle injury, the severity of which will be determined Monday. "Really unfortnate that that happens," coach Pete Carroll said. "We're going to miss him."

Seahawks winning with unique combination - Blog -
Are you ready to jump on? Are you ready to buy your ticket and jump on the Seahawks train that is rumbling towards January with a ferocious and violent attitude?

Arizona Cardinals Win Fourth-Straight, But How Good Are They? - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
The Arizona Cardinals are a .500 team (7-7) with a chance to finish the season with nine wins and possibly even sneak into the playoffs with a Wildcard berth. For a team that lost six-straight after a Week 1 win, that's quite an accomplishment. When the Cards were in the midst of the losing streak and they dropped four games by four points or less they didn't have the feel of a team that would be in the "Suck for Luck" category. As we've heard many times now, they didn't believe they were that bad either.

Carroll says Hawks will stay humble; Williams suffers broken ankle | Seahawks Insider
"It is a big deal," Carroll said. "We’ve played these guys now three times, and to get them twice and really get them well two times – we’ve beat them pretty good the two times here – that’s really exciting. Unfortunately that darn snow game ain’t going away. We missed that one. "But it is important. We put this to rest. It’s not a big deal going to the middle of the country and playing a football game at 12 o’clock. It’s been a problem for a lot of teams."

The Brewery | Instant replay: A brief sketch of the Seahawks' victory over Chicago | Seattle Times Newspaper
Why the Seahawks won: After a poor first half, the Seahawks (7-7) dominated the Bears after halftime. It was perhaps their best 30 minutes of football this season. They scored 31 unanswered points to turn a 14-7 deficit into a rout.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks WR Mike Williams suffers broken ankle | Seattle Times Newspaper
Wide receiver Mike Williams suffered a broken ankle in the third quarter of Sunday's game at Chicago. The injury will end what was a disappointing season in which Williams may have played through multiple injuries, some of which might have been more severe than he ever let on.

Seahawks Blog | Video: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talks about second-half story | Seattle Times Newspaper

Week 15 - Pete Carroll postgame press conference

Bear-ing down
After starting the season 2-6, and falling behind to the Bears 14-7 in the first half Sunday, the Seahawks outscored them 31-0 in the second half to even their record at 7-7.

Wrap-up: Seahawks 38, Bears 14 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks during their 38-14 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 15:

Lions' victory bad for Seahawks, Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals kept alive their playoff hopes by improving their records to 7-7 with victories Sunday. Both teams need help even if one of them wins its final two games, including a Week 17 matchup between the NFC West rivals.

Jarvis Jones to stay at Georgia? " Seahawks Draft Blog
In each of my mock drafts so far, Jarvis Jones (LB, Georgia) has been among the early first round picks. Playing as an under-sized defensive end, he’s notched 13.5 sacks this season after transferring from USC. He’ll switch to the WILL linebacker position at the next level providing raw athletic talent, instinct and strong pass rushing ability on third downs. However, it seems we’ll have to wait a little longer to see him in the NFL.