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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Wednesday

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The Cover 3 Awards: Golden Tate | The Matchups Zone  Golden Tate…..I pause only because I wanted to give everyone a chance to jump on the ever-expanding bandwagon. The much maligned second year player had his back against the wall, and needed to do something, anything, to show he could play at the NFL level. His coaches and teammates get to see it in practice, but the 12th Man wanted to see it during a game when it mattered (even if it is the fourth pre-season game). The "Doug Baldwin should replace Tate" cries have been heard all week, as well as the thought that he could actually be cut. So the big question was: How would he respond?

The Pre Season Wrap Up: Scouting the Projected Offensive Starters | The Matchups Zone - A few days ago the Match Ups Zone took a hard look at the defensive side of the ball going into the 2011 Season. Now it’s time to switch gears and take a look at our offense. All opinions are based off film study (broadcast only) of past seasons, and this years pre-season performances.  So let’s get started with the hottest issue going into the season: The Offensive line.

From the sidelines: Seahawks vs. Raiders - Pete Carroll’s motivational ploy for the fourth and final preseason game sure worked, as the Seahawks went out and dominated all phases en route to a 20-3 victory over the Raiders at CenturyLink Field on Friday night.

2012 NFL Draft: Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard lacks height but has elite speed, skills - NFL - Sporting News - As the NFL has evolved into a pass-happy league, only pass rushers may be more important than cornerbacks when it comes to slowing down passing games. Here’s a breakdown of the 10 best draft prospects at cornerback heading into the college season:

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots - - In 2009, the Patriots had a whopping four second-round draft picks. On Tuesday, they cut one of those picks, cornerback Darius Butler. Butler, the 41st-overall pick that year, announced the move on Twitter.

NFL Draft 2012: South Carolina's Jeffrey, Notre Dame's Floyd best of the wide receivers - NCAA Football - Sporting News - Twenty years ago the rule in the NFL was that teams must be able to run the ball and control the clock to win, and along with that theory, teams generally tried to set up their passing attack with a strong rushing game. However, as the NFL has moved from a rushing league to a passing league, not only has the value of the quarterback drastically increased, but receivers have become vital to a team’s success. Here's a look at the top five receivers entering the 2011 college football season.

Does John Carlson Still Have A Future in Seattle? " 12th Man Rising | A Seattle Seahawks Blog - Remember when everyone still liked Ruskell?  (hey, stop throwing things at me already!) John Carlson was a TR pick, and at the end of his first season, it looked like he was going to be a pro bowl type player provided he keeps developing beyond that great rookie season of 55 catches for 627 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Unfortunately for Carlson and the Seahawks, that would be his best season to date. - Sports: Jacob Green: Chip Off the Old Block - This is the first of 22 chapters in "The Game of My Life," a series about former Seattle Seahawks and the games they remember most.

2011 power rankings: NFC West Week 1 - NFC West Blog - ESPN - The St. Louis Rams open the 2011 regular season at No. 17 in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings, their highest Week 1 positioning since opening 2007 in the same spot.

Around the NFC West: Backing Tarvaris - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Head coach Pete Carroll isn't the only one who thinks Tarvaris Jackson should be the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback. Quite a few Seattle players think so, too. How else to explain Jackson emerging as one of four player-elected team captains barely one month after taking his first snap on a practice field for Seattle? "It’s obvious that that’s who they wanted to be their leader," Carroll told reporters Monday.

Seahawks tackle James Carpenter takes reps at left guard - Blog - - Seahawks tackle James Carpenter took reps at left guard with the first team offense on Monday. Carpenter, the team's first-round pick, also split time with fellow lineman Breno Giacomini at right tackle. The work is nothing new to Carpenter, who spent his time in college on the left side of the line. "I'm pretty comfortable because I played on the left side for like my whole life before coming over here," Carpenter said Monday. "I'm more comfortable on the left, but I'm just going to do my job, what I have to do to help my team win." Blog | Up next: San Francisco 49ers " - Record: 2-2 in the preseason; 6-10 last season, when they won five of their last nine games. Where they rank: No. 24 on offense in 2010 (19th rushing, 18th passing); No. 13 on defense (6th rushing, 24th passing) Series: Seahawks lead 13-11, as the teams split the series last season with the Seahawks winning the opener in Seattle 31-6 and the 49ers winning 40-21 in Week 14 in San Francisco.

Seahawks with health questions nearing opener - Seahawks News - - Two of Seattle's biggest offseason acquisitions aren't even certain to be ready for the season opener Sunday in San Francisco. Both offensive lineman Robert Gallery and wide receiver Sidney Rice are hobbling just days before Carroll's second season in charge of the Seahawks begins.

Seahawks Blog | VIDEO: Want to see Mike Williams say 'hell?' Sure you do | Seattle Times Newspaper - The Seahawks voted on their captains this week. Cornerback Marcus Trufant -- the longest-tenured member of the Seahawks -- is captain on defense. The special-teams captains are Leon Washington and Mike Robinson, who were mainstays of the unit that was Seattle's strength this season.

Hey rookie, are you ready for Week 1 in the NFL? | National Football Post - Now that we are talking regular season football in the NFL, keep an eye on the rookies during the Week 1 schedule—because the speed of the game is about to drastically change. Forget about what they might have done during the preseason, because now the real test begins from both a physical and mental aspect. And if you can’t keep up, you won’t see the field when it counts. I’ve been there myself as a rook. There is no guide or instruction manual that can prep you for the jump in speed, hitting and intensity that exists on opening weekend in the NFL. Here are just a few of the changes these rookies will see in Week 1…

Seattle Seahawks: 7 Reactions to 53-Man Roster Cuts and Victory over Raiders | Bleacher Report - The Seahawks capped off the preseason with a 20-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders, and quickly began cutting a talented, young 80-man roster down to 53 players. While the Seahawks had flashes of brilliance during the preseason, it is clear that leadership roles are shifting and the team hasn't gelled yet.  The Raiders' game provided the first team with their final audition, and proved this is a new team moving forward; the front office is fully immersed in their plan for rebuilding the organization. The team finished 2-2 after an up and down preseason, hopefully setting a positive tone for a two game road trip to start the year. Where does this team stand as they head into Week 1?  

Hawks receiver Mike Williams defends his QB’s honor | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Leave my quarterback alone. That’s what Seattle Seahawks receiver Mike Williams said in so many words when addressing reporters on Monday.

Jaguars cut QB David Garrard just days before season opener - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports - The news wouldn't have come as too much of a surprise had it happened earlier in the preseason, but as it stands, the Jacksonville Jaguars' move to inform longtime starting quarterback David Garrard(notes) of his release comes as a shocker, if only because of the timing. According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the Jags cut Garrard on Tuesday, just days before their season opener against division rival Tennessee. The report has since been confirmed by other sources.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Seahawks 2011 Season Preview Part I: The Franchise - HAWK BLOGGER 2011 SEASON PREVIEW PART I OF III: The Franchise Players are told to approach each game one play at a time and each season one game at a time. Coaches and general managers build up their rosters and teams one season at a time. Fans are different. Seahawks fans have been around long before any current coaches, players, general managers, or even owners, and will be here long after they are gone. Fans endure. Seahawks fans have endured playoff droughts that last more than 10 years. They have endured referees that feel so bad about the quality of their championship calls, that they feel compelled to come forward and apologize years later. Being a fan allows for a big picture perspective that nobody else can afford. History is always the best predictor of the future. Even while some teams have broken from their franchise histories in recent years (e.g., Patriots become champions, 49ers become a joke), much can be learned by exploring the patterns across generations. Before diving into the detail of this 36th season of Seahawks football, take a moment to see what history may inform how things unfold.

Hawks-49ers stats | Seahawks Insider Hawks-49ers stats.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Top 10: Seahawks Beat Niners! - The NFL team I hate the most? Easy: The Pittsburgh Steelers. The silver medal goes to our closest NFL neighbors, the San Francisco 49ers. Last year in this space, I tried to explain why: