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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Saturday

Happy Weekend!!

The most popular books bought by Smart Football readers in 2011 | Smart Football
It’s very interesting to see what books Smart Football readers purchase. I get very minor referral revenues from Amazon purchases and, as a result, I am able to track which books readers purchase. The data is totally anonymous but it provides, in aggregate, some useful data.

Can the Rams duplicate the 49ers' success in 2012? | National Football Post
New staff in place has St. Louis fans excited.

Chris Polk says he's as good as any other RB in draft - Blog -
Not that Chris Polk would qualify as an unbiased source on the matter, but the former Husky thinks he stacks up pretty well with the other tailbacks who are projected to be taken in the first few rounds of April's NFL draft.

Litchfield's Carlson takes a look ahead | West Central Tribune | Willmar, Minnesota
In the NFL, it’s amazing what a new year can bring.

The Earl of Hawaii
He is 22 and coming off only his second NFL season, so it's understandable that Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas is obviously impressed by his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

Seahawks Blog | Once bitten, Seahawks twice shy with first-round quarterbacks | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks have chosen two quarterbacks in the previous seven drafts combined. The Colts, Cowboys and Jaguars are the only teams that have picked fewer, but that's part of a larger trend in Seattle where it has been 19 years since the Seahawks chose Rick Mirer with the second pick of the 1993 draft.

Bobby Engram's strong coaching pedigree - NFC West Blog - ESPN
There are good reasons relatively few prominent NFL players transition into coaching. Salaries are much lower for coaches, especially at the entry level. Hours are much longer. There is very little glory compared to the rush players experience routinely on the field.

Poking holes in 49ers' success; too soon? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Less than a week has passed since the San Francisco 49ers' season ended in the NFC Championship Game. news: Pro Bowlers feel for Peyton, but say it’s the nature of business
Standing on a makeshift football field in Hawaii having just spent a few hours preparing for what will be his 12th Pro Bowl, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez's voice sounded as relaxed as the island vibe around him. news: Goodell expresses concern for stadium attendance in interview
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the recession has helped build TV audiences for NFL games. news: Dolphins' Marshall talks to Flynn about teaming up in Miami
Call it quarterback envy. Call it playful jealousy. news: Manning, Irsay pledge mutual respect after back and forth
Hours after Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay criticized Peyton Manning for being a "politician" and airing the team's internal business publicly, the quarterback responded with an apparent call for civility.

Take your pick: Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn? - Blog -
Whether you believe that Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay are on the same page, as they insisted in a statement Friday, there are plenty of reasons to believe Manning has taken his last snap in Indianapolis.