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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Tuesday


Kevin Casey

Links, for your perusing pleasure.

Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid staring into the unknown -
If the Seattle Seahawks played games only at home, they'd be something like 14-2. That's the most intense home-field advantage around. Just ask New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was a paltry 9 of 22 for 124 yards.

Golden Tate, Sidney Rice shine in Seahawks' win - Blog -
"I thought we traded for Tebow for a second," Rice said, evoking laughter from a group of reporters for the reference to the Jets' backup quarterback and his notoriously slow throwing motion.

So, how far back is Seattle in NFC West? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The NFC West standings are tougher to calculate after the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers played to a 24-24 tie Sunday.

Alameda Ta’amu Scouting Report | - 2013 NFL Draft
Strengths: Massive, prototypical weight for a NT in a 4-3 or 3-4 – Carries weight very well – Could actually add weight/power to his already 348 lb. frame – Uses combination of length, leg drive, wiggle to get inside blockers and into the backfield – High motor guy, never stops moving, pushing – Has no problem anchoring one gap, holds his ground well – Can overpower if singled – Plus lateral movement for a guy his size – Uses bull rush effectively to get into the backfield – Flashed nice flexibility at the Senior Bowl, had a very effective Senior Bowl game.

Rookie NT Alameda Ta'amu released by Pittsburgh Steelers -
The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with troubled rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu and added wide receiver David Gilreath to the 53-man roster.

Seahawks take break after getting to 5-0 at home -
"Hopefully we can cash in on it. What we will gain is rest and the rehab part of it and then we've got to go back to work and really hit it in earnest (next) Monday," Carroll said. "I do feel good about where we are going and the guys have worked really hard and performed very consistently. They've done everything we've asked them to do in terms of the prep and focus and bringing it week in and week out and I trust they understand that." Blog | Monday in Hawkville: Seahawks say goodbye, for now
"Taking everything into account, and the fact we’ve got to give them four days off (under the new CBA), it really doesn’t give you many options," said Carroll, who was loose and relaxed as he looked toward his bye week as well. "I didn’t feel like it was going to worth enough for what we could gain (in practicing)."

Monday metatarsal musings
"Just constant hard work. Trying to get better. Trying to prove to them that I’m dependable – you can depend on me to make a play," Tate said. "Early in the season, I got a few opportunities in games and I made the best of them. And now that I think I made believers of the offense and the quarterback and my teammates and the coaching staff, I feel like they’re starting to give me more – more chances, more opportunities to make a play. "And I really appreciate that."

Seahawks set stage for a good bye
"I threw a duck – bad ball," said Tate, the team’s third-year wide receiver. "Yesterday, in walkthrough, we practiced it. I said, ‘Is that going to be in the (scripted) first 15 plays?’ (Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell) was like, ‘Ah, we’ve got to do some more work on that.’ "

Jet lag? Not on this Sunday
It was business as usual for the Seahawks on Sunday, as Marshawn Lynch ran for 124 yards to surpass 1,000 for the season and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes. But there also were ample doses of the unusual, as wide receiver Golden Tate threw a touchdown pass and cornerback Richard Sherman had a fumble-forcing sack as well as a key interception.

Are the Seahawks heading for BPA heaven? " Seahawks Draft Blog
Only a few teams are truly in a position to draft the absolute best player available. After all – what if the best player is a quarterback and you already own a franchise signal caller? That’s an extreme example, but the good teams in the NFL frequently find themselves with a much wider pool of players to choose from because they don’t have glaring needs to fill. Here’s a list of Baltimore’s recent first round picks dating back to 2006:

QBR ranks: Sam Bradford answers call - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (45.8 QBR, 131.0 NFL rating): Wilson completed 12 of 19 passes (63.2 percent) for 188 yards with two touchdowns, zero interceptions and four sacks during a 28-7 victory over the New York Jets. He ran seven times for 34 yards and two first downs. He fumbled twice. The Jets returned one of the fumbles for their only touchdown, tying the game 7-7. Wilson did not appear comfortable early in the game despite throwing a 38-yard scoring pass. He emerged from the first quarter with a 158.3 NFL passer rating, the highest figure possible. But he appeared "rattled" to some, and Wilson's Total QBR concurred with those assessments. His score was 57.2 through one quarter, 27.8 through the first half and 45.8 for the game. Wilson completed all three attempts, one for a touchdown, without taking a sack during the fourth quarter. His QBR for that quarter was 99.0, but with only six action plays in the final quarter -- three pass attempts, three short rushes -- his full-game score lagged.

Michael Floyd: What His Expanded Role Will Look Like in Arizona's Offense | Bleacher Report
According to Darren Urban of, rookie first-round pick Michael Floyd is headed for more on field work come Week 11. Over the course of the Cardinals bye week, head coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that Floyd is headed for more work thanks in large part to his rapid improvement:

Seahawks’ Coach Chris Carlisle on WinForever
"I never allowed what other people said about me or what was going to happen to me," Carlisle told WinForever. "They never limited me in what I knew I could do."

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel is the quarterback of the future -
Traditional NFL enthusiasts might cringe at the notion of a spread-option quarterback taking over the league, but that development seems inevitable when you look at the college football being played on Saturdays. Texas A&M signal-caller Johnny Manziel is one of several dual-threat playmakers (including Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Kansas State's Collin Klein and Oregon's Marcus Mariota) who torment opponents with their versatility. Creative offensive coordinators are finding ways to maximize these players' considerable talents by giving them multiple run-pass options on every play, exploiting the vulnerable areas of opposing defenses. When coupled with a quick tempo and a wide variety of formations, the multitude of options allows the quarterback to operate like a point guard running a fast break in basketball.

November 12 - Risers & Fallers | National Football Post
Russ Lande gives readers at peek at Prospects moving on NFL Draft boards.

MNF: What happened on the Steelers' overtime INT? | National Football Post
Looking at Timmons' big play (Cover 3) in Pittsburgh's win.

Week 10 MVPs: Dalton rebounds mightily against Giants’ defense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
John Schneider, GM, Seattle Seahawks: When Schneider put together his 2012 draft, there were some pretty serious questions about what the heck he was thinking. Schneider is the engine behind Pete Carroll's high-velocity style, and he gave his coach some unexpected gifts. Nobody expected the Seahawks to take West Virginia pass rusher Bruce Irvin with the 15th pick in this draft, but Irvin currently leads all rookie defenders with seven sacks, including two in Sunday's win over the New York Jets. That's one more than New England's Chandler Jones (6) has this year, and four more than any other first-year sack artist.

Monday Musings: Chip Kelly should top all NFL coaching lists -
If I were owner of a team making a coaching change, the first guy I'd go after would be Oregon coach Chip Kelly. A year ago, there is no way I would have said that. In fact, when it looked like the Bucs might hire him, I ripped it. But Kelly has changed my mind. He is a smart guy who bucks convention. That's impressive. He is smart enough to adjust his offense to the NFL. Kelly isn't afraid to take chances. He puts the pressure on a defense. His offense is non-stop. That's unlike most NFL offenses. Yes, he'd have to change some to protect his quarterback, but it's doable. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who almost certainly will make big changes after the season, would be wise to go after Kelly if they dump coach Mike Mularkey after one season. Kelly would add some excitement to a team that has lacked it for a long time. The offensive system the Jaguars have used under the last two head coaches is so outdated and primitive. They take no chances. Kelly does. If owner Shad Khan is to make a move, which is looking more and more likely, Kelly should be on his radar.

What can we learn from Gary Kubiak’s career in Houston?
Gary Kubiak doesn’t have a personality like a Ryan or a Harbaugh. He hasn’t been profiled to death like Andy Reid or Norv Turner. He doesn’t have the rings of Mike Tomlin or Bill Belichick. If not for the simple fact that he’s been in Houston forever, I’m not sure if most NFL fans could even name the head coach of the Texans. But his coaching career has been a fascinating one that leaves me with more questions than answers.

Asomugha could be on his way out of Philly, too | ProFootballTalk
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is due to earn a base salary of $15 million next season. Per a source with knowledge of the deal, $4 million of the salary is fully guaranteed. But $11 million isn’t; the question for the Eagles is whether they’re willing to pay Asomugha $4 million not to play for them — or $15 million to remain on the team.

NFL Run & Shootaround: Rising Up and Rising Down - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
On any given Sunday (or Monday, or Thursday), your NFL Run & Shootaround crew will be gathered around multiple televisions, making inappropriate jokes and generally regressing to the mean. Catch up on all the NFL action right here.

2012 NFL Power Rankings Consensus: Week 10 - Bolts From The Blue
The Chargers are on the move, and it's in an upward direction!

Da'Rick Rogers to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, joining an interesting crop of wide receivers -
Da'Rick Rogers took a detour to Tennessee Tech after being dismissed from Tennessee's football team, but the star wide receiver plans to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.


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