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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Sunday

No game today. Sigh.



Seahawks’ Coach Chris Carlisle on WinForever
Chris Carlisle, head strength and conditioning coach for the Seattle Seahawks, has an inspiring story to teach to the WinForever devoted. Carlisle was born with a malfunction in both of his feet. In fact, his doctor told his mother that he would never be able to run like the rest of the kids. However, he made his way through collegiate schooling with scholarships in football, basketball and baseball.

Rookie class set to rewrite record book | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The rookie learning curve, only recently so steep that the newest professional players routinely spent a season on the bench, has been flattened. The result: This is the NFL's year of the rookie.

Cardinals vs. Falcons: 3 Key Matchups to Watch for Arizona | Bleacher Report
Heading into Week 11 Ken Whisenhunt's Arizona Cardinals are riding a five-game losing streak after starting out a red hot 4-0. Their five-game skid has caused them to fall to third place in the NFC West with an outside shot at making the playoffs...

NFL TV Maps/Schedule For Week 11 - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site -
The Seahawks are off this week, so for the first time this season we all get full choice on our football viewing for the weekend. Unfortunately, one of the games we get to chose from mostly mostly sucks. Cleveland-Dallas? The best thing that the league could do with that game is pretend it didn’t happen. The fact that the league is subjecting most of the country to that nonsense is a little bit insulting to be honest.

NFL Draft Prospects: Quarterbacks - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site -
1) Geno Smith – West Virginia Perfect combination of Athleticism and Mechanics. Makes questionable decisions occasionally and has had a couple bad games recently, leaving a few questioning if he’s still the #1 QB on the board. I don’t question him. What I see on the tape is a guy who’s forcing the ball downfield because he knows he has to score on every possession because his defense is that bad. Pro coaches will keep those tendencies under wraps, so I’m not worried. When he’s taking what the defense give him, he’s unstoppable.

Deion Branch released by New England Patriots -
Deion Branch's reunion with the New England Patriots didn't have legs.'s Albert Breer reported Saturday that the Patriots have released Branch, per a source who's spoken with the player. The Patriots later confirmed Branch's release.

Stick a fork in 'em: 2012 Miami Dolphins -
It's not easy being a Miami Dolphins fan. Not in the post-Marino era, anyway. Ever since No. 13 took off his jersey for good, the franchise has struggled to find some measure of stability. The decision to draft quarterback Ryan Tannehill was supposed to change that -- and it still might. But the Dolphins aren't ready to play with the big boys in the AFC. Not yet.

NFL Sunday: Can the Patriots limit Wayne? | National Football Post
All-22 breakdown of 3 routes New England has to stop.

NFL Sunday: Packers ready for Calvin Johnson? | National Football Post
All-22 breakdown of Lions' deep double move.

Some folks think Eagles QB Nick Foles 'has better upside than Ryan Tannehill' -
"I thought he was better than Tannehill," the Arizona-based AFC scout told Moesher. The scout in question looked at Foles, Tannehill, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Brock Osweiler and said he gave Foles a "second-round grade." "I gave Nick a second-round grade," the scout said. "If I were a GM and had Nick and Tannehill on the board, I would have my quarterbacks coach really sit down with them and get a feel for both of them, work them out and get a good feel and then come to an agreement on who they were comfortable with. "I think Tannehill has more things he's capable of not doing than Foles is capable of [not doing]. I think Nick Foles has better upside than Ryan Tannehill has now."

Week 12 - Tony Pauline -
College football's regular season is coming to a close and the opportunity for NFL hopefuls to impress league scouts is dwindling. This weekend has witnessed a number of lesser known prospects, who usually go unnoticed, step to the forefront and improve their draft stock.

Could Matt Barkley’s draft stock be slipping? | ProFootballTalk
USC quarterback Matt Barkley entered his senior season for the Trojans with national championship aspirations and as the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Matchups: Feelin' Lucky - Matchups -
Evan Silva talks up Andrew Luck as a matchup play in Foxboro and breaks down all of the Week 11 games for fantasy football.

Week 11 Injury Questions - Last Minute Decisions -
Adam Levitan gets you up to speed with the latest on all the hurt folks as we get set for Week 11.

In the most crowded field in years, the NFL MVP race is still up for grabs - Grantland
With two months of football left, the NFL MVP race is going down to the wire