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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday


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Richard Sherman Impacts Seattle Seahawks' Playoffs - NFL, PED Testing, Seahawks Blog
If you’re a Seattle Seahawks fan, and you don’t live under a rock or something, you’ve probably heard that Richard Sherman‘s appeal of PED charges succeeded.

Richard Sherman: 'I was innocent to begin with' -
"Yeah, of course I thought I was going to win," Sherman said. "I've never taken anything. Going in to it, I was surprised when I got the news about a positive test. I had faith the whole time I would win it and hoped the truth would eventually come out."

Sweezy’s progress mirrors line’s | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"It’s amazing that I was in the position to play before," Sweezy said. "Because now, knowing so much more and knowing the offense so much better, I look back at the film and I’m like ‘Man, if I only knew what I know now.’ "

Black offensive assistants encounter roadblocks to becoming NFL head coaches - Yahoo! Sports
Two Sundays ago, nearly an hour after completing a dubious debut as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, Jim Caldwell waited outside the visitors' locker room at M&T Bank Stadium, hoping to get a few words with Peyton Manning.

Comparing Brown & Ogletree - Evaluations -
With multiple rookie LBs making a major impact in the NFL, Eric Stoner checks out two likely early selections in K-State's Brown and UGA's Ogletree.

Falling in Love with Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene | Draft Breakdown
It’s easy to fall in love with Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene, as this is a player with the potential to do great things in the NFL. Greene is the complete package who’s capable of fitting in any system. Look for his draft stock to continue to rise through the draft process.

Where does Sean Porter fit? - Evaluations -
After transitioning from a pass rush OLB to a traditional linebacker in a four man front, Sean Porter's impact dipped. Alen Dumonjic discusses.

Can Seahawks maintain momentum against Rams? - Blog -
The Seahawks have won and covered the spread in all seven of their home games this season. Now they face the Rams on Sunday at CenturyLink Field as 11-point favorites.

ESPN poll gives Schneider edge as top exec - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider has edged a strong field of candidates for NFL executive of the year in voting by ESPN staffers.

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 17:

Action Jackson: Steven has never rushed for 100 yards vs. Seahawks | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Steven Jackson is 10 yards away from reaching 1,000 yards rushing for an eighth successive season. Almost as remarkable as that streak is the fact that in 16 regular-season games against Seattle, he has never hit triple digits rushing against the Seahawks:

Godfather of the Pistol Chris Ault retiring at Nevada -
The Godfather of the Pistol Offense, Hall of Famer Chris Ault is retiring as the head coach at Nevada, a source told Friday.

Justin Smith Is Hoping to Play Through Torn Triceps and More NFC West News | Bleacher Report
Yesterday, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee revealed that 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith has a partially torn left triceps muscle. Smith suffered the injury in the third quarter when pushing off of a Patriots offensive lineman...

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Rams Game May Be Closest In A Month
Nobody will fault Seahawks fans for looking past the St. Louis Rams. Their team has just eviscerated the mighty San Francisco 49ers. The Rams are much improved this season, but are certainly not the 49ers. Well, except for the fact that they beat the 49ers themselves, and should have done it twice. This is not an article that will attempt to convince anyone that the Rams will win on Sunday. Seattle is the better team, but there are some factors that could make this game less comfortable than the what Seahawks fans have witnessed the past few weeks.

Friday Buzz: Carson Palmer, Russell Wilson & more | National Football Post
One of the reasons Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been clicking with his receivers of late might surprise you. Wilson, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and company had a quiet meeting in the middle of the season to clear the air. Prior to that point, Wilson and his receivers weren’t always seeing things the same way. Who got them together? The team equipment manager, who also acts as the Seahawks’ unofficial shrink.

Peek at the Week: Cowboys, Texans out to prove they're changed teams - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Forget RG3 and the red-hot Skins. Dallas is up against its own finale failures. As for the Texans, they're facing an 0-10 record in Indy. Clark Judge says there's good reason to believe both reverse history.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: SackElroy
It’s amazing to think that the worst offensive line performance of the season was not turned in by the leaky Cardinals front five. As bad as Arizona’s line was early in the season, none of their efforts were as putrid as what happened to the Jets offensive line last Sunday.

Quarterbacks: On the Move? - Offseason Low Down -
Evan Silva previews the NFL "offseason" for Rotoworld Football and breaks down potential quarterback movement around the league.

49ers’ Justin Smith reportedly injured with partially torn triceps | SI Tracking Blog – Tracking MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and NCAA On Twitter
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith has a partially torn triceps, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reported on Thursday. Barrows reported that Smith will likely need surgery in the offseason.

Five on offense facing tough NFL Draft decision -
The Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to enter the 2013 NFL Draft rapidly approaches and several players face tough decisions. Go pro and capitalize on a good 2012 season or risk it next season to improve draft stock?

WR Complement, Stedman Bailey - Evaluations -
After checking in on Tavon Austin last week, Eric Stoner discusses the "other" Mountaineer, declared junior WR Stedman Bailey.