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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Wednesday

Hump day.

Seahawks | In the age of Twitter, everyone's an NFL reporter | Seattle Times Newspaper
Seahawks fan Davis Hsu spotted quarterback Alex Smith in the San Francisco airport, about to board the same flight he was taking to South Florida. Hsu got on the plane and tweeted, breaking the news that Smith was on his way to talk with the Miami Dolphins.

A few minutes with new Seahawks QB Matt Flynn - Blog -
How does a quarterback celebrate after signing a contract that will pay him millions and give him a chance to realize his dream of becoming an NFL starter? If you're Matt Flynn, you go fishing.

Then and now: Giving Matt Flynn a chance - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Similarities between Matt Flynn and Matt Hasselbeck border on eery. Flynn, like Hasselbeck in 2001, came to the Seattle Seahawks from the Green Bay Packers. Both were reunited in Seattle with personnel people they knew in Green Bay (John Schneider for Flynn, Ted Thompson for Hasselbeck).

John Schneider, Seahawks GM 3-19 - Seattle's live and local sports station
GM John Schneider reacting to the news that QB Matt Flynn has signed with the Seahawks.

Pete Carroll 3-20 - Seattle's live and local sports station
Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawk HC, joins Softy to talk Matt Flynn, Seahawks, T-Jack and more.

Brock and Salk - Podcasts -
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joins Brock & Salk to talk about the signing of Matt Flynn. Carroll believes Flynn is ready to compete. Breaking some news, Carroll explains how Peyton Manning contacted the Seahawks before they reached out to him. He also details how those negotiations developed. Also, what are the Hawks planning on doing at the linebacker position. Plus, Blue 42 breaks down some interesting free agents names that may be a good fit for the Hawks.

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Seahawks General Manager John Schneider joins us to talk about the Matt Flynn signing and the Seahawks offseason plan. Schneider also talks about the Seahawks discussions with Peyton Manning. We take a look at what the Hawks next offseason moves might be, and Have An Opinion Already!

Rob Rang - QB Foles fails to impress at Arizona Pro Day
Poor weather conspired against the University of Arizona athletes working out at their Pro Day but an average performance from the school's top two prospects didn't help. Quarterback Nick Foles was the obvious center of attention at the workout. The perception among some is that Foles needed to have a strong performance to stop his stock from sliding after disappointing performances at the Senior Bowl in January and Scouting Combine in February. If Foles needed an eye-popping workout, he didn't deliver it Monday, according to two separate sources on the scene.

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Reportedly spurned by free agent Peyton Manning, the Washington Redskins boldly traded up from the sixth overall pick of the draft to take the St. Louis??? No. 2 spot, presumably to be in position to draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Arkansas WR Greg Childs: Career Resurrection? | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
The Career Near-Death Experience. This is one of my favorite Bloomisms of football writing. A Bloomism is what I call the slang that Footballguys and Bleacher Report Draft Analyst Sigmund Bloom (who is also a medalist in some Writer-Olympiad) creates to encompass various football experiences, states of mind, or rights of passage in the sport.

Report: Peyton Manning reached out to talk with Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News -
Contrary to the reports and assumptions throughout the past few weeks that Peyton Manning had no interest in playing for the Seahawks, the four-time NFL MVP actually reached out to head coach Pete Carroll to talk about coming to Seattle, according to 710 ESPN Seattle radio.

Tight end guru sees big things ahead for Hayden Smith | National Football Post
Emerging rugby player ready to jump to NFL

Report: Lions re-sign Stephen Tulloch | National Football Post
Middle linebacker key piece in Detroit

NFL Draft: a look at Kendall Wright's 'game speed' | National Football Post
Using video to breakdown the 9 route vs. man coverage.

Brock and Salk - Blu - Podcasts -
How did Logan Mankins possibly play three playoff games last season with a torn ACL? Will talks between the Seahawks and David Hawthorne heat up in the next few days? What would Michael Bush add to the Seahawks? Blog | That other free agent "
"We’re hoping that we can really feature him in all of our nickel package stuff and also fit him in to other situations that will suit him," Carroll said. "He’s got big-play ability in him. He attacks the football really well. He forces fumbles. He knocks down passes. And he’s got an activity about him that we think really cam help us and enhance our pass rush that needs to continue to grow."

Let’s ‘get it rolling,’ Flynn says | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Known for having an innate feel for the game of football, it’s no surprise that Matt Flynn followed his gut in deciding where he would spend the next three years of his NFL career – competing for the starting quarterback job with the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks Blog | Jason Jones: What a rush | Seattle Times Newspaper
It's hard to write up a scouting report on Jason Jones based on his bare essentials. He played defensive end for the Tennessee Titans last season, but he's really a defensive tackle.

Ronnell Lewis (DE/OLB, Oklahoma) review " Seahawks Draft Blog
In the lead-up to the draft we’re going to look at some of the linebacker prospects that could be on Seattle’s radar beyond after round one. The Seahawks are looking for more speed in the front seven and with David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill both free agents, linebacker could become a key need. We started this series with California’s Mychal Kendricks and today we’ll look at Oklahoma’s Ronnell Lewis. Blog | They’re in on Flynn, too "
Coaches from other teams were asked about Matt Flynn at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, but they wouldn’t "go there" because the backup QB had not reached free agency and there was even some thought that the Packers might use their franchise tag on Flynn. The one coach who could discuss the merits of a player with two NFL starts on his resume was Mike McCarthy.

Flynn says Seahawks are "led by the right type of people" | ProFootballTalk
Most dot-connecting observers expected quarterback Matt Flynn to sign with the Dolphins after it became clear Peyton Manning wouldn’t be taking his talents to South Beach. The fit was natural. New Fins coach Joe Philbin was Flynn’s offensive coordinator in Green Bay, and Miami had a quarterback need.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Mike Holmgren: "I’m not down on Colt McCoy."
Mike Holmgren joined KJR in Seattle with Dave "Softy" Mahler to talk about whether he is angry that the relationship between the Redskins and Rams hurt the Browns’ chances of landing Robert Griffin III, whether he worries about the reaction of Colt McCoy now that it is known that the Browns were trying to trade for RG3, his thoughts on Peyton Manning becoming a Bronco, if the Broncos are a Super Bowl contender with Manning, his thoughts on Matt Flynn, and what he thinks of his QB situation after failed attempts to upgrade this offseason.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Matt Flynn on Picking Seattle Over Miami: "I Just Felt Like it Was a Better Situation for me"
Matt Flynn joined Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore on 710 ESPN in Seattle to talk about his new contract with the Seahawks, address whether he’s been guaranteed a starting role, elaborate on why he chose Seattle over Miami and deliver a self-assessment of his assets. The four-year veteran also spoke about what Aaron Rodgers did for his career, touched on his monster performance against Detroit to cap the season and explained why he decided to throw passes for Seahawks brass over the weekend.

NFL Draft: Ranking the RB class by Tiers | National Football Post
Who are the prospects to look for in the first couple rounds?

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts -
John Clayton weighs in on the Seahawks signing Matt Flynn, saying that the addition of a quarterback allows Seattle to take the best player with their first-round pick. Clayton also discussed the weak market for David Hawthorne and other linebackers, Charlie Whitehurst's deal with the Chargers, and more.

Matt Flynn’s Seattle future is a competition, not a coronation | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
If Matt Flynn was under the impression that he'd be an automatic starter with his new NFL team, his new head coach -- Seattle's Pete Carroll disabused him of that notion rather quickly. It is not known what kind of starter security Flynn was offered by new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin (Flynn's offensive coordinator in Green Bay), but Flynn signed a three-year deal with the Seahawks on Sunday that guarantees him $10 million and could top out at $26 million. What that contract did not guarantee him, as Carroll said during a Monday media conference call, was immediate job security over Tarvaris Jackson. The reality may be different, but Carroll stuck to his "Always Compete" manifesto from the start.