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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Friday

May 30, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) returns to the locker room following an OTA practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
May 30, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) returns to the locker room following an OTA practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE


Observations as Seahawks finish minicamp - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts and observations after watching the Seattle Seahawks complete their three-day mandatory camp Thursday:

Pete Carroll plans to take his time picking a quarterback | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks gave each of their three quarterbacks one day with the first-string offense during this week’s three-day minicamp, but head coach Pete Carroll didn’t get any closer to deciding which of the three will be with the first-string offense when the season starts.

One big piece in the puzzle
As good as the Seahawks' defense was last season, an offseason together and another infusion of talent should make the unit even better in 2012. Just ask Alan Branch, who is right in the middle of everything.

Brian Banks shows gratitude — and potential — at his first NFL minicamp | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The most impressive thing about Banks from a purely competitive perspective was that after so long away from the game, he looked like an undrafted free agent who would probably come up short on first cuts. That is to say, he didn't appear to be some schlub who hadn't played football in years. Banks ran to the ball with average speed in non-contact drills, he showed decent speed and flexibility in his drops, and he certainly appeared to be a step late to the action at times ... but given the circumstances, it was pretty darned impressive.

Winslow catching on
Moments after walking off the field at the conclusion of the Seahawks’ minicamp practice on Tuesday, Kellen Winslow was asked how his impact on the offense might increase once he’s healthy. Winslow’s response was as exact as it was honest. "If I was healthy, which I never will be again, I would be Aaron Hernandez and (Jason) Witten together," he said.

Game Tape 101: What Traits, on Film, Define an Elite NFL WR? | Bleacher Report
Other than quarterback, it could be argued that the wide receiver position is the most difficult to transition to from the college game. It's why the bust rate is significant, and why there are very few that are elite. Despite this, people are quick to put receivers into the upper echelon of the position, and it just doesn't work that way.

Flynn shows accuracy, touch working with first unit | Seahawks Insider
A day after Tarvaris Jackson showed off his fastball with the first unit, Matt Flynn put on a clinic on how to throw guys open with impressive anticipation.

Russell Wilson the perfectionist | Seahawks Insider
He only missed completing the pass by a couple inches in today’s practice, but Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson didn’t forget. And he didn’t wait long to correct the mistake, making that throw over and over to the corner of the end zone, with quarterback coach Carl Smith standing by his side.

Russell up for Seahawks quarterback competitions | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
The challenge Russell Wilson is facing is a big one. Six-foot-3 to be more precise. At least those were the specs on cornerback Richard Sherman, whom Wilson tested on one play in Thursday's practice, trying to loft a pass over Sherman to receiver Kris Durham, who is 6-6 and the son of a decathlete.

Niners will field one of the NFL's most explosive offenses in 2012 -
San Francisco almost made the Super Bowl last season, despite an underwhelming offense. What a difference a year makes. Bucky Brooks says the Niners' offense will be one of the NFL's most explosive.

Kevin Kolb booed at Cardinals Fan Fest -
The Cardinals signed Kevin Kolb with hopes he could produce at a high level and connect with Larry Fitzgerald. He didn't last year, and some fans let him know how they felt about it Wednesday.

Fans booed Kevin Kolb? Sorry, didn't hear it - NFC West Blog - ESPN
About 15,000 fans turned out to watch the Arizona Cardinals during their "FanFest" practice Wednesday night. If some of them booed quarterback Kevin Kolb, I didn't hear it. I arrived for the event 90 minutes before players walked onto the field and left well after they had departed.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: The Seahawks Will Make You Forget About The Thunder
The team formerly known as the Seattle Supersonics is in the NBA Finals, and the mood among Seattle sports fans is absolutely toxic. Even though I was never a Sonics fan, their departure for dusty, windblown Oklahoma City wounded me as well.

Alex Smith, 49ers QB, joined Tim Ryan & Pat Kirwan earlier today where he discussed the acquisition of Randy Moss for the 49ers in the offseason and what he they discuss the improvement of Alex's mechanics in the offseason. - SiriusXM Sports
Alex Smith, 49ers QB, joined Tim Ryan & Pat Kirwan earlier today where he discussed the acquisition of Randy Moss for the 49ers in the offseason and what he they discuss the improvement of Alex's mechanics in the offseason.

Rams sign Rocky McIntosh | ProFootballTalk
Weeks after the Rams and Redskins did a deal that sent the second overall draft pick to D.C., the Rams have added a former second-round draft pick who had spent his entire career in Washington. Tony Softli - Rookies at Rams Park Aim to Make Big Impact
During their first NFL offseason, most rookies are like salmon swimming upstream, fighting the current and dodging other obstacles. The rough waters at the ContinuityX Training Center in Earth City currently contain the playbook, a higher level of competition and an attention to detail each and every minute, both in meetings and on the field.

Under Savage's guidance, Senior Bowl to consider allowing juniors - CBSSports
Phil Savage, the new Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, has spoken to the NFL about rule changes that would allow certain juniors to play in the all-star game.

LSU's Mettenberger is biggest wild card among possible 2013 QBs - NFL - -
Zach Mettenberger has thrown just 11 passes at the D-I level, but NFL scouts are already in love with his arm and his size. Len Pasquarelli says the first-year LSU starter's draft stock could skyrocket with a big season.

Entering 14th season, Broncos' Bailey as good -- and fast -- as he ever was - NFL -
Champ Bailey reduced his beard to look younger. But his speed and coverage skills are showing no gray. Pete Prisco says the 34-year-old can still be considered a shutdown corner, even in this pass-happy era.

Has the RB position lost its value in the NFL? | National Football Post
It's a passing league now; why invest big money in RBs?

Inside the Playbook: 'Formation I.D.' | National Football Post
Drawing up every offensive formation you need to know.

Matt Flynn - Seattle Seahawks - 2012 Player Profile -
"What I saw was a timing and rhythm passer who's decisive with his reads and throws," Jaws observed. "He was consistently accurate in the short to intermediate areas. He displayed a nice feel in the pocket. ... But the more throws I watched, the more his arm strength limitations were evident. I was concerned that his few deep balls lost energy at the back end. They had a tendency to die."

Healthy Sidney Rice gets ready to shoulder bigger load for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
He still runs smooth routes, catches the ball with a quiet pop of the hands and hits the turbo button after each catch. But that’s practice. The Seattle Seahawks would like to see No. 1 receiver Sidney Rice remain healthy so he can do that when it matters – during the entire regular season.

Notes, observations from Cards' FanFest - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The roughly 15,000 people at University of Phoenix Stadium cheered loudest when receivers Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald snatched deep passes during the Arizona Cardinals' FanFest practice Wednesday night.

What's ahead for Aldon Smith, Robert Quinn - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Cameron Wake and Elvis Dumervil have gone where young NFC West pass-rushers Aldon Smith and Robert Quinn hope to venture. Both Wake and Dumervil upped their first-year sack totals considerably after going from situational roles to the starting lineup.

Tatupu, Dent Are Facing Classic Position Battle | Atlanta Falcons
Lofa Tatupu and Akeem Dent have spent the OTAs learning the middle linebacker role in Mike Nolan’s scheme. Once training camp begins they’ll put everything they’ve learned — and taught each other — to the test as they face off to determine who will be the team’s next starting middle linebacker.