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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Sunday

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Lot of good reading for you this morning.

Suddenly Sidney
After a painful first season with the Seahawks, which included two concussions and led to him having surgery on both shoulders, Sidney Rice has moved into the fast lane on his road to recovery.

Camp concerns? | Seahawks Insider
We can expect a little dead time now, but it’s only five weeks until camp starts, and seven weeks until the first preseason game. A great deal remains to be done by the start of the season. You know that Schneider and Carroll consider cut dates around the league as another free-agency period, so there may be some roster tweaking before the first game.

Seattle Seahawks 2012 NFL Draft Review | NFL Draft Hub
The Seattle Seahawks maneuvered themselves in the draft nicely by trading back with both the Jets and Eagles in order to accumulate more picks. By the time the draft weekend was over, Seattle had selected 10 players in a quantity based effort to improve the state of the franchise. First round pick Bruce Irvin raised some serious eyebrows on draft day and was widely viewed as the biggest question mark of the first round. I do agree that they reached on Irvin, but he was not the worst pick in the first round as far as I’m concerned.

Great Starts: Four CFL graduates high on list of best undrafted rookie debut seasons | Shutdown Corner
6. Brandon Browner, CB, Seattle Seahawks (2011) -- Last time anybody in the NFL saw Browner before 2011, he was a Denver Broncos undrafted guy in 2005. Before he could even get started, a fractured forearm cost Browner the 2005 season and a 2006 roster spot. He spent five years in the CFL before Pete Carroll and John Schneider took a shot on him. Browner rewarded the Seahawks with an impressive and altogether unlikely season. Of the ten players on our list, only Browner and Warren Moon started all 16 games in their first seasons. Browner picked off six passes, returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and helped his first official NFL team establish the man coverage concepts it didn't have the personnel to do before he arrived. Seattle Seahawks - Team Needs, Season Preview, Free Agents, Salary Cap
The Seahawks are perhaps the greatest unknown in all of football. There are just so many questions with this team. This includes...

What is the 'Fence' route? | National Football Post
Breaking down one of Mike Shanahan's concepts vs. Cover 3.

Vernon Davis: I'll be the 'best tight end to ever play' -
Niners tight end Vernon Davis offered a lesson in self-motivation to students at a Washington, D.C., school, telling his audience not to abandon their dreams while vowing to deliver on one big promise.

Anthony Hargrove suspended for lying, says NFL -
NFL general counsel Jeff Pash said Friday that former Saints DE Anthony Hargrove's eight-game suspension wasn't for taking money from a bounty program, but for lying about the program to league investigators.

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts -
John Clayton discusses his latest column on, which lists the playoff teams from last season that might not get back in 2012 as well as some of the non-playoff teams that have a good chance at getting there. Clayton also discusses a few of the more notable contract disputes in the NFL, including that of Seattle's Chris Clemons (8:27).

Former Seahawks RB Justin Forsett wants to preserve your freshness | -
Are you all sweaty and stinky, but you don’t want to take a shower? Not to worry — former Seattle running back Justin Forsett has a product just for you.

Grading The Seahawk's Offseason - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site -
Before we even mention any of the players coming and going, it has to be mentioned that the Seahawks were able to retain Marshawn Lynch, Red Bryant and Michael Robinson. All 3 were vital contributors in 2011, and losing them would have been a disaster for the Seahawks. The fact that all 3 are returning is a huge victory for the Seahawks.

The best and worst wide receiver records
Which NFL wide receivers have the best record? What was Jerry Rice’s career record?

2013 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech Preview - CBSSports
Since 2000, the Hokies have had more draft picks than Alabama, Michigan and Texas, and Virginia Tech has several pro prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft, led by QB Logan Thomas

Right way to build roster depth? Patriots, Steelers, Bears, Cowboys, Lions do it best - NFL -
Everybody knows the top players and positions in the NFL, but what about the backups? Roster depth is critical and Pat Kirwin rates the important second-string roles and the best teams top to bottom.

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Bowen's Breakdown: Zone pressure in Cover 2

St. Louis Rams Position Breakdowns: Offense - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams are counting on some important contributions from their skill positions.

Cardinals Game Recap, Week One: Panthers @ Cardinals - Revenge of the Birds
Week 1 Recap of the Panthers @ Cardinals 2011

2011 Season Recap, Week 12: 49ers @ Ravens -- The Harbowl - Niners Nation
We recap the 2011 Week 12 match between the 49ers and Ravens on Thanksgiving Day

2011 Season Recap, Week 13: 49ers Vs. Rams - Niners Nation
We recap the 49ers vs. Rams match-up in Week 13 of the 2011 regular season

2011 Season Recap, Week 14: 49ers @ Cardinals - Niners Nation
We recap the 2011 Week 14 match-up between the 49ers and Cardinals in this heated NFC West battle

2011 Season Recap, Week 15: 49ers Vs. Steelers - Niners Nation
We recap the 2011 NFL Week 15 match-up between the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers

Rams drawing a crowd at tight end
A happy problem for the Rams' offense now could lead to an assortment of problems for opposing defenses in the

NFL, CFL used to meet in the preseason | ProFootballTalk
As the Canadian Football League approaches its annual Canada Day launch to its regular season, let's fill some space on a slow (relatively speaking) Saturday and look back in time at a series of preseason games once played between teams from the NFL and CFL. - Hasselbeck, Locker both enjoyed strong offseasons
If Jake Locker isn’t the starter under center for the Titans in Week One — and we continue to hear Matt Hasselbeck is the front-runner — it’s not an indictment on Locker as much as it’s a testament to Hasselbeck.

St. Louis Rams' Sam Bradford gifts $500K to alma mater Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
Former Sooners standout quarterback Sam Bradford donated $500,000 Saturday to the Oklahoma athletic department.

Cleveland Browns: Through 13 seasons, where do they rank among expansion teams?
Are the Cleveland Browns the worst expansion team of all-time?

Cleveland Browns: Through 13 seasons, where do they rank among expansion teams? (Part II)
Are the Cleveland Browns the worst expansion team of all-time?