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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Friday

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 19:  Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins loses his helmet during a Preseason NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Sun Life Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 19: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins loses his helmet during a Preseason NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Sun Life Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Can't wait for the weekend.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthrough: Funny Unusual
Has anyone seen Reggie Bush since the Miami Zombie Bath Salts Apocalypse incident?

NFL - Salary cap carryover rewards smart management - ESPN
In the first phase of salary cap economics, which lasted from 1994 to 2009, prudent teams were criticized for not spending all of their salary cap money, and rightfully so.

Secluded gym offers sanctuary, motivation for players in lull of offseason - NFL -
It's a place you'll need a GPS just to find it. But for a wide range of NFL players -- stars like Ray Rice, guys looking for a team -- Jason La Canfora says this gym is where players come to train and find themselves.

In labor squabble, who helps NFL refs? Nobody, not even NFL players - NFL -
The NFL and its game officials are in a headline-making labor impasse. You would think the refs could enlist players for support. Mike Freeman says not only are players -- off the record -- apathetic, some hold the refs in contempt.

Football 101: Linebacker Assignments and Alignment | Bleacher Report
The play of the linebacker position has captured the eye of NFL fans since the first days of the game. Even today, almost 100 years later, the position remains one of the more exciting positions in the game, but how many fans truly understand the differences between the three or four linebackers on the field at a time?

Saints’ practice fight makes some wonder: How much is too much in OTAs? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
On Wednesday -- just one day after the Seattle Seahawks were dinged two practices for excessive contact during offseason organized team activities -- the New Orleans Saints found themselves in a bit of a fracas during their minicamp practice. According to's Ian Rapoport, the incident occurred when linebacker Curtis Lofton landed on backup quarterback Chase Daniel while trying to deflect a pass. Daniel the ball to the ground, it hit Lofton, and as they say, it was on like Donkey Kong. The offense had Daniel's back, the defense had Lofton's back, and various examples of pushing and shoving ensued.

Moving past disappointment in Seattle Sports
Man, let me tell ya… I’m hurting. It’s not easy being a hardcore sports fan in Seattle, Washington. I am only 27 years old and already I’ve seen more torture than fans in many other cities will see in their entire lifetime.

2013 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects Who Could Rise in 2012 - Mocking The Draft
Conventional wisdom is a tricky thing

Banks offered minicamp tryout with Seahawks - Yahoo! Sports
Brian Banks' NFL dream is alive for one more week, if he chooses to accept Pete Carroll's offer.

Can Cal WR Keenan Allen go in the top ten? | National Football Post
Could he end up being the top receiver picked in 2013? Rams Experience Rookie Football 101
As one might imagine, the Rams’ 2012 rookie class flew into Lambert Airport with eyes wide open. Most will sleep in a nearby hotel or, if they are lucky enough and know a veteran player, they can crash on that individual’s couch or in a spare room. There are also many adjustments that come with moving to a new city and its surroundings, from finding grocery stores and restaurants to the closest movie theatre. Of the utmost importance, though, is learning the new playbook and terminology, focusing on the Rams’ way of doing business, meetings, lifting and running session

Why is the 'Post-Corner' a nightmare in Cover 2? | National Football Post
Breaking down the route on chalkboard and video.

Contender vs. Pretender: Chicago Bears | National Football Post
Can Lovie Smith’s team string together a ten-win season in 2012?

Could the New York Giants go from first to worst? -
The reigning Super Bowl Champion New York Giants play a physically demanding brand of football, but because of the way they play could they be at risk from dropping from the top to the bottom?

Best 12 quarterback battles of all time -
Over the years there have been so many for the starting quarterback position, with that in mind Around The League's Gregg Rosenthal has created a list of the top 12. What's your favorite?

NFL officials looked at film of possible Saints OTA violation -
NFL officials have been carefully studying footage of the New Orleans Saints OTAs on Thursday after reports of a live contact violation occurring during practice, which could result in the loss of further practices.

Exonerated high school star LB earns invite to next week’s minicamp | Seahawks Insider
After Seattle linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. put exonerated high school star line backer Brian Banks through his paces during a morning workout here at the team’s facility, head coach Pete Carroll said he’s seen enough, offering Banks an invitation to tryout for the team’s 90-man roster during the Seahawks’ minicamp next week.

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts -
Why is it a bad idea for Shaq Thompson, an incoming freshman safety at Washington, to play baseball this summer? Why will Deon Butler have a hard time seeing the field for the Seahawks? What would constitute a good workout for Brian Banks?

About Matt Flynn's alleged 'popgun' arm - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Once upon a time, Mike Holmgren and the Cleveland Browns were doing all they could to acquire from St. Louis the second overall choice in the 2012 NFL draft, presumably to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Secondary penalties not called as often as you might think -
Do you think your team was called for too many pass interference/illegal contact calls? The numbers indicate you might not be remembering correctly.