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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Friday

Aug 7, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) looks up for a pass during a training camp scrimmage at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 7, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) looks up for a pass during a training camp scrimmage at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

One day away!! AHHHHH!!!

Wilson ready for CenturyLink debut; Hawks may have jumped the gun on Owens suiting up for training camp
"He’s progressed on throws," Smith said. "He’s better on up balls and seam balls than he was when he got here. He wasn’t on any one of those in spring ball. And he is now, and he hit them today. So I’m really happy with him." And we saw that today, with Wilson hitting Braylon Edwards in stride on a go route from Wilson. "Overall, he’s progressed big time," Smith said. "He’s taken big leaps, and it’s from his work ethic. He just stays on it and he loves it."

Hasselbeck to start Titans' preseason opener | National Football Post
Veteran gets the nod over Locker against Seahawks.

G John Moffitt leaves Thursday's practice with an arm injury | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Guard John Moffitt left Thursday's practice after appearing to injure his arm during individual drills. There was no update on the severity of the injury or even what exactly the injury was. He left the field early in practice, tough, and did not return. Deuce Lutui replaced Moffitt at right guard for the remainder of practice.

Notes from Day 10 of Seahawks training camp - Blog -
Matt Flynn threw a long pass to Terrell Owens, who juggled the football before grabbing it before it hit the turf. That play was worth the price of admission for fans and attending media at Wednesday's Seahawks training camp session.

Tom Cable expects fast start from Seahawks' O-line - Blog -
"For me, it's been night and day. You think about trying to plug two rookies in last year was one set of problems, but then putting in a whole new system. It was similar to what Alex Gibbs had done when he came, but he and I don't have the same terminology and he and I don't coach the same way," Cable said. "So ... everybody kind of had to start over. And so without having OTAs and the offseason it was really kind of a tough period. But it is what it is. We got through it and finally got off our tails and got to blocking somebody, but it took too long. This year we've gotten ahead of it a little bit because of the offseason."

Bob and Groz Show - Podcasts -
Seahawks offensive line coach Tom cable tells "Bob and Groz" that the progress of his unit is "night and day" compared to this time last season when they were breaking in two rookies without OTAs and minicamp. Cable also talks about the development of rookies Robert Turbin and J.R. Sweezy.

Here comes Hasselbeck
Matt Hasselbeck quarterbacked the Seahawks through the most-successful five-season run in franchise history, but Saturday night he returns to Seattle as the QB of the Tennessee Titans.

Irvin waits for his chance to shine for Seahawks -
"I don't want to be talked about. I was talked about enough coming into the draft," Irvin said. "When it's my time to show what I can do then I'm sure people will be talking about me. We'll give T.O. all the attention."

Seahawks rookie called a 'Baby Patrick Willis' | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
"He still has long arms," Robinson said. "Great, long arms. Very explosive. He's a guy that can run sideline to sideline. He's learning. He's still a young guy. He's still learning how to get off blocks in the National Football League. He's going to be another special player one day. I call him a 'Baby Patrick Willis' because I hadn't seen a linebacker move like that since Pat."

Did Seahawks violate CBA by practicing T.O. on Wednesday? - Yahoo! Sports
In an email to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram regarding practice participation "wait periods" observed by the Cowboys for recently signed veterans, Aiello said: "Players have a 3-day acclimation period during the preseason. Day 1 is for the physical and meetings. Day 2 and 3 the player may participate, but only in helmet and shells or a padded shirt. Day 4 and for the rest of camp is in full pads. The Cowboys are doing it correctly. Don't know about Seattle." Blog | Thursday in Hawkville: Going deep on the depth chart "
"That’s one of our key things in training camp, to develop depth," defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. "Look what happened last year at corner, we lose a couple guys so some younger guys have to step up. So we know those things are going to happen."

Terrell Owens update, with eye toward rules - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Terrell Owens took a step forward in his second day practicing with the team. Most of the receivers seem to have stepped up their games since Owens became a factor with the team. Kris Durham continues to be an exception, however. The second-year receiver projected as the successor to Mike Williams, but he has struggled with drops and doesn't appear to be playing with confidence. Owens caught the ball consistently and made two notable plays. He turned around corner Byron Maxwell to free himself along the right sideline. Later, Owens beat veteran corner Marcus Trufant for a touchdown on a fade route, tipping the ball to himself and getting both feed inbounds before falling to the ground.

Hasselbeck returns to Seattle for preseason opener - Blog -
"When I left that field, I truly didn't think that was the last time I would play in that stadium," Hasselbeck said during a media conference call this week. "Even though I knew it very easily could be, I just didn't feel that in my heart."

Lynch offers tremendous early value
Scott Engel of breaks down the Seahawks running back position as it pertains to fantasy football in 2012.

Seattle Seahawks training camp: Terrell Owens can still produce -
Signing Terrell Owens was certainly not just a publicity stunt. News that T.O. had landed in the Pacific Northwest brought an overflow crowd to practice on Wednesday, but I'm sure Seattle wants to do more with Owens than just gin up interest. The Seahawks are counting on Owens to be a key contributor; that he played flanker (behind Sidney Rice) reveals a lot about their future plans. Most outsiders expected Owens to battle with Braylon Edwards at split end for the right to complement Rice. But Owens will have a better chance to crack the starting lineup at flanker, where he could also fill in as the Seahawks' primary playmaker if Rice struggles with injuries.

Here's hoping T.O. scores TDs | Dave Boling - The News Tribune
The questions arising initially are: Will Terrell Owens and the public-relations cyclone that inevitably attends his presence be a distraction to the Seattle Seahawks? And will he be a disruptive influence on a young team developing its identity?

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: 2012 Seahawks Training Camp: August 9th News & Notes
Get used to Terrell Owens I have made no secret of my distaste for the Owens signing. Pushing Matt Hasselbeck out the door was not something I enjoyed, either, but I moved on. If you are an Owens fan, take heart. If you are not, start coping. This guy is not going anywhere. Owens was the arguably the best receiver on the field today. His day was punctuated by a ridiculous catch of a Russell Wilson throw in the end zone that he pulled in over a defender and bobbled before securing and tapping two feet in. Wilson and Owens connected earlier on another beauty. I said it yesterday, and it bears repeating, that if you knew nothing about Owens and watched him play, you'd think he was in his low 30s and a starting receiver for the team. At least one of those two things could prove true. He played exclusively at flanker for the second straight day opposite of Braylon Edwards. Offensive camp battles
The St. Louis Rams are the youngest football team in the NFL, as of today. Jeff Fisher, entering his 26th year of NFL experience and 1st year as Rams head coach, joins newly appointed GM Les Snead atop the Rams’ pyramid. Since day one both have stressed that competition breeds success. The positional battles on both sides of the ball have been brewing since OTA’s and mini-camp. It has been highly competitive and these players are pushing each other to get better each and every snap. Let’s take a look at the offensive camp battles. Tony Softli - Rams may have a sleeper at running back
The past regime struggled to load the roster with playmakers. Jeff Fisher and Les Snead were hired and quickly made a difference, reshaping the roster by deleting aged veterans and making the 2012 Rams the youngest team heading into the 2012 Bud Light Training Camp. They were also not afraid to draft a pair of running backs to create depth. They added rookie running backs Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson to back-up Pro Bowler Steven Jackson.

Shock and awe | National Football Post
The NFP's top ten quarterback-wide receiver tandems entering the 2012 season.

Tyrann Mathieu, DeMarcus Ware, and the movement toward hybrid defenders in college football and the NFL - Grantland
Call them what you will — cornerbacks, safeties, linebackers — today's defensive players are a bit of everything.

‘Endbackers’ are among the toughest reads in draft projections - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
With more NFL teams running base 3-4 or 5-2 defensive fronts in recent years, and given the success of pass-rushing outside linebackers (we'll call them "endbackers" for short), in those schemes, you might be surprised to learn that those same teams generally have a difficult time scouting and finding the next James Harrison, Tamba Hali, or Clay Matthews among the defensive ends and outside linebackers in the college ranks. Because so few college programs play 3-4 defense as a base concept, and many are just now catching up to the concept of hybrid defenses, it's a guessing game when projecting for success at that position -- especially when looking at high-round prospects.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Jim Harbaugh Talks Up Randy Moss: "It’s Been Cool"
Jim Harbaugh joined Murph and Mac on KNBR in San Francisco to discuss the addition of Randy Moss, the state of the team and the backup quarterback situation in San Fran.