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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Sunday


Huge win yesterday, you guys.

Carroll pleased with QB play | Seahawks Insider
"The thing that was good about these guys is that they were very calm," Carroll said. "They were very poised about it. It didn’t bother them at all in handling what was going on. The speed of the game was not big deal. They were really easy to communicate with, exactly as we would have hoped."

Wilson fires two TDs, Seahawks Defense Stout | Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson threw two TD passes and the defense stifled Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker in a 27-17 win in the exhibition open Saturday.

Seahawks Notebook: Russell Wilson puts on show in Seattle debut -
The Seahawks three-way QB competition has been the talk of training camp and after Saturday's 27-17 exhibition win over Tennessee, that talk's not going to stop. Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson acquitted themselves well in their Seahawks debuts. The two combined to throw for 195 yards, each of them also had an interception. "The quarterbacks did a really nice job. Nothing but good stuff came out of this game," coach Pete Carroll said.

Postgame notes: Seahawks 27, Titans 17 | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
"Charly Martin made an unbelievable block. He did a tremendous job of staying on his guy, and staying in front of him so I could get in the end zone." So what did Martin see on that play? "It was a little freelance by Russ," Martin said. "He had given me a little heads-up, but I tried to sell the original play and just tried to make it happen."

Context for Zach Miller's latest concussion - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"Guys are more open to reporting them, and they know more about the effects and how dangerous they can be in the long term," Miller said in 2010. "Guys are making smarter decisions." Blog | Game at a glance: Wilson takes over in second half "
After taking over for Matt Flynn in the second half, Wilson threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards in the third quarter and ran 32 yards for another score late in the fourth quarter. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 124 yards and also led the team with 59 rushing yards. "I am interested to see what he’s going to do next," coach Pete Carroll said. "It was really fun watching him. He did some marvelous things."

Seahawks ruin Hasselbeck's, Locker's returns to Seattle, rookie QB Wilson shines in 27-17 win |
Searching for some clarity in the three-man battle for the team’s starting quarterback job, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll instead will have to sift through some muddied waters after his team’s 27-17 victory over Tennessee on Saturday evening at CenturyLink Field in the exhibition opener for both teams.

NFL Game Center: Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks - 2012 Preseason Week 1
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks NFL Game Center

Braylon Edwards helps his case with long TD grab - Blog -
The 39-yard score gave Seattle a 17-3 lead. "That's just what Braylon's been doing in practice," coach Pete Carroll said, "and so that was cool that he carried that over." Said Edwards: "I knew it was going to come to be. It was just a matter of me working my technique."

Quick Take: Seattle's QB situation far from settled -
Seattle maximized Wilson's mobility, and accounted for his below-average height for a quarterback, by running a lot of play-action bootlegs and getting him out of the pocket and into space, where he can use his athleticism and improvisational skills. Wilson led the Seahawks with 59 rushing yards, and his 32-yard touchdown run in the final two minutes put an exclamation point on the win.

Video: Matt Hasselbeck talks about his return to Seattle | Seahawks Insider
Here’s some video of Matt Hasselbeck, one of the classier guys I’ve ever covered, talking about that first pick of the game, and returning to Seattle. I will post the full quotes when we get them. Here’s a video of that interception …

Seattle opens preseason with 27-17 win over Titans - Seahawks News -
Matt Hasselbeck barely had time to hear his name announced as the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback before he was watching his former team headed the other way for a touchdown. On the first play of the game. "I was just like `No, you've got to be kidding me!'" Hasselbeck said.

Seahawks QB picture not much clearer after opener " Kitsap Sun
Expensive free agent addition Matt Flynn's debut was efficient but not exactly awe-inspiring. He showed good accuracy, completing 11 of 13 passes for 71 yards. Flynn was intercepted by Tennessee linebacker Colin McCarthy while trying to thread a pass over the middle to Ben Obomanu in the second quarter. He was sacked twice and fumbled a shotgun snap.

Take-aways from Seahawks 27, Titans 17 - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
We’re never going to read a whole bunch into a preseason performance. But Chris Johnson did nothing against the Seahawks to make anyone think he’s turned the page from his down season in 2011. Three passes were thrown his way and they all hit the ground, two of them as drops. He turned five carries into 8 yards. The backs who followed him into the Titans huddle didn’t face the same quality of defenders by any means, but Javon Ringer and Darius Reynaud were more decisive and fared better. Eddie George and Keith Bulluck, doing commentary on the Nashville broadcast of the game, thought CJ failed to press the hole on one failed run when he could have more aggressively taken on a charging safety and chose instead to overdo it laterally.

Seahawks QB debate opens up | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The game started with Matt Hasselbeck's first pass being intercepted and returned for a touchdown by his former team. It was over when Russell Wilson scored on a 32-yard touchdown run with 1 minute, 51 seconds left.

Seahawks need to give Flynn as many reps as possible | Steve Kelley | The Seattle Times
The full-throated quarterback controversy will begin. The wow factor was missing from Matt Flynn's Seattle Seahawks' debut. He didn't light up... Blog | Quarter notes: First "
Player of the quarter: Browner. He got the Seahawks off and rolling. Blog | Quarter notes: Second "
Player of the quarter: Jake Locker. The former UW QB was 5 of 7 for 59 yards on the Titans’ scoring drive. Blog | Quarter notes: Third "
Player of the quarter: Reynaud. The Titans’ backup running back and punt returner got the Titans back in the game with a 21-yard TD run to cap a seven-play, 84-yard drive and then his 85-yard punt return for a score. Blog | Quarter notes: Fourth "
Player of the quarter: Rookie defensive lineman Gregg Scruggs. On the first two plays of the quarter, Scruggs teamed with Pierre Allen for a 5-yard sack and then teamed with Jaye Howard to drop Jamie Harper for a 3-yard loss on third down. His efforts forced rookie Will Batson to punt from just inside the back line of the end zone, and he got off a 29-yarder that went out of bounds. That set up Hauschka’s 40-yard field goal that gave the Seahawks a 20-17 lead. Scruggs later tripped up Darius Reynaud for a 4-yard loss, forcing the Titans to try a 36-yard field that sailed wide left with 4:46 to play.

Three things revisited: Titans-Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Looking back on three things discussed here before the Seattle Seahawks' 27-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans in an exhibition opener at CenturyLink Field:

Nice effort here by Jon Ryan

Matt Hasselbeck Forgot About The 12th Man -
Matt Hasselbeck should be well aware of the 12th Man in Seattle, after playing their for a decade. Apparently, he forgot about just how noisy the place could get while in the more sedate confines of Tennessee last season. The noise got to be too much for the former Seahawks quarterback, forcing him to call a timeout in the first quarter.

Jim Harbaugh: Aldon Smith should be fine for 49ers -
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says the team will likely "dodge a bullet" after linebacker Aldon Smith left Friday night's 17-6 preseason victory over the Minnesota Vikings with a bruised hip.

Top plays from Friday night's NFL preseason action -
Friday night offered a full slate of preseason games, which means we're back with another round of must-see moments. Our video vault is bursting, so let's take a look some of the evening's best plays. Along with debuts by Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden, some guy named Tim Tebow punched his first timecard for the New York Jets.

Best plays from NFL's first big preseason night -'s video library was one of the reasons I was so excited to come work here. We have more highlights and game footage than we know what to do with.

Titans Tour Guides: Seattle
Titans Online asked the three players what they like about Seattle and for their recommendations if they were making the trip as tour guides instead of football players. All three players complimented the area for its natural beauty, and Hasselbeck and Babineaux both shared their fish stories from Pike Place Market.

Stanback's Amazing Touchdown
New York Giants wide receiver Isaiah Stanback hauls in a spectacular one-handed touchdown pass from David Carr in the second quarter.