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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Tuesday

"... so what's the 'roughing the passer' signal again?"
"... so what's the 'roughing the passer' signal again?"

Holy crap it's already Tuesday. Two more days...

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Russell Wilson: A Safe Choice for Seattle
So...who's NOT happy to have the competition over at last? Put your hand down, you in the back. You weren't enjoying this either.

Vince Young released by Buffalo Bills -
Young was in position to be the team's backup, but his struggles throughout the preseason sealed his fate. VY completed less than half of his 26 passes for only 103 yards and two picks on Saturday against the Steelers. The team agreed to acquire Tarvaris Jackson shortly after that.

Roster cuts you need to know, including Terrell Owens -
There were a few big interesting names that did not make the cut from 90 players down to 75 on Monday. Since you haven't heard of the vast majority of players that were released this week, here are the moves we think you should know.

Virtue and Vice | National Football Post
It was during an Asheville Tourists Class A baseball game when Russell Wilson showed himself. In the bottom of the fifth inning, with two runners on, Wilson turned on a pitch and slapped it high off the right field wall. Halfway between first and second, it became apparent that he was committed to the idea of a triple. As he rounded second, he lurched his upper body forward, running with a sort of chugging motion. He eased up at third and caught his breath while the next batter approached the plate. It was around then that my thoughts turned to faith.

Cardinals probably won’t play Kevin Kolb or John Skelton on Thursday night | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt knew what everyone wanted to know when he took the podium for a press conference on Monday, but he wasn’t about to give up the identity of the team’s starting quarterback. "We’ll let you know as soon as we make that decision," Whisenhunt said, via Darren Urban of the team’s website.

Silva's Latest Top 150 - Goal Line Stand -
These rankings are likely to differ greatly from fantasy football cheatsheets you find elsewhere on the web and magazine storeshelves. The primary difference is my low quarterback slotting based on VBD (Value Based Drafting). I explained my quarterback take here and here. Rather than lead with another exhausting intro, let's cut to the chase for my latest rankings update.

Russell Wilson quiets critics in Seattle; Vontae Davis fallout - Peter King -
Seattle will get a seventh-round pick that could improve to a sixth- if Jackson is active for six games this year; the Seahawks couldn't get more because the rest of the league knew Seattle wasn't going to keep Jackson and his $4 million salary to be a third-string quarterback. The deal means Vince Young could be on the street any day now.

Monday metatarsal musings
"We really did have a big night on teams," coach Pete Carroll said. "We did make a move this week to put some guys in positions we think that they would play in the (regular-season) opener, and didn’t play with all the young guys where we’ve had our issues. "We tried to minimize their factor in specials teams and more likely would be suited for the real games. It showed up. It was significantly different."

Russell Wilson Plays On - Following in Father's Footsteps - YouTube
Russell Wilson is following in his father's footsteps and is coming closer to one day fulfilling his deams of playing in the NFL.

Sixth-round pick among Niners cuts | ProFootballTalk
Tackle Jason Slowey, selected 199th overall out of Western Oregon, was waived by the team, making him the first member of the 2012 class to wash out with the Niners. If he passes through waivers unclaimed, San Francisco could bring him back when they fill out their practice squad.

Season win total predictions | National Football Post
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS UNDER Line: 7.5 (+115) at LVH Fortenbaugh: Time to put my money where my mouth is. I’ve got nothing against Russell Wilson as a person. He’s dedicated, hard-working and intelligent. But I believe he’s a vastly overrated quarterback and I think the twitter universe is putting way too much emphasis on what he’s done in meaningless preseason games. Wilson isn’t a fourth quarter closer (Oregon & Ohio State games in 2011, Virginia Tech game in 2010) and is going to struggle once the games start counting. I’m going to sit tight for a few days to see if the hype forces oddsmakers to adjust north before I lock this one in, but rest assured, I’m making this play.

USC quarterbacks: Matt Barkley compares favorably to past Trojans - NCAA Football - Sporting News
USC coach Lane Kiffin has called Matt Barkley "potentially the greatest Trojan of all time," but what about when it comes to NFL potential? USC has a rich recent history of sending quarterbacks to the NFL—current pros include Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Matt Cassel and Mark Sanchez—and Barkley, widely expected to be the No. 1 pick next April, is set to join them. But despite his top-prospect status, Barkley will be one of the more debated 2013 picks because he has elite mechanics and a superior feel for the game but lacks top-end arm strength.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Of the beginning, of the beginning...
One of my favorite threads that weaves through Mad Men is Don Draper's tendency to throw his support behind people/things/trends that would eventually end up on the wrong side of history- He backed Nixon over Kennedy... Liston over Ali... He couldn't even make it all the way through The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" without turning that damn racket off. Of course, Don is also open to new possibilities and opportunities when they present themselves, even if it might take him a bit of time to come around. Russell Wilson is Peggy Olson to Pete Carroll's Draper, in a way. The unconventional talent that almost everyone dismisses for an irrelevant, reflexive reason- But HE sees it, and he isn't blinded by tradition or convention.

Where 49ers stand after cuts to 75 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The 49ers did release rookie sixth-round offensive lineman Jason Slowey. San Francisco appears to go nine deep at the position if Joe Looney, Daniel Kilgore, Mike Person and Leonard Davis join the five starters on the initial 53.

Where Rams stand after cuts to 75 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Brandon Gibson, Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Danny Amendola, Steve Smith and Greg Salas are the receivers I consider most likely to stick on the initial 53-man roster. Austin Pettis will not count against the 53-man limit while serving the remaining two games of a four-game suspension.

How Matt Flynn can respond to losing QB battle - Blog -
Brock Huard's advice to Flynn: do everything possible to practice and play through what might be a painful injury, much like Tarvaris Jackson did last season.