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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Wednesday

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Programming Note:

I'll be away from the blog during the Thanksgiving break, but Kenneth M.F. Arthur will be taking the wheel in my stead. Go Hawks.


Here are the links!

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks rally against media for teammate Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
After one more terse answer, Sherman stood up to signal he was done. (View video on "That’s what happens when Marshawn gets fined," Sherman said as he turned away from the cameras. "You think this was bad? Wait ’til my press conference next week."

Saluting the NFL's worst passers -
The Jaguars, Jets and Lions are finally getting the recognition they deserve ... for failing to demonstrate basic mastery of the forward pass. This week's Post-Mortem dissects the salutes the healthy and diagnosis the sick.

Up next: San Francisco 49ers
After knocking off the NFC West-leading Cardinals on Sunday, the Seahawks jump right back into it with a Thanksgiving night game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

Seahawks' Kam Chancellor feels right for the first time in a long time - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks' win over Arizona might have represented a turning of the corner for the health of Pro Bowl strong safety Kam Chancellor. 'It was the best he's felt,' coach Pete Carroll said. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' DeShawn Shead, Patrick Lewis join 'The Huddle' - Bob and Groz | 710 ESPN Seattle
Bob Stelton, Dave Grosby and Dave Wyman are broadcasting live from Seahawks headquarters for another edition of 'The Huddle', this time two days early because of Seattle's Thursday-night game against San Francisco. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

QB snapshot: Russell Wilson - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A quick observation of quarterback Russell Wilson and how he played in the Seahawks' 19-3 victory in Week 12:

Six videos that will get you pumped up for the Seahawks and 49ers showdown | Seattle Seahawks
With the Seattle Seahawks heading to Santa Clara on Thanksgiving for a game against the San Francisco 49ers, now seems like a great opportunity to waste time reviewing some of the best the internet has to offer on this bitter rivalry.

2014 Draft Class off to sluggish start | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
There wasn’t a lot of real personnel news from Pete Carroll’s press conference Monday. But one thing he revealed is that linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis could be headed soon to the Injured Reserve list with a shoulder injury suffered against Kansas City.

First Look: San Francisco 49ers | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Key players: QB Colin Kaepernick: The fourth-year quarterback remains one of the NFL’ nost intriguing, if erratic, talents. After throwing three interception in a week two home loss to the Bears, he has thrown just three since. In fact, he had a streak of 131 passes without an interception snapped in Sunday’s win over Washington. He also has thrown a touchdown in 18 straight games. He’s picking his spots more with his running this year, with 336 yards but no more than 24 in any of the last five games.

49ers focused on Thursday, not revenge | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
You don’t go into conference calls with San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick expecting much.

Seahawks injury report — Helfet the big question this week | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks didn’t really practice today. But since it was basically a Thursday of a normal game week, the teams involved had to release injury reports based on if they had.

RENTON: Pete Carroll: Seahawks "respect heck out of" Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Pete Carroll’s weekly day-after-game press conference had a strange conclusion.

Richard Sherman lampoons NFL hypocrisy with 2-minute skit at his presser -
Richard Sherman is firing back at the NFL in creative ways in protest of the fines levied on Marshawn Lynch for refusing to speak with media.

Colin Kaepernick thinks Jim Harbaugh will be back to coach the 49ers next season | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Some have been talking that Thursday night’s NFC West showdown and rematch of last January’s conference championship game could be the Seahawks’ chance to not only derail San Francisco’s track to the playoffs but perhaps hasten Jim Harbaugh’s end as 49ers coach.

What sets Seahawks-49ers rivalry apart? "The physicality," Bobby Wagner says | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Here it is, the rematch of the NFC championship NBC chose as its Thanksgiving-night showcase. And it’s going to be more alley fight than familial holiday.

Cardinals sign Michael Bush to boost ground game -
The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday announced the signing of veteran running back Michael Bush. Will it help their troubled ground game?

NFC Playoff Picture: Who gets left out? -
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers pass the eye test, but two quality teams are going to miss the NFC playoffs. Which will they be, and which NFC squad fared the best in Week 12?

NFL Power Rankings: Pats head to Lambeau for clash of two best teams - NFL -
The holiday season officially begins this week. So does the playoff push.

Agent's Take: AP, Marshawn, Harvin among 20 stars who could be cut -
The NFL is a tough business, as these 20 stars may find come season's end.

Week 12 power rankings | ProFootballTalk
1. New England Patriots (No. 2; 9-2):  Gronk like cheese. 2. Green Bay Packers (No. 3; 8-3):  Lambeau Field will never host a Super Bowl, but this weekend it could be hosting a Super Bowl preview. 3. Arizona Cardinals (last week No. 1; 9-2):  There's a little space on the bandwagon.

NFC East teams tried to hire ex-Oregon defensive coordinator in effort to slow down Chip Kelly | ProFootballTalk
Nick Aliotti retired as the University of Oregon's defensive coordinator after the team completed its 2013 season and has remained retired despite some interest from NFL teams in bringing him on board as a consultant.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clutch Encounters: Week 12
The week got off to a great start with Oakland's upset win over the Chiefs, but the rest of Week 12's national games were also really good for a change. The Saints finally dropped a home game in prime time, Odell Beckham's catch blew up the Internet, and Peyton Manning broke a record that rarely gets broken in the NFL's 95-year history.

Despite Arizona's hot start, NFC West remains far from settled |
There are only 80 games remaining over the final five weeks of the NFL’s regular-season schedule, and if it feels like a disproportionate slice of the spotlight is about to fall on games involving the NFC West, you might be on to something. Fortunately for football fans everywhere, the vaunted NFC West finally looks ready for its close-up.

Browns Win Division, Patriots Eliminated: Strange but Possible Playoff Scenarios | Bleacher Report
Eager to see a Houston Texans-Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl? Who wouldn't be? It probably will not happen, but it is still possible.


Press release from USAA, the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL and the Seahawks.:

Dan Quinn is the Seattle Seahawks nominee for the Salute to Service award, presented by USAA, the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL.  Quinn was nominated by the Seahawks for his military appreciation efforts.  I have included some information on Quinn's work with the military below, in addition to some information about the award as well.

Dan Quinn's Work with the Military

In 2005, Coach Dan Quinn and his wife Stacey launched the "Quinn's Corps Foundation." The foundation was created around the idea of a corps, a body of people associated under common direction. Together Quinn's Corps is about helping Military families. In 2010, Quinn's Corps expanded to support the Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. During the Seahawks season, Quinn's Corps host six Military guests to a unique game day experience which includes pregame field passes, tickets, parking and food/beverages. In addition, Quinn's Corps is a financial supporter of the Fisher House, a network of comfort homes where military and veteran families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Coach Quinn is always one of the first to greet soldiers who attend Seahawks practices.

Background on the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA

Finalists for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA will be announced in January, and the winner will be recognized at the "4th Annual NFL Honors" awards show in Arizona on NBC on Saturday, Jan. 31, the night before Super Bowl XLIX.  Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was last year's award winner. USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to U.S. military members, veterans and their families, contributed $25,000 in his honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.  Harbaugh will serve on the award panel and vote for this year's winner. Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was the 2012 winner, and the inaugural winner in 2011 was Tennessee Titans late owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, a World War II veteran.