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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Sunday

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Manning Money: What Peyton's NFL Fine Could Buy | Rolling Stone
The Broncos QB calls his $8,268 fine "money well spent." Here's what you could spend it on

Above all, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is a teacher | - Sports
If the Seahawks are going to repeat as Super Bowl champions — something that hasn't been done in a decade — they're going to do so because they go into every day not thinking about repeating as Super Bowl champions.

Seahawks' Earl Thomas is all business, all the time | - Sports
Earl Thomas was in the fourth grade when he began to understand the competitive fire that burns inside of him — his "madness" he sometimes calls it.

5 roadblocks to a Seahawks repeat championship | - Sports
When the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, the confetti hadn’t been cleared off the MetLife Stadium turf before people started wondering if they could repeat.

Recipe for Seahawks' elite secondary: coaching, scouting and chemistry | - Sports
By now, it has become the norm for the Seattle Seahawks to the point that it's taken for granted.

Colts Trade CB Marcus Burley to Seattle for 2015 Sixth Round Pick - Stampede Blue
The Indianapolis Colts traded cornerback Marcus Burley to the Seahawks for a sixth round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Biggest surprises for the Seahawks' roster | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
First, a note on the practice squad. Teams can start adding players to the practice squad on Sunday and may add any player that clears waivers after being cut, including players the Seahawks cut. NFL teams can add 10 players to their practice squads this season as opposed to eight last year.

Seattle Seahawks cut squad down to final 53-man roster - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider made a flurry of roster moves on Saturday, getting the defending Super Bowl champs to the 53-man limit before the NFL’s 1 p.m. deadline. However, at the time of Seattle’s announcement, just 52 men were listed as active, suggesting another move is imminent.

Seattle Seahawks who shined in preseason - ESPN
Finally, the games start counting. The Seattle Seahawks went 2-2 in the preseason -- not that it matters -- and here are nine players who shined:

Seahawks go heavy at wide receiver on roster cut to 53 players
A closer look at the Seahawks’ 53-man roster, which includes seven wide receivers, a rookie starter at right tackle, a rookie free agent as the backup middle linebacker and a just-acquired cornerback.

Seahawks trade for CB Marcus Burley, cut Terrelle Pryor, Eric Winston as roster is trimmed to 53 players - Aug. 30, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
The Seattle Seahawks have made the 22 roster moves necessary to trim their roster from 75 to the league mandated maximum of 53 players by Saturday's 1 p.m. deadline.

NFL Cuts Musings: Tape shows Michael Sam wasn't good enough -
Michael Sam can contribute in the NFL, in due time. After watching tape of his preseason with the Rams, it's clear he wasn't quite good enough to stick in St. Louis.

Agent: Stephen Hill didn't have a chance with 'Tebow-Sanchez fiasco' -
After two undistinguished seasons, the Jets have moved on from Stephen Hill. On Saturday, Hill's agent criticized the organization for how it handled the wide receiver's tenure in New York.

Inside the Danger Zone, the most perilous place on the gridiron |
On the 12th play of his first NFL start at left tackle last October, Jaguars rookie Luke Joeckel was assigned to block a basic outside zone running play for Maurice Jones-Drew. At the snap, Joeckel drove three lateral steps into the chest of Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, who was lined up more than a yard to his outside. The two men quickly became locked in a sumo-esque stalemate. As Jones-Drew hit the hole inside Joeckel, defensive tackle Kendall Langford darted from the opposite side and dived across Jones-Drew’s back. Langford slipped sideways off Jones‑Drew like a cartoon commuter grabbing the door handle of a moving bus, his legs windmilling until his left hip crashed into the bottom of Joeckel’s right leg, which was planted in the artificial turf. The run netted one yard.

Prop Joe’s Favorite NFL Prop Bets —
I think I’m one of eight billion people who love "The Wire" and "Breaking Bad." Those are the two best TV shows I’ve seen and it isn’t particularly close.1 "The Wire" had an amazing volume of unforgettably vivid characters. Below is my list of memorable "Wire" characters. To be a real test of unforgettableness, it’s got to be off the top of my head, so I’m sure I’m going to forget somebody, but here goes and I’ll include the first thought that jumps to mind:

Aldon Smith suspension creates big hole in San Francisco 49ers defense |
On Friday afternoon, the NFL announced that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will be suspended for the first nine games of the season for violations of the league's Personal Conduct Policy, and Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He will be eligible to return for the team's Week 11 game against the New York Giants.

Predicting the NFL’s Unpredictable "
Forecasting the NFL players whose surprise seasons you are least expecting, with their 2013 counterparts as a guide

Arizona Cardinals updated depth chart - ESPN
Arizona announced its 53-man roster amid minimum fanfare. Most of the roster was expected, however there were a few moves that raised eyebrows. The decision to keep six receivers likely caused there to be only four cornerbacks kept. Six outside linebackers was also interesting, however there weren't enough options to keep more at inside linebacker.

Cut-down analysis: Arizona Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Most significant move: Linebacker Marcus Benard was squeezed out because of the numbers game but he has been an effective pass-rusher during his time

San Francisco 49ers cut-down analysis - NFC West Blog - ESPN
It might actually be a move they did not make, at least not yet. The 49ers keeping third-string quarterback Josh Johnson, along with starter Colin Kaepernick and backup Blaine Gabbert defies convention or, at least, numerous projections. Many observers saw the Niners only keeping two QBs, with Johnson being shown the door. But with Gabbert getting banged up in the team's exhibition finale and Johnson putting on a show, completing 14-of-17 passes for 135 yards, three touchdowns and interception returned for a touchdown, the 49ers obviously felt the need to add depth under center. For now.

Notable NFL roster cuts as teams reduce to 53 -
Champ Bailey was one of the most prominent names to join the unemployed list Saturday as the Saints and other NFL teams reached the 53-player limit. Follow our running tally of other notable cuts.

2014 NFL roster cuts: Arizona Cardinals get the roster for the (temporary) final 53 - Revenge of the Birds
The roster stands at 53 players. How much will it change over the next few days?

NFL roster cuts 2014: The initial 53-man roster for the Arizona Cardinals - Revenge of the Birds
This will likely change, but we'll see what happens.

San Francisco 49ers roster cuts 2014: Official moves announced with 53-man roster in place - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers have made their roster cuts, and are officially down to the 53-man roster. We've got the full rundown of transactions.

St. Louis Rams 53-man roster finalized - Turf Show Times
The Rams wrapped up their roster cuts on Saturday. Here's what the final version of the 53-man roster looks like (for now anyway).

49ers roster cuts tell us a little bit about the "window" and the salary cap - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers made their roster cuts on Saturday, cutting down to the 53-man requirement. The 49ers made some tough decisions, which could tell us something about their considerations for the future.

College football week 1 headlines: Markus Golden starts fast | Seahawks Draft Blog
– Devin Funchess (WR, Michigan) has switched from tight end to receiver this year. He’s 6-5 and 230lbs, he’s incredibly fluid running downfield and it’ll be interesting to see how he adapts to the change. On Saturday he had seven catches for 95 yards and three touchdowns: