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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

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Thank goodness it's TGIF!

Checkdowns: Touchdown Pass/Run Ratios From X Distance
Some quick data dumps today.

Eagles Release Evan Mathis - Over the Cap
In the midst of a contract dispute, the Eagles have released Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis. The Eagles had reportedly offered Mathis additional money for the 2015 and 2016 seasons as a reward for his play with the team in 2014, but then pulled the offer. Mathis said the offer was pulled following a shakeup of the Eagles front office in which head coach Chip Kelly took power from general manger Howie Roseman.  There were rumors that Mathis would be traded but the deal never happened which seemed to only make the situation worse, so this was probably the easiest solution for Philadelphia rather than dragging it on through the summer.

Players retiring early is problem NFL doesn't want to have | The MMQB with Peter King
Someday there will probably be an interesting documentary made about all the 49ers players who retired this offseason. While unexpected departures have happened elsewhere—Jake Locker from the Titans and Jason Worilds from the Steelers—the number of eyebrow-raising retirements in San Francisco se...

Impressive NFL OTA Performances We Can't Ignore | Bleacher Report
There is an understandable temptation to overreact to the happenings of organized team activities (OTAs)—voluntary, non-contact exercises held months before the start of the regular season.

Malcolm Butler back on the field, but not adding much on suspension | ProFootballTalk
Malcolm Butler was back on the practice field today, after being banished from voluntary practices for missing a flight. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots cornerback said he's actually been practicing all this week, so his actual total of missed practices was six.

Eagles release Pro Bowl OG Evan Mathis: 3 things to know -
The Eagles dumped two-time Pro Bowler Evan Mathis on Thursday.

Four potential landing spots for Evan Mathis -
Evan Mathis is now looking for a new home. The Around The NFL team explores where the 33-year-old guard might end up playing next season.

Jesse Williams tweets he's been cleared to work out with Seahawks after cancer surgery |
Defensive tackle Jesse Williams tweeted on Thursday that he's been cleared to work out with the Seattle Seahawks again, two weeks after he underwent kidney surgery.

Thursday morning notes: OTAs come to an end, Chancellor rated, Seahawks to host fantasy draft | The Seattle Times
Notes on the team's upcoming schedule, the NFL Top 100 list, and more.

Seahawks tackling video to change the game | Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks hope tackle teaching tape can help football players at all levels tackle safer and more effectively.

An insider's invaluable insight into Chip Kelly
One of the first things that Bill McGovern learned from Chip Kelly was the proper way to go to bed. McGovern, the Eagles' outside linebackers coach, grew up in Oradell, N.J., the son of a truck driver. His father left for work before the kids were awake and returned home after they were asleep, and he'd often wake McGovern up in the middle of the night - just as he did with McGovern's five brothers and two sisters - with a kiss on the forehead, the still-drowsy child not knowing whether Daddy had just finished a road trip or was on his way out the door again.

Colts hang 'AFC Finalist' banner at stadium, Internet laughs at them -
There's a new Colts banner at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Cardinals minicamp takeaways: Palmer impressive -
Carson Palmer, Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals finished minicamp a day early. NFL Media's Alex Flanagan provides some takeaways from Arizona.

New England Patriots cut TE Tim Wright -
The New England Patriots released tight end Tim Wright on Thursday. The third-year player was part of last year's Logan Mankins trade.

Line coach Tom Cable expects spring parade of centers to yield new starter by early in preseason | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Tom Cable, joking about Russell Okung interrupting a post-OTA-practice interview on Tuesday in the video above, isn’t more than the Seahawks’ offensive line coach this spring. He’s become the team’s chief mixologist.

Quotes and video: Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable | The Seattle Times
There's no shortage of intrigue about the Seahawks' offensive line with the search for a new center to replace Max Unger and charting the progress of the team's three draft...

Seahawks' Richard Sherman: 'A different kind of joy' as new dad - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Fatherhood has been a joyous experience for Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, whose girlfriend gave birth to a baby boy four days after the Super Bowl. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks special teams will benefit from speed added to the roster in 2015 | Seattle Seahawks
Tyler Lockett is the obvious upgrade to Seahawks special teams in 2015, but overall team speed could be the real difference maker.

Offensive-line coach Tom Cable expects ‘quite a battle’ for Seahawks’ center spot | The Seattle Times
That’s the position manned the past four years by Max Unger, who was dealt with a first-round draft pick to the New Orleans Saints for Graham and a fourth-rounder.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham is ready to show his game is more than just pass catching | Seattle Seahawks
Known for his pass-catching skills, new Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham says he’s excited to contribute to the running game.

Victims of Roster Circumstance: The NFLers Most Affected by Their Teams’ Moves «
The NFL offseason can be an enormous force for change.

Aaron Rodgers, Big Ben Or...Jay Cutler? Ranking the NFL's Best Deep Passers | Bleacher Report
The NFL defines a "deep pass" in its official play-by-play as any pass that travels more than 15 yards downfield in the air. As an experiment, go outside and measure off 46 feet, slightly more than 15 yards...

Will Run-First Scheme Stop Jimmy Graham Being the NFL's Top Pass-Catching TE? | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks lost Super Bowl XLIX when their offense fell agonizingly short of the game-winning touchdown.

Quizzing Richard Sherman on his career stats - NFL
Mike Sando quizzes Seahawks CB Richard Sherman on his career stats, including the quarterbacks he has recorded the most interceptions against.