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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for the 4th of July

Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Happy 4th!

4 reflections on Independence Day from Gen. Andrew Luck -
With the battle far over the horizon, Gen. Andrew Luck paused to share his feelings on Independence Day.

Better Rivals Podcast: The 49ers and the zone blocking scheme - Niners Nation
We didn't retire, we just took a month-long "break from football." But now the Better Rivals podcast is back! July is Scheme Month and this week we break down the zone blocking scheme. How will the schematic change affect the 49ers in 2015?

49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: Corey Lemonier - Niners Nation
Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today we focus on outside linebacker Corey Lemonier.

What is your NFC West Top 40? - Revenge of the Birds
In the dead of the offseason, let's generate some debate.

2015 Rams Roster Preview: LB Korey Toomer Leaning On NFL Experience - Turf Show Times
A fifth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Toomer's already on team #3. Will he stick around in 2015?

Finding That Third Year “Breakout” Receiver Has Been Difficult For the St. Louis Rams - Turf Show Times
Torry Holt did it. Vincent Jackson did it. What third year Rams’ receiver can eclipse 1,000 yards?

NFL quarterback rankings: Sizing up Tom Brady, Tony Romo, RGIII, more | The MMQB with Peter King
The other day, a group of us were carpooling back to Manhattan following The MMQB's annual retreat. We got to debating Colin Kaepernick and where he ranks in the NFL quarterback hierarchy. That led to conversation about every starting quarterback's spot on the list.

Can Titans Replicate Seahawks' Use of Wilson to Help Mariota Flourish in NFL? | Bleacher Report
Tennessee Titans news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Young NFL Players Already on the Hot Seat Heading into 2015 Season | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Deone Bucannon Finds His Safety Spot
Top draft pick in 2014 hopes to play more of his natural position

Study pegs Eagles as healthiest team last two years, Giants unhealthiest | ProFootballTalk
Maybe the smoothies work. And maybe Tom Coughlin should try one. The folks at Bleeding Green Nation have passed along a chart that suggests the Eagles are the healthiest team in the NFL over the last two seasons, while the Giants have been the most unhealthy over that span.

Are contract expectations undermining Russell Wilson’s image? | ProFootballTalk
The apparent desire of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to become the newest highest-paid player in the NFL conflicts with the "Go 'Hawks!" mentality Wilson regularly projects.

NFL Divisional Power Rankings: NFC South not the worst -
The NFC South won't be the worst division in the NFL in 2015.

Russell Wilson would consider both football, baseball -
Russell Wilson was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday night and the subject of his contract came up -- shocker. But in a twist, Wilson mentioned another Seattle franchise he'd consider playing for.

Making the Leap, No. 11: Saints WR Brandin Cooks -
Brandin Cooks was on pace for 85 receptions and 1,000 yards before a thumb injury prematurely ended his rookie season. Will he sail past those numbers in 2015? Chris Wesseling explores.

Four irresponsible early July predictions -
It's way too early to start throwing around predictions for the 2015 NFL season, right? Wrong! Marc Sessler and Conor Orr kick off the holiday weekend with four completely irresponsible prophecies.

Which teams have the most to lose by flopping in '15? -
Jerry Jones has a lot riding on the 2015 season. Do the Cowboys have the most to lose this year or is it Rex Ryan, who received a second shot with the Bills?

Russell Wilson on Jimmy Kimmel Live: “I just want to be paid based off my play. It will all work out in the end. We’ll figure it out” | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Seattle Seahawks still seen by most as best bet to win Super Bowl 50 - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks will win Super Bowl 50 at the home of their arch rivals, if the odds hold true.

Pursuit of big-money contract comes at a cost for Seahawks QB Russell Wilson | The Seattle Times
For the first time, the Wilson image is absorbing some serious puncture wounds. That’s what happens when money and contract negotiations rear their ugly headlines.

49ers' vets face competition to hold onto roster spots | CSN Bay Area
There are three returning players whose spots on the 53-man roster are not completely secure with training camp scheduled to open at the end of the month...

The Baltimore Beatdown Podcast - Episode 0.1 - Baltimore Beatdown
The second episode of The Baltimore Beatdown Podcast is upon you. We continue to refine some things and test before we go officially live. Your hosts Daniel, Kyle and Matthew cover all the...

6 Takeaways from NFL Network Analyst Daniel Jeremiah
Jeremiah covered a number of topics on 49ers Live, including Colin Kaepernick, Torrey Smith and standout 49ers rookies.