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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Gameday, baby

Stephen Brashear

Gameday, you guys!

Rookie guard J.R. Sweezy making most of second chance
J.R. Sweezy, a defensive lineman in college, got a baptism by blowtorch when he started at guard in the Seahawks’ season opener. But he has returned to the lineup more confident and obviously better.

Seattle’s John Schneider should edge an impressive field as NFL Executive of the Year | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Through his three years as the general manager of the Seattle Seahawks, John Schneider has made his way by going against the grain. To Schneider, conventional wisdom is what he makes it, and in conjunction with head coach Pete Carroll, Schneider has made a series of moves that have not only surprised the rest of the league, but also defined a Seahawks team that is the hottest in the NFL right now.

Richard Sherman might not be done with drug test fight -
"The decision really relied most heavily on the collection problem, and it comes down to that the arbitrator believed Richard Sherman over the collector's recounting of the facts," one of Sherman's attorneys, Maurice Suh, told USA Today. "This is a case in which there were two different versions -- the collector tried to refute what Richard had said about what had happened, and frankly, we didn't feel the collector was believable and we tried to bring that up in cross examination."

Under the Radar: ECU RB Reggie Bullock | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Las Vegas native Reggie Bullock was good enough as a high school running back for Alabama, LSU, Florida, Florida State, and Oregon to court him. Academics forced Bullock to opt for Arizona Western, where he earned consecutive 1000-yard seasons, earning the 2010 National JUCO Player of The Year Award. Why is Bullock not on most…

How viable is Steve Sarkisian as an NFL head coaching candidate? | ProFootballTalk
University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly isn’t the only Pac-12 head coach who is getting attention as a possible head coach in the NFL. Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian is also being rumored as a possibility for making the jump to the professional ranks.

The Tape Never Lies: Mike Pouncey should be in the Pro Bowl | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
Football’s most disparaging and embarrassing specter is nearing, as the Pro Bowl rosters were released earlier this week. As usual, there are qualms with the construction of it, as some of the invited surnames should not be going to Hawaii. Players are living off their reputations and getting voted in despite not performing to worthy standards, which only further adds to the abomination that is the Pro Bowl.

QB Class Wide Open After Smith's Slip-ups in Pinstripe Bowl - CBSSports
A disappointing performance in Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl from West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith will drop his NFL draft stock and trigger a race between a group of rather underwhelming candidates to be the first passer selected in the 2013 NFL draft.

Checkdowns: Career rushing stats in wins and losses
Yesterday, I noted that Adrian Peterson is averaging nearly two more yards per rush in losses than wins. He’s also averaging a nearly identical number of rushing yards per game in wins and losses.

NFL Draft watch notes for Saturday's bowl games -
A full slate of bowl games today features several very good NFL Draft prospects on both sides of the ball.

Jeremy Lane steps in and plays well
No Brandon Browner. No Marcus Trufant. No Walter Thurmond. No worries, as Jeremy Lane has stepped in and stepped up at right cornerback, even with opponents targeting the rookie.

Thoughts on Baylor’s Terrance Williams « Seahawks Draft Blog
I’m not convinced by Terrance Williams. He led the NCAA for receiving yards this year (1832) – 152 more yards than Biletnikoff winner Marqise Lee prior to USC’s Bowl game. He almost doubled his output as a junior and scored twelve touchdowns in another successful year for the Bears. Despite all of that, I’m not sold.

Count Tom Cable among the Seahawks' MVPs - Blog -
Schlereth singled out left tackle Russell Okung and center Max Unger. Both were named starters for the NFC Pro Bowl team. Unger made John Clayton's All-Pro team. "But I think that whole offensive line as a unit is playing great," Schlereth added. "They're nasty, they get after it, I just think they're playing greay up front."

Seahawks' Hill, Giacomini listed as questionable - Blog -
Carroll said his team is fortunate to have a meaningful game this weekend. A Seattle victory over St. Louis coupled with a San Francisco loss to Arizona would give the Seahawks the division title. Carroll said it's also a big deal to go undefeated at home this season. The Seahawks are 7-0 at CenturyLink Field. "Heck yeah it is," Carroll said after practice. "If you want to be a championship team you have to dominate at home. There is no other way to get it done. We have a wonderful factor here with Seahawks, we really do."

Seahawks playoff scenarios: from practical to inconceivable - Seahawks News -
Since the Seahawks' win against Chicago in overtime, a game they effectively won twice with two long touchdown scoring drives, the Hawks have taken us on the hottest winning streak in franchise history. The 2012 Hawks are for real right now and bring to mind the 1986 team that finished the season with five straight wins, beating its opponents by an average score of 35-14.

49ers offensive drive info by quarterback - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Some San Francisco 49ers fans are concerned a quarterback change could be throwing off the team's formula for winning.

With Smith hurt, a look at 49ers' DL drafting - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers have not drafted a true 3-4 defensive lineman since 2009. They've taken outside linebackers such as Aldon Smith. They've taken a college defensive end and turned him into a fullback (Bruce Miller).

Who cleans up when Rams send pressure - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The item Friday on the St. Louis Rams' blitz tendencies showed how many sacks the team has collected by the number of pass-rushers deployed. This followup shows which players collected those sacks.

Keys to the Game: Rams at Seahawks | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
1. Keep Rams run game in check. Rams running back Steven Jackson is 10 yards away from reaching 1,000 yards rushing for the eighth consecutive season. Seattle’s streak against Jackson is almost as impressive, however: The Seahawks have never allowed him to gain more than 100 yards in any of the 16 games in which Jackson has played.

Okung is playing loud this season | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Russell Okung doesn't have much to say about himself, but his play this season is speaking volumes as he develops into one of the best left tackles in the NFL.

For Seahawks, momentum is on the line in Week 17 | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle is unlikely to change its playoff spot, but that doesn't mean a loss wouldn't affect their postseason chances.

No fine for Seahawk but no apology either | Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times
The NFL didn't apologize to Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor for the mistake its officials made last Sunday. Instead, the league declined to fine him.

The 5 spot: Rams in focus | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Howard Balzer, one of the first NFL draft gurus who regularly covers St. Louis sports, has been gracious enough to answer five questions on the Rams heading into this weekend’s big matchup. You can follow Howard’s coverage of the Rams on the web and via Twitter. Check out the Q&A below.

Trufant back, but Seahawks injury update a mixed bag | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
“The cheerleading can only go so far,” Trufant said. “So to be out there running around and doing stuff, it’s a good feeling.”

Week 17:Matchups of the Game - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Seattle approaches their week 17 game with the Rams on Sunday with a chance to go 11-5, their best record since their magical run to the Super Bowl in 2005. The Seahawks are peaking at the right time coming off four straight wins, three of the blowout variety. The Rams are a better team than they are given credit for with a 7-7-1 record, including 4-0-1 within the NFC West. In order to preserve a perfect home record (with an asterisk) the Seahawks need to take care of business against the plucky Rams. Without further ado, here’s 2012’s last (regular season) edition of “Matchups of the Game”.

Pete Carroll: A True Competitor
Everyone has beliefs, but at WinForever, we’re looking to help people go through the process of self-discovery to discover what exactly they are. “I think the really important thing is to go through the process of nailing what your beliefs are, and making you bring them to the surface—and actually writing them down,” Carroll says. “Once you do that, you’re forced to make a commitment.”

Why Andrew Luck is even better than you think | National Football Post
Colts' QB has outshined Big Ben and Peyton as rookies.

How can Cowboys prep for Redskins 'Sprint' action? | National Football Post
All-22 look at Griffin's TD pass from Thanksgiving matchup.

Poor O-Line play has multiple coaches on the 'Hot Seat' | National Football Post
Cardinals and Bears are two examples of clubs with major issues along the offensive front.