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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Monday

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The argument against Percy Harvin to Seattle " Seahawks Draft Blog
I had an email today from a reader called Chris. Thought it might create an interesting discussion…

Report: Vikings will actively pursue Percy Harvin trade -
Just days after general manager Rick Spielman played it coy on Percy Harvin's future comes a report that the Minnesota Vikings will actively pursue a trade for their volatile receiver.

Five potential landing spots for Percy Harvin -
It was reported Sunday that the Minnesota Vikings will actively seek to trade wide receiver Percy Harvin this offseason. Dan Hanzus lists five teams that would be a snug fit for the playmaker.

No-Huddle Series: LSU RB Spencer Ware | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I was a Spencer Ware fan the moment I watched him out-play his teammate Stevan Ridley as a freshman against Texas A&M in the 2010-2011 Cotton Bowl. Ridley had 105 yards and a touchdown to Ware’s 102. The future Patriot’s starter needed 24 touches. Ware did it with 10.

The predictive value of target data
In 2007, Doug Drinen and I wrote a pair of articles discussing our views on targets. I’m working on a wide receiver project this off-season, and a complete discussion of receiving statistics includes a discussion of targets.

Trivia: Single-season Leaders in Yards per Target
San Diego’s Danario Alexander caught 37 passes for 658 yards and 7 touchdowns in 10 games last year. Those might not look like great numbers, but when Philip Rivers looked his way, Alexander tended to produce. Alexander only saw 62 targets last season, but led the league with a 10.6 yards-per-target average (minimum 50 targets). Since 2000, there have been 21 receivers to average at least 11 yards per target on 50 targets.

Spielman tiptoes around the Percy Harvin problem | ProFootballTalk
"Percy is a very good football player," Spielman said in explaining the decision to place Harvin on injured reserve in December due to a sprained ankle sustained several weeks earlier. "I think the issue was we weren’t seeing the progress we needed to see. And when we made that decision to put Percy on IR, it was for his benefit down the road. He’s still a young player, we felt we didn’t want to put him out there to further any damage or risk of him potentially having long-term issues with his ankle. So we did what was best for Percy Harvin at the time. I know Percy was very frustrated from the fact that his ankle wasn’t coming around as quickly as he had hoped. . . . It was a frustrating time just because of the injury, nothing else."

Delanie Walker could be getting a chance to start elsewhere | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens won the Super Bowl, and their ultimate reward may be the loss of more than a few free agents. The 49ers finished second, but they’ll likely endure far less roster turmoil and turnover in 2013.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " San Francisco Linebacker Patrick Willis: "I Don’t Believe in Moral Victories at All"
Patrick Willis joined 95.7 the Game in San Francisco with the Wheelhouse to discuss how he is doing following the loss in the Super Bowl, whether he takes any solace in the fact that the 49ers went one step further than they did a season ago, how tough the last few days have been for him, his thoughts on next year’s team, what he makes of the criticism that Jim Harbaugh has been receiving and what he would like to say to the fans.

Combine Prep: Offensive linemen to watch in Indianapolis - CBSSports
With the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine less than two weeks away, is taking a position by position look at the players you need to know now. Who has the most on the line in Indianapolis? Who is going to dazzle in workouts? Who has medical concerns that could significantly alter their draft stock? We tackle these questions and more, starting with the offensive linemen.

Drew Stanton could join Bruce Arians with Cardinals -
Quarterback Drew Stanton played under NFL coach of the year Bruce Arians in Indianapolis last year. The two could be reuniting in Arizona this offseason.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Sea Change
I still feel punch-drunk almost a month after the second most painful loss in Seahawks history, but with the 2012 season consigned to our memories I've started to turn more of my attention to Seattle's football future. While I enjoyed watching the hated, loathsome 49ers lose the Super Bowl, a pernicious, pointless thought gnawed at me while I watched that game: We are better than both these teams. I should be watching us win the Super Bowl right now.

Jets, Cowboys among many teams in sticky cap quandaries - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
The Jets and Saints find themselves in a salary cap mess and big moves will be necessary. Jason La Canfora breaks down which teams figure to be shedding or adding big salaries this offseason.

The Combine Chronicles: Running Back | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of dissects performance by position at the NFL combine