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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

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10 NFL Teams That Need to Make a Big Splash in 2013 Free Agency | Bleacher Report
Historically, there are teams that are not very active in the unrestricted free-agent market. The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers are two perfect examples. While each team will sign their "homegrown" players, rarely do the Packers or Steelers spend big money on other teams’ free agents.

Can the NFL's Young Athletic QBs Sustain Their Early Rushing Successes? | Bleacher Report
Not only was the NFL hit by a youth movement at quarterback in the 2012 season, but it was a rare style of play with the ability to throw and run with elite-level athleticism.

With Super Bowl XLVII in the books, here are six observations from '12 season - Yahoo! Sports
"I have to give a lot of credit to the NFC West," York said, responding to a question about how a blowout defeat to the Seattle Seahawks in late December had galvanized the Niners heading into the postseason. "Nobody expected it to be, in my opinion, the toughest division in professional sports. The Rams are getting back there and gave us so much trouble. The Cardinals always play us tough. "The Seahawks? I don't know that I would pick the 49ers as the favorite to win the NFC West next year. That's how good they are. We have an unbelievable division and I think it prepared us for this run. And hopefully we can finish it off."

Bears Playbook - Trestman's Short Passing Game - Windy City Gridiron
Three routes all on one side of the field - a defense can't stop them all. Here's how Marc Trestman replaces the run game with the pass.

Smith, Barkley, Glennon, and Wilson – A Metrics Breakdown " Second Round Stats
I am the most excited about this post out of any other I’ll do pre-draft season because I did the exact same thing last year and I get to compare the results. Specifically, I’ll be comparing all of the "tier 1" quarterbacks to see how they stack up. This class is even more interesting than last year’s because no one is sure who is the top quarterback. This leaves far more room for statistical analysis to help us decide our own opinions. Within the analysis, I’ll be referring to an AvgQB which is a composite of data from last year’s QB class (Luck, Griffin, Tannehill, Wilson, Osweiler, Cousins, and Weeden).

Tier 2 WRs: Wheaton, Williams, Patton, and Hunter, A Metrics Breakdown " Second Round Stats
I had a few people question why I chose the tier 1 of wide receivers like I did. To answer that question, when I initially did the film study, those were the first four I picked as the top. To be honest, after doing the analysis I don’t think those are the top 4 anymore, but I’ll let you decide for yourselves based on the stats. This grouping consists of some intriguing prospects that could be as high as first rounders or go as low as the third round. Let’s call this group the boom or bust group.

Inside Monte Kiffin's Playbook: The Coverage - Blogging The Boys
Take a look into the playbook of the vaunted Tampa-2 secondary and examine Monte Kiffin's coverage scheme. How will the Cowboys personnel fit?

Inside Monte Kiffin's Playbook: The Attacks - Blogging The Boys
As the Dallas Cowboys prepare to implement Monte Kiffin's 4-3 defense, we take a look at the defensive line stunts from his '98 playbook.

Inside Monte Kiffin's Playbook: Monte Kiffin's Philosophies - Blogging The Boys
Take a peek into the philosophies and objectives presented in Monte Kiffin's old Buccaneers' playbook in an attempt to discern the 2013 Cowboys' incoming philosophical changes.

Monte Kiffin's Defense: Understanding TheTechnique Numbering System - Blogging The Boys
Take the time to review the essentials of defensive line technique-numbering, and develop a better understanding of why things are the way they are.

Inside Monte Kiffin's Playbook: 4-3 Over, Under, And Over Stem Fronts - Blogging The Boys
Take a peak at the alignments of the front 7 within Monte Kiffin's new scheme in Dallas.

Talking point: Seahawks taking a big man at #25? " Seahawks Draft Blog
On Tuesday a couple of people touted the idea of drafting a big defensive tackle with the 25th pick. Essentially, not an orthodox three technique.

San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog – " 49ers sign six to reserve/future deals
The others signed were wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, guard Al Netter, offensive tackle Kenny Wiggins, linebacker Nate Stupar and defensive tackle Lamar Divens. By signing a reserve/future deal, the six players, who are street free agents, will be under contract with the 49ers when the league year begins on March 12.

2013 Kiper mock 2.0: Seahawks thoughts - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. is back with his second 2013 NFL mock draft for the first round. We're running through the projected picks for NFC West teams in reverse order. Seattle is up next.

Rams, West will get fill of Gregg Williams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The St. Louis Rams' 2013 schedule became a little more interesting Thursday when the NFL reinstated Gregg Williams following an indefinite suspension relating to his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

Steve Hutchinson, Twitter and the Seahawks poison pill | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Can we laugh? It has been seven years since that fateful contract negotiation that saw Steve Hutchinson pried out of Seattle with the crowbar of a seven-year, $49 million offer sheet engineered to make it tough for the Seahawks to match it.

Matt Flynn Situation: Release Very Unlikely - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
After reviewing the terms to Matt Flynn’s contract, I can now say that it is very unlikely that the Seahawks will release him outright.

Green Bay Packers still have to make decision on Charles Woodson -
The Green Bay Packers still have a decision to make on Charles Woodson.

San Francisco 49ers still baffled by Jacoby Jones' TD -
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver and safety Donte Whitner have differing opinions about what went wrong on Jacoby Jones' 56-yard touchdown catch during Super Bowl XLVII.

NFL vets beware: the offseason cuts are coming | National Football Post
I've been there--twice. And it's no fun to get fired.

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

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

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Super Bowl Review Part I
The 2012 football season is officially in the books and the Baltimore Ravens, with apologies to the Toronto Argonauts, are the World Champions. There’s a lot that could be written about their offensive line, and how they came together after a late season shuffle to allow Joe Flacco to play the best football of his career. But this column has focused on the 49ers offensive line this year, and I’m not one to change horses midstream. The next two weeks I’ll look at how San Francisco’s offensive line played in Super Bowl XLVII; this week I'm focusing on their play before the blackout.

The Tape Never Lies: Xavier Rhodes needs to improve his fundamentals, but he has great ball skills | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
Florida State University has a mixed history when it comes to producing defensive backs. The most recent top defensive back they’ve produced is New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who was drafted in 2006 by the San Diego Chargers. But they’ve also produced Patrick Robinson, a struggling cornerback for the New Orleans Saints. Prospects aren’t generally evaluated on past players, though scouts certainly factor it in when gathering data. But it’s hard to ignore the Seminoles’ recent history of producing technically and fundamentally poor cornerbacks. That same lack of proper play by the cornerbacks is a concern with the most recent Seminoles prospect: cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

Advanced NFL Stats: Joe Flacco's Playoff Run Was Truly Elite (And Colin Kaepernick Was Pretty Good Too)
In January of 1990 -- the 1989 playoffs -- Joe Montana rattled off three straight incredible games. The 49ers legend compiled 800 yards on 65-of-83 passing (78 percent), fired 11 touchdowns and didn't throw a single interception. His five touchdowns and 297 yards paced San Francisco to a 55-10 demolition of John Elway's Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV. The performance capped what remains the best postseason ever from a quarterback.

Gauging Mike Glennon - Evaluations -
There are a lot of labels thrown around during the NFL draft season. Some prospects are called "franchise" passers whilst others are considered mere "game managers". And then there’s the group that many think they simply won’t live up to their billing. One of the quarterbacks that seems to fit into the latter for many is North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon.

2013 NFL Draft: Top 10 Combine Snubs - CBSSports
Even with 333 prospects invited to this year's NFL Combine, there were several surprising omissions from the official list

2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kevin Minter - Battle Red Blog
The six games I watched of Kevin Minter were not nearly as spectacular as I thought they would be.

2013 NFL Draft: Top five prospects at every offensive position -
Bucky Brooks provides position-by-position rankings for offensive prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft. Two of the hottest names: running back Giovani Bernard and wide receiver Keenan Allen.

2013 NFL Draft: Top five prospects at every defensive position -
With the Super Bowl behind us, it's time to get ready for the 2013 NFL Draft. Bucky Brooks takes a look at how the top prospects -- like linebacker Manti Te'o -- rank at each defensive position.

NFL drafts have come a long way over the past several decades -
Before the bright lights of Radio City Music Hall, the draft used to feature old magazines and rolls of quarters. Gil Brandt takes us on a trip down memory lane and shares tales from past drafts.