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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday


Jamie McDonald

Happy Weekend, y'all.

Jermaine Kearse seeing things more clearly in second year | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Eye surgery has helped the receiver, who is sometimes remembered for making inexplicable drops when he played for the Huskies.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clean Up on Aisle 2012
At this point, most football fans understand that tackles are a bad way to measure defensive backs. Often when a defensive back gets a tackle, he's getting it because he screwed something up in coverage. The defensive back who leads the league in tackles is probably a guy who isn't that good at his job.

Redskins Offense Next Step: Read-Option Packaged With Routes? - Hogs Haven
The theme around the Washington Redskins the past few weeks has been about protecting star quarterback Robert Griffin III and the use of the option in the Redskins offense. I started looking back...

Panthers simplify play calls for 'up-tempo' offense -
Carolina's new offensive coordinator Mike Shula is shortening the play calls so Cam Newton and company can get to the line quicker.

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

Isaiah Pead and West's long suspension list - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Add St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead to the list of recent NFC West draft choices suspended to open the 2013 NFL season.

Sign up these left tackles for hazard pay - NFC West Blog - ESPN
San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley recently downplayed the significance of a procedure he underwent to repair a damaged meniscus in his left knee.

Eight in the Box: Playing for a contract - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at a player entering a contract year on each NFC West team who must deliver in 2013:

The book on 49ers corner Carlos Rogers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Carlos Rogers' contract with the San Francisco 49ers ranks among the NFC West's top three for cornerbacks in guaranteed money ($10.65 million), 2013 base salary ($5.5 million) and average per year ($7.325 million).

Throwback Thursday: Luke Willson
Before rookie tight end Luke Willson was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Seahawks, the native of Ontario was one extra-large hockey player and a power-hitting first baseman.

Videos | Toronto Argonauts
Mike Williams! Oh... damn. Mike Williams released.

Jamaal Charles is Kansas City Chiefs' final chess piece -
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has shown he is one of the NFL's most explosive playmakers -- when healthy. Does Andy Reid have even bigger plans for Charles this season?

Jim Brown: Mike Holmgren didn't respect me -
Jim Brown's relationship with the Cleveland Browns was fractured until he accepted a special advisor role with the team this week. The NFL icon says the way he was treated "didn't feel good."

49ers spelling bee fail: Only Colin Kaepernick can spell Nnamdi Asomugha’s name | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
It's long been a joke among NFL writers that you know you're in the club when you can type "Nnamdi Asomugha," and your spell-check doesn't skip a beat. The former Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback, who signed a one-year, $1.35 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers on April 2, is trying to stick on a very deep defensive roster and hopes to win a championship before his esteemed career comes to an end. Asomugha's getting used to San Francisco's smart and aggressive defense, but it seems that his new teammates are getting used to a name that's quite difficult to spell without a cheat sheet.

Pead suspension will result in four-figure fine for Rams | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this month, the Seahawks provided a reminder of a five-year-old rule that imposes fines on teams having players with multiple league-imposed suspensions in the same season.

46-year run ends for Pro Football Weekly | ProFootballTalk
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Longest Streaks without a 1,000-yard receiver
A couple of weeks ago, I looked at the longest team streaks without a 1,000-yard rusher. Today’s post examines the teams that went the longest stretch without boasting a 1,000-yard receiver. I’m only going to look at things starting in 1978 (with one caveat), however, as 1,000-yard seasons were much rarer before then. The Redskins and Cardinals didn’t even have a 1,000-yard receiver until 1962, when Bobby Mitchell and Sonny Randle hit those marks for Washington and St. Louis, respectively.

Jake Locker, the Tennessee Titans and Identity Not Being Optional | Pre Snap Reads
Chris Johnson became only the sixth player to rush for over 2,000 yards back in 2009. The then second-year player was the talk of the national media as he finished the season with 11 consecutive 100-yard games, before going to the Pro Bowl, being named first team all-pro and winning the offensive player-of-the-year award. In a league that was quickly moving towards the pass, Johnson started out his career with over 3,997 total yards and 26 total touchdowns during his first two seasons.

Arizona Cardinals offseason: Some stats for Todd Bowles' previous defenses - Revenge of the Birds
Todd Bowles has had mixed results in two and a half years as a defensive coordinator, but will coming to the Desert change his misfortunes?

Rams RB Isaiah Pead suspended for season opener - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams lost another player for a portion of the 2013 season to a league suspension.

Fantasy football: Sam Bradford vs. Andrew Luck - Turf Show Times
Some offseason deliberation for you concerning two quarterbacks in similar situations.