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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday



It's the weekend.

What we learned from the Seahawks' OTAs, minicamp - Blog -
June is no time for conclusions.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Church of the Outside Zone
The zone stretch is a concept that this column has focused on since the very first Word of Muth about the 2010 Week 1 Redskins-Cowboys matchup. It’s probably the most famous run concept since the counter-trey, and more importantly it’s my favorite running play. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, no NFL running play can match a perfectly-executed zone stretch when it is cut back. A perfect under-center triple option is as pretty, but no one runs it at the pro level.

Rookies fitting in on Seahawks defensive line -
Seattle's secondary was already one of the league's best and the Seahawks had signed free agents Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to help bolster the defensive end position.

The NFL believes the Read/Option is here to stay | The Sideline View
So far this off-season, the "Pistol formation" originator, Chris Ault, got hired as a consultant, coaching staffs have spent time with collegiate teams like Alabama for help defending the read/option and front offices have pushed to conduct special research to find analytical trends regarding the read/option. This off-season shows that NFL teams believe that the read-option won't be going away anytime soon.

Next for the Seahawks: Handling the burden of expectations | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Pete Carroll, who is always the sun shining above the Seahawks, walked away sprinkling giddiness. Of course he did. Carroll could make a wart seem like a beauty mark.

What happens if Seahawks need backup QB - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
A newly re-signed Tarvaris Jackson will compete against Brady Quinn for the No. 2 job behind Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Russell Wilson.

Catching Up with the Rookies
One of them plays defensive tackle and the other plays tight end, but they are similar in three other ways. Jesse Williams and Luke Willson are both rookies, both drafted in the 5th round and both from countries other than the USA. Tony Ventrella spent some time with Jesse and Luke talking about their rookie season so far and their home countries of Australia and Canada.

Safety gives Rams welcome veteran depth - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The St. Louis Rams have remade their safety situation this offseason, adding third-round choice T.J. McDonald after parting with veterans Craig Dahl and Quintin Mikell.

What happens if Seahawks need backup QB - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A newly re-signed Tarvaris Jackson will compete against Brady Quinn for the No. 2 job behind Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Russell Wilson.

Tarvaris Jackson back with Seahawks on 1-year deal - Blog -
Defensive end Cliff Avril took part in his first full-team drills on Thursday after being limited to individual position activities on Tuesday and Wednesday. Avril has been slowed by plantar fasciitis this offseason, something that had not bothered him previously. "I've had issues with the foot," Avril said. "But I've never really had what I had this offseason. But I'm bouncing back from it. It's feeling good."

Kilgore Turns Heads at Minicamp
Receivers, tight ends and running backs all turned in eye-catching receptions throughout the 49ers three-day minicamp. Daniel Kilgore, however, provided the most memorable reception of the veteran camp.

Steve Mariucci Admires 49ers Roster
"It brings me back because my first year here as the Niners coach in '97, we lost Jerry Rice for the season," Mariucci said. "That's very hard to deal with, losing a player like that. The way the Niners run the football, play offensive football, they have a West Coast Offense plus this pistol offense, which is a lot of fun to watch and very difficult to defend. With that said, plus this great defense, there's a lot of good things ahead for this team."

Lemonier Embraces Position Change
"It's been challenging, but it's something I've been doing and I keep getting better and better every day," Lemonier told "I just come out here and keep working."

Willis hungry to improve on first six seasons | CSN Bay Area
Shortly before middle linebacker Patrick Willis walked off the 49ers' practice field Thursday as one of 31 players with perfect attendance in the offseason program, he spoke to the entire team.

Guard Job Up for Grabs Again
The names have changed but the job opening remains the same. For the second year in a row, the Rams figure to call it an offseason program with a vacancy at left guard ready to turn into one of training camp’s most heated position battles come late July.

Rams Wrap Offseason Program
The Rams wrapped up what was one of the most stable offseasons they’ve enjoyed in years on Friday as they completed their 10th and final Organized Team Activity.

Cincinnati Bengals to be on 'Hard Knocks' again? -
The identity of this year's team to be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks" leaked out on Friday night. It's a familiar squad.

The Upside of TJack's Return - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Welcome back TJack! I couldn’t be happier that Tarvaris Jackson and the Seahawks have come to terms on a one year contract. Even more, I’m pl

Trestman tries to speed up Cutler’s release | ProFootballTalk
Sure, plenty of Jay Cutler's 148 sacks during his time in Chicago have arisen from less-than-stellar blocking. But Cutler could have helped himself by getting rid of the ball more quickly. New coach Marc Trestman hopes to make that happen. As explained by Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.

Alec Ogletree Receives No Offset Guarantees with Rams- Should Anyone Care - Over the Cap
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk just picked up the details that the Rams put no offset language in the contract of Alec Ogletree drafted number 30 overall which now has some speculating that it will change the parameters of contract negotiations of those selected between 21 and 30 as the players now have some leverage in their negotiations with the their teams. As I had pointed out back in my article on negotiating points for rookies the Rams actions in the draft will have almost no bearing on the negotiations of other teams.

83-Day NFL Warning: C.J. Spiller, Feature Back - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
I would say that the Chan Gailey era was a dark time for Buffalo, but really, after Gregg Williams, Mike Mularkey, and Dick Jauron, I guess darkness is relative. Doug Marrone, former Syracuse head coach and, more importantly, former Saints offensive coordinator, is the latest attempt at a worthy carrier of Marv Levy’s torch, and so far, Bills fans at least have to be pleased that the sins of the previous regime are slowly being purged.

Friday Toss-Up: Le’Veon Bell vs. Eddie Lacy | Audibles -
Each Friday this offseason, Audibles will pit two players head-to-head in an attempt to figure out which one will have a better 2013 season. We’ll then take it to Twitter, to get your opinions on the debate. Find our previous Toss-Ups here.

Gronkmare - Injuries in Depth -
Rob Gronkowski's back is shaping up as one of fantasy's biggest stories. Dr. Brian Eckenrode gives his take on the situation.