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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Thursday


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Here are some things that you must read.

Switch from defense to offense is a difficult line to cross | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The first game of J.R. Sweezy’s career is never too far from his thoughts, and not for sentimental reasons.

PED use has led to suspensions of six Seahawks under Carroll | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
“I don’t know why it’s all pointed toward Pete,” Robinson said. “He can’t be around players 24-7. He does a great job creating an environment where guys have fun playing football. We’re all grown men. At some point it comes down to players making the correct decisions on and off the field.”

The Right Tackle Guy | Mitch in the Morning - Seattle's live and local sports station
“I feel like Coach Quinn is going to put me in more situations [similar] to how I was in 2010,” he said. “I’m going to have more opportunity to be a little bit more disruptive, where if I’m not making the play, at least I’m in the backfield.” Bryant credited Gus Bradley with being a tremendous defensive coordinator, but said he didn’t feel comfortable being placed over the tight end under Bradley’s system. “A tight end is not like a right tackle,” Bryant said. “He’s not going to really enforce the aggressions, whereas a right tackle you have to have your mindset right all the time, and you gotta be in attack mode. So I feel like I’ll be in a better position to be in attack mode a little more this year than I was last year.”

Teams pass on chance to squat on 160 UFAs | ProFootballTalk
The labor deal has a little-known provision that gives teams that ability to squat on unrestricted free agents who haven't signed elsewhere by June 1. Blog | Seahawks earn an A for offseason moves
Matt Williamson likes what the Seahawks have done this offseason to strengthen an already solid roster that includes All-Pro players in running back Marshawn Lynch, free safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Richard Sherman and center Max Unger, as well as five Pro Bowl selections – quarterback Russell Wilson and left tackle Russell Okung, in addition to Lynch, Unger and Thomas.

Richard Sherman shows he's more than big and brash - Blog -
Richard Sherman shouldn't be able to surprise anyone at this point. Not unless Seattle's outspoken cornerback takes the fifth, anyway.

Laces Out – NFL on FOX Blog
Here’s to you, Michael Robinson. We love you more than you can know.

NaVorro Bowman: Super Bowl loss 'still haunts' 49ers -
The San Francisco 49ers have a long road back to five yards away from a Super Bowl win. One key to their journey: Forgetting they were so close in the first place. That's hard for NaVorro Bowman to do.

What still irks the NFL fan | National Football Post
It’s time to focus on the fan.

Source: JaMarcus Russell could get workouts with at least three teams -
A league source said at least three teams are interested in Russell--the Bears and the Ravens are two of them, I'm told. USA Today first reported the Ravens' interest. I've also been told there is a third team--the old mystery team--and that team may be in the NFC West.

Analyzing Outlier Seasons for Receivers
After hearing that the other Steve Smith was retiring, Kyle on twitter asked me where Smith’s 2009 season ranked in the pantheon of anomalous wide receiver seasons. In case you forgot, take a look at Smith’s yearly production:

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | The Month In Quotes: May 2013
"Just to let you know, we have some great news that we'll be sharing tomorrow! I'm really excited about it! Stay tuned... " -- New singer of NBC's Sunday Night Football theme song Carrie Underwood, the day before it was announced she would be taking over from Faith Hill (Twitter)

92-Day NFL Warning: The Chicago Bears Finally Get Offensive - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
As is the case with many head-coach firings, the reason the Bears parted ways with Lovie Smith in December wasn’t because he’d done an inadequate job. When Smith came to Chicago in 2004, after three seasons as the defensive coordinator in St. Louis, he was assigned the job of restoring a franchise with a storied defensive history to its previous heights. For the most part, he was successful. In Smith’s nine seasons, the Bears finished in the top 10 in defensive DVOA eight times. Twice, they were tops in the league by that metric, but I'd argue taking a Rex Grossman–quarterbacked team to the Super Bowl in 2006 makes that year's second-place DVOA finish more impressive.

Bill Barnwell on a few NFL ideas we all want to see - Grantland
Let's break down some scenarios we'd like to see (but might take some money to bring about)

Breakout Player to Watch: Cortez Allen | Audibles -
Cortez Allen needed 14 games last season (and 29 in his NFL career) to nab his first interception. How exactly that interception came about offers a glimpse into the potential Pittsburgh believes Allen has at cornerback.