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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday


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Eleven Years And Counting
Outstanding. Now the real question? Want to be a Footballguy? That was the e-mail I received from David Dodds on June 6, 2002. The co-owner of then and now, Dodds was replying to a freelance article I submitted to his site. Two days later, my article was posted, and I had become a paid writer.

Man-to-man scheme right for Seahawks' Brandon Browner | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Browner should get more opportunities to get in receivers’ faces come September, when new Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn plans to put his Pro Bowl defensive backs on an island more often in order to create more pass rush opportunities up front. "We have a real style of how to play three-deep (zone) and man-to-man," Quinn said. "So I think it’s no surprise to see the increase of that technique and style. It’s a culmination of really embracing that style and then having terrific guys who can do it."

Breakout players: Jaguars' Shorts poised to make a name for himself - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
It's easy to say Aaron Rodgers is great, but which current players are ready to bust out from anonymity and become stars? Pete Prisco has some ideas, starting with Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts.

Rookie Reid required to learn both safety positions | CSN Bay Area
Rookie safety Eric Reid got a chance this week to prepare for the time when he is in total charge of the 49ers' secondary.

Rookie Reid required to learn both safety positions | CSN Bay Area
Rookie safety Eric Reid got a chance this week to prepare for the time when he is in total charge of the 49ers' secondary.

A quick NFC West roster snapshot - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFC West chat is getting underway, but first I wanted to pass along an updated roster snapshot for NFC West teams.

Video: Carroll on Seahawks' hopes for Thurmond - Blog -
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked about the team's "high hopes" for oft-injured cornerback Walter Thurmond following Wednesday's OTA practice.

Agent's Take: Analyzing the 49ers' blueprint for long-term success -
With young talent up and down the roster and a savvy personnel strategy, Joel Corry says the San Francisco 49ers are poised to be the next Patriots-like NFL franchise.

On The Chalkboard: Cover 3 Beaters- The Sail Combination (Video) - Blogging The Boys
As we prepare for the 2013 NFL Season, let's go back to the Chalkboard to look at a popular route combination used to attack Cover 3, a coverage we will see very regularly from the Dallas Cowboys under Monte Kiffin.

Finally healthy, Thurmond could surprise | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Cornerback Walter Thurmond is something of a newcomer, having played just five games the past two seasons due to a variety of injuries

Offseason optimism or legitimate hope? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL offseasons are all about hope for the future. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is already a glass-half-full guy anyway, so there's a chance he was overly optimistic Wednesday in suggesting the team's top pass-rusher could be available for the 2013 regular-season opener, counter to previous expectations.

Anthony Davis, Earl Thomas in perspective - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Using an early draft choice for an unusually young player can carry risks.

A quick NFC West roster snapshot (starters) - NFC West Blog - ESPN
@HavokHawk sized up the previous item and wanted to see the information narrowed for starting lineups. Lineups aren't set in every case. Injuries are affecting a few situations. We're still able to put together a snapshot visible in the chart at the bottom of this entry.

Seahawks update from Wednesday's OTAs | - Seattle Sidelines
The Seahawks were on the field practicing for the final time before next week's minicamp, and back with the team was Marshawn Lynch, who was not...

Defining Expectations For 2013: Golden Tate - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Golden Tate is now missing practices he can't afford to miss. Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE Looking at the film, it's easy to see why t

Andy Reid wants Alex Smith to air it out for Chiefs, but can he? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: To most, new Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is seen as a placeholder player -- a bridge guy who can keep the passing offense relatively mistake-free while Reid and new general manager John Dorsey fill in the personnel holes … Continue reading →

After further review | National Football Post
It’s been 15 years since instant replay returned to the NFL. And while the system works, it could still use an upgrade.

Report: Jaguars bring in RB Beanie Wells for workout -
Former Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells reportedly worked out for the Jaguars on Thursday.

A London NFL team could struggle to attract free agents | ProFootballTalk
If the NFL moves a franchise to London, as Commissioner Roger Goodell sees as a future possibility, that team may be at a decided disadvantage when it comes to free agency.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Best Cornerback Charting Stats 2012
As is becoming our custom, we want to apologize for us taking so long to post these. This year we worked hard to review all the game charting and get the data as accurate as possible, but that also delayed things a bit. We're working double-time behind the scenes to complete the book and upgrade our website, which is why content has been scarce and the player pages have not yet been updated with 2012 data and 2010-2012 similarity scores. Hopefully we'll be able to make those updates soon.

Seahawks have quality and quantity at cornerback
When it comes to the Seahawks’ cornerbacks, there’s a lot more to talk about than just All-Pro Richard Sherman and Pro Bowler Brandon Browner. They’re just the obvious tip of a talented and deep group.

Top 10 Thursdays: Top 10 Quarterbacks That Never Won a Super Bowl | Fanspeak NFL Blog
In last week’s edition of Top 10 Thursdays, we took a look at the Top 10 quarterbacks who never played in the Super Bowl. Sticking with a similar theme, this week we decided to come up with our list of the Top 10 quarterbacks who never won a Super Bowl game in which they were the starting quarterback.