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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Sunday



Happy Sunday.

Silva's June Top 150 - Goal Line Stand -
While we don't expect to have a firm grip on position-battle outcomes until midway through or even the end of training camp, many depth chart situations have at least begun to clarify during OTAs. Some significant injuries have already occurred. Mandatory, full-squad minicamp season will begin next week. Training camp opens in late July.

Greatest Coaches in NFL History - George Halas - ESPN
Any discussion of the most important figures in NFL history has to include George Halas. The longtime player/coach/owner of the Chicago Bears was there from the league's very beginning, and his impact on the league is undeniable.

NFL Salary Cap - Performance-Based Pay within Player Benefits
One of the local Tweeters here in Denver just recently shot over this question regarding Performance-Based Pay (PBP);

Versatility makes D-lineman Bennett valuable to Hawks | - Sports
So often in sports, "tweener" is the worst label you can slap on an athlete.

Players on the Steelers’ defense still think Tim Tebow can play | ProFootballTalk
If anyone in the NFL still believes in Tim Tebow, it would be the players on the defense that got shredded by Tebow in the playoffs after the 2011 season.

Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees on Forbes' highest-paid list -
Quarterbacks Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers are the highest-paid players in the NFL, according to Forbes' latest list of "The World's Highest-Paid Athletes."

JaMarcus Russell's arm still as strong as Joe Flacco's? -
JaMarcus Russell reportedly impressed the Chicago Bears with a "big arm" and positive demeanor at Friday's workout. But is the Oakland Raiders draft bust all the way back to 2007 form?

NFL Average Plays per Team Since 1950
In light of the Patriots nearly breaking the NFL record for plays, and the promise of up-tempo offenses in Philadelphia (under Chip Kelly) and Denver (Adam Gase), it’s easy to think that the number of plays run per team is about to reach historic levels. But that seems really unlikely.

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.

Offseason Review: NFC West | National Football Post
Each Wednesday, NFP will take a look at how one of the NFL’s eight divisions did in the offseason. Today, the NFC West.

Can Jay-Z succeed where other entertainers have failed? | National Football Post
Roc Nation continues to push forward in its pursuit of representing athletes.

Kellen Winslow receives New York Jets tryout invite -
Free agent Kellen Winslow told NFL Network's "NFL AM" in late March that several teams were interested in his services. The Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers never reciprocated, but the tight end finally has a legitimate suitor.

Russell Wilson puts some extra mustard on first pitch at Mariners-Yankees game | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
It's a subject that has been debated in and around the Emerald City over the last few months. Who is Seattle's most transcendent sports star: Felix Hernandez, or Russell Wilson? The Seattle Mariners pitcher and Seattle Seahawks quarterback were able to hang out a bit on Friday evening, when Wilson threw out the first pitch at the M's-Yankees game.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: King Felix and... President Wilson?
Long-time readers might already know this, but I'm not a "Seattle Sports Fan." Yes, I grew up in the Pacific Northwest (in the stark atomic splendor of the Tri-Cities). Yes, I became a rabid Seahawks fan back in '83 when I was eight years old. But the Mariners didn't move me- I became enthralled by Roger Clemens and latched onto the Red Sox for life. The Sonics? They were a fun, competitive team back in the 1980s, but I have always followed players more than teams when it comes to the NBA. When I moved away from the Northwest to Columbus, I adopted the Blue Jackets and Crew as my local rooting interests... So the Seahawks are the ONLY Seattle team that I root for.

Defining Expectations For 2013: JR Sweezy - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
JR Sweezy isn’t exactly a popular Seahawk. His feel-good story from training camp in 2012 quickly turned into a nightmare for Seahawks fans. Sweezy worked hard and did his best, but a guy who’d never played on the offensive line in his life had no business starting at RG for the Seahawks.

5 Benefits of Having Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey Together in St. Louis | Bleacher Report
Prior to the 2013 NFL draft, fans and media members alike had a feeling the St. Louis Rams would select two wide receivers. The only problem was no one knew who those two receivers would be...

Rookie lineman Bowie makes a statement | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Michael Bowie could potentially have a substantial role with the Seahawks this year. Giacomini has a firm grasp on the right tackle position and All-Pro is one of the game’s elite left tackles. But the position lacks depth.

Muscular (but no longer roided-out) rosters - NFC West Blog - ESPN
There was a point last season, sometime in October, when I stopped updating the 26-column rosters I'd maintained for every NFL team since 2007.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws out ’98-mph’ first pitch | For The Win
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson played baseball for North Carolina State in college, so when he threw out the first pitch Friday before the Yankees-Mariners game in Seattle, he brought the heat.