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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Wednesday

You know what day it is.

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News, notes and quotes Tuesday: Wilson says offense is progressing | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Because of the short week, today was treated like Wednesday normally would. So, that meant Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman took the podium.

Earl Thomas the hornet in Seahawks’ swarming defense
Monday metatarsal musings: Earl Thomas, the Seahawks’ All-Pro free safety, was once again in the middle of everything good that the defense did in Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans.

Seahawks’ Michael Bowie steps up in Breno Giacomini’s absence - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Four weeks ago, Seattle Seahawks right tackle Michael Bowie was the “next man up.” But with the way he’s played in relief of starter Breno Giacomini, it seems Bowie might be “the man” for the foreseeable future.

Walter Thurmond explains his 'English gentleman' look -
It was undeniably dapper but not quite fashion forward.

Tavon Austin has disappeared from Rams' offense -
When the St. Louis Rams traded up to select wide receiver Tavon Austin at No. 8 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, they had visions of Percy Harvin dancing in their heads. What they have seen through six games more closely resembles Dexter McCluster.

Power Rankings: No. 4 Seattle Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
A weekly examination of the Seahawks' Power Ranking:

Should the NFL get rid of Thursday Night Football? | National Football Post
Lack of rest, preparation make for sloppy contests.

What we're not overreacting to after Week 6 -
Gregg Rosenthal tells fans in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, New York and Kansas City to calm down. It's for your own good.

Tuesday afternoon notes and quotes | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman each met the media today on what will be the one day this week when Seahawks players are available to the press. Below are a few notes and quotes, as well as some video:

First Look: Arizona | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here is our weekly First Look at Seattle’s upcoming opponent:

2014 NFL Draft Rankings: Marcus Mariota making a run for the top | The MMQB with Peter King
This is not a mock draft. This doesn't take into account NFL teams or positions of need. This is a list of college football players—made by someone who covers college football—who, based on their skills and success at the college level, project well to the next level.

Thiel: Seahawks offense coming together — really | Sportspress Northwest
Despite a modest 20 points, Pete Carroll saw enough good things Sunday to proclaim progress, particularly since Russell Wilson had sufficient protection to make quality passes.

Joseph Fauria is dancing for Detroit Lions with early touchdown blitz | The MMQB with Peter King
Receiving touchdowns this season: Joseph Fauria, tight end, Detroit: 5. Andre Johnson, Hakeem Nicks, Julio Jones, Vincent Jackson (combined): 4. There were 16 tight ends taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, but Fauria, the nephew of veteran NFL tight end Christian Fauria, was not one of them.

Keenan Allen, Joseph Fauria among rookies who broke out in Week 6 | Audibles -
With the seemingly unending carnage in training camps, when every day someone new was being carted off the field, it should have been obvious that rookies from a deep draft class were going to play a major role in the 2013 season.

'Challenge' for Seahawks Clemons to play Thursday | - Sports
RENTON -- In Pete Carroll's world, every week is a championship week, and you'll never catch the Seattle Seahawks head coach or his players looking...

Most Pick Sixes Thrown in NFL History
Three years ago to the day, I crunched the numbers to see which quarterbacks had thrown the most pick sixes thrown in NFL history. With three more years of data, a robust play-by-play database, and, ya know, Matt Schaub, I figured it was time for an update. In case you haven’t noticed, Schaub became the first player to ever throw pick sixes (picks six?) in four straight games, and then on Sunday, T.J. Yates got the Texans into the record books as Houston had an interception returned for a touchdown in five straight games. But I thought it would be fun to look at the career leaders in pick sixes (and remind you that I discussed the rising rate of interception scores in the offseason).

Advanced NFL Stats: When Should the Defense Decline a Penalty After a Loss? Part 1
Let's say there's a sack or other tackle that results in a several-yard loss. And to compound the offense's woes a flag for holding is thrown, potentially setting up a 1st and 20 situation. Should the defense accept or decline the penalty and force a 2nd and X? We can evaluate this question in a few ways. We'll use a simple method and a more complex method to find out when a defense should normally decline a penalty on first down.

Boone: Am I supposed to be an animal now? | CSN Bay Area
When 49ers right guard Alex Boone was kicked in the face after the 49ers scored the game-clinching touchdown Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, his reaction was predictable.

Tavon Austin losing playing time with Rams - Turf Show Times
If you blinked this week, you may have missed Tavon Austin's three offensive snaps. Why are the Rams writing their first-round pick out of the script?