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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Wednesday



Hump day, y'all.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 15 DVOA Ratings
The gap between the top two teams in our DVOA ratings gets even wider this week, a combination of Seattle's 23-0 stomping of the Giants and Denver's upset loss to San Diego. But at this point, Seattle doesn't just rank as the best team of 2013. It ranks as one of the best teams in DVOA history.

Michael Robinson on Russell Wilson: He Never Stops Trying to Be Great | The MMQB with Peter King
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Michael Robinson can think of dozens of examples. Here’s one: During the spring organized team activities at the Seahawks’ Renton, Wash., facility, the offense practiced a play that called for the veteran fullback to run a simple flat route.

49ers creative tension: The complex, competitive and winning Jim Harbaugh-Trent Baalke relationship | Talking Points
Though far from a franchise-turning moment, these machinations partly illuminated the creative tension that fuels Harbaugh’s relationship with general manager Trent Baalke.

Anatomy of a play: Earl Thomas' interception of Eli Manning - Dec. 17, 2013 | Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks intercepted New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning five times during Sunday's 23-0 victory to improve to 12-2 on the season.

Quantifying the best and worst of NFL broadcasting. | : Aaron Gordon Article
While Dierdorf may carry the torch as the worst commentator in the NFL, the Myers/Ryan crew holds the honor of worst tandem.

New York Times: Post-Week 15, 2013
This week at the New York Times, I look at the dominant Seattle pass defense.

Don’t expect to see Harvin before the playoffs | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that an update regarding receiver Percy Harvin will be coming on Wednesday. Whatever the update is, don’t expect to see him before the postseason.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Seahawks 2013 Defense Historically Great
Back in June and July, I published some research on some of the best defenses in the history of the NFL. The goal was to go beyond raw statistics, and try to measure defenses relative to the era and season they played in. The Steel Curtain is among the most famous defenses ever, but benefitted greatly from playing during the lowest scoring stretch of seasons in NFL history. As good as the Seahawks defense was last year, leading the league in opponent scoring (15.3) and finishing third in the NFL in opponent passer rating (71.8), the findings of my research indicated they had a long way to go before deserving mention with the all-time greats. Fourteen games into this season, the distance has closed.

NFL Week 15 key moments: Patriots-Dolphins, Saints-Rams, Falcons-Redskins | The MMQB with Peter King
'Tis the season for postseason berths, both secured and unrealized. Week 15 saw the Lions, Broncos, Bengals, Cowboys, Saints and Eagles fall flat on their faces with playoff positioning on the line. We’ll take a look at how the Rams’ pass rush thwarted New Orleans’ last gasp in St.

2014 NFL Draft Bowl Preview, Week 1 | Audibles -
The college football bowl season is upon us, which means we have one last chance to steal a look at some potential future NFL players. Here are some guys to keep an eye on as the first few bowls kick off. New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State vs. Washington State (Dec.

Green Bay Packers surprised by Dallas Cowboys' run-averse game plan | Audibles -
In their last four games, the Dallas Cowboys have run for 107, 144, 198 and 134 yards. They've executed the run-blocking scheme established by de facto offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, and that scheme has made the Cowboys a more balanced team than they've been at any other time in the Jason ...

NFL Prospect Focus: Justin Gilbert and Kyle Fuller | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel breaks down two highly touted corners

NFL Prospect Focus: Jason Verrett | National Football Post
TCU’s corner has made quite a name for himself the last two years

NFC Playoff Picture: Three divisions up for grabs -
LeSean McCoy's Philadelphia Eagles are jockeying for both playoff position and an NFC East title. With three divisions still in doubt, who will rise down the stretch as the conference bracket takes shape?

Week 16 NFL Honors stock watch -
Around The League updates the NFL Honors stock watch for Week 16. Are quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson emerging as favorites for the Most Valuable Player award?

Cardinals expect Larry Fitzgerald to play vs. Seahawks -
Larry Fitzgerald won't practice Wednesday, but Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is confident the star wide receiver will recover from his concussion in time to play Sunday against the Seahawks.

QB Index: Colin Kaepernick looks Super Bowl-ready -
Colin Kaepernick and his San Francisco 49ers look plenty good, while Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo keep falling into bad habits. Gregg Rosenthal ranks the top quarterbacks for the 2013 season.

Harbaugh wants Phil Dawson back with 49ers next year | ProFootballTalk
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t taking the consistency of kicker Phil Dawson for granted.

Intriguing Defensive Players In 2014 NFL Draft | 'Hawk Talk With Cole
Boseko Lokombo OLB Oregon-Where do I start with a guy like Boseko Lokombo? Not only does he look amazing on tape, but it is even better listening to the announcer say his name. Lokombo runs a 4.62 40-yard-dash and measures in at 6'3". This guy could be a gem. His head coach, Mark Helfrich, said his potential is 'Almost limitless'. Below is a highlight video. Feel free to take a look.

Power Rankings: No. 1 Seattle Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
A weekly examination of the Seahawks' Power Ranking:

Top NFL Rookie of Week 15: Chargers WR Keenan Allen -
Allen's two touchdown receptions spurred San Diego's impressive road upset over the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos.

Tuesday in Hawkville: Seahawks’ run defense steps it up
The Seahawks allowing 25 rushing yards against the Giants, the lowest total yielded in a span of 120 games, was just the latest – and greatest – example of the defense’s improved efforts against the run.

Top Earning Undrafted NFL Free Agents | The Daily Spot
With much attention being given to NFL players who were drafted in late rounds and have manufactured long and productive careers, we thought we’d take things one step further. The following is a list of the top paid-players (according to retrievable data) who were “undrafted” out of college, yet put together great careers. Many of these players are still active in the league today.

▶ Mike Robinson - Pre-Game vs Giants 2013 - YouTube
Take a good look at this place, we're coming back. Believe that shit man. It's real out here! Take em out early, and they DONE!

49ers fans to buy billboard in Seattle | ProFootballTalk
The battle has been joined.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks: Spread Analysis and Pick Prediction | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Seahawks Unanimous for Top AP Pro32 Spot - ABC News
Seahawks Unanimous for Top AP Pro32 Spot

Photo by bonjourdanielle
Holy cow! Russel Wilson and @macklemore just showed up!! #letsgetamillion

NFC West: The Good, Bad & Ugly from Week 15 | Fanspeak's NFC West Blog
All four teams from the NFC West won this Sunday; the 49ers and Seahawks by larger margins and the Rams and Cardinals by closer games.

Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick: The Rise of the Discount QB -
The defensive ferocity of the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers says less about their playbooks than about their payrolls.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Film review: 49ers don't wilt in Florida; Crabtree's suddenness, tight end troubles
The 49ers have played only one other game this season - against the Saints - in the south, and that game was in an air-conditioned dome. (No, I don't consider Landover, Md. the south). After Sunday's contest, several players noted how humid it was in Tampa. But it was the home-town Buccaneers who seemed to bear the brunt of the issues.

Dominique Easley documents knee rehab -
NFL clubs may have due concern about the health of former Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley's right knee, but based on the draft prospect's detailed accounts of his own recovery, there should be little concern about the effort he is putting into rehab.

One photo of Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says a lot - ESPN
I have to tell you, I love this photo. Sometimes, one photo can tell you all you need to know.

With the College season ending, what's up next for NFL scouts?
The past four months have been pivotal for prospective NFL Draft prospects. Professional scouts have been scouring the country; showing up to watch film in the early hours of the morning, taking lunch breaks to speak with pro liaisons, grabbing a few minutes with position coaches as they walk out to practice, catching the first few warm up drills to get a sense of how a particular player might move around. Through the copious notes and detailed chicken scratch, they piece together the various components of a puzzle that will ultimately lead them to their evaluation of whether he “can or can’t” for their team. Then it’s on to the next one.

NFL Penalties: The Facts and Figures of Flags - Best Tickets Blog
In 1999, in a game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Tennessee Titans were penalized 15 times for 212 yards. Most teams would not be able to overcome such a deficit, but the Titans, who would eventually reach the Super Bowl that season, managed to pull out a victory in this particular game. Penalties can add up quickly and unless your team is championship-bound, too many flags can really hurt your chances at getting a win.