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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

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Thank goodness it's TGIF Blue Friday.

Russell Wilson "I just got to be better." - Dec. 26, 2013 | Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks have converted just five of their last 26 third down opportunities over the span of the last two games. The recent struggles of the offense have come more to the forefront after the Seahawks 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Thursday in Hawkville: Walter Thurmond returns to Seahawks’ deep, talented secondary
Having served his league-imposed four-game suspension, cornerback Walter Thurmond is back on the practice field and preparing to return to game action in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Rams.

Bill Belichick attributes increased injuries to NFL offseason workout limits | Audibles -
When the NFL and the NFLPA signed off on a new collective bargaining agreement in July 2011, one of the new provisos was that teams would have fewer organized offseason workouts. Players now have 14 weeks between seasons to rest, fewer OTAs, fewer practices with full contact and longer breaks between those OTAs and training camps. The idea was to reduce the number of overall injuries, but some in the league are not on board with that notion.

Seahawks' slump may not be coming at the worst time -
The Seahawks will not be league's hottest team entering the playoffs, and that is actually a good thing. At least that's what recent history says when it comes to winning the Super Bowl.

Top 25 NFL Cap Hit Increases for 2014 | The Daily Spot
We’ll take a look at 25 NFL players who have the greatest increase in cap hit from 2013 to 2014.

Calais Campbell: Cards best team in the NFC | National Football Post
Arizona has won seven of last eight games.

Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor repays his biggest debt with the ultimate gift | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
When hard-hitting Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor signed a new contract earlier this year, he had a surprise up his sleeve. What he did showed he has a soft spot for the most important person in his life.

Seahawks’ playoff scenarios: Laying out everything that can happen | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks can still win the NFC West and clinch the No. 1 seed with home-field advantage, and here’s a simple primer on all their playoff scenarios.

Seattle Seahawks boast NFL's best defensive nucleus -
In our latest edition of the Position Rankings series, Chris Wesseling searches for the NFL's best defensive nucleus. Where do Luke Kuechly and his Carolina Panthers fit in the equation?

Seahawks punt strategy on verge of NFL record -
For most of his career, Jon Ryan's task was to change field position with booming punts.

Person of Interest: St. Louis' Robert Quinn -
"Person of Interest" is a weekly feature in which we put the microscope on one player from the Seahawks' upcoming opponent. This week, it's St. Louis' Robert Quinn.

Russell Okung practices; Jermaine Kearse, Red Bryant sit out - ESPN
Pro Bowl tackle Russell Okung was a full participant at practice Thursday, which indicates he probably will start Sunday in the regular-season finale against St. Louis.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson remembers what his late father taught him - ESPN
Three days before the season finale against St. Louis, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted a photo of his dad. It will stun you. The resemblance is uncanny.

Richard Sherman: “If you’re going to keep doing it, I’ll keep doing my job. | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is on one of the hotter tears in the NFL right now, having picked off four passes in the last two weeks, giving him an NFL-high eight for the season. That comes after a five-game stretch in which he didn’t have any.

Wilson: ‘I’m not going to waver … I never have, never will’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Here’s everything Russell Wilson had to say today:

News, notes and quotes: Wilson takes blame for third-down problems | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks are 5-for-26 the last two games on third down. Russell Wilson claimed the blame for that today.

Unsung Seahawks deserving of Pro Bowl recognition | - Sports
RENTON _ A number of Seattle Seahawks are in consideration for an honor they hope they won't have to accept in person.All of them would far rather be ...

As usual, Seahawks-Rams finale means something - Seattle Seattle Seahawks |
The Seahawks are about to play the Rams in Seattle in the final game of the season for the third time in Pete Carroll's four years as Hawks coach. Every game has carried meaning, and this one is no different.

Should the Seattle Seahawks Shut Wide Receiver Percy Harvin Down for the Season? | Bleacher Report
With one regular-season game left to play and the playoffs quickly approaching, the Seattle Seahawks face a dilemma. Head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have to make a decision on All-Pro wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Seattle Seahawks: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 17 | Bleacher Report
It was a rough week for the Seattle Seahawks and their fans. Not only did they lose and fail to lock up the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs, but they also were given some bad injury news.

Which Seattle Seahawks Players Are Most Important for a Playoff Run? | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks are headed to the playoffs. That much is known. What isn't known yet is whether they will be the NFC's top seed and enjoying home-field advantage, or if they will be the No. 5 seed and forced to endure three grueling road games to try to get to the Super Bowl.

Kaepernick's Confidence Could Concern Niners Fans - San Francisco 49ers - NFL News - Pro Football Spot:: NFL, NFL Draft, and Fantasy Football News - Pro Football Spot Forums
As the 49ers head into the playoffs for the third year in a row, the confidence level of their starting quarterback remains a question mark. In 2011, Alex Smith entered the postseason looking crisp. Last season Colin Kaepernick (outside a week 16 blowout loss in Seattle), was lighting up the NFL. This year however, Kaepernick hasn't been nearly as proficient.

Rams Built for Future Success - St. Louis Rams - NFL News - Pro Football Spot:: NFL, NFL Draft, and Fantasy Football News - Pro Football Spot Forums
Forum dedicated to the coverage of the NFL, NFL Draft, and fantasy Football. We are an online community of NFL fans that have established a platform to provide and discuss quality football information.

Ravens' Brandon Stokley retires after 15 NFL seasons -
Wide receiver Brandon Stokley's career is over. Placed on injured reserve by the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago, Stokley has suffered a number of concussions throughout his 15 seasons in the NFL.

Injury roundup: Case Keenum could start for Texans -
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum will start the season finale if his thumb is healthy, while the Green Bay Packers' Eddie Lacy appears good to go. Check out the other updates in Thursday's injury roundup.

Calais Campbell: Arizona Cardinals are NFC's best team -
The frisky Arizona Cardinals could wind up 11-5 and still miss the playoffs. Defensive end Calais Campbell told "NFL AM" on Thursday that it's "going to hurt" if that happens.

NFL Prospect Focus: Notre Dame Offense | National Football Post
These standouts should be drafted.

Top 10 most important offseason personnel moves -
Here are the 10 areas where some of the NFL's worst teams can improve for 2014.

Top 10 most important offseason personnel moves -
Here are the 10 areas where some of the NFL's worst teams can improve for 2014.

Kenny Britt guarantees he’ll be a No. 1 receiver next year | ProFootballTalk
“I am going to be a No. 1 receiver somewhere else if I am not here next year, and that is guaranteed,” Britt said, via the Tennessean. ‘I am definitely going to be a receiver that makes plays on Sundays and makes something happen for a team.”

Scouting the Poinsettia Bowl: Utah State vs. Northern Illinois
The first of two bowl games at Qualcomm Stadium features a Northern Illinois team who lost just one game this season. It turned out to be a costly loss as it knocked the team from BCS bowl game contention. On the other hand Utah State overcame the loss of their starting signal caller early in the season to finish with a respectable 8-5 record. This game is filled with underrated defensive backs.

Scouting the Little Caesars Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green
The Pittsburgh Panthers had a nice year under second-year head coach Paul Chryst. This team features several intriguing NFL prospects looking to finish their career on a positive note. As for Bowling Green, safety Jerry Gates is the only one gaining any real NFL attention. Jon Dove looks at the top pro-prospects in this contest.

2014 NFL Draft: Top-Five Senior Wide Receivers
There are some extremely talented wide receivers that are expected to come out for this draft, but the majority of them are all underclassmen. That being said, there are still some extremely talented senior wide receivers coming out this year. While underclassmen still have more potential and upside, the senior wide outs are generally more polished and ready to come straight in and play. There are some talented seniors coming out this year and these are the top-five senior wide receivers.