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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Tuesday



It's so damn hot.

The Bestest Buds In The NFL | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Even though they acquired Anquan Boldin over the off-season, the 49ers are going to need another receiver to step up while Michael Crabtree is sidelined with an Achilles injury for most, if not all, of the 2013 season. Whether receiver Ricardo Lockette wins that competition remains to be seen, but the contest to be Colin Kaepernick’s team BFF has already been settled, with Lockett the undisputed champion of Kaep’s heart since the two met at the 2011 Scouting Combine.

Seahawks balancing risk, reward with read-option
The threat of a running quarterback works both ways.

Most Improved for 2013: Tight end Jordan Cameron will bust out -
With one touchdown over two NFL seasons, Jordan Cameron is anything but a household name. Bucky Brooks explains why the Cleveland Browns tight end is due for a breakout season in 2013.

Seahawks’ line includes a pair of unsung heroes in Paul McQuistan and Breno Giacomini
All-Pro center Max Unger and Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung get most of the attention when it comes to the Seahawks’ offensive line. But right tackle Breno Giacomini and guard Paul McQuistan also are playing their parts in the offensive success.

How much will the Seahawks use the option? -
Danny O'Neil's latest piece on focuses on how NFL defenses are gearing up to stop dual-threat quarterbacks and how the Seahawks plan to minimize the risk of injury with Russell Wilson.

Big Misconception About Zone Blocking | Coach and Coordinator
One of the BIGGEST misconceptions about ZONE plays is that the entire O-Line zone blocks. You only ZONE from the “BUBBLE” to the next man out towards the callside. APPLY the “Uncovered/’covered” rule: If you are uncovered – zone with teammate towards call. If you are covered – zone with teammate away from the call. If you are BOTH covered – MAN block!

Five Seattle Seahawks Poised To Have Career Years - Russell Wilson, NFL
With all of their offseason acquisitions, expectations for the Seattle Seahawks are sky high. For some, anything less than a Super Bowl appearance will be considered failure.

Five 49ers Primed for a Breakout Season in 2013 | Fanspeak's NFC West Blog
The 49ers’ roster is loaded from top to bottom but there are some young players and veterans who are primed for a breakout or bounce back season.

ADP First Look: Undervalued - Draft Analysis -
Adam Levitan evaluates the initial Average Draft Position report and emerges with eight players going later than expected.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Nobody told me about my flaws until the Broncos did | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Since he was selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has had a pro football career full of some fairly epic highs, but also enough frustrating lapses in consistency to make some wonder if he'd ever reach the top of his amazing physical potential. In his three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, he picked off 13 passes and returned four of those interceptions for touchdowns. Before the 2011 season, he was sent to the Philadelphia Eagles in the disastrous Kevin Kolb trade (which got as many people fired as any trade in NFL history). And in two seasons in Philly, under some very strange schematic conditions, he logged just three interceptions, saw his playing time go down at first (though he led all Philly pass defenders in snaps in 2012), and disappeared from the A-list.

Top coordinators set to become head coaches | National Football Post
These assistants are ready for the next step in their careers.

Reports of the Ravens' demise have been greatly exaggerated | National Football Post
Despite offseason defections Baltimore remains one of the AFC’s best.

Some Initial Thoughts Running Backs
I’ve spent a lot of time this offseason looking at how to grade wide receivers; today I wanted to get some initial thoughts down on paper on running backs.