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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

Weekend, you guys.

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Will The Cowboys' New Defense Be Modeled After The Seattle Seahawks? - Blogging The Boys
Early reports linked the Cowboys' new defense to Seattle's playing style, but how much impact will that actually have on the product delivered on Sundays?

Training Camp for Scouts (Ross Tucker, Matt Williamson) Podcast
Training Camp for Scouts

Seahawks players surprise retired Kennewick soldier | Local News |
As retired Army Sgt. Andrew McMann sat on his couch surrounded by family, he had no idea the surprise of a lifetime was about to come through the door.

Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, Seahawks' path to success aims at Super Bowl - NFL - Sporting News
Get the latest NFL news, video updates, scores, schedules, standings and more on Sporting News.

Seahawks use safeties unlike any other NFL team -
Danny O'Neil continues his roster breakdown with a look at the Seahawks' safeties, who are led by the supremely talented Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Eight in the Box: NFC West camp issues - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What are the three key camp issues facing each NFC West team?

Donald Jones to be released by New England Patriots -
The New England Patriots signed Donald Jones to a three-year, non-guaranteed deal in March. The former Buffalo Bills wide receiver will now be released on the eve of training camp.

NFC West training camp preview: Four big questions -
The San Francisco 49ers need to replace Michael Crabtree. Will Vernon Davis lineup out wide? Gregg Rosenthal breaks down the biggest training camp questions in the NFC West.

Jim Harbaugh’s jab at Seahawks rings hollow after Eric Wright trade | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The rivalry between Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh is well-documented, and goes back to a specific "What's your deal?" incident when both men were coaching in what was then the Pac-10. Now that Harbaugh has taken the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl, and Carroll is firmly in charge of the super-buzzy Seattle Seahawks, it's safe to say that this NFC West competition has an unusual amount of enmity around it.

San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog – » Report: 49ers acquire CB Wright from Buccaneers
The 49ers acquired Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright for a late-round conditional pick in 2014, ESPN reported Friday.

49ers Blog and Q&A: 49ers continue to load up at cornerback, trade for troubled Eric Wright
Wright is now one of four 49ers to be charged with DUI in the last year and a half. The others are Aldon Smith, Demarcus Dobbs and Al Netter. The timing of the Wright trade raises questions, especially since Jim Harbaugh warned players late last month to stay out of the police blotters during the seven weeks before training camp begins. Rookies reported for camp today; veterans will report Wednesday. What's more, Wright was suspended for four games during the season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. He tested positive for Adderall, he said at the time. (You may have heard that Harbaugh recently tweaked the arch-rival Seahawks for their rash of allegedly Adderall-related suspendions). Wright's contract recently was renegotiated, and the 49ers are on the hook for $1.5 million this season.

49ers add to cornerback spot trading for troubled Eric Wright | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Intriguingly, Wright began his college career at USC playing for current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll before leaving there following the 2004 season when he was arrested (but never charged) on suspicion of rape, eventually transferring to UNLV.

Eric Wright scouting report: What to know about the new 49ers cornerback - Niners Nation
The 49ers traded for cornerback Eric Wright on Friday, and fans want to know what his role will be. We take a look at some scouting reports, courtesy of a couple bloggers on his former teams.

The Tape Never Lies: Andy Reid needs to alter his offense to fit Alex Smith’s strengths | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
Allow me to put you in John Dorsey’s shoes. After more than a decade with the Green Bay Packers, Dorsey was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs to turn around a talented but poorly coached roster that lacks a lifeblood. That lifeblood is the quarterback position, the most important position of all in football, if not any sport. Last season it was manned by an ineffective Matt Cassel, who was given the boot upon Dorsey’s arrival. That led to Dorsey looking at all his other options, which were admittedly limited.

How Do NFL Players Actually Benefit from Training Camp? | Bleacher Report
Training camp in the NFL is already underway for some teams, while others are merely days away. But just how much do players yield a return from all their preparation and effort ...

NFL training camp 2013: Storylines to watch - NFL - Don Banks -
With NFL training camps beginning to open in the coming days, there are no shortage of storylines to start tracking on the field. Here are 10 intriguing questions I can't wait to get answered as the league's summer break comes to its conclusion:

Seahawks X-Factor: Percy Harvin | The Furness Show
Only six more days until training camp begins for what could be the greatest season in Seattle Seahawks history. Last year was certainly a success but the Seahawks front office was not satisfied. The addition of wide receiver Percy Harvin will be the x-factor for Seattle this season.

Missouri governor waiting to hear from Rams on stadium issue | National Football Post
Jay Nixon could be key figure in process

Teammate tried to get $1 million from Ahmad Brooks after fight | National Football Post
No charges for 49ers linebacker after scuffle with Divens

NFL punishment of players shifting from Roger Goodell to teams -
The NFL is handling things differently now than six years ago during a scary time in football. Now, instead of Roger Goodell dispensing discipline, individual teams are taking the lead.

PFT Preseason Power Rankings No. 11: Washington Redskins | ProFootballTalk
For Redskins fans, this is the "fingers crossed" portion of the 2013 campaign. If quarterback Robert Griffin III continues to recover from his January knee injury, and if he returns to the field at full strength, then Washington fans can move from crossing fingers and knocking on wood to grinning...

Franchise values could spark major changes to ownership structures | ProFootballTalk
As NFL teams become more and more profitable, they also become more and more valuable. As one league source with detailed knowledge of the manner in which league ownership works tells PFT, they'll eventually become too valuable for one person or family to own.

Bill Barnwell names the best QBs throughout NFL history - Grantland
Every season there are a few great signal-callers, but which ones have reigned over all, and for how long?