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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Gameday

Gameday, baby.



Seattle’s Alvin Bailey looking to grab starter status after the draft passed him by | Audibles -
RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks come into the 2013 season with Super Bowl hopes high, but if any of Pete Carroll's dreams are to come true down the road, Seattle's offensive line will have to perform at a singularly special level.

Two-Minute Drill: Rookie Spencer Ware primed for playing time at fullback vs Denver
After excelling at running back last week against the Chargers, rookie Spencer Ware will get to showcase his physicality at fullback on Saturday against the Broncos.

More questions about Seahawks' offense or defense? -
You don't necessarily pick up where you left off in the NFL.

Zach Miller off PUP and other Friday Seahawks notes | - Seattle Sidelines
"Zach will come off the PUP today, and next week will be much more involved," Pete Carroll said. "We’ll continue to be very measured in how we bring him back in, but it’s great to have him back and he’s ready to go."

Packaged Plays and the Newest Form of Option Football - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
This time last year, Doug Marrone, then Syracuse's head coach, had a serious problem — his offense. Marrone, now head coach of the Buffalo Bills

Exhibition expectations grow for Seahawks in second game vs. Broncos | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle will look to get more production out of its No. 1 offense and more strong performances from the defensive line.

After a big payday, Red Bryant is staying hungry for the Seahawks | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Bryant wasn’t satisfied with his play last year, so he got serious about staying healthy and working hard this offseason to ensure that Seattle’s investment in him wasn’t a bad one.

Seahawks have no timetable for Percy Harvin’s return from hip surgery | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
"No, we don’t know that yet. We just know that the surgeon who did the work, the specialist, was thrilled with the way that he came back during the days right after the surgery," Carroll said. "He was pleased with his ability to get range of motion because that was way ahead of schedule. "So that’s a great sign that they transferred to us. So we’re hopeful. It’s going to take a good month before we will be able to figure out if he is even going to have a chance to come roaring back out of it. But the signs are very good and so we’ll see what that means. We’re not putting any number of weeks on him because we don’t know."

Five Questions: Broncos at Seahawks
Andrew Mason takes a look at the top five questions headed into the Broncos' second preseason game at Seattle.

Seahawks’ Bryan Walters getting a shot with his childhood team | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Walters, a fourth-year receiver from Cornell, has been a fan of the Seahawks ever since he attended practices and games as a kid with his aunt, who was a secretary for former coach Tom Flores.

Not convinced on the NROL (National Read Option League) « Seahawks Draft Blog
I like Josh Norris’ scouting reports at Rotoworld and enjoyed his early 2014 mock draft published earlier today. (Well, I didn’t like Seattle passing on Brandon Coleman for a linebacker. Didn’t really get that one. But I digress.)

Bruce Arians doesn’t “see the dominance” of the 49ers and Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
When talk turns to the NFC West, most people pick either the 49ers or the Seahawks to win the division.

Focus on: Phil "Full" Bates
What is wide receiver Phil Bates doing lining up at fullback for the Seahawks? Taking that old the-more-things-you-can-do line to the max, and also picking up a new nickname.

What to Watch For: Seahawks vs. Broncos -
Danny O'Neil looks at three Seahawks with an opportunity at hand and three others with something to prove in Saturday night's preseason game against the Broncos. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

What the Seahawks see in linebacker Allen Bradford -
Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. tells 'Brock and Danny' about Allen Bradford's transition from running back to middle linebacker. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Zach Miller is back, and Seahawks need him - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller has never played fewer than 15 games in an NFL regular season. He has played between 81 percent and 98 percent of the offensive snaps for his team in each of the past five seasons.

RENTON: Seahawks' Byron Maxwell fighting to remain healthy | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
For Byron Maxwell, the time is now. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback, who is entering his third NFL season, was held back by injuries in his first two years.

Jordan Hill can’t wait to hear the roar
The Seahawks’ rookies have heard the stories about just how loud the 12th Man can be at CenturyLink Field. But Jordan Hill and the other members of this year’s rookie class are about to find out for themselves.

The Seahawks Backfield Dilemma | Wait For It Seattle
When the Seahawks decided to draft Christine Michael in the second round and Spencer Ware in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, a pretty talented yet stable backfield got a bit more complicated. As training camp concludes and the preseason continues, the running back and fullback positions are getting cloudier rather than clearer. With the emergence of Derrick Coleman as a hybrid RB/FB, the Hawks are going to have to make some extremely tough decisions come roster cut down on August 27th (75 men) and August 31st (53 man final roster).

Seahawks rookie attempting difficult position change | - Sports
But he believes the intensity Cable is looking for will show up as he becomes more comfortable making a position switch that is rather rare in the NFL. "It's something where I catch myself second-guessing myself," he said. "I'm still learning the offenses, so sometimes I kind of hesitate, things like that, worrying about doing the right thing instead of just going. It's something I've been working on and something that'll keep coming along as I keep learning the offense."

Seahawks hoping to keep finding undrafted gems |
Before they landed in Seattle's camp, Benson Mayowa and John Lotulelei knew nothing of the Seahawks' recent history of giving undrafted rookies a spot on the final 53-man roster.

Raiders QB Matt Flynn sacked five times in one half -
Matt Flynn should be thankful he's still upright after Friday night's Oakland Raiders loss. Facing constant pressure from the New Orleans Saints, Flynn was sacked five times in one half of work.

Tim Tebow throws for negative yardage in Pats' win -
Tim Tebow had a night to forget during the New England Patriots' preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Could another performance like Friday's put Tebow on the wrong side of the roster bubble?

San Diego’s dysfunction is holding up a deal for a Chargers a stadium | The MMQB with Peter King
When Peter King approached me about writing a weekly West Coast-centric column for his website, I found it attractive not only because I believe Sports Illustrated’s football coverage has had an eastern bias, but also because it meant shorter flights from my home in San Diego.

The All-22: Philly’s speed kills, but it’s Chip Kelly’s fakes that confound defenses | Audibles -
With all the talk about the Philadelphia Eagles' fast-break offense under new head coach Chip Kelly, the real effect of that offense will be seen over time as NFL defenses adjust and adapt to concepts they may not have seen.

Opportunities abound for St. Louis Rams rookie linebackers - ESPN
As part of the Rams major roster makeover of 2012, seven undrafted rookie free agents made the team's opening day roster.

Did Bill Belichick Invent the Two Tight End Offense?
Here’s the short answer: No.

Three things revisited: 49ers-Chiefs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Looking back on three things discussed here before the San Francisco 49ers' 15-13 exhibition victory Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium:

Cam Newton is done sulking | ProFootballTalk
The first two years of Cam Newton's career have included a bad habit of sulking when things go poorly. In his third NFL season, Newton plans to put on a happier face during unhappy times. Newton said, per the Associated Press, that his approach in 2013 will be this: "Next play.

Pete Prisco - Rams Observations: Will they throw it more now?
The Rams have added some nice weapons to the offense, but throwing it isn't Jeff Fisher's thing. Will he be forced to change?