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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Gameday


Stacy Revere

Gameday, baby.

Why do players bust?
The word “bust” is thrown around liberally this time of year, and while the player usually takes the blame it’s not always his fault.

Winfield feeding off Seahawks' youthful enthusiasm | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Cornerback Antoine Winfield, 36 years young, cast reason aside in choosing a young Seattle team known for its swagger over the familiar surroundings of Minnesota in free agency.

Ask 5: Is the zone-read here to stay in the NFL? -
The zone-read became a more popular option for NFL offensive coordinators to employ last season. Will we see it continue to spread around the league, or go the way of the wildcat?

Jaguars claim Kyle Knox: Meet the new linebacker - Big Cat Country
The Jaguars claimed Kyle Knox from the Seattle Seahawks, but who is he?

The 2013 College Football Index -
Presenting all 125 of Bill Connelly's advanced college football team profiles, collected for you in one place.

Jaguars sign Will Blackmon - Big Cat Country
The Jaguars have signed veteran cornerback Will Blackmon.

Rams film review: Alec Ogletree's big day - Turf Show Times
Alec Ogletree had a hell of a game against the Denver Broncos, even fooling the great Peyton Manning a couple of times. Why did he do so well? Let's take a look.

Miller, Carpenter set to play vs. Raiders | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“He’s going to get into the game, and he’s ready to go,” Carroll said. “It surprised us that he jumped back so well.” So what caused Carroll to have the change of heart? “He just looked so good,” Carroll said. “He’s ready. And there’s no reason not to. He’s full go.”

Darrelle Revis to Richard Sherman: Show some respect -
Darrelle Revis doesn't need to prove himself to anybody. Least of all, Richard Sherman. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback said Sherman should "quit attaching his career to my career."

Aaron Curry announces his NFL retirement on Twitter -
Aaron Curry was supposed to be the can't-miss kid. After just four NFL seasons, the linebacker is out of the league. The first-round draft pick from 2009 said his decision is the best thing for his family.

San Francisco 49ers punter Andy Lee hopes to unleash ‘knuckle punt’ in preseason
Let's face it: Punters have a lot of time on their hands to work on their foot crafts.

The conundrum of self promotion | National Football Post
Leveraging social media tools to promote oneself can backfire in the long run.

NFP preseason rookie report: Panthers vs. Ravens | National Football Post
A look at some first-year players in the Carolina-Baltimore contest.

NFP preseason rookie report: Chiefs vs. Steelers | National Football Post
A look at some first-year players in the Kansas City-Pittsburgh contest.

2013 All-Prisco Team Secondary: Don't know Reshad Jones? You will -
In the latest installment of his All-Prisco Team, Pete Prisco talks with Dolphins safety Reshad Jones, who is quietly becoming one of the best defenders in the league.

Pete Carroll: We have a big decision to make with Chris Clemons | ProFootballTalk
Cliff Avril is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury for the Seahawks, which cuts into their enviable depth at the position a little bit with the start of the season around the corner.

Ben Roethlisberger and Receiving-Corps Quality
While the state of the Steelers’ receiving corps isn’t as shaky as say, that of the New England Patriots, it could certainly be called an area of potential concern for Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense going into 2013. One of the biggest moves on the first day of free agency involved Mike Wallace departing for Miami; meanwhile, Heath Miller’s injury status — while more encouraging than previously thought — will cost him several games, and probably some effectiveness when he does eventually return. All of this comes on the heels of losing stealth HoFer Hines Ward (albeit an older, drastically less effective version) to retirement after the 2011 season.

Is Russell Wilson the next Ben Roethlisberger?
On the surface, Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger have almost nothing in common. Wilson was an undersized, overlooked, third-round pick, while Roethlisberger was a first round pick who is one of the most physically imposing quarterbacks in NFL history. But both players had pretty similar rookie years in a couple of respects.

Ray Rice-Bernard Pierce duo headlines list of NFL's best backfields | Audibles -
Picking the NFL’s top running backs? A relatively easy proposition. Start with Adrian Peterson, add in clear-cut stars like Ray Rice, Doug Martin, Arian Foster and it doesn’t take long to split the best from the rest.

Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson on Sept. 2 covers of SI | Audibles -
The future of the NFL meets the past on the covers of this week's Sports Illustrated. In 2012, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson took the league by storm.

Robert Griffin III will start Washington Redskins' regular-season opener | Audibles -
After an offseason in which his knee injuries were dissected in the media as few have ever been, it appears that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will start his team's season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, Sept. 9.

Zach Miller to play for Seahawks in preseason finale | ProFootballTalk
Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller spent the majority of training camp on the physically unable to perform list recovering from a foot injury but he will get a chance for a preseason tune-up before the regular season begins on Sept. 8.

What to make of Russell Wilson's preseason -
Russell Wilson was lights out last preseason en route to becoming Seattle's starting quarterback. This August, however, hasn't told us much about his readiness for the regular season. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Seahawks notebook: Injuries mounting at DT -
The Seahawks are running out of bodies at defensive tackle, and fullback Michael Robinson is running out of time to get back before the regular season begins. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Pete Carroll likes what he sees from Luke Willson -
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll praised rookie tight end Luke Willson when he joined 'Brock and Danny' earlier this week. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

#NFLrank: 49ers' late push on way - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers trail the Seattle Seahawks by one in the final quarter. They are in good position to prevail, however.

Six Rams who can help themselves - NFC West Blog - ESPN
For Rams on the bubble trying to steal a last-minute roster spot before final cuts have to be in on Saturday, there's one chance left. The Rams close

Assessing Seattle's injury situation - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Eleven days before the season opener, injuries are starting to become a concern for the Seattle Seahawks. Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril, the projecte

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Hawk Blogger 2013 Seahawks Season Preview Part II: A Look Back At 2012
Before looking forward, it is useful to look back. The 2012 season was among the best in franchise history by any measure. It started off looking like it might turn into yet another Seattle 7-9 win year as they stumbled to 4-4 after eight games. A 7-1 sprint to the finish line made the year anything by mediocre. All cylinders were firing. All limits were removed.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Hawk Blogger 2013 Seahawks Season Preview Part I: The Franchise
Players are told to approach each game one play at a time and each season one game at a time. Coaches and general managers build up their rosters and teams one season at a time.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Harbaugh has second chance with Stanford favorite son, Owen Marecic
Now Harbaugh gets a second stab at his former player. Marecic was cut by the Browns yesterday, making available through waivers today. Would the 49ers make a move? Marecic has other connections on the 49ers beside Harbaugh. Six other coaches, including offensive coordinator Greg Roman, are familiar with him from Stanford. There's also been a steady San Francisco-Cleveland pipeline of late, with players like Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Phil Dawson and Ray Ventrone coming this way and punter Colton Schmidt (UC Davis) going the other way. Schmidt was claimed by the Browns Tuesday.

Asomugha Securing No. 3 CB Role
Another day closer to the regular season, another battle for playing time coming into focus.

Injured players account for $13.5 million of 49ers' cap | CSN Bay Area
On the surface, the 49ers are comfortably under the NFL's salary cap. But the organization can use every dollar in cap savings it can muster when it comes to the final cuts.

Newton says Panthers are a playoff contender | ProFootballTalk
Last year, Panthers center Ryan Kalil called Carolina a Super Bowl team. This year, Kalil hasn't called his shot. Quarterback Cam Newton has. Appearing on WFNZ in Charlotte with Taylor Zarzour and Marc James, Newton said the Panthers are a playoff contender.