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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Tuesday


Jonathan Ferrey


The Seahawks and Mariners: A tale of two split franchises - Lookout Landing
Two very different sports with two wildly different franchises. The Seahawks are on the verge of a title, and the Mariners are nowhere close.

The Seahawks' John Schneider has built depth expertly. | : Dan Pompei Article
There is a manual for team building that many general managers refer to and adhere to. For some, it is a professional bible. If John Schneider's manual isn't in the paper shredder, it has to be covered with dust. The Seattle Seahawks general manager did not build his team by the book. He built it by feel. And he built it without a pattern.

Why So Serious? Why Richard Sherman's Post-Game Rant Shouldn't Matter | Bleacher Report
Case in point, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has created a whirlwind of criticism and debate after jolting the sports world with an outlandish interview following Seattle's victory over San Francisco.

Bill Plaschke: It's hypocritical to rip Seahawks' Richard Sherman for rant -
Fans who celebrate the boorish behavior of players during a game but can't stomach rude postgame remarks are being two-faced about it. The Seattle cornerback reacted with the boldness that fans expect of players.

Championship Wrap-up: They Are Who We Thought They Were «
The Super Bowl is set, but just how did the Broncos and Seahawks manage to get there?

'Come At The King, You Best Not Miss' - Over the Cap
“He’s a sheer competitor, phenomenal athlete, and I think those of us mortals who don’t have those abilities, sometimes it’s hard to discern the difference between that natural confidence born by that ability, and what some would label as arrogance or conceit.” Believe it or not, the above quote isn’t about Richard Sherman—it’s former Ravens Head Coach Brian Billick putting his psychologist hat on, attempting to explain the rash personality of Randy Moss.

Tale of the Tape from NFL Championship Sunday | Bleacher Report
Former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen takes you inside the X’s and O’s of the game with his five key plays from NFL Championship Sunday.

Film Room: Manning against Seattle in the preseason
On August 17th, Denver traveled to Seattle for each team’s second game of the preseason. Some people think the preseason is meaningless, but I thought it would be worthwhile to rewatch the first half of that game. If you’re interested, there were a pair of good recaps written in August from Field Gulls, the Seattle SB Nation site, and Its All Over Fatman, a Broncos site and friend of the program.

Boldin hints that he plans to stay with the 49ers | ProFootballTalk
“Thank you @49ers fans for embracing my family and I during our first year in San Francisco,” Boldin said moments ago on Twitter. “Your support this year was amazing.”

Richard Sherman sorry for taking attention away from teammates | ProFootballTalk
“When you really love somebody and care for them, you do everything you can help them be everything they can be,” Carroll said on the radio. “At times they are going to make mistakes and break your heart, but if you love them, you stay with them. You give [them] the best chance to be all they can be. Richard is a wonderful spirit. He’s got an amazing heart, and he has great sensitivity. He goes all the way to the end of the spectrum when it comes to expressing himself.”

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clutch Encounters: Conference Championships
The best Championship Sunday on paper in a long time did not fully live up to expectations, but it was still a satisfying day of football, leading to a dream matchup of the NFL's top offense against the top defense in Super Bowl XLVIII. Both No. 1 seeds won their conference for just the second time in the salary-cap era (since 1994).

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 20 DVOA Ratings
As usual after the Conference Championship games, we're not going to bother with the full 32-team table of weighted DVOA ratings, since there are only two teams left and most teams haven't played for three weeks. Instead, let's just look at the two remaining teams, Seattle and Denver. As you may remember from the end of the season, Seattle and Denver are the first teams to ever rank 1-2 in DVOA for two straight seasons, going back to 1989. Some other interesting notes about the rarity of a Super Bowl that matches the two best teams in the league:

Peyton Manning, Broncos vs. Richard Sherman, Seahawks in Super Bowl 48 | The MMQB with Peter King
"A lot of that was adrenaline." That’s going to be part of Super Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman’s newest column in The MMQB, which you can read (or shred) this afternoon.

Terrance Knighton, Danny Trevathan ignite Broncos defense against Pats | The MMQB with Peter King
You’d think at this point of the season, with 17 games on film, there’s not much the Broncos could throw at the Patriots that would be new. But you’d be dead wrong.

The improvised fourth-down play that sent Seattle to Super Bowl 48 | The MMQB with Peter King
SEATTLE — Patch Zebra Detroit. That was the simple play-call in the huddle as the Seahawks faced 4th-and-7 at the San Francisco 35-yard line, trailing the 49ers 17-13 with 13:52 left to play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.

Senior Bowl prospects to watch in advance of 2014 NFL draft | Audibles -
NFL fans, meet Jimmy Garoppolo. Those of you with a keen eye toward the draft likely already knew the name of Eastern Illinois' quarterback -- SI's Chris Johnson provided a closer look back in November.

New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers each face serious offseason questions | Audibles -
They say that success is never final, and failure is never fatal … but it’s hard to wrap one’s head around the subtleties of those two divergent forces after losing a conference championship game. Now, for those teams, the analysis portion of the year begins. Where are the holes? How can they be filled? Here’s one potential issue for the two teams eliminated on Sunday.

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post
A look at what an extra week of rest can do for injured players attempting to take the field during the Super Bowl.

2014 Senior Bowl players to watch | National Football Post
Keep an eye on these names this week.

Pete Carroll defends Richard Sherman after postgame tirade -
Coach Pete Carroll is the latest person to weigh in on Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's on-field, postgame tirade aimed squarely at 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's South practice -
Who stood out among a talented QB class? Which under-the-radar offensive lineman has a chance to leap into the second day? was on hand for the first official practice of Senior Bowl week and answers these questions and more.

NFL looking at possibility of playoff games on Friday and Monday -
If the NFL decides to expand its playoffs from 12 to 14 teams, that could mean we'll see postseason games on Monday and Friday during Wild Card Weekend.

2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's North practice -
Who stood out on day one? was on hand for the first official practice of Senior Bowl week and answers these questions and more

Clutch decision by Seahawks K Steven Hauschka led to 4th down TD -
"I didn't really want to kick it, to tell you the truth," Hauschka told Newsday after the game. "It was into the wind... I didn't think it was the right decision and I let coach Carroll know that."

Pete Carroll defends Richard Sherman after postgame tirade -
Coach Pete Carroll is the latest person to weigh in on Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's on-field, postgame tirade aimed squarely at 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Richard Sherman slams food-throwing Seahawks fans -
Richard Sherman says he can "handle" the "racial slurs" he received Sunday -- but he has no patience for Seahawks fans who threw food at injured 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman, saying: "That's as low as it gets."

NFL considering proposal to abolish extra points -
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league eventually might abolish extra points for a brand-new scoring system. Will the PAT attempt be the next NFL rule-change casualty?

Goodell believes penalized hits will become reviewable -
Commissioner Roger Goodell told Rich Eisen that he believes teams eventually will have the right to challenge penalties for hits on players, saying,"it's a big call, obviously."

HBO's 'Hard Knocks' has eight contenders in place -
A rule change allows the NFL to appoint teams to appear on HBO's "Hard Knocks" if no one volunteers. Check out which teams make up the field of eight that qualify.

Super Bowl XLVIII storylines we won't get sick of -
Unfortunately, we have to two wait two weeks until Super Bowl XLVIII kicks off. But there are plenty of storylines to keep us entertained until then. Here are some of our favorites.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Morning After: Seahawks Claim NFC Throne, Beat 49ers 23-17
Confidence is born of experience and result. It can be faked with tricks of the mind, but its true form must be earned through a crucible of moments where belief is truly tested.

News, notes and quotes: Baldwin slowed, Harvin expected back | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Percy Harvin still needs clearance from the doctors, but Carroll think Harvin will practice Wednesday.

Pete Carroll Monday #SB48 Bye Press Confernce
Pete Carroll talks to the media about the Seahawks win in the NFC Championship game against the 49ers, updates on player health and looks ahead to playing the Broncos.

Quick notes from Carroll press conference: Harvin expected to practice Wednesday | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are a few quick notes from Pete Carroll’s session with the media Monday:

Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl pits top 'O,' top 'D' | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos and Richard Sherman's Seattle Seahawks were the NFL's best all season, so it's fitting that they'll meet in the Super Bowl.

2013 NFL playoffs -- Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks draws major interest for marketers - ESPN
Heated postgame interviews by Richard Sherman made him a polarizing figure, as media and fans alike debated the Seattle Seahawks cornerback's tone and behavior following a tip that led to the team sealing its Super Bowl bid in the final seconds of the NFC Championship game on Sunday.

Lack of Super Bowl tickets, high price locks out many Seahawks season-ticket holders -
"I went to Expedia and all those other sites and every time we hit refresh, the ticket prices for airfare were going up like $50 or $100 by the minute," Brown says. "We added everything up and it would be about a $7,500 weekend is what we came up with for my wife and I to go."

Baldwin has a hip-pointer, but he's OK - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
“He’s banged up a little bit,” Carroll said. “He’ll be a little bit slow on Wednesday [at practice] and this week, but he’ll be OK for the game.”

What we learned from the Seahawks' title-game win -
Three things we learned:

On this date: John Schneider named general manager
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 20

Richard Sherman apologizes for postgame rant -
"I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates," Sherman told ESPN's Ed Werder. "That was not my intent."

Seahawks notebook: Carroll optimistic on Harvin -
"We're kind of counting on him to be ready and he should be," Carroll said of Harvin's chances of playing in the Super Bowl. "What do I know? I've got to check for the doctors, but that's kind of what I'm hoping."

Seahawks’ trio goes from who are these guys to look at them now
Monday metatarsal musings: Doug Baldwin, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson made huge plays to help the Seahawks win the NFC Championship, despite perceptions that suggested they’d never be able to do it.

Richard Sherman leads Seahawks to Super Bowl, brings the trash talk - U.S. News
All eyes will be on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in this year’s Super Bowl, but all ears are pricking up to hear the Seattle Seahawks’ cocky cornerback, Richard Sherman.

Tom Brady On Richard Sherman: "We Win With Graciousness"
Here is Brady's response, via NESN: "I don't know him at all. I've watched him play. He's that kind of guy," Brady said. "So, you know. I approach the game—and I have respect for my opponents. That's the way our team always plays. We win with graciousness, and when we lose, we could do better. Some teams don't always do that, or that's not their program."

A few thoughts on Richard Sherman and how he continues to redefine Stanford - Rule Of Tree
As goes All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, so goes his alma mater - whatever that might mean

SEATTLE: John McGrath: Seahawks' miracle run has no sign of stopping | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
In the words of the beloved broadcaster who described another local team’s most glorious moment:

They shouldn't have turned off the lights in the middle of the Super Bowl -
Last season, the Superdome's lights suddenly shut off -- right in the middle of the Super Bowl. No matter the reason, it was a poor decision to turn them off, and the NFL should think carefully before doing the same this year.

Was Richard Sherman Right To Talk? | 'Hawk Talk With Cole
One play. One interview. One man.

A Guide To Richard Sherman, Your New Favorite NFL Player
World, meet Richard Sherman. He's an interesting guy.

Report: Crabtree tried to fight Richard Sherman at charity event -
"While there, Sherman went to shake Crabtree's hand, and Crabtree tried to start a fight, according to Sherman's older brother, Branton," writes Jerry Brewer of the Times. "'I'm going to make a play and embarrass him,' Richard Sherman vowed that day."

Senior Bowl Monday Roundup | The Tailgater
The Senior Bowl weigh-in is a creepy, creepy scene.

Orange Crush «
Terrance Knighton's overwhelming size, Peyton Manning's undeniable skill, and John Elway's quiet little decisions have the Broncos headed to the Super Bowl