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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

Jeff Gross

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Jay Mohr Sports: Cliff Avril
Avril: We have such a young team and the coaches did such a good job of keeping guys healthy and we are so hungry. The first thing Coach (Pete) Carroll told us when we walked into the team meeting room after the Super Bowl was 'man this is awesome, but guess how much better it would feel if you have a second one, so enjoy this week but get back to work'. That just shows you the mentality we have as a team.

It's mid-February. The NFL season has ended, culminating in the Seattle Seahawks' crowning as Super Bowl Champions. Everyone's back to square one in assembling their roster, trying to find a way to become the next surprising team, the next riser, the next dominating defense -- the next Seahawks.

What we learned about roster construction of the NFC -
Led by GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll, the Seattle Seahawks are the NFL's model franchise for building through the draft. How did other NFC teams construct their rosters? Chris Wesseling explores.

Thursday Round-Up: Golden Tate, Michael Bennett are offseason priorities for Seahawks
A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Updated mock draft with trades: 12th February | Seahawks Draft Blog
I don’t want to pump out the same mock draft every week.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner: I think our GM will keep the team together
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner talks about the team's Super Bowl victory and also explains how long he believes the defensive unit can stay together.

The Seahawks Mount Rushmore - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
LeBron James says he belongs on the NBA’s Mount Rushmore of great players, and he’s probably right.

Bobby Wagner on NFL Network: 'They were talking a lot of trash' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Wagner said he thought a defining moment of the game was Kam Chancellor’s hit on Demaryius Thomas in the first quarter. “It set the tone because I think everybody during the whole week was talking about the crossing routes and how we were going to be able to handle the crossing routes; talking about their offense and Kam…hits him,” Wagner said. “From there, everybody was kind of scared to run across the middle and it went downhill from there.”

Red Bryant: 'We knew going into it that we matched up extremely well' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
In the latest media appearances for Seattle players in the wake of the Super Bowl, Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane appeared in-studio today on NFL Network’s NFL AM and NFL Total Access..

Analyzing Potential Arizona Cardinals Salary-Cap Casualties in 2014 Offseason | Bleacher Report
Arizona Cardinals news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

OK, so is the NFL ready for an openly gay player? It has no choice -
As much as the public (and media) might make you want to believe the NFL is full of 'dumb jocks,' it can handle the arrival of an openly gay player.

Lions release Nate Burleson, Louis Delmas to clear cap room -
The Lions have parted ways with wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety Louis Delmas.

Small school Starr ready to shine at NFL scouting combine -
South Dakota's Tyler Starr may not have played for an FBS program but the big linebacker has created some buzz inside the NFL scouting world.

Offseason Forecast: Washington Redskins -
The Washington Redskins are going to make big moves because they are the Redskins and that's what they do. So where will they spend their money, and will Brian Orakpo return?

Andre Johnson: Houston Texans should trade No. 1 pick -
The Houston Texans own the first overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. Andre Johnson, the franchise's longest-tenured player, believes the Texans would be better off trading out of the pick.

Jeff Fisher: Roger Goodell praised Gregg Williams hire -
After a one-and-done campaign with the Tennessee Titans, Gregg Williams is back as defensive coordinator of the Rams. Coach Jeff Fisher said Roger Goodell called the hiring a "good move."

Michael Robinson: It'll be 'very tough' for Michael Sam -
Robinson: "I think it's going to be very, very tough. Not only that he's open and openly gay, but he's also a rookie. Rookies get it tough anyway. And then, on top of that, you know, a team has to deal with so many things, you know what I mean? (To his teammates) You know how guys talk in the locker room?"

Packers could be big spenders; B.J. Raji might depart -
The Green Bay Packers are looking to remake their defense, and they're willing to spend in free agency to make it happen. A new philosophy could mean the end for B.J. Raji at Lambeau.

What we learned about roster construction of the AFC -
The 2013 Denver Broncos relied heavily on John Elway's ability to find and recruit impact free agents. How did the other AFC teams approach roster building? Chris Wesseling explores.

Anquan Boldin, 49ers likely to get new contract done -
Anquan Boldin was a durable and productive target for Colin Kaepernick last season. The San Francisco 49ers would like to bring the receiver back, and the feeling is said to be mutual.

Jonathan Martin could play for Miami Dolphins in 2014 -
Jonathan Martin could return to the Miami Dolphins, Ian Rapoport reports. Martin's people have been in contact with the team for the past couple of weeks.

NFL Prospect Focus: Brandin Cooks and Scott Crichton | National Football Post
The Oregon State juniors seem to have made a smart decision.

The red flag report: Jeremy Hill | National Football Post
The facts, fiction, and future of the LSU star.

Greg Cosell: Sammy Watkins best WR prospect since A.J. Green, Julio Jones | National Football Post
Should be first WR selected in upcoming draft.

NFL Free Agency: In-Depth Analysis of Greg Hardy's Sacks
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is set to enter free agency this offseason. Hardy is coming off his rookie deal, so he will be just 26 years of age starting next season. That makes him a strong candidate for the franchise tag.

The red flag report: Austin Seferian-Jenkins | National Football Post
An unbiased breakdown of the facts behind his 2013 DUI arrest, and an assessment of the risk.

Free Agency Primer: AFC South | Audibles -
The AFC South was a mixed bag in 2013. The Indianapolis Colts won the division with an 11-5 mark, though there were times they looked anything but dominant. The Tennessee Titans finished second at 7-9, and they looked as uneven as that record would imply.

Free Agency Primer: NFC South | Audibles -
The wait on the arrival of Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers ended in 2013 -- they finished 12-4 to nip the Saints for the NFC South title. But are the Panthers here to stay? If so, this division could be football's toughest next season, as the Saints should be contenders again and both the Fa...

Saints part ways with Will Smith, three others in attempt to stockpile cash | Audibles -
The Saints have cut veteran DE Will Smith, in the least surprising move of the early NFL offseason, along with cornerback Jabari Greer and safety Roman Harper, completing a trio of moves that frees up around $17 million in cap space for 2014. More than $11.

NFL offensive players who will emerge in 2014 | The MMQB with Peter King
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins Quarterback is the one position where you can’t identify an “out of nowhere” breakout guy. Fans are already familiar with everyone who plays this position, including most backups.

Dolphins commence process of creating trade value for Jonathan Martin | ProFootballTalk
From the moment the Dolphins swung open the doors to their locker room and allowed multiple players to speak out in defense of suspended guard Richie Incognito in November, it was clear that tackle Jonathan Martin would not be able to return to the team as then constituted.

Gregg Williams says talk that he stole a playbook is “a joke” | ProFootballTalk
A couple of weeks ago, former NFL defensive end Renaldo Wynn raised some eyebrows when he said that his former coach Gregg Williams told him that the Titans had the Jaguars' playbook and used it to prepare to beat the Jaguars in the 1999 AFC Championship Game.

Harbaugh, Kaepernick, Boldin deals are priorities for 49ers | ProFootballTalk
As the San Francisco 49ers try to get back to the Super Bowl and win it, they've got some offseason business to deal with. Their priority list contains at least three names: Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick, and Anquan Boldin.

Steve Keim plans to be aggressive in free agency | ProFootballTalk
Steve Keim had a successful first offseason as Cardinals general manager, moving aggressively in free agency to acquire players that helped the team win 10 games during the 2013 season. Keim is planning more of the same this time around.

Why 2nd-Year NFL Players Tend to Make Big Leaps
Throughout their first seasons in the NFL, the majority of rookies are reminded (daily) that they aren’t on scholarship anymore. The game is faster, the demands are much greater and the talent level surpasses anything they’ve seen on the field in the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC, etc.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: Breaking Down the Top Safety Prospect
Clinton-Dix plays at a 4.5-4.55 speed on tape, but I’m more concerned with his range and ability to identify offensive concepts. Give me a free safety who can read his run/pass keys, get his eyes back to the quarterback and break on the football to get over the top of the 9 (fade) or close the middle of the field versus the post/seam.

At NFL Scouting Combine, speed is king for cornerbacks -
History tells us that speed is critical to success when it comes to cornerbacks in the NFL, which is why the 40-yard dash is such an important drill in evaluating prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine.

USC LB Morgan Breslin isn't happy about combine snub -
USC outside linebacker Morgan Breslin, who had 17.5 sacks in the past two seasons, wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, and he's not happy about that.

Michael Sam must perform well in change-of-direction drills -
The 40-yard dash is important for every prospect at the NFL combine, but it's not the drill that will matter most for the league's first openly gay prospect, Michael Sam.

Press Releases : News : Senior Bowl
Previously, we analyzed the “Inside” or “Box” linebackers, today the “Outside” or “On-the-Line” Linebackers come into focus. These are prospects that will likely play along the LOS as a “Sam” or “Jack” in the 3-4 and then rush the passer as a DE in a Sub package (Nickel or Dime) defense. Here is the breakdown from the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday practices in Mobile.

Picking on Jarvis Landry | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio

I’ve already heard from some LSU fans who feel it was unfair to criticize Landry’s effort in an area where I stated most college receivers aren’t playing at top intensity (run blocking). Forget that I qualified the criticism with the point that Landry is a good prospect. They only see the sore spot.