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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Monday

Tom Pennington

Monday is my favorite time of year.

Badgers football: Russell Wilson says winning Super Bowl hasn't quenched his desire to be great : Sports
“Very much true,” Wilson said. “I’m putting in 12-hour days and I feel like I’m still in season. That’s a good thing for me. “I get my break and I get a break while traveling and doing these camps and everything, but at the same time, I’m getting the focus on football and preparing the right way.”

A happy straight-down-the-middle birthday to Steven Hauschka
Sunday is the 29th birthday of Steven Hauschka, the Seahawks’ overnight-success-story of a kicker who has been years – and a career switch – in the making.

Titans OC: Jake Locker 'worked butt off' to be ready -
Jake Locker knows he is entering a make-or-break season with the Tennessee Titans. The team's offensive coordinator is impressed with the quarterback's progress this offseason.

Top 5 Positional Units: Off-Ball Linebackers | Football Savages
In a lot of ways, the linebackers are the core of a defense. Not only to physically sit in the middle of a defense, but they are also looked to as the quarterback to set the tone for the defense. To go along with that, they have possibly the hardest jobs due to their tasks of defending the run and covering tight ends along with wide receivers. Having a good linebacking core is one of the most important aspects of defensive success, so which five teams have the best Off-Ball Linebackers* heading into next season?

These 10 NFL coordinators to become prime head coaching candidates -
We know NFL head coaches will be fired after 2014. And coordinators like Pat Shurmur, Ray Horton and Darrell Bevell are among 10 prime candidates to fill some of those gigs.

Joe Montana: Seahawks have capability to be next dynasty -
Ex-49ers quarterback Joe Montana sees a possible dynasty budding in Seattle.

Team Preview: Atlanta Falcons | National Football Post
The NFC South is one of the toughest divisions in football. Where does Atlanta sit?

Team Preview: Detroit Lions | National Football Post
Is this the year the Lions make it over the hump?

Team Preview: Buffalo Bills | National Football Post
After 14 playoff-free seasons, can the Bills turn it around in 2014?

Team Preview: Cleveland Browns | National Football Post
After a chaotic 2013, will Cleveland rebound?

Team Preview: New York Jets | National Football Post
Rex Ryan is on the hot seat. Can his team save him?

Team Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers | National Football Post
Are the Bucs ready to challenge for the NFC South crown?

How CBS Sports landed respected NFL referee Mike Carey - NFL -
Sean McManus’ courting of Mike Carey began at a most unlikely place — the CBS Sports production truck at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Trivia: Pro Bowlers on NFL Champions —
Yesterday, we looked at the team with the most Hall of Famers in a single season in NFL history. That team, which won the NFL championship, had 8 of its players make the Pro Bowl. That’s a very high number, of course, but over 30 teams have won it all and had eight or more players make the Pro Bowl.

’15 NFL Draft: The M-West Conference
Rankings of the top NFL prospects from the Mountain West Conference. Included are 68 draft eligible players.