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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

Jonathan Ferrey

Thank goodness it's TGIF!

Darrell Bevell: Seahawks going to RB 'committee' -
Marshawn Lynch might want to show up to Seahawks OTAs after offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell raised the specter of a "running back by committee" on Wednesday in praising Christine Michael.

Thursday links: Will Seahawks really be tailback-by-committee? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Bevell talked pretty enthusiastically about Michael’s play, noting a couple of times his better mastery of the “details” of the game, undoubtedly a nod to things such as blocking and understanding the playbook a bit better.

Bevell: Seahawks will use 'running back by committee' -
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Wednesday that the team will employ a running back-by-committee approach next season and praised Christine Michael for the improvements he's made. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

The full Kaepernick contract details | ProFootballTalk
In response to our item suggesting that the Colin Kaepernick deal, trumpeted as being worth "up to" $126 million with $61 million guaranteed contains plenty of fluff, a league source with knowledge of the deal sent the details to PFT, and multiple other sources have chimed in on the contents of the ...

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: `We love beating' 49ers' Jim Harbaugh - San Jose Mercury News
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll played to the crowd at the Seahawks' annual 'Town Hall' Wednesday night, praising 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh before concluding: 'We love beating him.'

Rams roster better than No. 31 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- There was a time in the not so distant past where, if you ranked NFL rosters from No. 1 to 32, placing the St. Louis Rams at No. 31

A few notes from the Seahawks’ “Town Hall” event | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Pete Carroll and coordinators Darrell Bevell and Dan Quinn took questions from season-ticket holders last night. Not much new, but here are a few notable items:

Highlights from Seahawks Town Hall | - Seattle Sidelines
The Seahawks held their annual town hall meeting, an event featuring Pete Carroll and his coordinators Darrell Bevell and Dan Quinn, and attended by...

It's Put Up or Shut Up Time for Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams | Bleacher Report
When one takes the time to examine the St. Louis Rams and the star-studded players on their roster, it’s clear that quarterback Sam Bradford is by far the most widely discussed team member.

It's Put Up or Shut Up Time for Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams | Bleacher Report
When one takes the time to examine the St. Louis Rams and the star-studded players on their roster, it’s clear that quarterback Sam Bradford is by far the most widely discussed team member.

Garcon: DJax and I can be NFL's top WR duo -
Alshon Jeffery believes that he and Brandon Marshall form the finest duo of wideouts in the NFL. But with DeSean Jackson at his side, Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon begs to differ.

Vernon Davis: Skipping OTAs in best interest of 'brand' -
San Francisco's Vernon Davis was willing to sacrifice a $200,000 workout bonus to pursue a new deal with the 49ers. Is skipping mandatory minicamp next for the tight end?

What does the Colin Kaepernick deal mean for other young quarterbacks? -
Colin Kaepernick's megadeal is a reality check for NFL GMs and owners, and a boon for other young starting QBs like Cam Newton and Andy Dalton seeking their big paydays.

NFL ditching Roman numerals for Super Bowl 50 -
The NFL will be switching over to regular numbers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, a game that will air in February 2016 on CBS.

Let the coaches coach | National Football Post
A look into the common NFL mistake of putting too much on your head coach’s plate.

Colin Kaepernick's contract extension fallout, next QB in line for payday, more | Audibles -
In light of Colin Kaepernick's record extension, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar examine the next quarterback in line for a payday and the dangers of hefty extensions.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Four Downs: AFC East
Losing Mike Pettine may prove to be a massive problem for the Buffalo Bills next year. Pettine's arrival saw the Bills go from the 27th-ranked defense in DVOA during 2012 to the fourth-ranked defense in DVOA during the 2013 season. (DVOA is Football Outsiders' defense-adjusted value over average metric, explained here.) The unit also lost safety Jairus Byrd, but he only started nine games last year when they had the second-ranked pass defense in DVOA.

Rams intend to leave Greg Robinson at left guard | ProFootballTalk
Even though Rams left tackle Jake Long won't be ready to start OTAs next week, and even though Auburn left tackle Greg Robinson was the second pick in the draft, the Rams are in no hurry to push the kid out there.

Kaepernick deal could complicate other negotiations, for now | ProFootballTalk
In the immediate aftermath of the news that quarterback Colin Kaepernick had signed a new contract, which included puffed-up reports regarding the value of the deal, it appeared that players like Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson would benefit greatly from the new high-water mark.

Kearse: Seahawks' size at receiver is no shortcoming -
'We might not have big receivers but we have receivers that play big,' Jermaine Kearse told 710 ESPN Seattle earlier this week. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Why Defensive Backs Have a Tough College-to-NFL Transition | Bleacher Report
The top rookie defensive backs in the 2014 class have the speed, change-of-direction ability and ball skills to compete at the NFL level.

Looking Closer at the Colin Kaepernick Contract Extension - Over the Cap
Pro Football Talk earlier today broke down the $126 million contract extension given to 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. That gives us the ability to better understand the work that went into negotiating the contract. You can either read the PFT piece for the full breakdown or view his cap page at OTC for the cap hits, but the cliff notes version is as follows:

Recent Contract Forecasts & Projections | The Daily Spot
The NFL offseason isn’t just a time for free agent signings, newly acquired draft picks, and team re-building, but it’s a time for current players to sit back and assess their current financial situation. For many players entering contract years, the name of the game is the long-term extension. For veterans with near-expiring contracts, the name of the game is more upfront cash. In either case, we’ve placed a number of current NFL players into our forecast formula to project their current worth in terms of a new or extended contract.

Checking the Odometer on the NFC West’s Running Back Trios - Turf Show Times
The NFC West is loaded with talented running backs. In a division consisting of potential Hall-of-Fame RB candidates and promising young rushers, there are varying degrees of wear on each team’s tires.

NFL roster moves: Arizona Cardinals cut WR Kevin Smith, sign RB Damien Thigpen - Revenge of the Birds
Just more roster movement on the back end.

What it means that Patrick Willis is switching from 'Mike' role to NaVorro Bowman 'Jack' role - Niners Nation
As Patrick Willis indicated, there are slight differences between the 49ers' ILB positions, but what are they?

Colin Kaepernick contract extension press conference transcript - Niners Nation
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick spoke with the media following his 6-year contract extension. We've got a transcript of his session.

Playing Better vs. Seahawks a Key for Kaepernick to Join NFL Elite QBs | NBC Bay Area
The 49ers have now locked up Colin Kaepernick for the long term, and the young quarterback seems eager to prove he belongs among the elites in the NFL.

Seattle Seahawks – Pretty Pleased With Pass Catchers - Oregon Sports News
Quarterback Russell Wilson thinks the Seattle Seahawks’ receivers are the “best looking” position so far on the 2014 team roster. Wilson said (via “Our receivers right now are as fast as it gets. You’ve got Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin — Jermaine Kearse is extremely fast too. Then you add Paul Richardson.…” Yup, Wilson sounds pretty pleased, indeed, with his pals’ pass-catching prowess.

Kaepernick wasn't gambling when he took 49ers' deal | FOX Sports on MSN
w that the real numbers are in on Colin Kaepernick's new contract, there's a notion making the rounds that the San Francisco 49ers quarterback bet on himself by taking a deal with a small percentage of it fully guaranteed. That assessment is both inaccurate and unfair.

Andrew Luck: The NFL's Best Running Quarterback | The MMQB with Peter King
Two weeks ago I spent some time at NFL Films, a mecca for any football nerd. They have an incredible system for all their footage and audio, called Saber. Using Saber you can, among other things, view and sort All-22 coaches film by almost any factor imaginable.