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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

Jonathan Ferrey

Weekend, yo.

NFL Helmet Rankings: Spots 24-17 - Cincy Jungle
Part II. Count these 8 as the helmets which are considered decent, yet not quite good enough. Looking at #'s 24-17 there are some surprises...likely a shocker at #17.

Bucky's Best: Earl Thomas, Eric Berry headline dynamic safeties -
In today's game, coaches covet safeties who hit like linebackers and cover like corners. Seattle Seahawks star Earl Thomas is the standard bearer, but who else boasts this combination of skills?

Ward cleared to step on 49ers' practice field for first time | CSN Bay Area
The 49ers will finally get an opportunity to see what their first-round draft pick can do on the football field.

The best quarterbacks of the 1980s, according to rap lyrics -
QB rating? QBR? Overall record? Super Bowl rings? How do measure who the best NFL quarterbacks of the 1980s were? Easy: rap lyrics.

Staley says 49ers have "extra sense of urgency" | ProFootballTalk
In each of coach Jim Harbaugh's three years with the 49ers, the team has made it to the NFC title game.  This year, many think it's time for the franchise to quit knocking on the door. Count tackle Joe Staley among those who think the time is now to kick the thing in.

Bears training camp snapshot: Wide receivers -
Will Marquess Wilson be challenged for the No. 3 receiver role? There's plenty of buzz that the second-year pass catcher is on the verge of becoming an important piece of the offense. He has bulked up after spending chunks of the offseason training with Marshall and Jeffery.

Seattle Seahawks' projected roster - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Examining the Seattle Seahawks' roster:

Reviewing the Eagles' First 15 Plays Per Game in 2013 - Bleeding Green Nation
It's the second annual first-15-plays-of-each-game-of-the-Eagles-season review! Conclusion: Chip Kelly is good at this play-calling thing and his players executed often

Tampa Bay Buccaneers among teams most likely to improve in 2014 - NFL - ESPN
Twelve teams in the NFL make the playoffs every season. Generally, about half of them won't return the following year. The trick each season is guessing who'll be in and who'll be out.

The Decider: Eddie Lacy vs. Marshawn Lynch - Fantasy Football - Sporting News
In this week’s "The Decider" series, the second of four positional draft previews, we’re accepting the challenge of answering some tough toss-ups at running back. Next up ...

Power Ranking NFL Secondary Depth Charts | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks will tell you that they have the NFL's best secondary. The New Orleans Saints will tell you that they have the NFL's best secondary. Ask most professional athletes if their group is the best in the game, and they are programmed to tell you that they are, indeed, the best. But who's really the best?

Branton Sherman still hearing non-stop from little brother Richard - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
"This kid, he's been talking like this literally since he could talk," Branton laughs in an interview with KIRO's The Barbershop featuring Marcus Trufant, G Scott and Terry Hollimon.

Peyton watched Super Bowl tape on first day of offseason work | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning had a Super Bowl to forget, but not a Super Bowl they think they can afford to ignore.

Russell Wilson and Lolo Jones get cozy at ESPY Awards | Page Six
"[Russell] and Lolo were talking all night with their faces ‘this’ close," we’re told.

Seahawks Earl Thomas, Marshawn Lynch get slimed at Nickelodeon sports awards - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seahawks stars Earl Thomas and Marshawn Lynch may be all business on the football field, but when it comes to appearing on Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards, it’s all fun and slime.

Seahawks Superstar -- DUNKED IN SLIME ... Thanks to Larry Fitzgerald |
Hopefully, Seattle Seahawks superstar Earl Thomas knows a trick to get SLIME out of his hair ... because the guy was up to his ears in the green stuff last night ... thanks to Larry Fitzgerald.

Seahawks statue appears to be in the works | Seattle
An off season ground swell of excitement is growing among Seattle Seahawks fans. A group of fans is putting together an online project, promising 'the biggest fan driven project in Seahawks history.'

Sports Injury Alert: NFL Injury Update: Adam Carriker is ready to play
The 2014 NFL season is right around the corner and teams will begin to open up their mandatory training camps as early as this weekend. Defensive end Adam Carriker has been a free agent since March of this year and is now showing the world he is ready to play, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.  Carriker has not played in an NFL game since September 16th of the 2012 NFL season due to multiple injuries.

#KidsChoiceSports - Earl Thomas
Earl Thomas speaks about facing the Verizon Wireless Dunk Tank.

#KidsChoiceSports - Russell & Anna Wilson

Russell and his sister Anna share their favorite Nick shows growing up and the excitement of the Best Team ESPY Award.

St. Louis Rams' projected roster - NFC West Blog - ESPN

Examining the St. Louis Rams' roster:

San Francisco 49ers' projected roster - NFC West Blog - ESPN

Examining the San Francisco 49ers' roster:

Arizona Cardinals' projected roster - ESPN

Examining the Arizona Cardinals' roster:

Videos: Football meets Futbol | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times

Seahawks Doug Baldwin, Steven Hauschka and K.J. Wright met with a few members of Tottenham Hotspur — in town for a friendly tomorrow against the Sounders — today at the VMAC for some fairly light-hearted skills competitions.

Seattle Seahawks 2014 Training Camp Preview | Fox News

CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: Super Bowl hangovers are real and Pete Carroll and Co. figure to be searching for the aspirin on more than one occasion this year.

Coach Pete Carroll's No. 1 rule makes sense in the workplace, too - Puget Sound Business Journal

Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll has three simple rules for team success. And the record of his Super Bowl Champion team shows he's got a winning formula.

Gridiron gearing up to shoot down Seahawks - Videos -

The NFL's 32 teams are about to enter training camps as they step up preparations for the new season, all bidding to replace the Seattle Seahawks as Super Bowl champions.

Johnny Manziel, Eli Manning among training camp headliners -

Which guys spawn camp intrigue? Our analysts say New York Giants vet Eli Manning offers a potential redemption story, while Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel provides an obvious media circus.

NFC South Training Camp Preview: 3 things to watch -

Will Julio Jones be a top-five wide receiver again? Will Carolina's wideouts step up? How will Brandin Cooks adapt to the Saints' offense? Tampa's X-factor? We break down NFC South camps.

Ken Whisenhunt has Titans players on edge, which is how he likes it -

No one feels secure right now in Tennessee, nor should they be until they prove themselves to new coach Ken Whisenhunt. You're on notice, Jake Locker.

Goodell surprised by 'tremendous demand' for NFL football in London -

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thinks a team permanently based in Europe is 15-20 years away, although 'it could be five or 10.'

Raiders OT Donald Penn is facing the end and fighting back |

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Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck star on All-Pac-12 NFL alumni team |

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Aldon Smith gets 12 days in jail on DUI charge | ProFootballTalk

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has not avoided jail time.  But he has gotten the closest thing possible to no jail time. According to Tracy Kaplan of the San Jose Mercury News, a judge has sentenced 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith to 12 days in jail on gun and DUI charges.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Catch Radius: Best of the NFC

Our previous looks at catch radius focused on mostly AFC teams (Miami, Pittsburgh, Denver and Cincinnati). Our final studies for 2013 feature 12 of the best receivers in the NFC, including every leading receiver in the NFC East, the consensus-best receiver in the league and (coming next week) the cache of weapons for Josh McCown.

7 Most Talented Backfield Tandems in the NFL | Bleacher Report

The strategy for NFL offenses has drastically changed in the last decade. With five-wide formations and West Coast-based offenses being led by quarterbacks who have played in pass-happy schemes since high school, pro offenses are producing at historical levels.

Fantasy Football 2014: Developmental WRs Worth Gambling on This Year | Bleacher Report

Lightning in a bottle is one of the most sought-after things in our fantasy (football) world. As popular as it is to seek, it is even tougher to find. That doesn't keep us from looking, though...

Kawakami: Aldon Smith's 11-Monday sentence: The 49ers' bet on him continues to get positive momentum, the NFL judgment comes next

I’d say that the judge followed the lead of 49ers management in granting Smith A LOT of benefit of the doubt. (Interestingly Jim Harbaugh seemed to know a lot of what might be coming when we discussed this issue not too long ago. I’ve got no problem with that–Harbaugh is a smart guy and always knows the angles.)

To PPR or Not to PPR? - Draft Analysis -

In the interests of full disclosure, I have been playing primarily in PPR (Point Per Reception) leagues for the last decade or so. I originally bought into the format since it enhanced the scoring of receivers and tight ends, and gave a better mix of positions in the top 30 (overall) in any given season. Those who say it’s boring when a 12-team draft begins with 16-straight running backs will get no argument from me. PPR certainly makes wide receivers and tight ends more attractive in the early rounds.

Should the Seattle Seahawks trade Marshawn Lynch to the Oakland Raiders? | Seattle Seahawks

Attention Seahawks: You need to trade Marshawn Lynch.


Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch and Earl Thomas to Co-Host Super Bowling Celebration Party

Seattle, WA- Strikes For Kids is putting on a celebration party for the Super Bowl champions. "The Merriman Super Bowling Celebration Party" will take place at ACME Bowl in Tukwila on Saturday, September 6th from 5:00 P.M to 10:00 P.M. The first session will go from 5:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M and the second session from 8:00 P.M to 10:00 P.M.

Seattle Seahawks' All-Pro safety Earl Thomas and All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch will be co-hosting each session respectively for this charity benefit. The event will raise proceeds to go to benefiting The Earl Thomas Guardian Angel Foundation and The Fam 1st Family Foundation.

General admission for non-bowlers is $100 per person and bowling registration is $150 or $800 per lane (up to) 6 bowlers. General admission includesevent shirt, event sack pack bag, billiards, Deuce brand wristband, buffet, raffle and silent auction (no autographs are guaranteed). Bowling entry includes 3 games of bowling, shoes, event shirt, billiards, event sack pack bag, Deuce brand wristband, buffet, (1) drink ticket, raffle and silent auction.

Event tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available through their Web site, or by contacting Joe Allen (559) 241-4412. The bowling center is located at 100 Andover Park West, Tukwila, WA 98188.

Joe Allen, the Founder/CEO of Strikes For Kids, created the non-profit organization to partner professional athletes with benefiting children's organizations around the United States. "The main things we try to share at our events are fun, being comfortable and accessibility to the athletes that these fans root for every Sunday," Allen said in a press release about the event.

This is the second Strikes For Kids event held in Seattle. "Strikes For Kids is pleased to come back to the Seattle area. Last year we held the Live United Bowl United Bowling Classic hosted by Seahawk Cliff Avril that featured more than 700 people," Allen said.

"I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to work with Mr. Thomas and Mr. Beast Mode himself and progress we've taken in the communities over the past year," Allen said. "Each event is a learning experience for me. I continue to be amazed by the hundreds of attendees who open up and share their story, their time and their hope for the causes we've decided to pull for."

Special thank you to our sponsors: Merriman, First Investors, High 5, Relativity Sports, Athletes 1st, BMW Seattle, Clear Channel, I Heart Radio and the PBA.

About The Earl Thomas Guardian Angel Foundation:

Growing up, Earl Thomas was lucky enough to have a strong, supportive family around him, but his life was not without hardship. In addition to various NFL-oriented community service activities like Play 60, Earl carries out a series of yearly efforts to help those who are less fortunate get back on their feet. His work annually includes a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, a winter coat drive, and a free summer football camp for children in the town where he grew up.

About the Fam 1st Family Foundation:

Fam 1st Family Foundation is dedicated to uplifting and empowering youth in the Bay Area and throughout the United States. The foundation's mission is one of empowerment and education, aiming to build self-esteem and academic learning skills in underprivileged youth.

About Strikes For Kids:

Strikes For Kids, is a nonprofit organization that partners professional athletes with benefiting youth organizations in their community. This unique opportunity allows fans, local businesses and supporters of great causes in the community to come together for an evening of fun.  Strikes For Kids coordinates these bowling and golf events across the United States.