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Seahawks bring back Dwaine Board an assistant D-line coach, add Chris Cash and Andre Curtis as assistants in secondary

The Seahawks announced today they have brought back out of a Bay Area high school their defensive line coach from 2003-08 Dwaine Board to be the assistant defensive line coach. They also hired Chris Cash to be an assistant coach in the secondary working with cornerbacks and Andre Curtis to be an assistant coach with the safeties.

Since leaving the Seahawks’ staff following Mike Holmgren’s exit as coach at the end of the 2008 season, Board has been an assistant with the Raiders for two seasons, the Browns in 2011-12 and for St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California, in 2013-14.

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What Chris Borland’s stunning retirement after just one year says about football, what it could (or won’t) mean

Chris Borland sure got our attention.

My pals in the Bay Area are still buzzing over the 49ers middle linebacker who started last season abruptly retiring after playing just that lone season in the NFL because of his concerns about the long-term effects of  head trauma from playing football.

This was the cover of Wednesday’s Mercury News in San Jose:

Mark Purdy, the longtime columnist with the Mercury News I last saw again

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Graham trade official; S Jeron Johnson signs with Washington; Jesse Williams says he’s returning–or maybe he doesn’t; Greg Hardy?

Seahawks owner Paul Allen, taking time out from pulling relic warships off an ocean floor, puts the official stamp on the Jimmy Graham trade now being complete, with departed center Max Unger passing his physical with New Orleans:

Backup safety Jeron Johnson became the second Seahawks defensive back to sign with an NFC East team as an unrestricted free

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Seahawks’ offseason plans crystallize with Marshawn Lynch signed; what is going down in Santa Clara?

The first domino the Seahawks needed to fall to set their offseason plans fell late Friday afternoon: Marshawn Lynch agreed to return for $12 million guaranteed this year as part of a new, two-year contract extension he signed at team headquarters in Renton. The deal got done during a meeting between him, his agent, Seahawks general manager John Schneider, coach Pete Carroll — and even owner Paul Allen.

Now the Seahawks know they don’t need to sign a lead running back when the free-agent signing market opens tomorrow. They can keep their primary targets at cornerback, including among Tramon

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NFC West at the combine: 49ers GM says he wants Gore back; Cardinals bring back WR Larry Fitzgerald

San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke just spoke at a podium here in the stadium lobby at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Two things he said of note to the NFC West and the Seahawks in particular.

*He praised quarterback Colin Kaepernick for how diligently and hard he is working this winter in Arizona with former NFL MVP Kurt Warner on the mechanics of the position such as footwork, arm angles of different passes plus throwing with more balance and versatility in the pocket. The 49ers GM used the word “dedicated” to describe Kaepernick’s work this offseason.

*Baalke said he

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Is Atlanta waiting for the Mighty Quinn?, and why Pete Carroll wants NFL hiring rule changed

Three weeks ago there were seven NFL head-coaching vacancies. Now there is one.

And it’s becoming a foregone conclusion around the Seahawks that the reason Atlanta hasn’t hired its new head man yet is because the Falcons are waiting, per league hiring rules, for Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to finish his season.

Carroll wants that rule changed. He sees the Seahawks’ and his staff’s successes as hurting his assistants’ chances at head jobs because teams don’t want to wait until after the Super Bowl to hire them.

“I would really think that would be a good idea (to change

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Earl Thomas on his new “connection” this Seahawks season with Marshawn Lynch, “a man amongst boys”

I’m guessing you may remember last month when Marshawn Lynch broke off a long run against San Francisco at CenturyLink Field and a helmet-less Earl Thomas came off the sideline to share a brief stare-down with the thumping running back.

Wednesday the All-Pro safety was asked what that was all about.

“It’s just a mutual understanding,” Thomas said.

“The biggest surprise for me out of this year is our relationship. I think since I’ve been here, we’ve never really connected. But I just decided to go talk to him and

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Playoff opening day arrives — with the Seahawks at home watching, assistant coaches interviewing

Russell Wilson will try to watch today like you and me. But of course he won’t.

“It’s hard for me just to sit there and watch the games as a fan or anything like that: I play that quarterback position in my head,” the Seahawks’ quarterback said before his NFC West champions and top conference seed this postseason got Friday through Sunday off to watch the start of the playoffs. “But that will be good to watch.”

The Seahawks don’t play until next Saturday, Jan. 10. They will host either the winner of today’s 1:30 p.m. wild-card game, Arizona at

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