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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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Doug Baldwin on his former college coach Jim Harbaugh to Michigan: “Best of luck–and go Buckeyes”

Pete Carroll bumpin’ Notorious B.I.G. throughout the meeting room as the entire roster files in for a noon meeting.

Michael Bennett producing gems for quotes.

Doug Baldwin zinging Jim Harbaugh.

Just another playoff-bye-week day for the NFC’s top seed.

Today is the first of two practice days before the NFC West-champion Seahawks get Friday through Sunday off to watch which team it is they will host Jan. 10 in the divisional round.

But Bennett and Baldwin were in game-ready mode, quote wise.

Baldwin, the former Stanford wide receiver who played there for Harbaugh, went undrafted in 2011 before becoming a

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Teams calling Seahawks for head-coaching interviews—just as Pete Carroll has planned for

The Seahawks were just getting back from a walk-through practice in Atlanta two years ago. A long, black limousine pulled up to meet the team’s bus in the hotel parking lot.

Then-defensive coordinator Gus Bradley walked off the bus and into the limo. Inside, executives of the Philadelphia Eagles were taking him for an interview to possibly become their next head coach.

This was the day before a Seahawks playoff game. With Bradley still needed in defensive meetings and final preparations.

That’s how serious coach Pete Carroll is about making sure his assistants

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The News Tribune’s Seahawks day-after chat following win over the 49ers

Live Blog TNT Seahawks day-after chat following win over 49ers



Russell Wilson passes Dan Marino for most QB wins in the first 3 seasons of an NFL career

Is that coat to honor Michael Jackson? Or the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?

Russell Wilson didn’t have his best passing game yesterday — 12 of 24 with a particularly awful interception on the final play of the first half that cost the Seahawks (10-4) three points in what ended up being a 17-7 win over the 49ers. That’s nine points in the first halves of the last two games directly attributable to Wilson’s poor decisions. But in this bottom-line league he won again, his 34th regular-season victory to pass Dan Marino (1983-85) for

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Michael Bennett dominates during, after Seahawks’ win; Marshawn Lynch’s 4 words postgame

As usual, Michael Bennett made me laugh postgame today.

During the game, he was wrecking the 49ers’ offensive line and living in the backfield. He told me he was simply faster than San Francisco’s linemen off the snap, as if he knew Colin Kaepernick’s snap count each time.

I asked him about how one-dimensional — the Kaepernick dimension — the 49ers became once Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde went out with injuries by the third quarter.

““I don’t even know who No. 38 is,” Bennett said of third-string tailback Alfonso Smith.

Meanwhile, whenever Marshawn

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