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Morning links: Hawks will get physical with Boldin

Well, if you haven’t already heard, I have taken a job with ESPN to cover the San Diego Chargers. My first day on the job is Sept. 19.

It’s a great opportunity, but was a very tough decision. I’m a Tacoma native, and one of my main goals when I got into the business was to work for my hometown paper. I’ve had seven wonderful years here, working with great people, and directing this blog, which has some of the smartest, most insightful readers I believe in the NFL.

My only request is for you to keep doing what you’re doing. Todd Dybas will take over for me, beginning next week. He’s a great writer and reporter, and he’ll do a wonderful job. Please welcome him with open arms.

And thanks for challenging me and pushing me to work hard these past seven years. It’s appreciated.

In my story today, the Seattle Seahawks secondary discusses how they deal with San Francisco’s new receive Anquan Boldin.

Boldin finished with 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco’s season-opening win over Green Bay. Boldin saw a lot of zone against the Packers. But that will be different with the Seahawks, who play a man press cover scheme.

The last time Boldin faced Seattle, he was held to two catches for 22 yards in the Seahawks 22-17 win over the Ravens in 2011.

“We’re going to play our style of football,” Walter Thurmond said. “We’re going to man up. We’re going to get physical with him, and put Kaepernick in situations where he has to make precise throws. So we’ll see how he handles that.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll scoff at rivalry talk between the Seahawks and the Niners.

Clare Farnsworth of says that defensive end Cliff Avril is in a hurry to get back on the field.

More Farnsworth: Practice notes from Wednesday.

Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle breaks down Golden Tate’s 18-yard completion that helped the Seahawks close out a win over Carolina.

Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle discusses the 12th Man’s attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for noisiest stadium in the world.

Larry Stone of The Seattle Times writes that Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are a winning pair.

Matt Maiocco of says Anquan Bolden and Frank Gore expect to see a different defense when they face Seattle.

More Maiocco: The 49ers are piping in crowd noise to prepare to play at CenturyLink Field.