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Morning links: Smith offers lofty praise for Lynch

Dave Mahler of KJR-AM interviewed Seattle Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith on Monday, which you can listen to in this audio link.

It’s an interesting listen, as Smith provides some insight into the team’s running back rotation.

Specifically, even with the Seahawks drafting Christine Michael in the second round, Smith remains a fan of second-year pro Robert Turbin.

“I don’t see his role being that big from the standpoint of his draft position, because Robert Turbin is having an outstanding, outstanding spring for us,” Smith said, when asked what he envisioned Michael’s role would be during the regular season.

Smith also had lofty praise for Marshawn Lynch, calling him that most talented running back he’s worked with in 29 years of coaching, and that includes working with Eddie George in Tennessee and Clinton Portis in Washington.

Smith addressed some of the criticism that Lynch has received for not attending all of the offseason workouts.

“You want Marshawn to be there to show his support for the team, and to show that he’s in, and that he’s working to get prepared,” Smith said. “So I can understand it from that point of view. But I also had a player when I was in Tennessee, Eddie George, and he did not come to the OTAs either. And I know that he was the best conditioned player that we had. And he was our best player at that time.”

Smith is always great to talk to because he’s honest in his assessment of his players, and also specific in what each player does well, and what they need to work on.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that the Seahawks coaching history could keep Pete Carroll from making the list of the Top 20 coaches in NFL history.

Bucky Brooks of gives Richard Sherman the nod over Patrick Peterson in his head-to-head comparison, calling the talented Seattle corner’s skill set far superior over his Arizona counterpart at this point in their development.

Lindsay Jones of USA Today profiles Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports includes Earl Thomas on his list of players due for big pay days on their next deal.

John Boyle of The Everett Herald makes a case for the Seahawks bringing Tarvaris Jackson back in the fold.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Seattle’s minicamp this week to complete the team’s offseason program could have a maximum impact on the upcoming season.

Rivers McCown of Football Outsiders notes that Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman made appearances on their advanced metrics in charting the top cornerbacks in the league.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times offers some key things to look for in this week’s Seahawks minicamp.