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Morning links: Just call him Mr. Versatility

Bucky Brooks of The NFL Network has a nice break down of the many different ways Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell can get explosive playmaker Percy Harvin the ball in space.

Brooks touches on some of the concepts I wrote about last week, but provides much more detail. It’s definitely worth a read.

Brooks: “In today's game, the middle of the field is where explosive offenses find ways to pick up chunks of yardage and points, by creating mismatches against linebackers and safeties. Elite units feature a dynamic, play-making tight end or slot receiver who can exploit the less-athletic defenders lurking between the hashes. With Harvin in the lineup, the Seahawks will no longer lack that key component. One of the most dangerous playmakers in the NFL, Harvin primarily does his damage while working from the slot. He excels at running option routes and short crossing routes from that position; this allows him to get the ball quickly in the open field with plenty of room to maneuver.”

Our own Bob Kaupang of Rant Sports catches up with defensive back Walter Thurmond, who’s looking forward to a breakout season in 2013.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times talks with Hawks head coach Pete Carroll about the influence of basketball on his coaching philosophy with March Madness beginning this week. Carroll still regularly plays pick-up basketball, and counts John Wooden and Jim Valvano as heavy influences on his coaching philosophy.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives Seattle a B+ for the team’s efforts so far in free agency. Prisco: “They are going for it in 2013. They had pass-rush issues, so they signed ends Cliff Avril(Lions) and Michael Bennett (Seahawks). And they gave them small deals, which helps. Their offseason also includes trading for Percy Harvin, but that grade isn't included here.”

Greg Cosell writing for Yahoo Sports talks about the affects new signings Harvin, Cliff Avril and Mike Bennett will have on Seattle.

Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts have signed Matt Hasselbeck, released by the Titans on Monday, to a two-year, $8 million deal to backup Andrew Luck.

Rob Rang and Dane Brugler of are split on the NFL potential of Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel. Rang believes he could be a fit in Seattle.