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Morning links: The Sound and the Fury

They’ve become a regular sideshow in practice so much that they could go out and get their own act a nightclub in Seattle – coming to a theater new year the Mike Williams and Earl Thomas show.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune provides the details of the two player’s running conversations during practice in today’s offering, which is definitely worth a read.

“To clarify, nobody in the franchise wields a sharper needle than linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr., whose comments between plays can buckle the knees of a strong man at 50 paces.

“Be they comical, constructive or critical, Norton is the all-time heavyweight champion of the spontaneous remark.

“But for intramural mockery, scorn and feigned contempt, Williams and Thomas may be the best tandem the Seahawks have had in a long time.

“If it seems like practice is going slow, I’ll say something to Mike because he’s going to bite and take the bait every time,” Thomas said after practice Wednesday. “I joke with him, ‘Hey, 1-7, you practicin’ today … you’re finally on the field?’ Oh, he doesn’t like that.”

Thomas chuckled at his favorite barb, knowing that it gets to Williams.

“Yeah, I’ve been fighting injuries this whole camp,” Williams said. “So he always falls back on something like, ‘I don’t want to talk to you … you don’t even practice.’ ”

My story today focuses on the defense, which has quietly performed well during exhibition play.

I also talked to Mitch Levy about how the Seahawks look heading into the final preseason game. You can check out that audio link here.

Clare Farnsworth of gives us some more news and notes from Wednesday’s practice, including a bit more detail on Doug Baldwin’s 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

More Farnsworth: He says Saturday provides one more opportunity for Seattle to address the team’s offensive line issues.

ESPN’s Mike Sando also was at practice on Wednesday and provides some thoughts on what he saw.

ESPN’s John Clayton ranks Tarvaris Jackson 30th among NFL quarterbacks.

From the Associated Press, the signing of Zach Miller looms large because of John Carlson’s shoulder injury.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes about receiver Doug Baldwin’s impressive training camp, which could lead to a spot on Seattle’s final roster. Boyle’s story includes an interesting anecdote on how Baldwin found his way to Stanford.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports lists the Seahawks as one of his five teams on the way down.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated previews the NFC West.