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Morning links: Urgency needed in labor talks

Dave Boling of The News Tribune says that now the season is over, it’s time for league commissioner Roger Goodell to start earning his money and turn up the heat in leading the owners and the players to a new CB agreement in time for a 2011 season.Boling:

“The best thing Goodell could do is to convince owners and players that this thing needs to reach two-minute-drill tempo immediately.

“Why? Because dragging it out hurts everyone involved. And it will be pointless. This will get solved. Neither side can afford to lose a season.

“First, this is not about child labor or human rights or safety for stockyard workers in 1900. There are no matters of principle requiring sacrifice. It’s a matter of divvying great wealth.

“Players have such short careers and are famed for being poor managers of money. Some will cave when the next Bentley payment comes due. Owners have a better cushion, but it would take only a week or two of empty stadiums around the country to have them sweating Perrier.

“The American public will not tolerate a work stoppage. And, probably of greater fiscal relevance, the networks would place both sides in a vise before it costs them programming time.So, it will happen.”

Art Thiel of notes that Seahawks general manager John Schneider cut his teeth as a personnel executive for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, and has Seattle in a similar position to succeed after trimming burdensome contracts from the roster last season.

Clare Farnsworth of catches up with Cortez Kennedy, who says he is not disappointed after being left out of the Hall of Fame again this year and is enjoying the process.

Jamsion Hensley of the Baltimore Sun considers cornerback Josh Wilson the most important offseason addition that helped the Ravens reach the playoffs last season. The list also includes former Seahawks T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Cory Redding.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post says the Super Bowl showed the continued trend of spreading defenses and attacking the secondary in the passing game, which puts an emphasis on having an elite quarterback to win consistently in the NFL. The running game was emphasized less on both sides of the ball. That sounds like a Jeremy Bates-led offense to me.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says former Seahawks secondary coach Jerry Gray, now an assistant head coach at his alma mater Texas, could join new Titans head coach Mike Munchak’s staff with the Titans as the defensive coordinator.

Rob Rang of provides some risers and faller from this year’s all-star games heading into the scouting combine in two weeks. Risers include Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts and Baylor offensive guard Danny Watkins. Fallers include Delaware quarterback Pat Delvin, Arkansas offensive guard DeMarcus Love and Mississippi State defensive end Pernell McPhee.

Aaron Levine of KCPQ Ch. 13 catches up with Seahawks running back Justin Forsett during Super Bowl week and takes a tour of the running back’s high school in the Dallas area in the video below.