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Morning links: Hawks hire Smith as QB coach

[caption id="attachment_9914" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Smith"] [/caption]The Seattle Seahawks have hired Carl Smith as the team’s new quarterbacks coach, replacing Jedd Fisch, who left to take the offensive coordinator position at the University of Miami.

Smith, 62, served as quarterbacks coach for Cleveland last year, but has some history with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, serving as his quarterbacks coach at New England, and also with USC in 2004.

Check out his bio here.

As far as the day goes, I’m hoping to catch up with Carroll at some point today. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is scheduled to talk to reporters today, along with Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet. And we should have some action on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, with combine drills happening today. We’ll also be talking to defensive linemen and linebackers in the media room.

Rob Rang of thinks Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey would be a perfect fit for Seattle.

Clare Farnsworth of says Seahawks GM John Schneider is looking for bigger linemen this year with the addition of offensive line coach Tom Cable.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times reports that Washington quarterback Jake Locker relishes the opportunity to show what he can do.

Doug Farrar of offers this video of Schneider talking about how his experience of working at Green Bay and the Packers focus on building teams through the draft is being used in Seattle.

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network offers 10 things to watch for at the combine this week.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated offers a pretty good run down of the first two days of the scouting combine, including thoughts on Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, and how Auburn quarterback Cam Newton’s comments on being an entertainer and an icon are being received here in Indianapolis.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports says Washington quarterback Jake Locker has a lot to prove this week to jump back into the first round.

ESPN’s John Clayton says Alabama running back Mark Ingram came in at 215 pounds because he wanted to show his improved speed.