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Morning links: Hawks 24th in red zone efficiency

The Seattle Sehawks have not done a good job in putting the ball in the end zone. This week Seattle is tied for 24th in red zone percentage, scoring touchdowns when they are inside the 20-yard line 40 percent of the time. The Houston Texans lead that category at just over 70 percent.

One of the reasons Seattle has struggled is they have a young receiver group that is still building chemistry with veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. But head coach Pete Carroll expects the offense to continue to improve in that area as the season grinds one.

“We’re going to keep working at it,” Carroll said. “I think that’s still part of our game with newer guys that we’ll improve at. I think we can count on getting better.”

Mike Williams is the league’s comeback story of the year according the New York Times Fifth Down blog.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated takes a look at coaches on the hot seat, and says Dallas head coach Wade Phillips is at the top of the list.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joins Rich Eisen of the NFL Network in his weekly podcast.

In a guest piece for the Seattle Times, former Seahawks Dave Wyman offers his thoughts on the helmet-to-helmet hits issue.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says Seattle’s defensive backs love the new bandit defense that features seven defensive backs.

Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune quotes cornerback Chris Johnson saying the Raiders are probably the most talented team in the NFL.

It looks like Oakland receiver Louis Murphy, tops among the wide receivers in receptions with 21, will miss Sunday’s game with a bruised lung.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Oakland running back Darren McFadden is finally living up to his draft status.

Former NFL scout Dave Razzano says the opposite is true of middle linebacker Rolando McClain.

Matt Maiocco of writes that Troy Smith will take over for the injured Alex Smith and start at quarterback for the Niners.