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Morning links: Bates headed back to Mile High

In my story today I talk with Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates on his return to Denver for the first time since leaving there after the 2008 season, when Mike Shanahan was let go.

Bates was an offensive assistant for the Broncos for three seasons, including handling play-calling duties his final season in Denver, when quarterback Jay Cutler guided one of the most explosive offenses in the league.

Even though Denver has a new coach in Josh McDaniels and several new players, Bates should have a handle of some of the personnel on both sides of the ball.

Greg Johns of profiles Hawks defensive end Red Bryant, who has grown into his new role as an edge rusher.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s energy has won over his players.

Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian offers this interesting profile on Seahawks defensive tackle Junior Siavii.

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, the NFL and the NFL Players Association reached a settlement in which San Diego restricted receiver Vincent Jackson will only have to miss he first four games of the season if he his traded by 4 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday. Seattle had shown interest initially, but it appears Minnesota is the frontrunner now.

Dave Boling of the TNT, Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times and Hugh Millen of KJR get together for their weekly Seahawks Roundtable in this audio link.Denver Broncos

Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post writes the Broncos are trying to push the ball down the field more in the passing game.

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post writes that the Broncos running game could continue to struggle against Seattle. San Francisco

If you haven’t seen this interview with San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary conducted by Dennis O’Connell of CBS Sports' San Francisco affiliate KPIX, you need to watch this.

I love Singletary, but the way he has responded to his team’s disappointing performance at Seattle last week has been interesting, to say the least.

Singletary is somewhat combative in the interview when O’Connell asked about Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports’ report about communication issues within the team involving offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, and things do not get better from there.

Check out the video below.

Part of the reason Singletary was upset in the interview is because he had already answered questions about the incident during his weekly press conference, which you can read about here.

Singletary basically came to the defense of Raye, who has been at the center of some of the reports because quarterback Alex Smith said some of the plays got in late during the game against Seattle.

By the way, the Niners play the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

And, oh yeah, there was a fight between linebacker Ahmad Brooks and cornerback Shawntae Spencer at the Niners' practice on Thursday.

San Francisco will retire Jerry Rice’s No. 80 on Monday.Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that rookie receiver Stephen Williams could have more of a role in the Cardinals’ offense with Early Doucet possibly out with sports hernia.

More Somers: He says quarterback Derek Anderson staying in the game after taking a shot to the chest last week against St. Louis reminded him of the toughness Kurt Warner showed during his time with the Cardinals.

Darren Urban of notes Arizona’s defense played 81 snaps against St. Louis.

St. Louis Rams

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is returning to his aggressive roots and blitzing more in his second season.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that running back Steven Jackson should get more carries this week against Oakland. Tennessee piled up 205 yards on the ground against the Raiders last week.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams should welcome WR Vincent Jackson with open arms.