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Morning links: The Ken Norton way

Seattle Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

Our own Dave Boling pens an interesting profile on Seattle Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr.

Norton played 13 years as a player, winning three consecutive Super Bowls with San Francisco and Dallas, so he commands respect from his players.

And he also commands respect with his baritone voice and the in-your-face way he coaches during practice, which linebacker Lofa Tatupu can attest to.


Tatupu confirmed the notion that Norton is vigilant in his reminders of the value of toughness in a physical game.

“His meetings, whew,” Tatupu said. “What we say and what we do … we’ll go to the grave with that, but it’s just amazing; he gets on us. You better hope you didn’t have a bad practice because you’ll hear about it until he sees a good one.”

Norton has the credentials to make sure he doesn’t get tuned out. His résumé from a 13-year NFL career features three Pro Bowls and three consecutive Super Bowl titles with Dallas and San Francisco.

“You take everything he says to heart because the guy has been where you want to be, not just in the NFL, but three years running, back-to-back-to-back Super Bowls,” Tatupu said.

Gregg Bell of the Associated Press writes about linebacker Aaron Curry’s bout with a concussion during the first day of training camp, stating the Wake Forest product was the first test case for the NFL’s new policy for handling concussions.

Greg Johns of profiles linebacker David Hawthorne.

Clare Farnsworth of profiles safety Earl Thomas.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports continues his series on Justin Forsett by going back to his days at Cal.

Julius Jones talks with KJR’s Jason Pucket in this audio link.

Defensive line coach Dan Quinn joins ESPN 710 Seattle’s Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore in this audio link.