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Morning links: OC Bates gets high marks

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network ranks Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates among his top five of the 14 new offensive and defensive coordinators heading into the 2010 season that he expects to make immediate, positive impacts this year.

Kirwan:

“Bates inherits the NFL's 21st-ranked offense, but did spend a year with Pete Carroll at USC learning to work side-by-side with his new boss. Bates took over the playcalling duties for Denver in 2008, directing an offense that generated 6,333 yards and ranked second in the NFL. Getting Alex Gibbs to coach the offensive line and handle the run game is a big plus for Bates. Securing offensive talent like Russell Okung, Golden Tate and Leon Washington will help even more. The Seahawks were minus-8 in turnovers last year, but I would be very surprised if Carroll team didn't flip that number to a plus-8. The big 'if' is the health of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, although the team does like what they have in backup Charlie Whitehurst.”

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck tells Nate Davis of USA Today that even though the team appears to be rebuilding, the expectation is to win now.

Seahawks’ linebacker David Hawthorne is hosting a football camp and other festivities this weekend at Rainier Beach High in Seattle.

Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly says the Seahawks are back at square one at running back now that LenDale White has been released.

Voters in Santa Clara will determine if a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers moves forward today, and the players are hoping for a positive result.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports counts Thursday night games and Warren Sapp on the NFL Network among 10 things he would like the NFL to do away with.

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