5 Reasons 49ers vs. Seahawks will be must-see TV in 2013

But when a retired Army veteran visited with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll things became uncomfortable according to Jack Dickey at Deadspin. Charlie Chiarelli, a former Army vice chief of staff and four-star general is a die-hard Seattle fan. He was hoping for a fun discussion with Carroll when he visited the Seahawks offices. Instead the conversation shifted away from football. Carroll probed Chiarelli about alternate 9/11 theories. Here is an excerpt from the Deadspin article describing the awkward meeting between Carrol and Chiarelli. The sit-down between Chiarelli and Carroll started off normally enough.

"It has no place in an athlete's body," Harbaugh said of performance-enhancing drugs in general. "Play by the rules. "You always want to be above reproach, especially when you're good, because you don't want people to come back and say, 'They're winning because they're cheating.' That's always going to be a knee-jerk reaction from people I've found in my experience, ever since I was a little kid." The Seahawks, who finished a half-game behind the 49ers in last season's NFC West standings, have San Francisco 49ers Braylon Edwards, left, is grabbed by Seattle Seahawks Brandon Browner on a touchdown pass attempt in the end zone in first half of their NFL season home opener at Candlestick Park, in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. The played was ruled defensive pass interference. (Ray Chavez/Staff) had six players test positive for performance-enhancing substances since December 2011. Only cornerback Richard Sherman escaped a four-game suspension upon appeal. Harbaugh, speaking at the start of the 49ers' three-day minicamp, did not chastise the Seahawks directly for the officially undisclosed violations.

If you're Russell Wilson, you move on to the next challenge. ERIC D. WILLIAMS; Staff writer ERIC D. PDT Updated: June 12, 2013 at 3:01 p.m. PDT

We can't tell that yet, we don't know because guys are learning, and that doesn't happen until we put the pads on. But we expect Spencer to be a big part of it." --Seahawks owner Paul Allen was out on the field watching minicamp workouts June 13. Allen spent time talking with former Seahawks quarterback and assistant coach Jim Zorn, along with Carroll and general manager John Schneider. "It was good to see the owner out there today," Carroll said. "Mr. Allen came out and saw us work on the last day and it looked like he was having a good time, too. So we ended on a good note, and we'll come back five weeks from now or so and get cranking." --Running back Marshawn Lynch checked in at No. 24 on The NFL Network's Top 100 players of 2013, a distinction voted on by players from around the league.

SU will play FCS opponent Wagner in Week 3. Wagner head football coachWalt Hameline (left) HISTORIC SEASON: Wagner had its best season in school history in 2012, finishing 9-4 overall and 7-1 in the Northeast Conference. The Seahawks won their first-ever NEC title, and defeated No. 24 Colgate, 31-20, in the first round of the FCS playoffs before being knocked out by No. 4 Eastern Washington. In the final polls, the Seahawks finished 21st in The Sports Network Poll and 22nd in the FCS Coaches Poll, the first time an NEC team had ever finished ranked in both polls. The FCS world has taken notice. The Seahawks come into the 2013 season ranked No. 24 in theLindys College Football Preview, and are also picked to win the NEC for the second straight year.

Seahawks officially sign Tarvaris Jackson, release Jerrod Johnson

Here are five reasons why the 49ers and Seahawks will be must-see TV in 2013: Coaching Rivalry The rivalry between Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll goes back to when the two were in the collegiate ranks. It came to a head in 2009 when Harbaughs Stanford Cardinal had run up the score on Carrolls USC Trojans by going for a two-point conversation late in a 55-21 Stanford win. The two men met at mid field and the infamous Whats your deal exchange took place. When Carroll left USC for Seattle in 2010, it appeared their frosty relationship was in the rear view mirror. The next season, however, Harbaugh took the job with the 49ers. For fans, it couldnt have worked out better to have two coaches that were already rivals to be in the same division and meeting twice a year. With both the 49ers and Seahawks being two of the leagues top teams, theres a good chance the two coaches will be going at it for a while. The Teams DO NOT Like Each Other As if their on the field battles arent testy enough, the 49ers and the Seahawks have begun to go at each other in the press.

The Ts have now been crossed and the Is dotted on a contract to bring quarterback Tarvaris Jackson back to Seattle. In the wake, the Seahawks released free-agent signee Jerrod Johnson, the team announced Friday . Tarvaris Jackson (Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Jackson, who started for the Seahawks in 2011, returns to Seattle after a season with Buffalo in which he didnt take a single snap. Only this time, Jackson will compete with offseason signee Brady Quinn for the backup spot behind incumbent starter Russell Wilson. I think its a great boost for us in a competitive sense, head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday . We thought of Tarvaris as a tremendously tough football player and competitive kid that battled for us. Jacksons reputation as a tough player is certainly warranted. In his 14 starts with the Seahawks, Jackson led the team to a 7-7 record while passing for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns all while battling an injured pectoral muscle in his passing shoulder. Now healthy, Jackson will look to fill the backup spot left vacant by former Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn, who was traded to the Oakland Raiders in April. Despite losing Flynn, Carroll and the Seahawks believe they now have plenty of help at the position behind Wilson.