Postcard from camp: Seahawks
The most prominent is "ALWAYS COMPETE," which is the essence of Carroll's approach to turning around a franchise that has produced only nine wins over the past two seasons. It's also how he plans to silence critics who doubt whether he can succeed in the NFL after being fired in his previous two stints, first with the Jets, then the Patriots.
His approach is definitely player friendly. The schedule includes no back-to-back two-a-days and an off-day after only four days. "I think [left guard]
It's little wonder that when players say "Camp Carroll," a smile crosses their face.
1.Hasselbeck is in the final year of his contract and looks like someone prepared to cash in, despite turning 35 in September. He reported to camp leaner and more focused and quickly squashed talk of a quarterback controversy after Carroll traded for
2. For a coach who loves diversity, Seattle's running backs sure seem homogenous. All of the backs are relatively small, with quickness ranking among their chief attributes. The personnel staff will look for a bigger, grinder type back when teams begin making roster cuts.
"I've always like complementary backs, different style guys," says Carroll. "We love the physical nature of the running game, so it's nice to have that type of big back. Ganther has been running really good for us and has that physical presence. He's tough and might give us that little change of style type thing. ... But I really like this position group. When Leon is ready to go [Aug. 16 is a tentative target date] and can throw his hat in the ring, I think this is going to be a very strong group. Julius has just done a marvelous job, and Justin has done a marvelous job."
According to Stats Inc, Houshmandzadeh had 41 catches in the first half and 38 after halftime.
"Me and [former coach
According to Stats Inc., Houshmandzadeh was targeted 38 times in the team's wins and 97 times in their losses. Forty-eight of his catches occurred when the team was losing. Make of the numbers what you will, but Houshmandzadeh says he will be more of a factor this season. He is still getting up to speed after missing all of the offseason workouts while recovering from hernia surgery, but he says it's just a matter of time before he and Hasselbeck are clicking.
"We're seeing the same thing, out there, but I'm just not reacting fast enough because I'm thinking as I'm doing it," he says. "I just have to get more reps. We're on the same page, just not the same tempo."
Who are these guys? As of Thursday morning, the Seahawks had made 108 personnel transactions -- with promises of more to come. Only 38 players remained from the 2009 team, and that figure will likely drop when final cuts are made. Linebacker
"We've been busy and we're going to continue to be busy," Carroll said of himself and new GM
The setting. The Seahawks train at their year-round facility in Renton, where the state-of-the-art complex is bordered to the west by picturesque Lake Washington. On Thursday morning, boats bobbed offshore, a bald eagle watched from the top of a light stand, Blue Angel jets roared across the sky, fans soaked up sun from a nearby grass knoll, and the scent of chicken and steak on the grill filled the air. It was enough to make Lombardi and Brown roll over in their graves.
• The Seahawks had only two sacks in their final five games, and it remains unclear how they're going to pressure opposing quarterbacks this year. Their top three ends from last season are gone --
• The OL was a problem last year because of age and injury. Carroll's most important hire arguably was respected line coach
• Practice isn't like being in a club, but close. Tatupu says he has caught himself tapping his foot during lulls, and Forsett says the beat keeps the intensity up. "I like it," he says. "It's kind of like we're performing. Just like before a game when music is playing. You've got to get ready. It's like we're simulating that."