“While technically it’s the end of training camp, by no means is it the start of the season,” Mora said. “In my mind we’re still going to be in a training camp mode until we get ready to play the Rams (Sept. 13 in the regular season opener).”
Gulp, and double gulp, said the look that washed across the usually smiling face of left guard Rob Sims when asked to portray this initial Camp Mora.
“Tough,” he said, before breaking into not only a smile but also a hearty laugh. “We’ve had one off day since this thing started. Coach said he was going to do it, and he did it.”
This camp was shorter, even if it didn’t seem that way to the players. The Seahawks have traditionally broken camp before the third preseason game. This year, with Mora contorting tradition at seemingly every turn, camp broke before the second preseason game.
But the gap was bridged by rapidly paced, high-tempo practices, and that lone day off for the players.
“Some people didn’t believe him,” Sims said of the downtime at Camp Mora being singular. “But we just had to trust him. He said it would be fine.
“And I think I became a better player, and we became a better team.”
The getting-better process will continue, starting with Saturday night’s preseason home opener against the Denver Broncos at Qwest Field. But the groundwork – and grunt work – definitely was done the past three weeks.
“It was a good camp,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “We got a lot of reps, a lot of different situations practiced. Now, we’ve got to put it all together these next three preseason games.
“We’ll see. But in our minds, as coaches, it’s been a good camp.”
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp concurred – with Bradley, and also Mora.
“I’m very pleased with the progress,” he said. “We still have a long way to go, but I think we’re on track with what we’ve seen in practice.”
Seahawks 12th Man Army has now gone mobile! Go to http://www.noticeorange.com/r/Seahawks12thManArmy to get an app for your phone. It's free and it has alerts so that you'll know whenever Seahawks 12th Man Army has anything new. What could be better?
Well, the grind officially ended Thursday night, when Mora put his players through their final training camp practice – the 24th overall, and the last of the seven two-a-day sessions.
But maybe Houshmandzadeh was on to something when the veteran wide receiver hung that tag on Camp Mora – because while training camp might be over in theory, in reality the fine grinding will continue.
Tags: Defensive coordinator, Denver Broncos, Gap, greg knapp, Groundwork, Grunt Work, gus bradley, High Note, Home Opener, Houshmanzadeh, offensive coordinator, Preseason Game, Preseason Games, Qwest, Rob Sims, Season Opener, training camp
Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..