Seattle Seahawks To Begin New Era Tuesday Under Coach Pete Carroll

Published on April 12, 2010 by     

After two forgettable seasons – and only nine wins – the Seattle Seahawks will begin a new era Tuesday during their first minicamp under coach Pete Carroll.

Great article by Claire over at Seahawks.com

There have been meetings. Countless hours of them. There have been workouts during the offseason program. Four days a week for the past month.

But the Seattle Seahawks have yet to hold a practice under coach Pete Carroll.

That will change Tuesday, when the veterans open a three-day minicamp – the extra one teams with new coaches are allowed to hold. And change has been the operative word this offseason. There’s Carroll, and 18 new assistant coaches. There’s first-year general manager John Schneider. There’s the roster, which has seen eight players leave through trades, free agency or being released and another 10 replacing them.

Just ask cornerback Marcus Trufant, the team’s first-round draft in 2003. Only one player who was with the Seahawks when Trufant arrived will be on the field Tuesday afternoon – quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

“We’ve got a long way to go to put this thing together, and this is the first step in doing that,” Trufant said after a recent workout.

The players are scheduled to practice for two hours each day, from 1:30-3:30. It’s a first chance for them to apply everything they’ve been taught in meetings and – as Carroll has stressed several times – the first opportunity for their new coach to get a firsthand look at his players in a practice environment.

Even for players as accomplished as Hasselbeck and Trufant, that means making good – and lasting – first impressions. Each battled injuries last season, when the Seahawks struggled to a 5-11 record. Trufant missed all of training camp and the first six regular-season games because of a back issue. Hasselbeck missed two games because of broken ribs, after sitting out nine games in 2008 with his own back problem.

“The challenge will be – the hardest thing will be – having the play-caller tell you the play, stepping into the huddle and calling the play like you mean it, like you own it, like you know it, like you believe in it all the way,” Hasselbeck said.

“We’ve been running. We’ve been lifting. We’ve been throwing. But this will be different.”

Consider different a synonym for change in that evaluation. After spending the first 11 seasons of his career in baSeatsically the same system – Mike Holmgren’s hybrid of the West Coast offense that Hasselbeck learned in Green Bay while he and Holmgren were with the Packers, and then mastered after his 2001 trade to the Seahawks – the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback is on his third offensive coordinator and third scheme in the past three years.

But the offense being implemented by new coordinator Jeremy Bates is closer to what Hasselbeck learned under Holmgren than the system the Seahawks ran last year under coordinator Greg Knapp.

“Last year was really, really hard,” Hasselbeck said. “Because it was the same words that meant different things.”

Hasselbeck reached down to pinch his blue workout shirt between his thumb and index finger before offering, “So this was red. Really? Oh, really.”

But new is good this time around.

“It’s exciting,” Hasselbeck said. “It would be harder to stomach if were coming off a great year and we all were together. But there has just been so much change and so much turnover in our locker room that wholesale change in terminology isn’t that big of deal because for the most part it’s all brand new people.

“So the quicker everybody embraces it and gets onboard, the quicker you have a chance to succeed.”

The scheme hasn’t changed as dramatically on defense, because coordinator Gus Bradley is one of three holdovers from the previous staff. But there is the turnover in personnel, including strong safety Deon Grant being released and end Darryl Tapp being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

“It’s pretty much a fresh start,” Trufant said. “Last year was a rough season – personally and for the team. It was a rough season all the way around.

“It’s time to look forward now and just try to get better. I’m definitely looking forward to this. This is a chance for us to prove ourselves again.”

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

141214-thomas-660

Seahawks use second-half adjustments to dispatch 49ers

After trailing at the half, the Seahawks came out determined to alter their fate and did just that ...
141208chancellor660

Pete Carroll on the Seahawks’ defense: ‘It’s the guys playing it’

After the statement made by the Seahawks’ defense in Sunday’s suffocating performance against what had been a prolific ...
141203hawkville660

Seahawks take ‘Honors R Us’ approach when it comes to awards

Just as Kam Chancellor did after being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week following the Seahawks’ victory ...
10Szvx.AuSt.5

Pete Carroll’s relationship with Seahawks owner Paul Allen “really couldn’t be better”

Pete Carroll apparently doesn’t have the same “recessive gene” Jim Harbaugh has. You may have heard about 49ers chief ...
123456

Seahawks’ defense more dominant the last two games than it was last season

Suddenly, the Seattle Seahawks have gone from meandering to monstrous again. So what’s changed? How has a defense that ...
141128lynch600

Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson have Seahawks’ offense running in the right direction

On a night when the Seahawks’ defense was the big story in a 19-3 victory over the San ...
141124wagner660

Bobby Wagner goes from not playing for five games to playing all but one play vs Cardinals

After missing five games with a toe injury, Bobby Wagner was back at middle linebacker for Sunday’s win ...
141125-nfcwest-660

Know Your Enemy: NFC West Update on 49ers, Rams, Cardinals

Seattle's Week 12 win over the Arizona Cardinals should make for a more interesting stretch-run in the hyper-competitive ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz