One of the more impressive aspects from the first two days of the Seahawks training camp has been the reaction from those players whose efforts have stood out most.
Three practices. Three “players of the day.” Three “say what?” reactions.
Friday, Nate Burleson made a half dozen impressive catches. But when asked about the effort, the veteran wide receiver immediately mentioned the one pass he dropped.
Saturday morning, Ken Lucas broke up passes that were intended for Deion Branch and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who had better position than Lucas to make the plays. But the pass the veteran cornerback dwelled on was one completed because he got a poor break on the ball.
Saturday evening, Justin Forsett made a block that knocked everyone’s socks off – and stoned 240-pound middle linebacker David Hawthorne. But the point made by the 194-pound Forsett was that he needed to hold the block a little longer.
Perfectionists? Perhaps, but they’re definitely realists. To a man, the Seahawks are wearing last year’s 4-12 record like a hair shirt. Several times during the offseason, players would inject their lost season into conversations that where focused on the future not the past. As in, “Well, you know we were 4-12 last year.”
In his first season as coach, Jim Mora is preaching accountability to his players – on every play, in every practice. No excuses. Just results.
The players obviously have taken his challenge to heart.