Inside out

The Seahawks’ offseason program didn’t just move to another level today, the players and coaches moved outside on Day 2 of Phase 2.

Taking advantage of the dry weather, the workout took place on the immaculately maintained practice fields at Virginia Mason Athletic Center after the players kicked off Phase 2 of the program on Monday by working in the weight room and indoor practice facility.

It was all unit work, with the defense on the field closer to the berm and the offense on the field closer to the lake – and the various groups within each unit on both ends of the fields, as well as in the middle.

The setting might have changed, but the focus remained the same.

“This is a real teaching-emphasis, teaching-pace process for us,” defensive backs coach Kris Richard said. “Today, we were able to get them on the field and get them to the techniques of a particular drop, of our particular coverages.

“That’s it – it’s technical-emphasis drill work.”

But it’s a quantum leap from a year ago, when the 136-day lockout erased the entire offseason.

As defensive coordinator Gus Bradley put it on Monday, “We’re getting closer to football. We’re still a ways away, but it’s getting closer.”

The players are off Wednesday, but Phase 2 continues Thursday and Friday, as well as the next two weeks. Phase 3 begins on May 21, and includes 10 OTA sessions and the only mandatory minicamp in mid-June.


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