Good morning, here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 28.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune writes about the heightened expectations the Seahawks face as they head into year three under Carroll, “Carroll enters Year 3 of an effort to ultimately build the Seahawks into a regular playoff contender. Seahawks owner Paul Allen did not hire Carroll away from national college power USC three years ago – after giving hometown product Jim Mora only one year to turn things around – just to hover around the .500 mark. Carroll and general manager John Schneider remade Seattle’s roster into one of the youngest teams in the league, cycling through over 500 roster moves since January 2010 on their way to back-to-back 7-9 campaigns. Now, the 60-year-old coach known for his enthusiastic approach is expected to lead this team to the playoffs.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald gives us seven questions the Seahawks face as they open 2012 training camp. The obvious question heading into camp revolves around the Seahawks quarterback competition, which Boyle is quick to list. But one of the more interesting questions Boyle poses centers around the ‘Hawks running game, which was a strong point during the second half of last season and in order for this team to be successful in 2012 is expected to pick up where they left off, “Marshawn Lynch and the offensive line improved dramatically in the second half of the season, which coincided with more wins. Now can they keep it up? One encouraging sign last season was that the line was able to continue its improvement even as starters James Carpenter and John Moffitt went down with injuries. This year’s line, on paper anyway, looks like it could be the best and deepest Seattle has had in years, but half a season of success hardly makes it a proven unit.”
Brock Huard and Mike Salk of mynorthwest.com suggest a few players to watch during Seahawks training camp in this video. Huard details his excitement for newly acquired tight end Kellen Winslow, who he believes has a chance to “shatter” the single-season record for receptions by a Seahawks tight-end.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth caught up with Seahawks Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson and defensive end Red Bryant as they entered the VMAC yesterday, discussing the team’s high expectations as they enter the third season with coach Carroll at the helm. Robinson put the team’s mentality best when he told Farnsworth, “It’s time now, this is the moment everybody has been waiting for. It’s time to put on the pads. It’s time to get serious. It’s time to block everything else out and develop that championship mindset.”
Farnsworth also touched based with newly-signed veteran wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who signed with the Seahawks on Thursday. Bryant told Farnsworth he is looking to make the most of the opportunity heading into camp, “I’ve been in this position before,” Bryant said. “Right now, I’m considered trash. But hey, that’s cool. I’ve been in this position before. But one thing people have to remember, they better go back and watch their film. Just know this: I’m something they’re going to have to compete against.”
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post lists Seahawks first-round draft pick defensive end Bruce Irvin as one of his 10 rookies to watch during training camp. Bowen offers his thoughts on the speed-rushing end out of West Virginia, “Irvin was labeled as a ‘situational’ rusher after the draft and I understand that. Think defensive sub packages (nickel, dime) and the ability to turn the corner vs. OTs. However, no different than talking about [Shea] McLellin above, Irvin isn’t going to beat every tackle this season with the speed rush. This is a rookie I want to watch in live game action this August.”
Finally, if it wasn’t already obvious enough, the first of 13 Seahawks training camp practices is open to the public today at 10:30 a.m. You can register for future sessions here. See you at camp.