Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks on this third day of training camp, July 30.
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times revisits the story of Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, and takes a look at how the Seattle secondary has come to be one of the team’s primary strengths after years of unreliability and uncertainty at the position, “This is the same secondary that had been a perennial problem in Seattle. The Seahawks allowed the most passing yards in the league in 2008, the third-most in 2009 and the sixth-most in 2010. That’s three consecutive years on skid row for NFL secondaries, which made last year’s breakthrough all the more unexpected, especially since Seattle began the season with Marcus Trufant as its only starter with more than two years of NFL experience. So just how did Seattle’s secondary make that kind of breakthrough? ‘They made some plays, and they built off that confidence,’ said defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. ‘More than anything, they had a clear understanding of what we were asking. It clicked for some of them.’
Also at the Seattle Times, wide receiver Golden Tate gives us his take on his own NFL development to this point in this short video.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his story on Tate, who flashed some big-play potential in Sunday’s practice, but also displayed some maturity and discipline that had been absent in years past, “Tate, who received the Biletnikoff Award as the best collegiate receiver in the country his final season at Notre Dame, was a consensus All-American first-team selection. But when Tate arrived in Seattle in 2010 as the team’s second-round draft choice, he struggled to consistently get on the field because his route running was raw. And Tate admitted to having an attitude problem once he was informed he would not be a mainstay of Seattle’s offense. ‘I never had to work for my position; it was always given to me,’ Tate said. ‘I was always more athletic, so for the first time ever I felt like I had to work. It wasn’t given to me. And then when I didn’t respond the correct way my rookie year, I was like, ‘If I’m not starting, whatever.’ But once I learned to prepare like I’m the starter, regardless if I’m third-string or sixth-string, I think it started to come.’ ”
Also at the Tacoma News Tribune, Dave Boling talks with wide receiver Sidney Rice, who is looking to bounce back from shoulder injuries this season and become a leader among the ‘Hawks wide receiver corps, “Being on the field, he said, is crucial as he feels the need to be more of a veteran presence in the young Seahawks receiving corps. ‘I’m being more vocal this year,’ Rice said. ‘In previous years I led by example, just doing what I’m supposed to do. But I’m taking it on myself now to tell these guys what we have to do to get this team better. … These guys know how to play football, we just have to bring the right attitude every day, and finish off everything.’ “
John Boyle at the Everett Herald speaks with defensive tackle Jason Jones on the improvement that is expected this season with the team’s ability to rush the passer, “With the addition of [Bruce] Irvin, a lighting-quick end, and Jones, a versatile interior pass rusher, the Seahawks plan on turning their pass rush from a question mark to a team strength. ‘That could be deadly right there,’ Jones said of Seattle’s pass-rushing options. ‘… If all the attention is on Clem [Chris Clemons], because he got 11 sacks last year, that will open things up for Bruce and me. … There are endless possibilities, that’s why I’m so excited.’ “
Liz Matthews of 710 ESPN Seattle has head coach Pete Carroll’s comments on the reasoning behind the team’s contract extension for 2010-11 sack leader Chris Clemons, and offers up some practice notes from Sunday.
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his practice report from day two of camp, with his focus on the Seahawks wide receiver group which has made many impressive plays over the first two days.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his Hawkville report from Sunday, with his focus on Seahawks fourth-round draft pick RB Robert Turbin, “Turbin broke two longs in one portion of today’s two-hour practice, and each was followed by a long run from Cable to stress the style issue and then give some style points. ‘One step and go. One step and go. And trust your gut,’ Cable said after practice when asked about the exchanges that followed the long runs by Turbin that prompted Cable’s long runs.”
Farnsworth’s feature story from Sunday fittingly center’s on center Max Unger, the Seahawks 2009 second-round draft choice who signed a contract extension with the team last week, “The Seahawks have been all about identifying players with unique skills since coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over in January 2010, and the next step is then securing those players for future years. Unger could be the poster player for this process. One of the first things Tom Cable did last year after Carroll hired the former head coach of the Oakland Raiders to be the assistant head coach/offensive line coach on his staff was move Unger to center. Fulltime, and from Day One. ‘I don’t think there’s any doubt, that’s what the situation with Max is all about,’ Cable said. ‘When you start to build a team like they did two years ago, they made the decision to kind of retool the whole thing. So you’re putting pieces together until you get it right.’ “
Farnsworth also has a look at Day Two of the quarterback competition, which had Matt Flynn taking first-team reps.
And lastly here at Seahawks.com we have our offensively-focused Seahawks Daily with Tony Ventrella recapping the day’s events.
Peter King of SI.com brings us his Monday Morning Quarterback. King attended Seahawks practice yesterday and had praise for Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson, “I spent 20 minutes with [Wilson] Sunday, and I was ready to run extra routes for him after listening to him. ‘I refuse to be average,’ Wilson said on the field after practice. ‘I refuse to be good. All I want to do is work to excel every day.’ It’s very difficult to make any judgments on a player, or a team, watching a pad-less practice, with players in helmets and shorts. But Wilson’s arm looked every bit as strong, and maybe slightly stronger, than Flynn’s in this practice. On one snap, Wilson was flushed from the pocket, scrambled right (‘He scrambles to throw; he doesn’t scramble to run,” Carroll said) and launched a slightly wavering 32-yard strike down the right side to a covered Ben Obomanu, who came down with the ball. Good play, the kind of play he’s going to have to make in the NFL when the pocket breaks down.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com sifts through the recent contract extensions for several Seahawks players, “Deals for Red Bryant, Marshawn Lynch, Max Unger and Chris Clemons brought clarity to the roster for this season and beyond. Coach Pete Carroll highlighted those deals as evidence the team would take care of productive players. Carroll and general manager John Schneider inherited Bryant and Unger from the previous regime. Neither was an established player, but both have grown into important roles. Re-signing those players in particular showed Carroll and Schneider kept an open mind while turning over the roster during their first season-plus on the job. They weren’t set on rewarding only their own guys, in other words.”