Moving the Tuesday morning practice at Seahawks training camp indoors had its drawbacks – like only one field for both the offense and defense to work on.
But coach Jim Mora also took advantage of the situation.
Crowd noise was piped in, and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp tested out the communications system he’ll use to send in plays to quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace during Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Chargers in San Diego.
“Matt and Seneca have never had Greg in their ear,” Mora said, referring to Knapp being in his first season with the team. “They’ve had coach (Mike) Holmgren for most of their careers.
“So it’s different. And I think they just need to be used to it before Saturday night, so they don’t say, ‘Whoa, who’s that?’ ”
Mora punctuated that statement with a laugh.
“We just did a little of that today and it worked out well,” he said.
Linebackers coach Zerick Rollins also tested out the system he’ll use to relay plays to his middle linebackers – Lofa Tatupu and David Hawthorne.
“We wanted to simulate that with crowd noise as well, because it’s good to get that environment practiced at times,” Mora said. “We won’t wear it out. It becomes a bit of a nuisance at times. But we wanted to work on it. This was a perfect day because we were inside.”