Rave reviews

Four weeks in, and head strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle couldn’t be more pleased with how the players are taking to the offseason program.

“They’re doing a tremendous job and they’ve all bought in,” said Carlisle, who’s in his first year with the Seahawks but coming off of nine seasons at USC, where he won national collegiate strength and conditioning coach of the year honors in 2006. “The players haven’t flinched at all. Every time we ask them to do something, they keep working harder.”

That type of positivity is expected from a strength coach, but the true test of an offseason program’s success is how the players respond. Well, the votes are in, and it looks like it’s an overwhelming boon for all parties involved.

Players have been raving about Carlisle and the direction he and his staff have provided since the offseason program started March 15.

“Coach Carlisle’s been great and our attendance has been great,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said this morning. “We’ve picked up our workload and intensity, and we’ve progressed every week. Everyone feels ready to go for next week.”

Center Chris Spencer added that players are not only getting better — the five-year veteran said he’s added about 10 pounds of muscle to his 312-pound frame since the offseason program started a month ago — but they’re also having a good time and coming together as a team in the process.

“The improvement from Day 1 to now is unbelievable,” Spencer said. “And it’s very fun. We’re enjoying it a lot.”

Players go through the weightlifting portion of their offseason workouts at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center this morning.

The morning’s first workout group flies through conditioning drills on the indoor field at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

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