Throughout the week, we’ll be offering you a different coach’s thoughts as the first minicamp of the new era of Seahawk football rolls along. Today, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley checks in with a guest blog entry as the Seahawks enter Day 2 of this week’s voluntary minicamp (also, read special teams coordinator Brian Schneider’s guest blog from Day 1 on Tuesday):
There’s so much excitement right now because the players are back, but more so because of the attitude and environment that Pete Carroll has brought. We saw it in practice yesterday — every drill, it was high enthusiasm, upbeat and coaching effort. It was a unique atmosphere, and that was exciting. The first practice was awesome, because the guys really picked up on the tempo. It was a long day — we had a philosophical meeting with Pete, one with me, one with special teams, and then a walk-thru, practice and film meetings — so you always wonder what the first day’s going to look like. But you could see guys buying into it right away — even the first day! Guys were talking in the huddle about what we preached in meetings, just talking about the whole environment and the whole atmosphere Pete has brought. It’s really cool to see.
I’m really glad to be here in Seattle this year. During the beginning few months of the offseason, you usually get to look at other teams and break down opponents, but when you’re a part of a staff that’s in transition, you have to focus on installing your own defense and making it our own. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been great work. We have so many views contributing — Pete, Ken Norton Jr., Dan Quinn, Jerry Gray — to really get this defense built from the ground floor up. It’s been a lot of work but it’s been great — a tremendous time of learning for all of us. Now it’s just about matching our personnel with that and seeing where we’re at after three days of evaluating during our minicamps.
In this minicamp, if we can get our players to understand the mentality we’re trying to create here — from our philosophy, to getting the ball back, etc. — that’s really important to us. If we can get out of here with our players feeling good about what’s taking place and the direction we’re heading, and we’ve had a chance to evaluate our players and see our needs, it’ll be a very successful minicamp.
Check back tomorrow for offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates’ thoughts after Day 2 of minicamp.