Throughout the week, we’ll be offering you a different coach’s thoughts as the first minicamp of the new era of Seahawks football rolls along. Today, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates checks in with a guest blog entry as the Seahawks enter Day 3 of this week’s voluntary minicamp (also, read special teams coordinator Brian Schneider’s guest blog from Day 1 on Tuesday and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s guest blog from Day 2 on Wednesday):
I’m really fired up the team so far. The guys’ energy and passion for the game is awesome. Their energy makes you want to come to work. They’re tuned in during meeting and then take what they’re learning in meetings to the practice field. We’re a long ways off but it’s early in this process. We’ve just got to keep grinding, keep getting better every day and keep building this team up day by day.
Working with Matt Hasselbeck is so fun and makes things so much easier for everyone. He knows so much, he sees it all, he can communicate so well and he has history with plays so he can tell you what works and what doesn’t. He’s a pro. He’s brilliant. As a coach, you can learn so much from someone like him, and I think that’s a neat experience.
The last three months here have been great. This coaching staff has been working their tails off and we’ve been working together so well. We’ve had to teach the coaches the playbook because we have new coaches from all over the country, so as a group, we’ve been grinding and learning the offense and also looking at the draft and free agents. I don’t want to say it’s the hardest year, but the first year is always the growing experience and it’s where we come together and develop that chemistry.
During this minicamp, first of all, we’re trying to figure out who we have before the draft. We want to see what our guys can do and the special things they can do. We just want to get to know the guys as players and as students and get an idea of what the Seattle Seahawks look like before the draft next week. Also, it’s a great chance to teach them the first three days of our playbook, so it’s a good opportunity to give them some knowledge of our offense so we can start talking on the same page and get everyone on the level to play fast, which we expect on Sundays in the fall.