Starting right away

Besides their introductory press conference, first-round draft picks Russell Okung and Earl Thomas also got to meet the coaches and tour the stunning Virginia Mason Athletic Center this afternoon.

As their tour wound around the football offices, weight room, locker room and indoor practice facility, the caravan would pick up more and more coaches and staffers, lending to some funny exchanges.

“We’re glad to have you,” quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch said to Okung upon meeting the offensive tackle, cracking a smile in the process. “And so are the quarterbacks — all of them.”

During the tour, Coach Pete Carroll stood in wonder alongside Thomas in the massive indoor practice facility, while offensive line coach Alex Gibbs didn’t waste much time to start, well, coaching Okung, his newest player.

Gibbs handed the star offensive tackle a playbook and the two exchanged phone numbers, even setting up a phone appointment for the teacher and pupil to chat on Monday morning.

The newest Seahawks sure aren’t waiting to get started in their new careers.


Offensive tackle Russell Okung, selected with the sixth pick on Thursday, talks with offensive line coach Alex Gibbs in a hall of the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon, just minutes after the draft pick arrived at the facility. [Photo by Corky Trewin, Seahawks.com]


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