Cruise with the Seahawks – Day 3

Today we cruised to beautiful Glacier Bay, where the ice is blue.  If you haven’t had the chance to see it, it is one of those majestic and awe inspiring sights in the world!

Today we have our Chalk Talk with our Seahawks Hosts, in which they get to share some valuable insight on the inner workings of an NFL Football team.  Tom Cable, our new offensive line coach, is super fired up about getting started and working with our offensive line.  He is focused on putting together an effective running game and indicated that the Seahawks will use a combination of zone blocking, gap blocking and man blocking.  He showed the fans using different diagrams the difference between all three blocking schemes, which was pretty cool.  He also talked about involving tight ends more in different ways and pointed out that our wide receivers WILL be good blockers… or they won’t be Seahawks for very long!  Coach Cable is ready to roll!

Coach Brian Schneider talked about his Special Teams crew and how he prepares for each opponent. He commented on film and the amount of study that the coaches put in… which would astound you.  So many hours watching film and devising schemes… it is mind boggling.  He talked about Leon Washington and his unique ability to return kicks and how he sets himself up under the football when he is preparing to catch… it is pretty special.  He also diagramed different return and blocking schemes and how timing on the returns has to be just perfect.  Brian is so enthusiastic about what he does and the fans got a real treat with his insight!

VP of Football Operations Will Lewis discussed the intricate planning involved in the Draft process and choosing players that are right for our team.  The Seahawks divide the United States into six regions and assign a scout to each region.  It is the scout’s responsibility to identify all of the colleges in his region and know about every, single football player at each and every school! Just think about all of the big and small colleges in the East coast and how many have football teams…whew!   The information Will shared was really great and this is really only top line.  I haven’t even mentioned what goes on with all of the pro scouts and how they keep track of each professional player on each team… lets just say they have their work cut out for them! And we have some of the best in the biz back at home at VMAC.

Not many people get this type of insider information and in such detail.  One of the many perks about this fantastic cruise!

Next stop is Juneau tomorrow, and our coaches have some excursions planned that I will be telling you more about.  So until next time…

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