A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Jan. 3:
The future. That was the focus of Pete Carroll’s season-wrap news conference today, as the Seahawks’ second-year coach did not – and could not – hide his enthusiasm about just how good this team can be next season. And the season after that. And the season after that.
Carroll began as he should have, by acknowledging the disappointment that came with this season’s 7-9 record – which saw the Seahawks start 2-6 and then finish with back-to-back losses to the division rival 49ers and Cardinals by two and three points, respectively.
But in between, this team won five of six games – including victories over the playoff-bound Giants and Ravens – and did it the way Carroll wants to play. By running the ball, playing tough defense and getting solid efforts from the special teams.
“The rest of the story to me is so positive and so encouraging that we look forward to this offseason with tremendous hopes of adding to a very, very young football team and building from where we are now,” he said. “I think our foundation for the future is fairly solid, in that we know where were going and we know our style of play.
“We’ve become a very aggressive, tough football team – playing good defense with highlight aspects of our special teams; we’ve run the football with a commitment. Those are the things I came in a couple of years ago trying to create. It just took us longer than I wanted. But that fact that it’s emerged here in the second half of the season is crucial for us moving forward.”
Wide receiver Sidney Rice, who spent the last five games on injured reserve after receiving a concussion, is scheduled to have surgery this week to repair the damaged labrum that he played with most of the season.
Rookie cornerback Richard Sherman also is scheduled to have an arthroscopic procedure on a knee, Carroll said. He added that a decision on whether quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will need surgery to repair the torn pectoral he played with the last 10 games has not been made.
The club has signed seven players to future contracts: defensive end Pierre Allen, linebacker Allen Bradford, cornerbacks Coye Francies and Jesse Hoffman, defensive end John Graves, tight end John Nalbone and guard Brent Osborne. All spent time with the team at some point this season.
Last year’s future-contract group included cornerback Brandon Browner, who started at cornerback and was a first alternate to the Pro Bowl; and lineman Paul McQuistan, who started 10 games at three different positions.
STAT DU JOUR
With his 222-yard passing performance against the Cardinals on Sunday, Jackson became the sixth quarterback in franchise history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. Here’s a look at the company Jackson joined:
Quarterback 3,000-yard seasons
Matt Hasselbeck 7 (2002-05, 2007, 2009-10)
Dave Krieg 4 (1984-85, 1989-90)
Jim Zorn 3 (1978-80)
Warren Moon 1 (1997)
Jon Kitna 1 (1999)
Tarvaris Jackson 1 (2011)
And here’s a look at how those 3,000-yard seasons rank:
Quarterback (season) Yards
Matt Hasselbeck (2007) 3,966
Matt Hasselbeck (2003) 3,841
Warren Moon (1997) 3,678
Dave Krieg (1984) 3,671
Jim Zorn (1979) 3,661
Dave Krieg (1985) 3,602
Matt Hasselbeck (2005) 3,459
Matt Hasselbeck (2004) 3,382
Jim Zorn (1980) 3,346
Jon Kitna (1999) 3,346
Dave Krieg (1989) 3,309
Jim Zorn (1978) 3,283
Dave Krieg (1990) 3,194
Tarvaris Jackson (2011) 3,091
Matt Hasselbeck (2002) 3,075
Matt Hasselbeck (2009) 3,029
Matt Hasselbeck (2010) 3,001
The offseason. Unlike last year, there will be an offseason. Until previous years, it will be different because of the new CBA that was reached to end the 136-day lockout in July. The offseason conditioning program that typically has begun in March will now start April 16.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We’re going to try and make it as hard as we can possibly make it for the guys on team to stay on this team, because they’d better battle to keep their spots.” – Carroll with an eye toward free agency and the NFL Draft