Phase 1 of offseason program begins

The Seahawks will begin their offseason program this morning, but the schedule and activities have been altered from those during coach Pete Carroll’s first two years with the team.

In 2010, the Seahawks were afforded a third minicamp under the NFL’s old offseason schedule because Carroll was a first-year coach. Last year, the 136-day lockout erased the entire offseason.

Today, Phase 1 of the revamped system created by the new CBA begins with a brief team meeting followed by the players doing testing and screening with head strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle and his staff. No other coaches will be allowed to work with the players during the Phase 1 period that will last two weeks.

The players will take to the practice fields for the first time on Tuesday, with sessions also scheduled for Thursday and Friday. But the on-field activities will not be practices, as the offense and defense will work out at different times.

The rest of the coaching staff will get involved in Phase 2, another two-week period which begins April 30 and also includes four sessions per week.

Phase 3 begins May 21 and includes 10 OTA sessions spread over three weeks as well as a mandatory minicamp in June.

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