Carroll calls an audible

Week Two of Phase 2 in the Seahawks’ offseason program ended with coach Pete Carroll changing things up.

Rather than the full-squad workouts the veterans went through on the outdoor practice fields at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, each unit did its own thing today – including quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Josh Portis throwing to the wide receivers and tight ends in the indoor facility.

“They’ve worked really hard. They’ve been busting their tails throughout all the workouts,” Carroll said. “So it’s recognition of that, and also I want them to stay strong for next week, too.”

This week couldn’t have gone much better. The players continued to be attentive, and attacked what was presented to them by the coaches. The weather even cooperated.

“This is exactly what we’re looking for, is for the guys to answer the call and compete every day,” Carroll said.  “And they’re doing it.”

That’s why they were deemed reward-worthy.

“We’re moving quickly with what we’re doing installation-wise, and all that, so we could afford to do this and keep them strong,” Carroll said. “It’s a long haul here, this offseason, and I want to make sure we’re keeping them fresh and keep building.”

Did the players appreciate Carroll’s gesture? You had to see the smiles on the faces of Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman to appreciate just how much they appreciated the change in the schedule.

Now, it’s the rookies turn. The vets went four consecutive days this week – rather than getting their usual Wednesday off – to clear the fields for the rookie minicamp that includes practices on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The rookies, including the team’s 10 draft choices and 10 free agents who signed after the April 26-28 draft, are scheduled to take their physicals today.

What is Carroll eager to see from a group that includes first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin, a pass-rushing defensive end from West Virginia; Utah State middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, a potential starter who was selected in the second round; and Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, the team’s intriguing third-round pick.

“I want to see everything, and everybody,” Carroll said. “This is not going to be our time to really play winning football so much, it’s about evaluating. So we need to see these guys. So hopefully we’ll get a good look at them and get a good sense for what they can do.”

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