Leave it to Pete Carroll to come up with a way to slap a camaradical – and, at times, comical – exclamation point on the final workout of Phase 2 in the Seahawks’ offseason program.
Near the end of today’s 45-minute, on-field session, rather than going with special teams drills, the Seahawks’ third-year coach had the offensive and defensive linemen square off in a pass-catching competition. It was similar to the drill that is used for receivers at the NFL Scouting Combine, as each player ran the width of the field while trying to catch seven passes.
The first lineman up was John Moffitt. And the second-year guard not only caught each of his passes, he one-handed the final throw – as his fellow offensive players partied like it was 1999, all over again.
“You like that one-hander?” Moffitt said after him impressive run – and catch. “(The passers) were kind of faking us a little, so I had to pedal back a little and go a little extra.
“But this was fun. This was a good one to end this part of the offseason program with.”
The D-linemen didn’t fare as well, in part because the defensive players throwing the final pass served up three consecutive ducks that were uncatchable.
Joining Moffitt on the offensive pass-catching team were tackle Russell Okung, tackle/guard Frank Omiyale, tackle Andrew Mitchell, center Max Unger, center/guard Lemuel Jeanpierre, tackle/guard Allen Barbre, tackle Breno Giacomini, tackle Alex Barron, guard J.R. Sweezy and guard Rishaw Johnson.
In addition to Moffitt, Okung, Mitchell, Jeanpierre, Barbre, Giacomini and Sweezy made it through the gauntlet “clean.”
The defensive linemen were represented by tackle Jason Jones, end Red Bryant, tackle Alan Branch, tackle Brandon Mebane, tackle Clinton McDonald, tackle Pep Levingston, end Pierre Allen, end Bruce Irvin, tackle Jaye Howard, end Cordarro Law and end Dexter Davis.
Of those provided the opportunity to make all seven catches, Irvin, Howard and Davis did.
“We put them to shame,” Moffitt didn’t just say, but repeated three times, after the friendly competition.
“But this was good for team unity and spirit and all that.”
So will we be seeing any guard-eligible plays for Moffitt this season?
After laughing heartily, Moffitt offered, “I don’t think so. I really don’t think so. That would be too much.”
Phase 3 in the offseason program begins Monday, and the first of 10 OTA sessions will be held on Tuesday.