My story today focuses on Pete Carroll heading into Year 3 of Pete Carroll’s tenure as the Seattle Seahawks head football coach, with high expectations after back-to-back 7-9 campaigns.
Carroll and general manager John Schneider have spun through over 500 roster transactions since taking over in January 2010, remaking the Seahawks into one of the youngest rosters in the league.
But owner Paul Allen did not bring Carroll in to hover around the .500 mark. And with training camp beginning today, Carroll understands that with a top-10 defense and a productive running game, if he can find the right quarterback he has the formula for a playoff contender.
“There’s a good feeling about where we’re going and we’re excited about it,” Carroll said. “The young guys that started for the first time last year don’t feel like young guys anymore, and that’s a big deal to us because we need to grow.
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“Being the youngest starting team last year gives us a chance to really make a big step forward and we can feel it. There’s a lot of energy about it and it’s a good place to be right now.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about the heightened expectations for Seattle heading into this year’s training camp.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times compares the Seahawks quarterback competition to a reality TV show, suggesting the Carroll set-up a Survivor-like scenario to make his announcement on who will be the team’s starting quarterback.
Brian McIntyre of NFL.com provides details on center Max Unger’s contract, reporting that he received a four-year extension worth nearly $25 million. According to the report, Unger, scheduled to earn $565,000 in base salary in the final year his $3,214 million rookie deal, received a $5.5million signing bonus and a bump in salary to $2.5 million in the upcoming season.
The deal is worth $6,233 million, and makes Unger the fourth-highest paid center in the league behind Ryan Kalil, Nick Mangold and Chris Myers..
John Boyle of the Everett Herald provides seven questions for the Seahawks to answer as they begin training camp.
ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard and Mike Salk offer a few players to watch for during Seattle’s training camp in this video link.
I joined Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of ESPN 710 Seattle to talk about the main storylines heading into training camp this week, which you can listen to in this audio link.
Former NFL scout Jeff Diamond of Sports Illustrated writes that coaches have much less practice time in training camp than they did 30 to 40 years ago, which means that efficient in how they use that time over the next three weeks. It’s one of the reasons why I think Carroll needs to make a decision at quarterback rather quickly.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post writes that tackling is the most important technique to work on during training camp.