Although NFL notified teams to allow players into facilities around the league after U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson ruled on Monday that the league lift the lockout, apparently the Seattle Seahawks did not get the memo.
Some players reportedly attempted to get into the team’s Renton headquarters for treatment or a workout and were denied access.
“Yesterdays decision was BIG for the #NFL- but If the #lockout has been lifted, why are the doors still LOCKED? #letusplay,” tweeted Seahawks defensive back Roy Lewis.
“Just tried getting in the facility #Fail,” tweeted Justin Forsett.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider refused to comment on his team not allowing players into the facility.
“I can’t talk about that, I’m sorry,” Schneider said.
Head coach Pete Carroll said he still feels like he has an advantage in terms of draft evaluation because he’s only two years removed from coaching in college, and has a good working knowledge of a lot of the draft prospects.
“I think we feel like we have a lot of information again,” he said. “It doesn’t feel like it’s that much different in that regard. … We still have a lot familiarity with guys, and a lot of thoughts and background on people we’re dealing with.”
Carroll did not provide much clarity on the quarterback situation, stating that Matt Hasselbeck still is in play and confirming what Schneider said earlier, that Charlie Whitehurst will get an opportunity to compete for the starting job in 2011. Currently, Whitehurst is the only quarterback on the roster.
“There’s still questions to be answered,” Carroll said. “Fortunately we have Charlie on board, and he’s going to be pumped to come on back, and throw his hat into the ring to try and be the starting quarterback here. But with free agency out there, we have to wait and see. And we enter the draft with some opportunities maybe to do something about it – we’ll see.”
Carroll also talked about how the offense will change with new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable. The answer was not much, with Carroll sticking with his core philosophy if establishing a physical running style, with play-action and downfield throws a staple of the offense.
“Our philosophy doesn’t change,” Carroll said. “What we’ve been able to do by getting Darrell and Tom in here is I think point toward the philosophy we’ve been trying to create. We didn’t get there fully last year. We wanted to run the ball better than we did. We wanted to be more effective up front. But I feel like Tom’s addition is going to be really instrumental in what we’re doing, and what we’re trying to get done.”
If you’re hoping for the Seahawks to make a selection at No. 25 and plan on attending a draft party, beware. Don’t be disappointed if they trade down and do not make a pick on Thursday during the opening round.
“Somebody said to me the other day in the marketing department, ‘Hey we’ve got 5.000 people showing up for the draft party.’ And I said, “That’s on Friday, right?’”