Our own TNT columnist Dave Boling offers an inviting description of training camp, as the Seattle Seahawks will open practice to the public beginning Monday. Here’s an excerpt.
As is the case in most NFL training camps, the Seahawks coaches are trying to instill in their players the message of toughness, of spartan discipline, of playing through pain and shared hardship.
We may wonder if the message has the same impact when the coach’s shouts are drowned out by the sound of seaplanes overhead, or jet skis whizzing past, or smooth jazz wafting in from a sailboat, or the soothing Lake Washington waves tumbling into the nearby docks and pilings.
Former coaches Jack Patera and Chuck Knox might be revolted by Camp Waikiki at the Seahawks’ new beachfront headquarters, but the new place offers something special for Seahawks fans, too:
The chance to watch training camp practices.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times also provides a to-do list for fans attending practice beginning on Monday.
Nate Burleson is reestablishing himself as a playmaker so far in training camp.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press writes about the Seahawks renewed emphasis on the running game.
Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times talks to Julius Jones about the zone blocking scheme.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers this report from Sunday evening’s practice.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald reports that ex-Seahawks linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski plans to donate his brain to science once he passes away in an effort to learn more about the effect concussions have on football players and other athletes.
Here’s an excerpt:
“To me it’s like being an organ donor,” Kacyvenski said, who estimates he had seven to nine concussions during his football career. “So many people in this world donate their organs, so why wouldn’t you want to donate your brain. Some people are a little creeped out by it, but this is something that is going to help people not only in football. You’re talking about people in the military, people in all kinds of other sports. There are huge implications.”
Deon Butler talks with KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler in this audio link.
ESPN’s John Clayton talks with Hawks safety Deon Grant about the opening of training camp in this audio link.
Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter offers this postcard from Seahawks camp.San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ray Ratto explains the rationale of head coach Mike Singletary approving of 49ers fans booing quarterback Alex Smith at practice.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that San Francisco’s offense looked a bit sharper in the afternoon practice.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers are proceeding with caution with right tackle Marvel Smith, who now sits behind Adam Snyder on the depth chart.
ESPN’s Mike Sando reports on rookie running back Chris Wells’ ankle injury. The Ohio State product had a history of getting injured in college, which was part of the reason why he fell in the draft.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com provides more details on Wells injury, along with a training camp report.
Wells’ main competition, Tim Hightower, spent the summer slimming down in order to improve his speed and quickness, writes Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
Fox Sports Adam Schein wonders how much of a distraction Darnell Dockett and Anquan Boldin’s contract disputes are for the team.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that head coach Steve Spagnuolo has brought with him from New York a new attitude toward training camp practices that includes live tackling.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Jeff Gordon warns the Rams better bring a new attitude to the 2009 season.
More Thomas: He details how the Rams could break out of their lease with the Trans World Dome if they want to relocate to another city.