One of the main storylines of camp so far has been how impressive quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has looked running the offense.
With much of the base offense now installed, the Seattle Seahawks put in some new stuff on Tuesday, and the team predictably struggled. But Hasselbeck still looked good throwing the ball and going through is progressions.
Asked to explain the difference between the offense this year compared to last season, Hasselbeck said things are a little cleaner and crisper in terms of players executing their assignments offensively this season, and talked about the desire of offensive line Alex Gibbs, who controls the running game, to dominate the line of scrimmage.
“He’s going to put guys in a position to be successful,” Hasselbeck said about Gibbs. “He wants to dominate, not just get the guy.”
The players now get a rare day off on Wednesday, with just a late meeting to attend. Hasselbeck said that head coach Pete Carroll is giving them the day off to honor his now-deceased mother, whose birthday is tomorrow.
“He said it was a way to honor her,” Hasselbeck said. “So we’ll take it, and we accept that. But I think with that comes a huge responsibility as players. It’s an opportunity to do the right thing or the wrong thing. He asked us to get off of our feet, rest – that kind of thing. So hopefully we all take advantage of it.”
In terms of his conditioning, Hasselbeck said his body feels good.
“I feel great, actually,” he said. “It’s probably the best I’ve felt soreness-wise in training camp. Usually training camp is synonymous with just being really sore. And I think we’re all really sore, but I don’t know.
“I don’t know if the offseason just prepared us for it, or if it’s the schedule or what. Or just adrenaline and excitement – I don’t know. But I feel pretty good.”
Offensive tackle Russell Okung did not report to training camp this afternoon, missing his fourth day of camp. With No. 2 pick Ndamukong Suh agreeing to a five-year, $60 million deal, with $40 million guaranteed to play for the Detroit Lions, only Okung and No. 9 overall pick C.J. Spill remain unsigned out of the first round selections.
Hasselbeck said he’s not concerned with the Okung negotiations at this time, but the Seahawks likely want Okung into camp by the end of the week so he can get a week of preparation in before the team’s first preseason game at home against Tennessee.
“It’s nice for us right now because of the competition thing,” Hasselbeck said. “We are pretty talented at a lot of positions, tackle being one where we’ve got Ray Willis and Sean Locklear, two guys who have played a bunch and have played really well. Ray Willis is probably one of the biggest competitors on our team. He came out and in a lot of ways was the MVP of our practice yesterday (Monday).
“So for us as players we have enough to worry about. It’s not in my world right now. I’m not too worried.”
One player who has been impressive is rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond. The 22-year-old tore three major ligaments in his right knee last September while at Oregon.
Thurmond’s been wearing a brace, but he’s looked good out on the field with the defense. The 6-0, 190-pounder could turn into the physical defender the Seahawks have been seeking to pair opposite Marcus Trufant.
So far, Thurmond has worked mostly with the second unit, but also got some time with the first unit working as the nickel back, along with working on the outside with the third unit.
“I’m feeling good,” he said. “My competitive nature is taking over. I want to be in there a lot more just to get the reps and all of that, just to show the coaches and teammates what I have.”
* TE Jameson Konz was out on the field today, but not in uniform so it looks like he cleared waivers.
* During team drills the Seahawks attempted a double pass, with Mike Williams trying to throw the ball across the field to Deion Branch. The ball came up woefully short, so either Williams should have taken his glove off or throwing the rock is not his strength.
* Golden Tate made another outstanding catch for a touchdown today, getting past Roy Lewis for a score.
* Tate then made the rookie mistake of continuing to run after he was tagged down on a reverse, with Kevin Vickerson leveling him as he tracked back across the field. Tate jumped up and got in Vickerson’s face, but thankfully for him other teammates stepped in.
* Rookie receiver Kole Heckendorf was drilled by Lawyer Milloy on a crossing route.
* Fullback Ryan Powdrell was drilled by linebacker Leroy Hill after catching a pass out of the backfield. Linebacker Lofa Tatupu was limited today, so David Hawthrone moved inside and Hill worked with the first group at outside backer.
* Linebacker Joe Pawelek, defensive end Lawrence Jackson and safety Kam Chancellor also were limited today, while Josh Pinkard (knee) and Chester Pitts (knee) remain on active PUP.
That is all.