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Situational sessions

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Aug. 4, 2010 at 7:56 am with 6 Comments »
August 4, 2010 7:56 am

One of the early themes of Pete Carroll’s first Seahawks training camp is the frequent use of game-type circumstances as teaching points. What looked like a team session on the typical two-minute drill recently was actually a great deal more specific.

“We actually worked with a situation that happened in the Super Bowl,” Carroll said. “We just chose that situation at 1:08, tie game, three timeouts to the offense, the ball got kicked off out of bounds at the 40-yard line. We just captured that situation. We went through it today with both the ones and the twos.”

To cement the lessons, Carroll later showed the team the video copy of how it actually played out in the Super Bowl, and was able to compare that to how the Hawks’ offense executed in that situation in practice.

It was a chance to review the best use of time outs, and the most efficient means of setting up for plays, and for field goals, he said. Carroll said there was very little reason to spend much time on these things at USC as “… we probably didn’t have four or five legitimate two-minute situations” the whole time he was there.

But in the NFL the games are so much closer that any number are decided in the final minute every week.

“It’s something that we will have to be very, very well-versed at,” Carroll said.

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  1. Mr_Fish says:

    After years of being frustrated by Mike Holmgren’s clock management, it’s good to see Pete Carroll giving some attention to this aspect of the game.

    Games are won as a result of how you practice and how you prepare, not just how you perform on gameday.

  2. Mr_Fish, agreed, this was one of Holmy’s soft spots. But as Carroll said, at USC he “probably didn’t have four or five legitimate two-minute situations.” So our new coach is really the one who really needs to bone up and practice his clock management before he steps on the sideline with the clock running. Hasselbeck has handled plenty of these. Maybe he should be coaching these sessions.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    That was always odd to me, how prepared Holmgren’s offenses would be, with the exception of clock management at the end of half and games. Awful. The Bears playoff game on ’06 is one that stands out.

  4. chrisj122 says:

    Sounds alot like the Panthers and New England Superbowl a few years back. The same one with the now infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction.

  5. freedom_X says:

    I’m glad that the new coaching staff has thought about the situation and is taking measures to address it. It would have been all too easy for them to be arrogant or ignorant about it, but instead the potential need for this was recognized and a plan put in place to deal with it.

    Even if they need to tweak how they teach this, just being aware of details like this and taking care of them is an encouraging sign. The downfall of many college coaches is not paying attention to detail, since superior college talent overcomes a lot of sins. Hopefully, this approach is reflected everywhere in the org.

  6. Mr_Fish says:

    I always wondered why Holmgren didn’t delegate responsibility for clock management, since he clearly didn’t have the knack for it (or interest in it).

    Maybe get some guy from the Arena League. I’ve been watching them on NFL Network and, wow, they’ve really made a science of clock management and understanding the value of each and every possession.

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