In our Dawn Patrol of the wires and links, the most interesting story with a Seahawks connection seems Clare Farnsworth’s piece at Seahawks.com from yesterday which allowed Hawk assistant Nate Carroll to voice some Fathers’ Day thoughts on “Growing up Carroll.”
The 25-year-old defensive assistant said his father, Pete Carroll, had the ability to quickly toggle back into Dad Mode as soon as he got back home. When dad was a defensive coordinator, it seemed merely a job to the kids. But when he became a head coach in the NFL, the public profile of the children raised considerably. And that wasn’t always easy.
From Farnsworth’s story: “When we moved to Boston, it was the first time I had to make new friends with my dad being the head coach and having a lot of notoriety,” Nate said. “I didn’t know how to take it at the time. When we moved to San Francisco, he was the defensive coordinator and kind of under the radar. But in Boston, it’s more a small-town atmosphere where everybody knew everybody else. I’d get a lot of people I didn’t even know coming up to me and saying, ‘Oh, you’re Pete Carroll’s kid.’ I’d be like, ‘No. No I’m not.” And I’d run away. So that was a struggle for me, but it was a growing experience at that stage of my life.”
Some of the top NFL news of the day involves former Seahawk defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove and his involvement in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty case. The suspended players received copies of the league’s evidence on Friday and will have their appeals heard by commissioner Roger Goodell today.
Hargrove’s agent, Phil Williams, voices strong objection to the NFL evidence in this piece from Fox News yesterday. Williams and Hargrove have one of the closest player/agent relationships I’ve ever seen, as Williams was instrumental in Hargrove overcoming a harrowing upbringing and getting into the league in the first place. He makes a point about the situation Hargrove faced. As he came off drug suspension, New Orleans was the only team to give him a chance to get back into the league. And suddenly his loyalty to the staff and teammates was tested. He was put in a ”remarkably difficult position” by his coaches, Williams said. Hargrove, now property of the Packers, was suspended eight games.
The Sporting News offered some rehashing of Eric’s reporting of the Chris Clemons situation, which will bear consideration as we head toward training camp.
Today I’m working on a column for tomorrow morning’s News Tribune of a minicamp interview last week with new Seahawks guard Deuce Lutui, a slimmed-down version of the Arizona Cardinal who used to love vexing former USC teammate and Hawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu. For a guy who seemed a convenient villain as a Seahawk opponent, Lutui is an engaging and entertaining character who gives the Hawk O-line valuable depth (72 NFL starts). Teaser: Lutui talks about a traumatic event in his childhood that shaped his life, the split personality of a man who is a tough guy on the field but a “mama’s boy” off it. And at one point, he lifts his jersey to show off the positive effects his new vegan-ish diet.