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Offseason workouts at the VMAC — bring your “A” game

Post by Eric Williams on April 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm with 27 Comments »
April 3, 2013 5:51 pm
Seattle Seahawks' Mike Williams, center, and Ricardo Lockette (83) step in between Ben Obomanu, left, and Earl Thomas (29) after Obomanu and Thomas were involved in a minor scuffle with other players during an NFL football organized team activity on Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks’ Mike Williams, center, and Ricardo Lockette (83) step in between Ben Obomanu, left, and Earl Thomas (29) after Obomanu and Thomas were involved in a minor scuffle with other players during an NFL football organized team activity on Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

“Practice about to be all the way turnt up.”

Those were the words of Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas via Twitter after his team traded for explosive playmaker Percy Harvin last month, anticipating the daily matchups in practice during one-on-one drills the two will have this season.

Asked if he was looking forward to matching up with Thomas at practice, Harvin responded just how you would expect.

“Absolutely,” Harvin said. “That’s all I’m about – working and grinding. When I met Coach (Pete) Carroll, I told him I was already looking forward to one-on-one drills and things like that. Because those guys, if not the best, they’re on top of their game. So to compete against those guys, the rest of the teams will be a piece of cake.”

Seattle Seahawks Sean McGrath (84) runs onto the field during the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, December 23, 2012  in Seattle, Washington.  (AP Photo/Jon Ferrey)
Seattle Seahawks Sean McGrath (84) runs onto the field during the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, December 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Ferrey)

Competition obviously is part of Carroll’s core philosophy. It’s the reason undrafted free agents like tight end Sean McGrath are eager to sign with the Seahawks – traditionally, unheralded players are given a fair shot to make the roster.

“Being on the practice squad, you pay your dues,” McGrath said. “And the great thing about this organization is that free agency is such a big part of their core.

“Look at Doug Baldwin. It’s historically been a place for free agents to kind of shine. They go out and they give guys an opportunity that normally other teams would not to.”

Not only do players understand they will get a fair shake to make the roster, but the intensity level of daily practices helps young players get ready for Sunday.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson can attest to that. After looking impressive during rookie minicamp a week after the draft last year, Wilson struggled in his decision making going up against Seattle’s first-unit defense in his first couple OTAs. Things happened quickly, and he was fooled into throwing a couple bad interceptions early on.

However, the more reps Wilson put in, the more things started to slow down for him during minicamp and the first few days of training camp. Playing well against Seattle’s defense gave him confidence that he could be effective against the team’s opponents on Sundays – and also gave Seattle’s defensive players confidence that Wilson could effectively lead the offense.

“We have one of the best defenses in the league, so it was tough,” Wilson said. “We basically have four, Pro Bowl-type players in the back end of our defense. So they make you work.”

Carroll also believes in practicing how you will play on Sunday. It’s one of the reasons Seattle was fined for having too much physical contact by the league during OTAs last season, which included a couple dustups between receivers and defensive backs.

Carroll wants practices to be intense, competitive and hard, so the players don’t have to do anything out of the ordinary to win on Sunday.

And this young Seattle team will need that type of regimented, disciplined approach this season, as one of the favorites in the NFC to reach the Super Bowl. Unlike 2012, the Seahawks will not be sneaking up on anybody in 2013.

The Seahawks recently were ranked No. 1 in ESPN’s latest NFL power rankings.

“There’s a target on whoever gets ranked preseason No. 1,” McGrath said. “So there’s always going to be a target on your back. But one of the things I love the most about this organization, and everyone on this team, is that everyone is out there having fun.

“Everyone’s out there doing their thing, and it’s just a great environment to be around. And really that’s the last thing on these guys’ minds. No. 1 is we want to win the NFC West. And we want to win a Super Bowl ultimately. So I mean when you get this group of guys believing in a common goal, great things can happen. You kind of saw that last year, and we’re just building on that.”

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “So to compete against those guys, the rest of the teams will be a piece of cake.”

    I just love it! Just love it!

  2. edstang45 says:

    Me Toooo Georgia Hawk, these guys are on a whole different level than Most of the NFL….

  3. Ewalters7354 says:

    Boy I can’t wait to see Harvin going 80yrds on a bubble screen.I promise I’m gonna run around my apartment full soeed ahead down the hall lol.

  4. What up Corn in the 12th man house. first time on here joining the greatest fans in the world, Hawks fan from the State of New Mexico home of the New Mexico Lobos. Can’t wait for this season. We are going to put in work, So no more risks calling in games Pete we were sooooooooooooooo close.

  5. sluggo42 says:

    Welcome corn, get ready fora serious year of insane ballin

  6. AKhawkFan says:

    Welcome Corn! I wonder if our defense got weaker as the season wore on because Wilson was shaking them in practice, and softening their “swagger”. I look forward to a high octane offense that can put up points like Denver, the Pats, and Greenbay all year long instead of the slow start. With our defense and a string O we will be sniffing the Superbowl come February.

  7. AKhawkFan says:

    Stingy*

  8. Thanks for the love folks. I just hope that we start scoring fast this year fans. Instead of kicking field goals to start our drive, That drove me up the wall.

  9. Welcome corn! Drove me a little up the wall too not getting a TD but was happier to see PC taking the points rather than going for it on 4th down so often. A little growth for PC coaching I thought. Kept us in a lot of games.

  10. HonHawksLSB says:

    I’m living in LA trying to figure out where RW, Percy and all other Hawks are doing offseason workouts. I was going to try USC but U Mad Bro and Ammendola are already there. Anybody have some inside information?

    Hawks offense is going to be turnt all the way up!!

  11. Screensmoke says:

    Undisclosed location

  12. JaMarcus Russell is trying to make a comeback. He has lost 27 pounds (he’s down to 285 or so) and plans to have a pro day in a week or day.

    Seems so surreal to me, especially when I read about his last pro day:
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/draft/2007-03-15-russell-pro-day_N.htm

  13. **week or two.

  14. UltimateHawk says:

    Report back here if anyone determines the “undisclosed location”. I would love to be a fly on the wall…

  15. banosser says:

    Bring their A game.. but no bad juju (the inj word… stay away!)

  16. BMW looks in pretty good shape right there. I’m kinda surpised teams didn’t give another chance eventually, but who knows PC/JS seem to dig through rubble to reclamation projects and hidden gems

    The way Mr.Happy runs this team a lot of talented udfa will want to come here. He seems to give every player chances to succeed, and while most other coaches seem stuck in a rutt, PC adapts.

    I hope PC keeps up the intensity. So many other team fans calling Seahawk players thugs, and it’s great. Like Mike Tyson said “everyone has a plan till you punch them in the mouth”. Best two games last year were VS 49ers and Cowboys.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    There’s nothing to vote on there. Here’s the “bracketology” link though…

    http://www.nfl.com/bracketologyround5

  18. banosser says:

    Actually there is a link to it… but my question is.. there is no ‘vote’ button on which to click.. is clicking on the check to turn it green enough?? Does that send your vote? thanks

  19. banosser says:

    Oh.. and the Immaculate Reception is out?? Don’t know about that…

  20. CDHawkFan says:

    Hawks85, that is a great, classic quote from Tyson.

    I will have to say I see the UDFA types going elsewhere, sure we will get some, but probably not the talent nor amount we have seen before. Sure they might like Pete, but their chances of making the Seahawks are much lower than 15-20 other teams. The lifestyle and money these guys can have if they catch on in the NFL is probably too great to go to a place you ‘like’ as a UDFA. That is also why I think the Hawks keep (not trade) their late picks in the draft. They will need them to have some fresh guys with years left for PS eligibility, also think that most of the picks (80%) make the team if you include PS in the team. I assume there is still the 3 years max on a PS rule.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Once the box is checked, your vote is recorded. And yes, neither Polamalu’s tackle nor Jackson’s TD are anywhere near the Immaculate Reception IMO, either. And how The Catch didn;t make the finals is crazy to me as well.

  22. banosser says:

    Thanks & agreed.. I voted for Beastquake, Imac Recpt & The Catch.. don’t remember what the 4th was last round (maybe the helment catch?)…

    Beastquake now has a legit chance of winning.. in fact I believe there was only one greater NFL play and that was the Imac Recpt..

    not that any of these ‘Greatest’ votes actually mean anything…

  23. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, it’s all silly. But still, now that Lynch is there, want him to wwin. lol

  24. PugetHawk says:

    So we don’t have a kicker yet, maybe they will just go for two everytime and have Ryan do kick offs. How cool would that be?

    Welcome Corn. New Mexico is a beautiful state.

  25. Are we gonna re-sign Hauschka?

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