The secret to the Seahawks’ unbeaten preseason wasn’t really a secret at all.
The 2012 summer edition of the Seahawks used a suffocating defense, a drive-sustaining running game, some opportune plays from its special teams and several moments of rookie-created magic from quarterback
The Seahawks outscored those teams 122-44, by outscoring them in every quarter and every way imaginable. The defense scored on interception returns by cornerback
Heady stuff for a team that has not posted a winning record in the regular season since 2007 and gone 7-9 in its first two seasons under coach Pete Carroll.
But the last time the Seahawks went 4-0 in the preseason – and the only other time it has happened in franchise history – was in 2009. They followed that with a 5-11 record in Jim Mora’s only season as coach.
What makes this 4-0 different from that 4-0 as the Seahawks adjust their blinders toward the Sept. 9 opener against the Cardinals in Arizona? Veteran cornerback
“It’s one of those things where you just try to keep getting better and better, and this team has done a good job of that,” Trufant said in the locker room at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night after the 21-3 victory over the Raiders.
Satisfied? Not these guys. As Thomas put it after his interception return for a TD in the victory over the Chiefs, “We’re young and we’re hungry.”
That they are, on both counts.
Just look at the roster. Trufant is one of only eight players who remain from that ’09 team, and that number could drop after the 75-man roster is trimmed to 53 on Friday. Defensive end
The rest of the roster has been restocked with players who have adopted Carroll’s always-compete philosophy and, as Trufant said, strive to improve every time they step on the field. Complacency? No, competition. Looking back? No, only ahead. What just happened? Who cares? It’s all about what will happen next.
“That’s kind of the theme, and that’s the kind of guys that we have on this team,” Trufant said. “I don’t think anybody is satisfied. It’s all about getting better. It’s all about competition. As a group, if we keep that in the back of our mind, it’s going to be good for us.”
It definitively worked for the Seahawks in their summer of success.