It was only the second on-field session in Phase 2 of the Seahawks’ offseason program, but Tom Cable was smiling.
At the conclusion of Tuesday’s workout along the shores of Lake Washington, the team’s assistant head coach/offensive line coach approached offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and running backs coach Sherman Smith and offered, “The retention is just off-the-charts.”
It was an affirmation that the players’ mental state is as good as the physical condition they displayed during the two-week Phase 1 of the program.
“The thing is that I really believe that they came in better prepared this offseason than they had in previous offseasons,” head strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle said at the conclusion of Phase 1. “It goes to show the type of guys coach (Pete) Carroll and (GM) John Schneider are bringing. They’re bringing in not only five-star athletes, but they’re bringing in five-star people that understand what it takes and what they need to do to prepare at the highest level.”
That preparedness has now spilled over to the practice fields.
“We noticed it in that first week, how well they came back in shape,” Cable said Thursday on another picture-postcard day at Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Just how nice was it? A water-skier went by on Lake Washington just as the offensive players were taking to the field).
“This week, it just jumped at you again. All the teaching from last year has been great retention.”
For Cable, who installed the zone-blocking scheme that has been so successful for the Seahawks when he was hired in 2011, that means less repetition and more moving forward with his current group of linemen – All-Pro center
“We’re able to just kind of plug in where we left off,” Cable said. “Then the newness and the new things we want to add to it, we’ll put some focus to that. But it’s really been pretty good how they’ve competed just to bring it back with them. It’s made it a lot easier for us.”
The back-to-square-one teaching that Cable excels at will come next week when the three linemen who were selected in the seventh round of last weekend’s NFL Draft and two others who were signed after the draft report for three three-day rookie minicamp.
Here’s Cable take on each of those linemen:
Intelligent? Good athlete? Sounds like Roussos also fits the way the veterans have returned to start preparing for this season that comes with heightened expectations.
“That whole group, the three players we drafted and the two that we signed as free agents, they’re going to allow us a chance to try and develop some youth and some depth – like the eighth, ninth and 10th positions on the offensive line,” Cable said.