Offseason program, then the President

Posted May 20, 2014

Before the Seahawks flew to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for Wednesday’s ceremony at the White House to honor the Super Bowl champions, the players continued their offseason program.

The Seahawks flew to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for Wednesday’s ceremony at the White House where the Super Bowl champions will be honored by President Barack Obama.

But first, and foremost for some, the players went through their drills at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in the final week of Phase 2 in their offseason program. And they’ll be back at Thursday morning, when the players will have meetings and a team run.

“I haven’t even thought about it, to be honest with you,” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said Monday when asked about the White House visit. “I’ve just been so focused on everything that’s going on here. Really, when we talked about it (in a team meeting) I was surprised, because I forgot about it.

“To be honest with you, I’m ready to get back to work. The Super Bowl is over with. I’m ready to get back to work.”

That work moves to the next level next week, when the three-week OTA portion of the offseason program begins. The players will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. And it will be the first time since the week prior to the Seahawks’ 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 that the veterans on offense and defense will work against one another – as the rookies did over the weekend in their minicamp.

The offseason program through the first two phases has consisted of conditioning, meetings and offense-only and defense-only drills on the practice fields.

The OTA sessions will continue with three practices the week of June 2 and four practices the week of June 9, and those will be followed by the full-squad minicamp that is scheduled for June 17-19.

But first, there is that trip to the White House to be honored by the President.

“It is cool,” Baldwin said. “But I really don’t know how cool it will be until we actually get there.”