If you thought the Seahawks’ first OTA practice was competitive, you should have been in the locker room before the session.
“To get the full thing of it, you had to come in the locker room,” wide receiver
“We hadn’t been in the building for more than 20 minutes and as we came out of the meeting Russ started chirping back at them.”
Harvin then smiled before adding, “That’s what makes this place fun. Everybody is always relaxed, always in game mode. So we just have fun here.”
And let the chirping commence.
And that’s exactly how a defense that led the NFL in average points and yards allowed, as well as interceptions and takeaways, during the Seahawks’ run to its Super Bowl championship last season looked when it took to the practice field for the first time in full-squad drills this offseason.
The first time the No. 1 defense faced the No. 1 offense, middle linebacker
“It was just fun to see us getting takeaways like we never lost anything from the Super Bowl,” Thomas said.
Ah, the Super Bowl. In the Seahawks’ 43-8 romp over the Denver Broncos and the most-productive offense in NFL history, linebacker and eventual Super Bowl MVP
It was only an OTA practice in May – the first of 10 over the next three weeks – but the Seahawks brought the intensity, tempo and competitive nature that was stamped all over all the good things that happened last season. That was apparent by the way the offense bounced back from the defense-dictated start of the practice.
And Pete Carroll loved every snap, slap and chirp as the Seahawks moved into Phase 3 of their offseason program.
“That was just a blast to be out on the practice field today,” the Seahawks’ fifth-year coach said. “They had a great time. Guys practiced like crazy. They’re worked really hard to be in good shape that they could practice at that kind of tempo.”
And with the level of competitiveness that has become the Seahawks’ calling card.
“We’re demonstrating how you can practice at this kind of tempo and totally take care of one another,” Carroll said. “The whole thing is about cooperating – O-line, D-line, nobody on the ground all day long. The receivers and DBs took care of each other and they know that there are some plays they won’t be able to contest.
“But we’re working to give the other side a good look. To do that, you have to cooperate. So we’re trying to do this really, really well and I thought it was a great look for the first time out.”
And the competitive aspect?
“Always,” Carroll said. “That’s how this place is. I was thrilled to see we were right back on track.”
“What’s happened before, it’s obviously significant,” Carroll said. “But it doesn’t mean anything unless we go out and keep working.”
Not to mention competing.
“We’ll just do this one day at a time,” Carroll said. “We did exactly that today and so that’s a good indication that guys are onboard with what we’re talking about and how we want to go about it. This takes discipline and commitment to doing it the right way.”