The competition to be the Seahawks’ starting right tackle continues, only the names involved have changed.
During Monday’s training camp practice, rookie
“It’s unfortunate that we don’t get to keep Michael, but we have to keep moving and keep going here,” coach Pete Carroll said after the team’s ninth training camp practice on yet another sun-drenched day along the shores of Lake Washington.
With Bowie gone, just-signed
And the team now has added
“We’re hoping Wade Smith and Cory Brandon can bring us something,” Carroll said. “We want to continue to work to make this position as competitive as possible. We have a lot of young guys in the spot. Wade, in particular, brings a lot of experience, with tremendous flexibility. And that kind of flexibility might fit with us.
“They’re real good guys and smart guys. That helps us as we try to mold this thing together.”
And then there’s
“This is a very competitive situation,” Carroll said. “It’s a really good spot for us in that we do have depth and we have competition.”
In a perfect world, Britt would win the competition and become the long-term answer at a position where the Seahawks have used four starters the past five seasons. One of the things the coaching staff likes most about him is his grittiness, and the fact that Britt played on the big stage that is the SEC while at Missouri. “Nothing is too big for him,” is the way Carroll puts it.
“I’m not thinking about it right now,” he said. “I’m going day by day. I still have a lot to work on. So tomorrow is going to be my main emphasis and I’m going to try to make it work.”
Britt’s competitive level also was on display when asked about sitting out last week to rest a sore shoulder. Some players will tell that stepping back and watching others play “your” spot helps in picking up nuances that are more difficult to see when directly involved in the action. Not Britt, however.
“I wasn’t happy about it,” he said. “I wanted to be out there. It was just a day, but it seems like it was forever. So I’m happy nothing is serious and I’m back out there practicing.”
As well as working on everything necessary to remain very much in the competition for the starting job.
“We have flexibility in how we’re going to do it,” Carroll said. “And we’re going to take our time in figuring it out.”