Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll sat with the media Monday after opening day of OTAs. This is season No. 13 for Carroll running the show in Emerald City, yet he seems upbeat and focused at the podium.
Carroll got a laugh out of the crowd with a joke to break the ice on the season.
"You guys are kinda dressed up today," said Carroll. "You're looking nice."
Organized Team Activities were underway Monday, as familiar faces returned. And new faces like freshly-acquired veteran wideout Marquis Goodwin sported their new jerseys for the first time. Carroll talked about getting back into the swing of things.
"We've orchestrated (OTAs) so that we'll get a lot of learning done and hopefully we can see where we are," Carroll continued. "As the players fit together and the schemes come together on both sides, it's a lot of information we're gathering. So it's really fun to get out here and play fake football."
In terms of the quarterback battle between returning veteran Geno Smith and new-acquisition Drew Lock, Carroll got straight to the point.
"Geno really has the package nailed so I have that to gauge him on, but (Lock's) hanging with G throughout all of this," said Carroll about Lock. "And we're not holding anything back, we are just unloading the installation at this time. He's doing well."
Carroll gave a response regarding the progress of the rookies in learning their playbooks.
"They been with us enough and they just had a session here, about 15 plays or something, and they can run a ton of the offense already," said Carroll.
Plenty of topics were up for discussion in the 11-minute frame that Carroll fielded questions, including injuries. With several players including All-Pro Safety Jamal Adams and running back Rashaad Penny rehabbing injuries, Carroll provided an update on the latter.
"He's just got a little hamstring thing that's still tight," Carroll said. "We're just making sure that he's OK."
Check out some of the best photos of Seahawks players participating in organized team activities at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Monday, May 23, 2022.