Seahawks veterans reported to training camp on Wednesday, and when the team takes the field Thursday morning, it will mark the start of their 10th camp under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.
And if you are having a hard time believing it has been nearly a decade since those two took over the franchise, well, you’re not alone.
“That’s hard to imagine,” Carroll said Tuesday. “Isn’t that something? It doesn’t feel like it. It feels like it’s a flash.”
And it should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention over the previous nine seasons that Carroll is just as energetic now as he was in 2010. But Carroll is particularly energized and excited heading into this 10th season in Seattle not just because that is his nature, but also because of the way the 2018 team finished the year winning six of their final seven games to make the playoffs.
“I’m more jacked up for this camp than I can ever remember,” Carroll said. “Part of it is the new guys and just turning this corner, and it’s what we saw happen last year in anticipation of what we think we can step towards this year. I’m jacked about it; I love this team.”
Of course all the positives from the second half of last season only matter if the Seahawks can recapture the formula they found midway through last season, and that process continues when players take the field Thursday.
“Philosophically we have to recapture the work ethic that gives you a chance in camp,” Carroll said. “We have 11 practices before the first (preseason) game, it’s ridiculously short, so we’ve got to make that happen.”
But while it will take work for this team to get to where it wants to be, Carroll is very encouraged by what he has seen from this year’s team dating back to the beginning of offseason workouts this spring.
“They’ve been so consistently engaged, energy-wise and attitude-wise and the spirit that they’ve brought, and the love for the work,” he said. “It has just been a joy to coach these guys. Every day you go out, it’s fun. They’ve got a good outlook about them, they’re looking forward to doing good things, you can tell, and they bring it every day. That gives you the best chance of finding out how good you can become. It’s exciting, I’m looking forward to it.”
Seahawks veterans reported to Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Wednesday, July 24 for the start of the team's 2019 training camp.