Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, August 17 — about your Seattle Seahawks
Prior to the 2023 NFL Draft, General Manager John Schneider joined Seattle Sports 710AM duo Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton for a weekly look into the Seahawks' offseason moves. With time ticking until the 2023 season kickoff, Schneider sits down with Movin’ The Chains hosts Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan to discuss the 2023 offseason and the year ahead.
The pair of NFL analysts share a storied history around the game, with Miller spending a decade in the league at quarterback and Kirwan rising from scout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then-Phoenix Cardinals before working from defensive assistant to director of player administration for the New York Jets (1989-97). With a load of questions about Seattle's direction in 2023, the pair visited the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for a sit down with Schneider, as well as separate interviews with quarterback Geno Smith, linebacker Bobby Wagner, receiver DK Metcalf, corner Riq Woolen and Coach Pete Carroll. Seattle's GM opens the show by discussing the intensity of training camp practices and seeing competition from the team's depth after a 1-0 preseason start.
"Camp's been great," said Schneider. "Pete's been awesome, the coaches have a ton of juice going right now. Guys have been flying around. A little too intense; we're bringing a receiver, a DB and an offensive lineman in just to get through this game. We're kinda banged up right now, unfortunately. But, real-good competition at a number of positions, and fun to see the second, third and fourth guys getting out there, having a blast, running around having fun."
While many of the league's teams are scrimmaging each other during camps, Seattle hasn't opted to do so. Bringing two teams together can create a hostile environment leading to fights in the summer heat - or give teams a good look at their talent depending on the flow of joint practice. Schneider breaks down why the team hasn't hosted or joined forces with another team recently.
"Logistically," said Schneider. "It's hard up here. We can do it, we can probably host. Pick up your group and go somewhere, I think we talked about doing it with Denver years ago with Vic (Fangio). I talked to a lot of guys, they love it. You guys were talking about the Raiders and San Fran (49ers), and if you know the other staff really well, you can get a lot of work done. Situational football 1-on-1's, you get in the games and it's out of your control. Guys are getting a lot of good work, I think we'll look into it again. But we're not into playing the starters just to have them out there."
Kirwan and Miller look at Seattle's free agency acquisitions, as well as the team's 10-man 2023 draft class.
"Jarran Reed," said Schneider. "That was a big get for us. We didn't want to see him move on when he did go to Kansas City, so getting him back was huge for us. Having been part of our culture before, he's a leader and tone-setter. So we were excited to get him back, we don't usually jump into free agency - we're in it, but the investment, really going for it. So, Dre'Mont was a big deal for us, helping our defensive line. Penetrator, working edges, getting upfield - he's done a really nice job. (Julian) Love and (Devin) Bush were guys that we really just stayed in the game with those guys and the numbers kept coming our way. They were guys we identified as, you see so many teams with three safeties now on the field. Jamal (Adams) is at his best playing down anyway, he's so effective in the box. Love can play free, he can play down, he can play the hole, he can cover the nickel. And Bush, he got in the game the other night on special teams and did a great job as well. It's a fun group of guys that have really gelled well. I think Jarran is a huge part of that, and obviously Bobby (Wagner) coming back as well."
With several players hobbled by injury including running back Kenneth Walker III and rookie No.5 selection cornerback Devon Witherspoon (hamstring), Schenider discussed not knowing how to fix the league's kickoff return issues before diving into the impact of injuries on potential camp battles.
"Honestly," said Schneider. "We're kind of dinged, so numbers-wise, we're in-and-out of it. One day, we're okay at linebacker, next day we're hurting at tight end. We really haven't had the whole group out there to say which position we feel is going to be a great competition. Pete is going to be super-positive about everything, and I'm a Catholic guy, like 'Okay, we got to fix this, fix that, get better here, get better there.' I think that's why we work well together."
Despite the effect injuries have had on Seattle's offseason, the team will look to improve to 2-0 at home for the 2023 preseason on Saturday, as the Dallas Cowboys visit Lumen Field.
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The Seahawks practice in Renton, Wash. on Aug. 16, 2023 for the final public practice of training camp.