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Seahawks President Chuck Arnold Discusses The State Of The Seahawks On Sports Radio 93.3 KJR
Last week, Seattle General Manager John Schneider kicked off a new weekly series with Seattle Sports 710 duo Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton providing exclusive insight into the Seahawks offseason. On Monday, Seahawks President Chuck Arnold joined Sports Radio 93.3 KJR FM pair Dave “Softy” Mahler and Dick Fain to answer even more questions around the franchise and give a look into what’s to come.
For 15 minutes, Arnold discusses a range of topics surrounding the product on the field, and what the organization is doing to improve fan experience. Arnold addressed the State of the Union for Seattle as part of Mahler's annual President's Day show that features interviews with team presidents of various Seattle sports franchises.
"State of the Union right now is very strong," said Arnold. "We've got a ton to be excited about and look forward to this coming year. As we finished last year, the word that kept coming up and resonated was the word 'fun.' People are having fun watching our games. People are having fun coming out to games. Engaging with us on social media. Seeing us out in the community. So we're going to take that word fun and ride that momentum into 2023. When we think about it, we've had one general manager and one head coach in the past 13 seasons. And out of that, making the playoffs 10 of 13 of those years. So John [Schneider] and Pete [Carroll] do an amazing job of creating a competitive and winning culture. Jody [Allen] has been just incredible. Her leadership, her support and she's competitive, she wants to win. We're coming off a great draft where we had Kenneth Walker III nominated for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Tariq Woolen nominated for Defensive Rookie of the Year. With a ton of other rookies getting playing time. Then you look at what's coming up in this year's draft to get excited about. Two first-rounders, two second-rounders, 10 picks overall. I guess I can say it's very strong and very exciting."
Arnold highlighted the added teams that will be sharing Lumen Field, including the XFL's Seattle Sea Dragons, who return after playing during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. And the blockbuster list of performers hosting concerts at Lumen this year.
"We're going have a record-number of concerts this year," said Arnold. "Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, George Strait. Just lots of big things, lots of big moments and lots of things to get excited for about our organization in 2023."
Mahler and Fain also got further confirmation that the team will have a throwback game this season. "Yes, it's happening," said Arnold, satisfying fan desire for retro uniforms. The date is to be determined, however.
"We're excited, I think we're just as excited as the fans are for the throwbacks," he said. "The game won't be decided until the schedule comes out in early May, but we'll get a chance. We're not sure yet if it'll be one-time or two-times, but we're going to have a lot of fun with it as we launch it."
Arnold was also asked if there could be a new addition to Seattle's Ring of Honor this season after adding Shaun Alexander in 2022, and while he didn't rule anything out, he said that's not currently in the works for the 2023 season.
"We currently don't have anything to report on the Ring of Honor," said Arnold. "But celebrating our former players and coaches has always been a big theme for us. And this year with the throwbacks, you're going to see that continue. We're going to have a lot of fun with our former coaches and players this season."
Discussing a 2023 draft in which the Seahawks hold two first-round and two second-round picks, including the No. 5 overall pick, Arnold said, "From a fans perspective, we're looking at two first-round choices, two second-round draft choices. There's just a lot to look forward to, and we're going to celebrate that with the fans this year. We're going to have chances for fans to come out to draft events. Ton of content around the draft. Lots to come with that, for us this year I think the draft is a milestone moment."
Arnold didn't tip the team's draft board, but he did give plenty of insight into what to expect as Seattle looks to build on a playoff contender. Listen to the entire interview here.
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