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Wednesday Round-Up: D.J. Reed, Jim Rome Talk Offseason, Seahawks Culture And Earning Pete Carroll's Trust

D.J. Reed appeared on “The Jim Rome Show” to discuss his offseason progress, the Seahawks’ team culture and how he earned Pete Carroll’s trust.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, May 26 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

D.J. Reed Joins "The Jim Rome Show"

Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed made his mark on Seattle in his first season with the team in 2020. After coming over from the division-rival 49ers, Reed appeared in 10 games for the Seahawks. He had two interceptions, seven passes defended and 59 total tackles, including an interception in his first game of the season against San Francisco.

On Friday, Reed appeared on "The Jim Rome Show" ahead of his second season with the Seahawks. Reed discussed how his offseason was going, the Seahawks' culture and how he earned Pete Carroll's trust. Later, they talked about how much height matters as a cornerback, what his gameday attitude is like and what he thinks while looking at his old highlights.

You can watch the full interview below, but here are some of the highlights:

On how his offseason is going so far:

"The offseason has been going really good, actually. I'm training in L.A. at JLT, it's in Hollywood. We've been getting to it to say the least. So, just doing explosive work, running up hills, lifting heavy in the weight room. A lot of explosion work, a lot of linear work and now I'm starting to get into position work to just focus on football and playing corner. It's going really well."

On how he describes the Seahawks' culture within the organization:

"It starts with Pete (Carroll). The culture is just real confident, we're going to do our thing, we're not worried about what the other 31 teams are doing, we're going to stick to our script. They actually live by that. We came off a tough loss last year to the New York Giants and I thought coming into the week that people were going to be tight, coaches were going to be coaching differently. But honestly it was the same thing, it was the same energy. We did the same things that we did last week. That told me a lot, because usually when you come off a loss, coaches start to get uptight and want to change things. I feel like that's not the way to go, you should stick to things if you want to be successful, and that's what the Seahawks showed me last year."

On earning Pete Carroll's respect and trust despite his size (5-foot-9):

"When I came in Pete asked me, probably a couple weeks before we played the 49ers (his first game back from injury), if I would rather play corner or safety. I told him, 'corner all day.' I was an All-American at corner in college, I could really play that position at a high level. He said 'OK, with all these injuries I'm going to throw you in there.' Just for him to have the confidence to say that after seeing me practice, it meant a lot because coaches coming into the league labeled me as a slot corner just because I was 5-9. For him to give me that opportunity, I have the utmost respect for Pete."

AAPI Header

On Tuesday, the Seahawks hosted a panel for internal staff with influential sports figures in the Seattle area as part of AAPI Heritage Month. The panel included Mary Do, Eliot Mar and Karen Bryant.

Do has been working with the Special Olympics movement for over 20 years. As the current Chief Operating Officer of Special Olympics Washington, Do is responsible for the day-to-day operations. Do is also a commissioner with the Seattle Sports Commission.

Mar began working as USA Basketball women's national team program coordinator in 2019. He earned both a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree from Seattle University, and now resides in Colorado Springs.

Bryant has been the Chief Operating Officer of Atavus Sports since 2017. Before her current role, Bryant worked with the Seattle Reign and later the Seattle Storm, serving as Chief Operating Officer (2003 to 2008) and Chief Executive Officer (2008 to 2014).

In the discussion, the panelists talked about unlearning what you think you know about AAPI, asking questions about heritage and background, leading and identifying with ethnicity and the responsibilities of a leader to family, among other things.

"Unlearn what you think you know, this whole 'model minority' thing," Do said when asked what she would share with people who work with or for Asian Americans. "Truly understand that there's individualism with all Asian communities. We all have a different story. We all are bringing a different authentic self to work."

"These last 18 months I've learned to lead and identify with my ethnicity," Bryant added. "In fact, I've corrected people in conversations and gotten more bold about that. I think that's important. If you harken back to my comment earlier about 'I want to be the change.' It's important that I embrace and really bring to the forefront (that change), especially if it's not visible or apparent to you."

The panel was put together with help from Karen Wilkins-Mickey, who was hired in January by the Seahawks as Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Wilkins-Mickey has also assisted with several other internal and external initiatives in recent months.

"We look forward to Karen's vast expertise in this area to further strengthen our organization as we strive to continually make a lasting impact both internally and in our community," Seahawks team president Chuck Arnold said at the time of her hiring.

This panel was the latest in a series of efforts by the Seahawks during AAPI Heritage Month. Seahawks Legend Doug Baldwin participated in the “Our Stories Are Your Stories” campaign, sharing his backstory and heritage. Blitz also supported several businesses in Seattle's Chinatown-International District, stopping by to show support at Wing Luke Museum, Uwajimaya, Ping Dumpling House and more. There was also another internal panel discussion on life in the NFL as Pacific Islanders by team photographer Rod Mar, Seahawks Pro Shop Manager Melanie Hoshino, Seahawks defensive tackle Bryan Mone and Seahawks Legend Lofa Tatupu.


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