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Wednesday Round-Up: Nick Bellore, Special Teams 'Take Pride' In Setting The Tone For Seahawks

Nick Bellore joined 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Jake and Stacy” to discuss the importance of special teams, Pete Carroll dropping in on meetings and more.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, Oct. 6 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

Nick Bellore Joins 710 ESPN Seattle's 'Jake and Stacy'

The Seahawks had seven players make the Pro Bowl last season, including an unexpected face in special teams ace Nick Bellore.

Bellore was released during final roster cuts in September of 2020 only to be re-signed two days later. Once he rejoined the team, he made the most of every opportunity -- whether that came as a fullback, a linebacker or a special teamer. He was tied for third in the NFL with 14 special teams tackles, and was rewarded with a new contract in March.

This season started a lot differently than last for Bellore, as he was named special teams captain. He has eight tackles on special teams through four games, which leads the NFL. The next closest player has five.

On Tuesday, Bellore joined 710 ESPN Seattle's "Jake and Stacy" for an interview. Bellore discussed the importance of special teams to the rest of the team, Pete Carroll dropping in on meetings and competing for tackles, among other things.

You can listen to the full interview here and read some of the highlights below:

On how a big play on special teams can shift momentum:

"It starts with how we view special teams as an organization. There's a big premium put on it. I think in the past I just thought about making the plays and getting off the field and the offense and defense are out there. But here we take pride in setting the tone because you're the first play of the game regardless of if it's kickoff or return. Since we do place that onus on the special teams making impact plays, it's always good to have those in the game. You see it in our offense and defense -- if we make a play out there, everyone on the sideline is excited. It inspires us to play harder and hopefully we can spark something on offense or defense."

On Pete Carroll randomly popping into special teams meetings:

"I believe he does. We meet as special teams in the big auditorium so sometimes it's kind of hard to see who is back there. But definitely on Monday's after games, you'll hear Coach back there giving praise to whatever good plays are on film. I think that's huge because it encourages everyone. Guys know that we're an integral part to the team, but to have that reaffirmed by the head coach is huge."

On how he competes for tackles with his teammates during games:

"It's been fun this year. We have multiple guys with a bunch of tackles on special teams, mainly Cody Barton. So, it's like me and him are kind of competing on every play. I know if I don't get there, he's going to be there, or it's going to be Ryan Neal or Penny Hart or DeeJay Dallas or Travis Homer, on and on and on. The competition within the group of guys that are actually playing is huge because if you've got guys that are motivated to get the play it ultimately leads to better special teams play."

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