View Full Version : A First Look at the New-Look Seahawks

08-13-2010, 09:19 PM
Since arriving in January to reshape the Seahawks’ fortunes and foundation, Pete Carroll and John Schneider have changed just about everything but the team’s soft drink sponsor.

Oh, wait, that happened, too.

Give one of those Coca-Cola products a vigorous shake and you have a pretty good idea what the roster transformation has been like under the team’s first-year coach and first-time general manager.

With Thursday’s signing of former Chicago Bears running back Adrian Peterson – and the corresponding release of wide receiver Matt Simon, who was here all of two days – the number of roster moves is up to 122.

Players have left via retirement (Walter Jones, Patrick Kerney and Sean Morey), trades (Darryl Tapp, Rob Sims and Seneca Wallace), injuries (Isaiah Stanback) and just being released (Deon Grant and LenDale White). They have arrived through trades (Charlie Whitehurst, Chris Clemons, Leon Washington and Kevin Vickerson), the draft (most noticeably first-round picks Russell Okung and Earl Thomas), waiver claims (Cord Parks and Gregg Peat), free-agent signings (Ben Hamilton, Chris Baker, Quinton Ganther and Mike Williams, among an almost countless cast) and re-signings (Lawyer Milloy).

Some have even been added, released and then signed again (Kevin Ellison, Mike Hass and Anthony Heygood).

Saturday night, in the preseason opener against Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field, the top will be popped on this carbonated creation of a roster.

“I’m looking forward to being there on the sideline with our team and see these guys play,” said Carroll, who last roamed an NFL sideline in 1999 as coach of the New England Patriots.

“We’ve worked really hard together. It’s time to figure out where we are and how far we’ve come. We’ve practiced really well. It’s a good practicing football team. But you don’t get to play it here. So we have to take our game to the game field and find out if we can execute and find out if we can communicate the way we need to and see where we are.”

In addition to all the new faces on the roster, the Seahawks also will feature a new offense under coordinator Jeremy Bates and a more aggressive approach to defense under returning coordinator Gus Bradley.

Not everything is new, however.

Matt Hasselbeck returns – healthy and rejuvenated – to quarterback the offense. Also back are tight end John Carlson, wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch, running backs Julius Jones and Justin Forsett and linemen Chris Spencer, Max Unger and Sean Locklear. But joining them are Okung and Hamilton on the left side of the line, as well as receiver and second-round draft choice Golden Tate.

On defense, Colin Cole and Brandon Mebane continue to man the middle of the line, but the ends are now Red Bryant and Clemons. In the secondary, there is a new last line of defense for the third season in a row – this time with Thomas at free safety and Milloy at strong safety.

How ready is this team that has undergone so many changes?

“Well, we’ll find out Saturday,” Hasselbeck said. “It’s always hard in the preseason because you’re not really getting a chance to study your opponent. You’re just kind of going out, doing your thing and focusing on the things you’ve been doing in training camp.

“But it’s a great opportunity and it’s always exciting no matter how often you’ve been out here or if it’s your first time.”

Washington is one of those first-timers – as are 40 other new players on the 80-man roster. He has played at Qwest before, but that was while with the New York Jets. Saturday night, the fans will be with him, not against him.

“I’m anxious,” Washington said. “This team is full of potential. The way these guys come out here and work and the type of talent we have, we have a lot of potential. Now potential doesn’t win games in the league. You have to go out there and produce.”

Starting with Saturday night’s preseason opener


08-14-2010, 12:23 AM
Let the games begin!!!

08-14-2010, 12:28 AM
Let the games begin!!!

AMEN! I won't be able to watch the first game this saturday due to me having an MLS game to attend ( Real Salt Lake, the BEST MLS TEAM) but I will record it and watch it when I get home :)

08-14-2010, 01:43 PM
Have to record it ill be watching it later though hope Tate and Earl do some great things and hopefully Okung does well.

08-14-2010, 03:18 PM
Watching it live baby!!! Go Seahawks!!! Let's make some noise this season.

08-17-2010, 02:32 AM
As long as we beat the 9ers :D

08-21-2010, 04:23 PM
As long as we beat the 9ers :D

That's gonna be a huge boost starting the season off.