Aug. 19: What you missed
Aug 19, 2010, 7:02 PM | Updated: Apr 4, 2011, 7:55 pm
The Mariners were kind enough to take a break from their 12-game East Coast road trip, allowing us to get back on the airwaves this afternoon for the first time in a week.
Making the most of their opportunity, Kevin Calabro and the “Go 2 Guy” Jim Moore went out to the VMAC to catch the final day of the Seahawks’ first training camp under the guidance of new head coach Pete Carroll.
We were joined by Coach Carroll, who talked about the continuing progress of backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.
“Charlie’s really been everything we had hoped he would be,” he said. “He’s got the ability to be a starting quarterback in the league. He just needs to get his opportunities, and he’s working at it right now.”
Later, Carroll said that Whitehurst would probably get more reps than anyone else in the remaining preseason games, and that he was “really pleased” with everything that Whitehurst has done so far.
Carroll also commented on yesterday’s trade that sent defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who played for Carroll at USC, to Detroit for a sixth-round draft pick in next year’s draft.
“I’ve known Lawrence since he was a kid,” said Carroll. “Anytime you have to make a move like that, it’s personal. I’m hoping that this is a great thing for him. It’ll be an opportunity for him to latch on and get cranking in his career. He had not had a very good camp here; he didn’t really have a chance to show much.”
Click here to listen to the entire interview with Pete Carroll
Earlier in the show, we talked to running back Justin Forsett, who by all accounts has had himself a pretty good camp. But has he impressed the coaching staff enough to crack the starting lineup?
“Well, you know, it’s been a good camp so far,” he said. “The thing is, these preseason games are going to be big, I believe. Just going out and showing that I’m still competing, and I’m still making plays is going to be key for me. I definitely gotta finish and be consistent, and that’s what I think they want to see.”
Competition continues to be the theme with the Seahawks, and it isn’t exclusive to the on-the-field stuff. Earlier this week, the team took a break from the gridiron for a trip to the lanes and an impromptu team bowling tournament.
Additionally, Forsett informed us of another game that the running backs like to play with one another in their spare time.
“We’re always playing,” he said. “We’ve got a game in there called cornhole, where we have the little beanbags into the board. â€¦ We have [a ping-pong table] back up in the hotel room, but most of all, we’re up in there playing cornhole.”
That’s right, it’s called cornhole.
Click here to listen to the entire interview with Justin Forsett