August 2: What you missed
Paul Silvi and Jim Moore were out at the VMAC today as the Seahawks continued their first training camp under new head coach Pete Carroll. In between today’s morning and afternoon practices, the guys caught up with Seahawks running back Justin Forsett, who described the atmosphere at this year’s camp.
“It’s pretty fun, the environment’s nice, it’s competitive out here,” said Forsett. “We’re out here playing games, keeping track of the score at every practice. And the fans screaming and yelling, it’s always fun.”
In the midst of arguably the most competitive position battle with fellow running backs Julius Jones and Leon Washington, Forsett still feels like he has something to prove despite leading the team last year with a 5.4 yards-per-carry average.
“I think that I did a good job [last year] of showing guys that, hey, I could do something with the ball,” said the third-year veteran from Cal. “But I want to be able to make sure that I could do it on a consistent basis. A lot of those carries came at the end of the year. â€¦ I want to show guys that, hey, I could do it from the start of the year to the end of the year.”
Also stopping by today was former Seahawk and Husky great Warren Moon, who talked about the upcoming season and his impressions of Pete Carroll. Moon offered his thought’s on the team’s current quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
“I think he’s in probably some of the best shape he’s been in a long time,” said Moon. “He didn’t have to take this whole off-season to rehab some injury that he was coming off. The key is just keeping him upright, and that’s something they haven’t’ done with him the couple of years. They’ve had very inconsistent offensive line play, which has really affected the way he’s played the game.”
As a native of L.A., Moon has spent time around the USC football program and is familiar with Carroll’s methods. Moon said that Carroll’s approach in Seattle is similar to the way he coached at USC, but that he has some concerns about how well that high-energy coaching style will work with NFL players.
“You just wonder if it translates into pro football very well,” said the Hall of Fame quarterback. “But so far I think for what this team needs as far as the energy and the enthusiasm and a new look, I think it’s good for us right now. Now how long that lasts, we’ll have to wait and see.”
Moon compared Carroll to a coach he had in Houston named Jerry Glanville, and said that the players eventually grew tired of his clichés, especially when the team wasn’t winning.
IN OTHER NEWS:
As first reported by our Mariners insider Shannon Drayer, the team will be making a change at the catcher position, sending Rob Johnson down to AAA-Tacoma in order to make room for Adam Moore, who will be joining the team tomorrow.
Moore, who has been in Tacoma since being sent down on a rehab assignment in June, attributed his early-season struggles to getting away from his strengths and trying to do too much.
But make no mistakes, he’s ready for another shot in the big leagues. When asked about returning to the Mariners clubhouse, Moore said that he was looking forward to working with their pitching staff, getting some good at bats, and having a good time in a Mariner uniform.
“I’m ready to get back to work and help contribute to the team, and go up there and have some fun,” said Moore.