Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gave his first 2020 training camp media zoom call Monday afternoon. Monday was the first time players were on the field after several days of vigorous testing under NFL guidelines. The Seahawks head man discussed the testing process, revealed the team will have two mock games at CenturyLink Field, and the impact of no preseason games.
ON GETTING STARTED
“We’re in a ramp-up period just getting started,” Carroll said on a video press conference. “We won’t be practicing like we like to practice for days ahead here, but at this time at least we’re on the field and we’re getting going and we’re starting to make the process come to life. We’re off to a really good start with our guys.
One of the big emphasis to get rolling here was coming in under quarantine mentality, and we’re very fortunate that we tested our way through it and we had very good results.
Our guys have prepared themselves really well in that regard, and now as we start strength and conditioning today and get the guys actually running and doing things, we’ll start to begin the evaluation process of where everybody is and how they feel and the condition that they’re in and where things start to fit together, so we’re just getting started. But it feels good to get after it and get out here in the sunshine.”
MOCK GAMES AT CENTURY LINK
As far as the football side of this training camp, the first couple of weeks will be an exercise in patience for players and coaches, who would normally going through full, padded practices this time of year. With in-person offseason workouts wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, and with players having to go through multiple days of testing before anything football-related can take place, NFL teams are way behind schedule. Padded practices won’t come until mid-August, and the NFL cancelled the preseason, though Carroll noted one way the Seahawks will make up for the loss of games will be multiple mock-game practices, two of which will take place at CenturyLink Field.
EFFECT OF NO PRESEASON GAMES
As far as getting ready for the season, physically speaking, without preseason games, Carroll said, “We have to catch up physically with the things that you would get accomplished in the four games. And not all the players—some of the young players played a lot in all four of those games but the starters did not, so we would ramp up their play and try to get them to where they could play three quarters of (the third preseason) game before they would take the fourth game and basically let the young guys play.
We have to make that time up and make that physical part of the game come to life here on the practice field. We will have a couple events in the stadium—we’re going to have a couple game-like events on the 22nd the 26th of the month, to really play it all out and get us in the mode. We will be playing with more opportunities, the physical stuff will be done here rather than in the games, and that will have to take care of all of that.”
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