Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was voted a team captain for the fourth straight season while Chancellor was voted a team captain again after holding out for part of last season.
RENTON — Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s teammates voted him an offensive captain for the fourth straight season.
Safety Kam Chancellor was selected the defensive captain while punter Jon Ryan and defensive back DeShawn Shead were both voted special-teams captains. Wilson has been named a captain every year but his rookie season.
“Russell’s a great leader,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He makes great statements about who he is and who we are and represents us beautifully.”
Chancellor was the Seahawks’ defensive captain for the 2014 season, but he wasn’t voted a captain last season while he held out.
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“I treat them like my brothers, like blood, so it means a lot for them to hold me to a standard like that,” Chancellor said. “That’s kind of one of my things: I want to practice what I preach. I like to tell the guys the right things to do and motivate them and be a living example. I think it’s big for them to announce me as a captain once again.”
“It means I’m the same dude,” Chancellor added. “Nothing’s changed.”
Chancellor has always been considered one of the Seahawks’ leaders. Not only does he play with a physical style that naturally commands respect from his teammates, he also communicates behind the scenes.
“There isn’t a finer guy to have as your captain than Kam Chancellor,” Carroll said. “He is the epitome of what you’re looking for, in all ways, and everybody knows it, which is a good part of that.”
Chancellor, of course, missed all of training camp and two games during the regular season while holding out last year. It’s been one of the themes of this preseason: The Seahawks have talked about the different vibe this year, the continuity, all that good stuff that comes from having him and everyone else present.
“Just getting on the same page with the camaraderie, getting on the same page on the defense with the calls and the checks, just that energy from the beginning is going to be a lot different because we have all the pieces here,” Chancellor said. “It all comes down to having all the pieces in the machine. The machine can’t work without certain pieces. So you got to have everybody together and that’s what we have now. It feels good, it feels natural, ready to go.”
Ryan’s teammates voted him a special-teams captain for the third straight season.
The only first-time captain is Shead, who was cut before the 2012 season and has steadily worked his way into the rotation ever since. He went from being a little-used back in 2013 to a key part of the rotation in the defensive backfield going into this season.
“That’s a great statement about the program,” Carroll said. “There were a few years back he was one of the seven or eight guys here on the practice squad and worked his way all the way through it just with great heart and stick-to-it-ness and toughness. He’s elevated to the point where he’s a captain now. It’s really a great statement about the young man he is.”