Here are some highlights of what was said at the Seahawks' Town Hall meeting Wednesday night.
The Seahawks’ held their annual Town Hall meeting with fans Wednesday night, with coach Pete Carroll and assistants Rocky Seto and Tom Cable giving presentations and taking questions from the crowd (you can watch it all here).
There wasn’t any real hard news — no revelations about Russell Wilson’s contract situation or anything like that. But there was lots of interesting stuff, especially film sessions by Seto on tackling and Cable on offensive line play.
And Carroll, in particular, had a few interesting things to say in comparing this team to future Seahawks’ squads, and a few other things.
Here are a few highlights:
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— Carroll reiterated what he has said a few other times, that the team has rebounded well from the Super Bowl loss, indicating again he isn’t real concerned about any theoretical hangover. “Our guys have come back,” Carroll said. “We’ve given them an opportunity to deal with it individually knowing that everybody’s going to feel a little differently, myself included, and we’re going to work our way through it. And what’ve I’ve seen is these guys come roaring back.”
— Carroll, asked to compare this team to the others he’s had in Seattle, said he thinks the “depth may be the best that it’s been.” That’s saying something, considering the depth that he 2013 Super Bowl champs had across the board. Carroll specifically cited the “young group” on the offensive line that he thinks will help that position be “uplifted across the board,” and also noted the addition of Jimmy Graham in saying “I think our tight end play is gonna improve a little bit this year.”
— Carroll also spoke of the speed of the defensive line and said that the front could be “the fastest that we have been. We love speed. We love to take advantage of that,” Carroll specifically noted Cassius Marsh, Ryan Robinson and 2015 draft picks Frank Clark and Obum Gwacham when talking about the increased speed up front. We wrote the other day about Robinson, who played in 11 games for the Raiders in 2013 and with a number of vets sitting out of OTAs, spent most of Tuesday’s workout working with the No. 1 defense at the LEO spot. Carroll also seems really excited about Marsh, a 2014 draft pick who missed most of last season with a foot injury. Seems like Carroll has mentioned him at every possible turn this off-season.
— Carroll also said he thinks the special teams will be better this season and specifically mentioned two players — Derrick Coleman and Tyler Lockett. Coleman broke his foot prior to the game at St. Louis, after which the special teams hit a notable mid-season dry spell. Carroll noted the return of Coleman and called him “one of our key special teams guy who is going to give us a really strong affect.” Of Lockett, a 2015 draft pick, Carroll talked about his return ability and said it will “just add one more element” to make the team “hard to beat.”
— Cable, meanwhile, also talked about finding a replacement for Max Unger at center and called it “amazing competition” and mentioned five players — Lemuel Jeanpierre (currently working as the starter in OTAs), Patrick Lewis, Drew Nowak, Will Pericak and Kristjan Sokoli. He mentioned that it soon could be pared down to a two- or three-man competition. What’s just as clear when Cable talks about the competition at center is that they don’t really see similar competition at the other four spots. Three, of course, were obvious heading into the year with Russell Okung and Justin Britt set at the tackles and J.R. Sweezy at right guard. And for now, it appears Alvin Bailey is equally entrenched as the new left guard, taking over for the departed James Carpenter. Cable also was on KJR-AM on Wednesday and made an interesting observation about Okung that this is his off-season in a few years without having had a surgery, and that that has allowed him to be in a much better spot at this point of the year than the last few seasons. That’s worth expanding on at a later date as this looms as a key year for Okung and his future in Seattle.
— Also, the Seahawks did not make any transactions today, per the official notice from the NFL.