If being coach of the Seahawks doesn’t work out for Pete Carroll, he may want consider a job as a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas, and that's because he loves to shuffle things; especially his roster.
Since taking over as coach in January 2010, Carroll and general manager John Schneider have made more than 500 moves. And now, after consecutive 7-9 seasons, Carroll thinks 2012 is the year that all the roster shuffling will finally pay off. “There’s a good feeling about where we’re going and we’re excited about it,” Carroll told the Tacoma News Tribune.
If you think Carroll sounds optimistic, you should hear what fullback Michael Robinson said. He thinks the Seahawks can run the table. “This offseason, guys that I’ve hung out with, guys that I can just hear in the locker room, everybody is talking about winning every game.”
The Seahawks aren't likely to go undefeated this season, but they were undefeated as they headed out to their first practice Saturday morning.
Who’s here: With the contracts of center Max Unger and defensive end Chris Clemons taken care of, the Seahawks expected perfect attendance at Saturday’s first day of practice and they got it. Despite being arrested for DUI two weeks ago, running back Marshawn Lynch was in camp. Lynch got a big cheer from fans as he ran on the field for the first time. Also in camp was newly signed wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who has decided to wear No. 84. Bryant, who was just signed Thursday, comes into camp with a slight hamstring issue.
In other wide receiver news, Sidney Rice spent Saturday’s practice wearing a red jersey, which means no contact. Rice had been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list when the team reported for camp Friday, but his stay on PUP was brief; he was activated before Saturday morning’s opening practice.
Who’s not: Although all players were accounted for, the team did announce that several players would be starting camp on PUP, including: wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (foot), cornerback Walter Thurman (leg) and offensive tackle James Carpenter (knee). All current PUP players are eligible to play in Week 1, but if a player is still on PUP at the end of camp, he's not eligible to play in the team’s first six games.