Monday’s practice was the first for the Seahawks since the roster cut to 53, so it was a natural that some of what happened in that process remained on the top of everyone’s mind.
As I wrote in my story for the Tuesday paper, there were those who celebrated, such as Derrick Coleman, and those who found themselves surprisingly on the outside looking in, such as Michael Robinson.
Coleman (above scoring a touchdown against San Diego in a John Lok photo) went from relative longshot to make the team, to starting fullback for a Super Bowl contender entering the season.
Asked his philosophy entering Seattle’s camp, Coleman said: “One of the thing I leanerd at UCLA was to have no regret and everything I did to my best. Even if I made a mistake I made it fast. I made it a point to try to eliminate the mental mistakes. The techniques, the coaches can coach you up on that. But as long as I was dependable. You’ve got to be dependable and go out there and play hard and play fast and be coachable and all that and let the pieces fall where they are.”
Coach Pete Carroll said the inclusion of Coleman on the final roster sent a loud message about the importance of special teams, calling Coleman a core member there.
Coleman said he understood from the start that might be his best avenue for making the team, saying “I knew I had to worry about special teams before I worry about any other position.”
Coleman also paid a debt of gratitude to the man he beat out, in Robinson.
“I learned a lot from Michael Robinson,” he said. “Almost everything I know is from asking him questions and watching his techniques and stuff.”
Here are some more links this morning. …
— ESPN.com’s Terry Blount writes about the tough roster decisions;
— ESPN.com’s Mike Sando examines the status of all the 2013 NFC West draft picks;
— Seahawks.com also writes about Coleman;
— Danny O’Neil with more on the roster makeup;
— Michael Silver of NFL.com rates the Seahawks No. 1 in the league;
— Matt Flynn has officially lost out to Terrelle Pryor for the Raiders’ QB job;
— Interesting story here that makes the case that Tim Tebow’s NFL career isn’t all that bad for a Heisman Trophy-winning QB;
— Finally, former Jacksonville DT Kyle Long reportedly will work out for the Seahawks today (here’s some background on Long):
Who knew the Jax-Sea pipeline is a 2-way road? Former Jags (and Pats) DT Kyle Love to work out for the Seahawks today.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 3, 2013