It’s a glorious Monday here in Seattle. And if you are an avid football fan, you may hear and read about some other teams beginning Phase One of their off-season workout plan, two weeks of strength and conditioning drills.
The only teams that can begin workouts now, though, are those with new head coaches, who are allowed to get a two-week head start on everybody else.
Teams with returning head coaches, such as the Seahawks, can’t start Phase One until April 21. This year, at least, that puts all the teams in the NFC West on the same footing as none have new coaches.
That doesn’t mean you won’t hear or read from time to time about players doing some work at the facility. But they just have to do it on their own, and not in groups and not with coaches or team personnel.
Here’s a Pete Prisco column from two years ago that explains the rules well (but note that since this was 2012, the dates are off from this year).
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— It’s no secret the Seahawks are hoping for a lot more this season from Christine Michael, their first pick in the 2013 draft (in the second round, after the first round pick went to Minnesota for Percy Harvin). And this ESPN.com story, which details the decline of running backs after the age of 27, is one reason why. Marshawn Lynch turns 28 on April 22, and while no one is predicting his imminent demise, the history of NFL RBs is what it is. And that means the Seahawks will need to find out this season just what they have in Michael, if not so much for the 2014 season but for the seasons beyond.
— The LA Times has this on Richard Sherman again dissing 49er WR Michael Crabtree, this time via his autograph. I’m not sure Sherman ever really felt bad about what he said about Crabtree, though, just the manner in which he said it.
— ESPN.com is up to No. 8 on its countdown of the top Seahawks.
— Longtime NFL writer Vito Sellino says the Seahawks have a chance to be the team of the decade (also, some interesting thoughts on Pete Carroll and the cost involved in raising the goalposts).
— Expect the NFL schedule for 2014 to be released in a couple of weeks.
— FootballPerspective.com notes that NFL coaches don’t really have shorter leashes now than 40 years ago.
— In case you missed it over the weekend, former Seahawk and Seattle native Nate Burleson signed with the Browns.
— Finally, NFLNetwork’s Scott Hanson points out it’s 150 days until the league’s season kickoff game, which will feature the Seahawks — but as noted above, we just don’t know the opponent yet:
— Scott Hanson (@ScottHanson) April 7, 2014