Pete Carroll Says Sherman Won’t Be Traded and other Seahawks Notes 5/4/17
By Lee Vowell
Pete Carroll talked to 710 ESPN Seattle‘s Brock and Salk today and had much to say
Richard Sherman, to no one’s real surprise, will not be traded, per Pete Carroll.
Carroll said that he and Sherman’s relationship is “as good as it’s ever been.” The potential trade for Sherman was an open communication between team and player. Coach Carroll said anyone on the team could be traded for the right value, but inferred that it would take a lot for core players to be traded. When Brock Huard asked if the trade talks involving Sherman were over, Carroll said simply, “Yes.”
Carroll did make a slight mention of Cyril Grayson
Grayson, of course, played football back in 1737 but has done a whole bunch of only track stuff since. That Carroll would even mention a player who would seem to normally have no chance of making the roster may mean something. What? No one knows. But if Grayson makes the team it would truly be a Seahawks-y move. Plus, Carroll said Grayson was a “natural” at catching the ball.
Recently signed Luke Joeckel has been able to “practice” in Phase Two of offseason workouts
Joeckel, of course, is not making contact with other players, but at least he is learning the system. Carroll said Joeckel is the “focal point” at this point in camp along the offensive line. Joeckel has been working at left guard and left tackle. One would think an $8 million left guard is too much. However, that price for a good left tackle, if Joeckel exceeds the expectations of most 12s this season, is very good.
Germain Ifedi appears set at right tackle
The expectation this offseason has been that Ifedi would make the move out wide. He played right tackle in college and was given a year to mature in the pros at guard. Now is the time for him to become a warrior. Carroll said only that Ifedi has been a right tackle with no mention of him practicing at guard. Mark Glowinski is currently seeing a lot of time at Ifedi’s 2016 position of right guard. This is a flip from his previous left guard position.
Malik McDowell is a “great guy potentially”
Carroll says that McDowell “wants to be great” and has a body frame that is “different from the guys (the Seahawks) have had.” The worry with McDowell is that he has not been motivated at times in his college career. Now he is playing big boy football. He joins a team with Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril. If McDowell comes in motivated and ready to play, he makes the Seahawks much better on the defensive line. If he does not, Avril and Bennett will let him know he is not meeting expectations.
Carroll lastly said that the backup defensive back group could be as good as has ever been seen. He said that the young DBs were “hungry dudes” and the Seahawks like to see players being “pushed.”
In other words, life in the Seahawks shire is the same as it has ever been. And that is a good thing.