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The Seahawks kicked off organized team activities on Monday, and while what took place on a sunny afternoon in mid-May was still a far cry from regular-season football, it was a significant next step in the team’s offseason workout program.

Monday’s practice marked the first time since Seattle’s 2017 came to an end that offensive and defensive players could compete head-to-head on a practice field, and was the first of 10 voluntary OTA practices before June’s mandatory minicamp that will wrap up offseason workouts.

“It feels good to put helmets on,” center Justin Britt said. “It’s the first chance we really get to line up across from somebody since the end of last season. It’s good to get out there, get the communication rolling, get closer to real football and just get the feel for it.”

Added linebacker K.J. Wright, “It felt great just to be able to put those cleats on, put the helmets on and just be able to compete against each other. We know it’s not real football, but at the same time, we get that mental aspect where we can go through our plays and fit things Justin Smoak Jersey  up. The DBs can chase receivers and stay on top like they always do, we can get our run fits going. So it felt good to put together the plays we’ve been going over.”

On the defensive side of the ball, Wright noted that one priority is building chemistry following the loss of several starters, though he did point out that despite some big-name departures, what is taking place now is an annual process regardless of who comes and goes during an offseason.

“We’ve got to get that chemistry,” Wright said. “This is where teams are made. We’ve got to get that chemistry started. I’ve got to learn guys, learn how my D-line moves, watch these rookie linebackers to make sure they know what they’re doing, know what’s going on, coach them up. This is where championship teams are made.

“I think people are more surprised because of the big names, but this turnover happens every year. This happens every year. Every time you’ve got to replace guys and rebuild that chemistry, so it’s definitely not a big deal, we’ve just got to find ways to get better.”

On offense, players are adjusting this offseason to a new coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, and offensive line coach, Mike Solari, but so far that process is going well.

“I don’t think it’s too much of an adjustment,” receiver Tyler Lockett said. “The coaches did a good job in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of giving us the playbook in a specific order that allowed us to be able to study the way we needed to study to understand the system and the scheme. For Day 1, of course there were some mistakes because it’s new, but I think we were farther along than we probably thought we would be in learning the new playbook.”

And while coaching changes means some extra learning this offseason, it also can help reenergize the team.

“I think all of our mindsets are the same as they’ve been as far as our expectations of ourselves, of the group, of the team, and what we want to accomplish this summer before we get to the season,” Britt said. “But I feel like everyone’s just more tuned in because it’s something new. If you’re doing the same thing over and over and over, it can become kind of repetitive and you maybe don’t dig into as much. Having a change of pace with a new O-line coach and a new Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey  OC kind of adds the excitement of getting out there and actually doing it.”

Seahawks 2018 Organized Team Activities: Day 1

The Seahawks kicked off Phase 3 of their voluntary offseason workout program on Monday, May 21, holding the first of 10 Organized Team Activities (OTAs) at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center.



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Wednesda Joe Carter Throwback Jersey y Round-Up: CBS Sports Lists Shaquill Griffin As A Potential 2018 Breakout Player

Good morning, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Wednesday, May 23 — about your Seattle Seahawks:

​2018 Breakout Players

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports put together a list of 10 players he believes are ready to take a big step forward next year in NFL. The players included are entering their second or third seasons in the league.

Among the 10 named was Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who had a productive rookie season under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schne Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ider. Prisc Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey o likes what Griffin adds to the Seahawks’ secondary, one that moved on from cornerback Richard Sherman during the offseason: 

“Richard Sherman is gone, which means it’s Griffin’s time to take over as the top corner in Seattle. Griffin started 11 games as a rookie and did a really nice job in coverage. With another season under his belt, he will be even better as the team’s top corner. He’s a good tackler, as well, which is a must in Seattle’s scheme for the corners. His brother, Shaquem, will get most of the attention after being drafted by the Seahawks last month, but Shaquill is the brother to watch on the field this season.”

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​More From Around The Web

NFL owners approved a change to kickoffs next season.

John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle believes the new kickoff change will benefit the Seahawks.

Finally, the city of Nashville was picked to host the 2019 NFL Draft.

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The Seahawks have promoted Nolan Teasley to director of pro Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  personnel, general manager John Schneider announced Friday. Teasley, who most recently held the title of assistant director of pro personnel, takes over for Dan Morgan, who earlier this month joined the Buffalo Bills as their director of player personnel.

“We are extremely excited to be able to promote Nolan Teasley into his new role as director of pro perso Joe Carter Jersey nnel,” Schneider said. “Nolan started as an intern with us and has continually impressed with his football knowledge and work ethic. We will all miss Dan Morgan but we are very pleased to be able to have Nolan step forward into his new role.”

Teasley is a 2007  Justin Smoak Jersey graduate of Central Washington University, where he played running back for the Wildcats. After working in c Joe Carter Throwback Jersey orporate marketing after college, Teasley got his start in scouting with the help of fellow Central alum and Seahawks scout Aaron Hineline, who helped Teasley land a job as a scouting intern with the Seahawks in 2013. He was then hired as a pro personnel scout in 2014 before moving up to assistant director of pro personnel last year.

Tuesday Round- Joe Carter Throwback Jersey Up: Russell Wilson No. 81 On ESPN’s World Fame 100

Good afternoon, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Tuesday, May 22 — about your Seattle Seahawks

Wilson Makes ESPN’s World Fame 100

ESPN released its annual rankings of the biggest names in sports Tuesday morning with the 2018 World Fame 100 list. The rankings are generated by ESPN’s Sports Analytics Group that factors in search score (how often their name is searched), endorsement money and social media followers.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was named on the list for the third year in row, coming in at No. 81. Below is ESPN’s explanation for his ranking. You can check out the full list here.

“Year after year, Russell Wilson proves he is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL. Last season, he became the fastest quarterback in the Super Bowl-era to reach 150 passing touchdowns and 3,000 rushing yards, while leading the league in TD passes and his team in rushing. If that’s not enough, Wilson also added this to his growing list of titles: founder. Along with investors including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, he created TraceMe in 2017, a company that aims to connect celebrities with Justin Smoak Jersey  fans. He’s an NFL star, rising entrepreneur and new dad — he and singer Ciara welcomed their first child in February. Wilson’s star is only rising.”

​Social Post Of The Day

Today’s “Social Post of the Day” comes from Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner:

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​More From Around The Web

The Seahawks kicked  Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey off OTAs yesterday.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times answered questions from readers about George Fant’s recovery and more.

Finally, Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle gave his take on the challenge Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey s for Brian Schottenheimer and Ken Norton Jr. this upcoming season.

Seahawks Announce Dates For Annual 12 Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey Tour

RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks are hitting the road next week May 20-26 for their annual 12 Tour, presented by Safeway. Fans are encouraged to keep an eye out for players, Sea Gals, mascots Blitz & Boom, and more as they make stops at various locations around the Pacific Northwest. Stops on the schedule include Chehalis, North Bend, Port Angeles and Olympia.

The Seahawks crew will also be making several surprise visits to various Starbucks locations throughout the state, as well as to schools in Coulee City, Shelton, Bremerton and more. 

With each stop on this year’s 12 Tour, the Seahawks will not only surprise some of the team’s biggest fans, but share incredible fan stories in a 12-video series, to be released beginning June 4 on and the team’s social media channels. For live updates from the tour, follow @12s on Twitter and Instagram, @seahawks on Snapchat or #12Tour. 

Fans are invited to join the fun at public stops, including:

Port Angeles: Olympic Peninsula Sea Hawkers Chapter Event
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Date/Time: Thursday, May 24 from 7-9 p.m.
Description: Join the Olympic Peninsula Sea Hawkers at their new 2018 season gathering place, The Front Street Alibi. The Seahawks will celebrate with a special 12 Flag raising, Seahawks trivia, tailgate games, giveaways and more. 

Olympia: Blue Friday Rally
Location: Flag Circle – 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98504
Date/Time: Friday, May 25 from 1-1:30 p.m.
Description: Celebrate with a special Blue Friday rally at the State Capitol in Olympia. Join Gee Scott, DJ SupaSam, Blitz, Blue Thunder, Sea Gals and some surprise Seahawks players at this exciting rally for the 12s. 

Snohomish: Gatorade Youth Football Camp
Location: Snohomish High School – 1316 5th St, Snohomish, WA 98290
Date/Time: Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. – noon
Description: The Seahawks will host a two-hour Gatorade skills camp for 12-14-year-olds. Seahawks players and Blitz will participate in football drills with kids, and participants and their families will receive fun Seahawks giveaways. Register today at: 

For more information on the 12 Tour, visit

NFL Considering Changes To Kickoff Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey Rules

When NFL owners meet at next week’s spring league meetings in Atlanta, one of the topics on the agenda will be proposed changes to the kickoff rules.

The league has made a few changes to the kickoff rules in the past—such as moving the spot of the kickoff and eliminating the three-man wedge—and like those changes, these proposed new rules would be made in the name of improving player safety.

NFL vice president of football commu Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey nications Michael Signora provided a breakdown of the proposed changes on Twitter this week:

Here are a few of the significant changes:

  • “All kicking team players other than the kicker must be lined up and remain in their established position no more than one yard behind their restraining line (the 35-yard line)” This means kick coverage teams, which used to line up five yards from the restraining line, will no longer have a running start, which in theory should lead to fewer violent high-speed collision.
  • On the receiving team, “at least eight players must be positioned between their restraining line and a spot 15 yards behind their restraining line (the setup zone.” This would move more blockers closer to the kickoff instead of having players further back to block, again a m Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ove that would eliminate some full-speed collisions.
  • Wedge blocks are no longer allowed. Previously two-man wedges had been legal.
  • A kickoff that lands in the end zone is immediately ruled a touchback. In the past, a returner would have to down the ball for it to be touchback.

Seahawk Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey s Sign WR Keenan Reynolds And LB Dadi Nicolas

The Seahawks added a pair of players to their roster Thursday, signing linebacker Dadi Nicolas and receiver Keenan Reynolds. Defensive ends Marcell Frazier and Noble Nwachukwu were waived to make room on the 90-man roster.

Reynolds, 23, was a 2016 sixth-round pick out of Navy, where he played quarterback for the Midshipmen. The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Reynolds finished his college career with an FBS record 88 career rushing touchdowns and 4,559 rushing yards, an FBS record for a quarterback. After making the move to receiver with the Ravens, Reynolds spent his rookie season on Baltimore’s practice squad, then spent part of the 2017 season on Washington’s practice squad.

Nicolas, 25, was also a 2016 sixth-rounder, going to Kansas City where as a rookie he appeared in 11 games, primarily on special teams. Nicolas, who is 6-3, 239 pounds, finished his rookie season on injured reserve with a patellar tendon injury that caused him to miss the 2017 season. He was released earlier this month by the Chiefs.

Frazier signed with the Seahawks earlier this month as an undrafted rookie out of Missouri, while Nwachukwu first joined the Seahawks as a member of the practice squad last season, then signed a futures contract in January.

The Seahawks also signed two more of their 2018 draft picks, linebacker Shaquem Griffin and cornerback Tre Flowers. With first-round pick Rashaad Penny signing Wednesday, the Seahawks now have eight of their nine picks under contract, with only defensive end Rasheem Green remaining unsigned.

Seahawks Offseason Workout Program: May 15

Photos from Phase 2 of the Seahawks’ 2018 offseason workout program on May 15, 2018 at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.



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Importance Of The Running Game, Laurel vs. Yanny & More In This Week’s Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey Seahawks Twitter Q&A

With offseason workouts underway, and with the internet engaging in strange debates about Laurel and Yanny, now seems like as good of a time as any to open up the mailbag and answer questions from you, the fans. As always, thanks to everyone who asked a question this week, and apologies if I couldn’t get to yours this time around.

@bucwylde33 asks, “How much is the offensive style going to change under Brian Schottenheimer?”

A: If anything it seems the change will be the Seahawks trying to get back to what they did offensively from 2012 to 2015 when they had one of the league’s most efficient offenses, and not coincidentally, one of the league’s best running games. In no small part due to injuries, the Seahawks have struggled to run the ball the past two seasons, and Carroll has stated numerous times this offseason that getting the running game Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey  going is one of his top priorities. So it’s safe to assume Carroll wouldn’t have made Schottenheimer his new offensive coordinator if they didn’t see eye-to-eye on that goal.

“We’re all on board in terms of what we’re trying to get done and (Schottenheimer) has a great background, he’s done a lot of things and he has the ability to structure stuff that’s going to fit our style of guys,” Carroll said during the draft.

Schottenheimer is also expected to play a big role in the continued development of Russell Wilson.

“He’s got a really good connection with the quarterback, really good communication, relationship with the QB,” Carroll said at the NFL scouting combine. “He works directly with the quarterback more so than some other coordinators do. He’s got good quarterback background, so I really like all of that for challenging Russell, giving him new looks, new outlooks, new perspective possibly, just to continue to grow. He’s very well-versed. I’ve been through a lot of systems too, the classic systems, west-coast system, the digit system, the things that are out there in the league, he’s been through all of that too. So we can communicate on a really deep level about how we can put our stuff together and find our ways just to try to get better.”

@_BVM asks, “Why does Pete Carroll want to run the ball so much even though runs average about 4 yards and passes average about 7?”

A: This is a good follow-up to the previous point about the Seahawks wanting to get back to running the ball. Yes, as the question notes, teams in the NFL—and pretty much at all levels of football—average more yards per pass attempt than per rush attempt, but that doesn’t mean a team that throws every down will move the ball more successfully than one that is balanced. The way Carroll, and a lot of other coaches for that matter, sees things is that if a team is going to be at its best throwing the ball, the running game has to be a part of that equation. Without a strong running game, teams can drop fewer players into coverage to defend the pass, or they can rush the passer more aggressively. The running game also sets up the play-action pass, something that has been a big part of Russell Wilson’s game in the past. Add to that the physical toll stopping the run can take on a defense over the course of the game; or the way running the ball can help a team control the clock while also reducing chances at turning the ball over, especially late in the game when playing with the lead; or the fact that elements can sometimes make throwing the ball more difficult, and it’s easy to understand why Carroll calls balance on offense “enormously important for the formula for us winning.”

“We don’t go out just to establish the run,” Carroll said in 2015. “We’ve never said that in all of the years. I don’t mind telling our opponent, we don’t do that. We go out and try to win the game. If we play well, then you have your chances in the second half, and particularly in the fourth quarter to run the football and win the game in that manner. We love doing that. That’s all part of it, if we’re capable of t Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey hat. We’ve been ahead quite a bit here, so we get those extra opportunities in the fourth quarter. That’s why the runs continue to be ahead of it. It can be misleading, if you think, ‘They’re a run-first team and that’s all they do.’ I don’t think that’s what we’re presenting to our opponents at all.

“We have great commitment to the run game. For all of the football gods that have ever spoken of this game and how you’re supposed to play the game, it goes back to the history of it. This game is won on the ground, and won on both sides of the ball. You have to be able to do that if you want to be a long term, consistent, winning team. We’ve been committed that way for a long time. I’m glad the numbers show that, because that’s what we’re trying to demonstrate through our play.”

@UnintendedMax asks, “Laurel or Yanny?”

A: Well this question was bound to be asked this week, wasn’t it? For those who missed it, there’s a heated debate on social media taking place about what people hear when they click on this video:

Turns out the answer is both, depending on frequencies, or something scientific like that. I initially heard only Yanny, then later, on a different device, could only hear Laurel. The New York Times built a tool that allows you to adjust the frequency to hear either.

Also, while we’re at it, the dress is blue and black, not white and gold.  

@brtemp asks, “Can you include some Chuck Knox videos in the mailbag?”


@lemiericle asks, “Where does Walter Jones rank all-tim Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey e among tackles?”

A: A nine-time Pro-Bowler and six-time All-Pro, Jones is right up there among the best, which is why he is in the Hall of Fame. As for where specifically he ranks, Jones’ name shows up on just about any list of top tackles that you can find, including a No. 4 ranking on a list compiled by Gil Brandt, a longtime NFL personnel man who now works for NFL Media. There are a lot of ways to illustrate Jones’ dominance, including the overall success of Seattle’s offenses in the 2000s, including the 2005 season when running back Shaun Alexander was the league’s MVP, but what might stand out most are two numbers that show what almost never happened against Jones—in 12 seasons, he allowed just 23 sacks, fewer than two per season, and was called for holding only nine times.

@wheatgrower asks, “How do you feel about the Oxford comma?”

A: Since the gif on this week’s call for questions included a punctuation reference from the hilarious Hannibal Buress, I suppose a question like this was inevitable. I know some people have a really strong opinion on this topic, but really, I don’t care either way. If you like that extra comma before the “a Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey nd” in a list, go for it, and if you don’t, that’s cool too. Just remember that sometimes, that comma really matters.

@fredcgomes17 asks, “Any chance of Germain Ifedi playing right guard again?”

A: Any chance? Sure, I suppose we can’t rule anything out entirely, especially not with a new offensive line coach and a new offensive coordinator for 2018. But as of now, all signs point to Ifedi sticking to right tackle, the position he played last season, and not moving back to guard, his position as a rookie. On a few occasions, Carroll has talked about Ifedi as a right tackle, which doesn’t assure him the starting job, but does mean that’s what the team sees him at as things currently stand.

@walkngirl asks, “What are the Seahawks’ long-term plan for defensive ends other than Frank Clark?”

A: With Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett both gone, there are understandably a lot of questions about defensive end, both short-term and long-term. Clark is the top returning player at that spot and has 19 sacks over the past two seasons, so he is the most accomplished returning player there, but the Seahawks also like what they saw out of Dion Jordan late last season, so if he can build off of that success and stay healthy, he could be a big part of the future as well.

The Seahawks also drafted two players who could factor into the equation both this season and down the road: third-round pick Rasheem Green and sixth-rounder Jacob Martin, and return several other players from last season’s roster. The Seahawks have talent at defensive end that they really like, but with two veteran starters moving on, some of those young players are going to have to be ready to step into bigger roles.

Seahawks Offseason Workout Program: May 15

Photos from Phase 2 of the Seahawks’ 2018 offseason workout program on May 15, 2018 at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.



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Pete Carroll had what he called an early “brush with greatness” not long after graduating from the University of the Pacific in 1973. The Los Angeles Rams, under recently-hired head coach Chuck Knox, were hosting a tryout at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Carroll, an All-Conference safety for the Tigers, received an invite.

“After graduating, the Rams were holding a big workout down at the Coliseum, kind of an all-comers deal,” Carroll said Tuesday. “My coaches had sent them film of me playing so they’d know who was coming, and the GM kind of liked me and said, ‘Well when you get to the workout, come find me and I want to introduce you to Coach Knox.’ There’s hundreds of guys there at this workout, so I felt pretty special—I was one of the only guys who gets to meet coach Knox. And he was a tough guy back in the day, but he was a real nice to me.”

Nice or not, Knox wasn’t impressed enough with Carroll’s workout to offer a roster spot with the Rams.

“I went  Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey through the workout, and I never heard from him again,” Carroll said. “They timed me in the 40, they did this and did that, and I never heard from them again. That was my shot with the Rams. That was my brush with greatness.”

In the years that followed, Knox would go on to become one of the winningest coaches in NFL history as the head coach of the Rams, Bills and Seahawks, while Carroll would launch his own very successful coaching career not long after Knox’s Rams helped end his dreams of a playing career. Carroll never played for Knox or coached under him, but having been a longtime NFL assistant and head coach, and working now for the organization Knox helped bring to prominence in the 1980s, Carroll has a strong appreciation for what Knox, who passed away Saturday at the age of 86, meant to the Seahawks and the entire region.

“He was an extraordinarily iconic coach,” Carroll said. “He was such a hard-nosed, tough guy. The running game he stood for and how he was all about that was really true; the O-line guy background, the grind part of it, the toughness was what Coach Knox was all about, and his teams played like it. Wherever he was, they all played just like his mentality and his approach, and I admired the heck out of him.

“He gave probably the first real surge of excellence around here and showed that you can play championship ball here and you can have the expectations that we have now today still. He set things in motion in a real classy fashion. He was a real ball coach and he brought that to the area and the fans and this franchise.”

And like Carroll, nearly everyone who crossed paths with Knox during his memorable career had a lot of fond memories about the coach who led the Seahawks to their first playoff berth and who is currently the only coach in the Seahawks Ring of Honor.

Steve Largent, Seahawks receiver 1976-1989, member of Seahawks Ring of Honor and Pro Football Hall of Fame

“He was successful everywhere he went for a long, long period of time. I really enjoyed playing for him. He was a guy who just commanded respect, and you gave it to him. But at the same time, he really was a players’ coach. He was a guy who appreciated the guys who played for him and he really went out of his way to accommodate players, whether that was through certain plays he would call or through the practice schedule or whatever. He was a real players’ coach, and you can’t say that about every head coach in the National Football League, but you could definitely say it about Chuck Knox.”

Largent was with the Seahawks from the beginning, and saw Knox help lead the team to a new level of success after taking over in 1983.

“We had started the franchise on pretty good footing, but then sort of stumbled there in the early 80s, and that’s when Chuck came in. he righted the ship, so to speak. He had a plan and he executed it to perfection. We went to the playoffs the first year he was in Seattle, and that was the first time we made the playoffs, so that was really substantial. And he always had high goals. He set high standards for the team every year—if we were 8-8, that wasn’t a good year at all. He always commanded the best from the players who played for him.”

Largent, like nearly everyone else who crossed paths with Knox, enjoyed his coach’s famous aphorisms, which came to be known as Knoxisms.

“I have an entire library of Knoxisms, because I just got the biggest kick out of him talking about growing up in Pennsylvania, “The hard man travels the hard road.” It was just him. If somebody else had tried to do it the way Chuck did, it wouldn’t have worked, but with Chuck it was authentic and real. Everyone got a kick out of Chuck, but he didn’t do it just to be funny, he had a point and he always was able to make his point in a very profound way.”

Jacob Green, Seahawks defensive end 1980-1992, member of Seahawks Ring of Honor

“As a football coach, he meant an awful lot to me personally. The way he went about his business, the way he treated his players, he just treated you right. One of his big deals was always treating someone like you want to be treated. He was also that coach who put the Seahawks on the map as far as really turning the program around and making us feared instead of being a team that everyone wanted to come play. I feel really fortunate that I had a chance to play under him.

“He was just a guy that everybody cared about. Guys on our football team loved him. He always put the players first. He was just a really good person.”

Like Largent, Green began his Seahawks career before Knox arrived, and was impressed with the way a new coach made an immediate impact, leading the team to its first playoff berth in 1983.

“He put us in the position to where when people came out to play the Seahawks, you knew you had to have your best game. We went from being not even contending, then Chuck came in and immediately we make a run, get to the AFC championship game, and it was on from then on. He brought stability to the Seahawks, we were one of the teams to beat.

One of Green’s fondest memories of Knox was when, after a big road victory, Seattle’s coach had the team bus make a stop on the way to the airport.

“I remember Chuck telling them to pull the bus over so we could get beers. We celebrated all the way home. He was a players’ coach. He knew how to get the best out of players. I never really heard anyone say a negative thing about Chuck Knox.

“We had some great times, man. As a player, you wanted to go to work. You didn’t hate going to work. You loved going to work. I couldn’t wait to get to practice and go to work and see all the guys and play as a team. That’s what he brought. He brought the whole city together.”

Paul Moyer, Seahawks safety 1983-1989; Seahawks defensive backs coach 1990-1994

“To a player, he was an intimidating man. He commanded respect. When he walked into a room, he just had that presence about him… He was definitely a father figure to me. You never wanted to disappoint Chuck. I remember intercepting a pass in a game, and I remember watching all the coaches and players going nuts—because it was at the end of a big game to kind of win the game—and I remember looking at Chuck to see if he was excited. He doesn’t get excited often, so he was still pretty stoic, and he said after the game, ‘Hey, that couldn’t have happened at a better time.’ But he was just a guy whenever you walked on the field or into a meeting, you didn’t want to screw up. You didn’t want to let him down. That’s what I remember about him the most. He was a great coach; he gave you the sense that you were always going to win. We were prepared and we were going to take away what they did best, and if we did our jobs as playing, we knew we had a chance to win. That’s a good feeling as a player.

“He wasn’t your friend, but he knew how to relate to you. He spoke to you when you needed to be spoken to, he’d kick you in the butt if that’s what you needed, and he’d pat you on the back if that’s what you needed.”

When neck injuries cut Moyer’s career short, it was Knox who suggested a career in coaching.

“I was getting really bad stingers, I had a couple of herniated discs in my neck, it was my seventh year, and he came up to me—there were four or five games left in the season—and he said, ‘Hey, our defensive coaches like you, they’d like you to join the staff. Why don’t you start coming to meetings, travel with us, go up in the press box the last four or five games, see if it’s something you want to do.’ That’s pretty rare.”

Both Moyer and linebacker Dave Wyman said their former coach shared one trait with one of the world’s most famous pieces of art.

“We always used to call him the Mona Lisa, because wherever you were, you thought he was staring at you. It didn’t matter where he was on the field either. He would wear his hat down low, and I swear it didn’t matter where you were, if you were stretching in line, grabbing a water, you’d always look to see, where’s Chuck? And I swear he was always looking at you. And in meetings, if he was scolding the team, he’d never call guys out by name, but he’d reference it, and every time, Dave and I would both go, ‘He’s talking about me.’ ‘No, he’s talking about me.’ He just had a very thoughtful way of motivating people, and people just didn’t want to let the guy down.”

Dave Wyman, Seahawks linebacker 1987-1992

“He meant a lot to me. I didn’t think a coach in the pros would mean that much to me, because you didn’t necessarily have a personal relationship with them, because it was all business. But Chuck was all business, and I came to appreciate that so much. People always say that pros want to be told the truth, and that was Chuck.

“There were a lot of moments where, at the time, I didn’t like it, but looking back on it I appreciate it. He had a conversation with me when my play was slumping one time, it was the night before a game, he said, ‘Look, you need to change the way you’re playing and play better or else you’re going to be standing next to me.’ It doesn’t get more direct that that, and it was message delivered, and it helped me. It was one of those things at the time that you don’t like, but I needed to hear it. That kind of coaching helped me become a better player. When I retired—I had four coaches, Tom Flores, who won a Super Bowl, I had Mike Shanahan, who won a Super Bowl, and Wade Phillips—and I always say the best head coach I had was Chuck Knox. Having him early on really helped me, because I had him my rookie year through 1991, so five years. I wouldn’t trade that in for anything, because he taught players not only how to become professionals, but also how to become men.”

While Knox was known as a no-nonsense, hard-nosed coach, he sometimes showed a lighter side.

“He could be funny sometimes. One of the funniest things was when he would imitate John Elway—Chuck would get pissed off when people would jump offside—he’d call him John Wayne, and he’d get up there and do the, ‘Hut, hut, hut, hut, hut,” screaming in front of everybody. He was a pretty entertaining guy, but for the most part, he was one of those guys who just commanded respect. It wasn’t like he was demanding it, it was just that you just knew you were supposed to respect Chuck.”

Steve Moore, assistant coach under Knox with Rams, Bills and Seahawks

“It was a different era than you’re seeing now, and it was kind of that stage where people were just moving from the Chuck Noll type, the really hard, aggressive coaches to more of the Tom Landry, Bill Walsh type coaches. And Chuck was a mix of both of them. He was one of those old, throwback tough, tough, tough coaches, but he had a side to him too that allowed him to be sensitive to know when to back off, and when not to, quite frankly. He was a master at that.

“He was super, super smart and super, super sensitive, but he had just come through that coaching era that was so influenced by Paul Bryant, so everything was tilted that direction. And even with that tilt in that direction, he was sensitive enough and smart enough to lead a team in a more elegant way. He was beautiful in that.”

Reggie McKenzie, Seahawks guard 1983-1984, also played for Knox in Buffalo from 1978-1982

“He came along at a time where a lot of owners and coac Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey hes thought that players should be beholden to the team and the owner, and Chuck was of the opinion that players win, coaches ain’t never won (expletive). Therefore, he would try to go out and get the best players, and he was known as a players’ coach, because he understood the axiom that players win, and coaches ain’t never won (expletive). So be it in L.A. or Buffalo or Seattle, he always took some guys with him who understood his philosophy and his attitude towards the game.”

McKenzie was nearing the end of his career when Knox went to Seattle, but a call from Knox convinced him to finish his career with the Seahawks.

“He said to me, ‘Hey, man, you’re a street fighter, and you know that’s what I’m looking for. I’m going to Seattle, and I’ve got to find me some street fighters.’

“If I could talk to him today, I would say to him, and he’d look at me with those steely blues, and I’d say to him, ‘Hey man, you had a great run.’ Man did he have a great run.”

Curt Warner, Seahawks running back 1983-1989

“The school of hard Knox, that’s exactly what it was. Chuck had a way of communicating that was motivational. Obviously he was always prepared, everyone knows about the Knoxisms, but it was a very effective way of getting his message across to us. It was just one of those times, especially in ’83 when I first got out there, that was probably what was needed for the organization.

“You know winning when you see it, you know guys who are prepared to take that next step, and the Seahawks had a lot of talent, and it was just a matter of bringing in some pieces, getting things turned around, and having the right coach. Chuck was the right guy for that job; I don’t think anyone else could have done it as well as he did.”

Gary Wright, Seahawks Director of Public Relations and later Vice President of PR during Knox era

“He’s one of my all-time favorites. He just brought so much to the Seahawks. The culture and everything else he brought—he brought accountability, maybe more than ever. And it was accountability for everybody, not just players and coaches, but everybody in the office. Everybody’s step was a little bit quicker and their attention to detail was better, because that’s what he demanded, and everybody responded. They saw where he was going to take the team and they understood that they played a part in that.

“Just before his first press conference, he held a staff meeting. It was the entire staff, and it was to introduce him to everybody, but it was also a way for him to introduce himself and his philosophy to them. I can vividly recall that he talked about how everybody in that room had something to do with the team winning or losing, being successful or not being successful. That not only fired everybody up, but it also placed the accountability on everyone’s shoulders. And they felt like they were part of it, part of the organization and part of the team, and had something to do with winning or losing.”

One of Wright’s early interactions with Knox provided an example of how detail-oriented the head coach was, and how he expected the same from the rest of the organization.

“He would do things for effect. For instance, I was the advance man for the team, which meant you had to make sure everything was set for the team’s arrival at the airport, and the hotel was set, all of those logistics. So before the first road game, he says to me, ‘Now, the PR guy with the Rams one time didn’t check the blinds in my hotel room, and I had to spend that night sleeping in the bath tub so I could get some rest.’ I’m thinking to myself, there’s no way that happened, but what he is saying is that you better check every single little detail.”

Chuck Knox Through The Years

Take a look back at some of the best photos of Seahawks Ring of Honor member Chuck Knox, who coached the club for nine seasons (1983-91). Knox passed away at the age of 86.

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox during the Seahawks 17-0 loss to the Chicago Bears on September 9, 1990 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox yells from the sideline during an NFL game against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 14, 1986. The Seahawks defeated the Chargers 34-24. (AP Photo/Damian Strohmeyer)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox celebrates on the shoulders of his players after in a 27 – 20 win over the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Divisional Playoffs game on Dec. 31, 1983 at Orange Bowl in Miami,. (Al Messerschmidt via AP)

Seattle Seahawks coach Chuck Knox, is obviously happy as he is carried from the field after his Seahawks defeated the Miami Dolphins in the AFC-Semi-Finals at Miami on Saturday, Dec. 31, 1983 with a score of 27-20.(AP Photo)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox in June 1991. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Seattle Seahawks coach Chuck Knox watches warmups before play against the Miami Dolphins in 1983. (Al Messerschmidt via AP)

Seattle Seahawks coach Chuck Knox watches play in 1983. (Al Messerschmidt via AP)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox during a game in 1987. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox during a game in 1987. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Seattle Seahawks Chuck Knox (Head Coach) during a game from his 1988 season with the Seattle Seahawks. Chuck Knox was a head coach for 22 years with 3 different teams.(David Durochik via AP)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox during a game in 1988. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox during a game in 1986. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox gives instructions from the sideline during the Seahawks 16-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns on October 9, 1988 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox in June 1991. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox hears words of encouragement from Bears head coach Mike Ditka following the Seahawks 17-0 loss to the Chicago Bears on September 9, 1990 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Head coach Chuck Knox of the Seattle Seahawks. Chuck Knox – Head Coach – Seattle Seahawks – File Photos (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox during a game in 1990. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox looks at a portrait of himself as coach during the ceremony where he is inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor during halftime of the Seahawks game against the Arizona Cardinals in Seattle, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005. He coached the Seahawks from 1983 to 1991. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Seattle Seahawks Chuck Knox (Head Coach) during a game from his 1988 season with the Seattle Seahawks. Chuck Knox was a head coach for 22 years with 3 different teams.(David Durochik via AP)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox in June 1991. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)


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