Pete Carroll has spent the last few weeks toutinghis new book to everyone from ESPN to shoppers inside aneighborhood grocery in Seattle.
It's title: Win Forever.
Yet Coach Carroll isn't at Southern California anymore. For hisnew Seahawks, forever is going to have to wait at least five weeks,through a Seahawks training camp that begins Saturday with whatseems like more issues than Carroll has pages in his book.
"We're making progress," Carroll says of his first NFL teamsince the 1999 New England Patriots. "And it's really not time tomake any sort of judgment."
That's because there's so much still to judge.
There's a new offense plus new blocking schemes to install undercoordinator Jeremy Bates. There's replacing franchise cornerstone Walter Jones at left tackle with top rookie draft choice RussellOkung, whenever the sixth-overall pick finally signs.
That's part of a bigger concern fundamental to Seattle's season:finding five offensive linemen who can consistently protectbattered three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who isentering the final year of his contract.
The Seahawks also have to find a running game, a pass rush, newdefensive schemes - and perhaps a fountain of youth for 36-year-oldsafety Lawyer Milloy, in case he starts next to first-round draftpick Earl Thomas.
But none of that will happen until they accomplish their No. 1camp task: getting used to the energy emanating from their newcoach.
Months before his first game, Carroll has already brought insurprise guests to team meetings to entertain, motivate andinvigorate a team that has gone 9-23 in the last two seasons and ison its third coach in two years.
Recent All-Pro kick returner Leon Washington arrived from the New York Jets in a trade in April. On one of his first days insideSeahawks headquarters, the running back stopped Carroll in ahallway and almost jumped into his arms.
"I'm stoked! I'm so excited!" Washington told his new coach."You can feel the energy in the building, in the meetings."
On the field, that energy is a byproduct of fear. Carrolloverturned half the roster in the offseason. He says he's not done,that the personnel churn could continue through August.
He keeps declaring no job is safe, not even Hasselbeck's.
"Nobody really wants it that way. They would rather have, 'OK Iknow what I am doing, I'm the lead the guy.' But that doesn't meanthat's what's best," Carroll said.
In March, he traded for former Chargers backup CharlieWhitehurst. He gave Whitehurst an $8 million contract, even thoughhe has yet to throw a pass during a regular NFL season, to push forHasselbeck's job.
Carroll's not the only one with energy. The constant, R-ratedrants of new offensive line coach Alex Gibbs and new linebackerscoach Ken Norton Jr. will bounce off Lake Washington next to thepractice field.
Gibbs and Norton have reason to yell. They are trying to developthe keys to Seattle's season.
Gibbs arrived from the Texans to install his zone-blockingscheme that made rushing stars out of nearly anybody Denver put inits backfield during the 1990s. Gibbs has former Broncos startingguard Ben Hamilton in Seattle to tutor Okung as his neighbor on theleft side of the line. Thursday he welcomed former Texans startingguard Chester Pitts on a $2 million, free-agent deal.
The question remains: Can this line keep Hasselbeck, who turns35 in September, healthy enough to play in all 16 regular-seasongames for the first time since 2007, Seattle's last playoff season?
Norton is trying to transform Aaron Curry, last year'sfourth-overall pick, into a think-less, run-more pass rusher. He'strying to restore the excellence of former Pro Bowl middlelinebacker Lofa Tatupu, who is healthy again and back in thedefense in which he starred at USC.
Norton is also welcoming back Leroy Hill from legal troublesthat kept him from the team for most of the spring. The start ofHill's trial on a domestic-violence charge was delayed Thursdayuntil Aug. 20. The league suspended him for the opener.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times