By TIM BOOTH – AP Sports Writer
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — For the past decade in Seattle, nearly every team drill and team activity had No. 3 and No. 54 leading the way.
That hasn’t been the case this offseason and that point was underscored once again Monday when the Seahawks moved into the next phase of offseason training. The Seahawks are no longer the team led by Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, creating a decidedly new vibe for Seattle’s offseason program.
“There is an atmosphere in this group. Every year the team takes on some kind of new makeup and it comes from the personalities of the management players,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “Leadership has changed a bit. This is obvious. And so it is like that. It’s a new season, it’s a new team and here we go. It’s fun to watch it take shape and see the guys stepping into the roles.
Wilson and Wagner have always been the two constants in nearly every phase of the Seahawks’ evolution since they were both drafted by Seattle in 2012. Whether it’s offseason training or a training in boot camp, the two were almost always there and always led the way.
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But Wilson is now in Denver, the result of his successful offseason trade that marked a new direction for Seattle. And Wagner is in Los Angles with the Super Bowl-champion Rams, the result of a salary cap change to save the Seahawks’ cap space.
The moves have left Seattle with a roster that has no more players from its 2013 Super Bowl championship team and voids looking to be filled by those who remain. In the case of linebacker Jordyn Brooks, he will take over the defensive play calling duties that Wagner previously had.
“It just means I have to run my business and make sure I’m doing everything right at all times,” Brooks said. “You can go through the list of great Seahawks who have played here, great leaders of past teams. I’m a bit proud of that, so I just want to do the best job possible for our team.
Although Brooks is the obvious choice to play the role of Wagner in defense, the question of the quarterback in Seattle remains and will remain the No. 1 question until a decision is made, which will probably come at some point. during the summer. It’s clear from Carroll’s comments this offseason that Geno Smith seems to have the upper hand in the competition with Drew Lock to be Wilson’s successor due to his experience playing in the Seattle system.
“(Lock) is right with us. Geno really has the package nailed, so I have that to gauge him,” Carroll said. “He’s been hanging out with (Geno) through it all and we’re not holding anything back.”
Seattle signed WR Marquise Goodwin on Monday, adding the speedy veteran to the roster. Goodwin had 20 receptions and a touchdown last season for Chicago. The Seahawks looked closely at Goodwin for three seasons when he played for San Francisco from 2017-19. Goodwin’s best season came in 2017 when he had 56 receptions for 962 yards and two touchdowns with the 49ers.
“He is extraordinarily fast. He is a gifted athlete. He’s been here since day one and he’s still showing he can fly. He’s a very disciplined road runner, and he’s also a guy who’s played all the spots,” Carroll said. “So I think he will add something with what he brings athletically but also his background and his makeup and his versatility.”
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