As the lockout continues into June, more and more players from more and more teams are finding ways to get together for some group jumping jacks.
Of course, it’s more than jumping jacks. (Then again, as to the teams that close the lockout practices to the media, it very well could be only jumping jacks. And s’mores. Definitely s’mores.)
In Seattle, roughly 40 Seahawks players convened on Thursday for player-organized practices. Among the players was free-agent-to-be Matthew Hasselbeck.
“Camaraderie builds when players have to take ownership for things when the coaches aren’t around,” Hasselbeck said, per the Seattle Times. “This year what’s been a positive is the brotherhood of NFL football that has come together.”
Attendees including cornerback Marcus Trufant, quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, linebacker Aaron Curry, safety Lawyer Milloy, cornerbacks Jordan Babineaux, cornerback Kelly Jennings, and former Washington linebacker Mason Foster, who was drafted by the Buccaneers in April.
Unlike many teams, the Seahawks players are practicing without a playbook, something that coach Pete Carroll and his staff apparently failed to distribute during the temporary, court-imposed lifting of the lockout. “We have a new offense here in Seattle and we don’t have the playbook, but Matt has a lot of experience so we can utilize that,” tight end John Carlson said. “We have to make the best out of the situation as we possibly can.”
Since we called out the Dolphins for not getting playbook to the players during the lifting of the lockout, we need to call out the Seahawks, too.
Is there anything specific we have to say, or do we just say we’re calling them out?
Just to be safe: Seahawks, we are hereby calling you out.
UPDATE: As a reader with a better memory than yours truly points out in the comments, playbooks were distributed to Seahawks players. It’s unclear why Carlson would say that the players don’t have one.