Seahawks launch OTAs Tuesday amid tales of drama, dysfunction

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Seattle starts its Organized Team Activities a week later than expected this year, because last year’s OTAs had a little too much “A” in them, again. This time around, the offseason practices come only days after the emergence of a story that peeled back the curtain on the drama and dysfunction still lingering from Super Bowl XLIX.

So when the first session begins on Tuesday, how will coach Pete Carroll handle it? Will Seth Wickersham’s story for ESPN The Magazine become a rallying cry for team unity? Will it be used as an example of what happens when family business gets discussed outside the family? Or will it be disregarded and ignored as the product of unreliable sources and #fakenews?

Regardless, the story and its details loom over the team as the OTAs launch, and it’s safe to say that key figures in the story (Carroll, cornerback Richard Sherman, quarterback Russell Wilson, offensive lineman Germain Ifedi) will be peppered with questions about the facts reported therein. Defensive end Michael Bennett, who always has something to say and who called the article “trash” and “all gossip” on Twitter, surely will be talking about the issue, regardless of whether he’s asked about it.

At the core of the story was the notion that the Seahawks and Sherman seriously contemplated a divorce in the offseason, but ultimately opted to stay together. Will they renew their vows or are they simply biding their time for the inevitable?

The evidence as to which way this relationship will go will begin to be compiled, beginning this week — and culminating during a season that with the application of stress will either make things better or make things much, much worse.

16 responses to “Seahawks launch OTAs Tuesday amid tales of drama, dysfunction

  1. Gotta love how the media stirs stuff up with un-named sources then pats themselves on the back non stop.

    My opinion which has as much weight as the media. Yes lots of players wished they would have let Lynch run it in rather than pass, that’s because they lost the game. If Wilson would have completed the pass, this would be a non issue. Losing hurts.

  2. The Drama Queens will… Dramatize this, act as if it’s some motivating factor, fall short, and then want a trade or contract upgrade…

  3. jjb0811 says:
    May 29, 2017 7:14 AM
    Gotta love how the media stirs stuff up with un-named sources then pats themselves on the back non stop.

    My opinion which has as much weight as the media. Yes lots of players wished they would have let Lynch run it in rather than pass, that’s because they lost the game. If Wilson would have completed the pass, this would be a non issue. Losing hurts.
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    You sound like Donald Trump. The media didn’t create this story. It was the Seahawks. They were pretty upfront about trying to trade Sherman and we all saw the sideline outburst in the Rams game last year. Seattle has dysfunction because Pete Carroll wants to be the anti-Patriots (where nothing gets out). What’s really funny is that NOW that this has blown up on the Seahawks that they want to start acting like New England. Unless Seattle gets to the Super Bowl, we all know that Sherman will be somewhere else this time next year.

  4. But will Kaepernick be there? Signing him would lower the drama and controversy, yeah? He’d be a great signing!

  5. So….

    The media created the screaming matches and pushing and shoving during Seahawk games in Live National TV ???????

    Damned Media !!!!!

  6. A Pats – Hawks SB rematch would be great. Especially if Wilson called an audible on the goal line in a critical situation – and got picked! That would be fun to watch the reactions on the Hawks sideline.

  7. @pastybelly. Name any player other than TB that isn’t available for trade. And Tom would be traded by BB but I don’t think the Krafts would allow it.

    Recent HOF players or soon to be shrined Charles Woodson, PM, Farve, Brees AP, Andre Johnson all have played for more than their original teams. And there’s plenty more than that.

  8. jjb0811 says:
    May 29, 2017 8:31 AM
    @pastybelly. Name any player other than TB that isn’t available for trade. And Tom would be traded by BB but I don’t think the Krafts would allow it.

    Recent HOF players or soon to be shrined Charles Woodson, PM, Farve, Brees AP, Andre Johnson all have played for more than their original teams. And there’s plenty more than that.

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    Russel Wilson, JJ Watt, Julio Jones, Aaron Rodgers to name a few

  9. >… the Seahawks and Sherman seriously contemplated a divorce in the offseason, but ultimately opted to stay together…

    Translation – No one wanted Sherman at his salary, and with his attitude.

  10. I was watching America’s game on NFL network from the year Seattle won the SB and the interviews with Sherman and Carol were pretty intense then in 12-13.

    Seattle just had a very fruitful offseason adding to their roster. They addressed a lot of depth issues missing last year; which should be the real story.
    We all work at places where people don’t always don’t get along. On a team of 53 players, coming off of two years of not getting past the divisional round, I’m betting whatever hard feelings around this year are going to take a back seat to the task at hand…making it to the SB.

    This reminds me the time many years ago when my dad was being told by his federal retirement admin that he was dead. He used to joke about it saying, “The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.”
    I think the same holds true here.

  11. Using the adjective “looming” suggests horrific possibilities of doom for the Seahawks this season and beyond. I doubt that it is as bad as suggested and both Sherman and Seahawks staff understand the difference between the offseason business end of the NFL and the competition side.

    Go Hawks!

  12. The greatest one year dynasty in football! 8-8 team like they were before that one season. Used car salesman pete c ran out of cars in the lot. Bottom 5 franchise! Just above the jets!

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