All it took was listening to one interview from Pete Carroll to know that his approach to the game differed from former coach Jim L. Mora.
Instead of talking about how to improve the running game, we just kept hearing that we are going to run the ball more, and that is a priority.
Reality set in shortly as everyone watching could tell. You can keep calling running plays all you want, it doesn’t make your run game effective.
Carroll, on the other hand, spoke of building a running game when faced with the same kind of questions. In that respect, Carroll’s answer spoke to building a facet of an offense, rather than play-calling preferences.
Of course, this all is all just coach speak until their actions back up their words. Carroll had his first test in the first round of the 2010 draft. With two picks in the opening round, Carroll had a chance to start building the team into his vision.
Some people felt he would go for the flashy player, as Carroll often speaks of the need for touchdown-makers on offense.
His most telling statement, though, was that the offensive line depth was a major challenge.
Carroll stayed true to the vision of building from the ground up by using the sixth overall pick on tackle Russell Okung. Okung is considered by some the top tackle prospect in a very deep O-line draft, and can be expected to contribute right away.
That is how you improve your running game. Not stubborn play calling, but putting the pieces in place to be successful. Running back is a need too, without a doubt, but getting the necessary beef up front is the right thing to do.
In this way we will give whatever running back we use a fighting chance to produce solid numbers.
Not to mention the quarterback.
Although Okung isn’t a flashy pick, it is a outstanding pick that the Seahawks will benefit from for years. Walter Jones was an automatic at left tackle for a decade, Seahawk fans can only hope Okung can become that kind of a fixture.
With their No. 14 pick, Seattle also went after a very big need in the safety position. With Eric Berry getting picked one spot before Seattle’s first pick, the Seahawks were able to grab Earl Thomas.
Thomas was considered by some the top prospect at safety, and at least No. 2 by most.
Thomas has incredible speed and is a ball hawking type safety, producing 10 interceptions in 27 career games. He is incredibly young and looks like he will be a fixture in the secondary for years to come in Seattle.
There is still more of the draft to come, and it will be interesting to see what Carroll and the Seahawks do, but if day one was an indication, the Seahawks are headed in the right direction with Carroll.
Here are a couple youtube videos showing the Seahawks making their picks if you didn't get a chance to see the draft.