As the Pete Carroll era begins in Seattle, the new staff comes in with a demand that each player be ready to fight for his spot on the roster, and implications that no man at any position will walk into camp as a "lock" for a starting role, have been anything but subtle.
Anytime a new regime is introduced, it should be assumed that unless there's unique history or some other link between an existing player and the new staff, few coach-to-player emotional attachments exist, and therefore no individual should be considered exempt from replacement or dismissal, with any upheaval (more commonly and kindly referred to as "rebuilding") of player personnel.
A coach typically has "his guys," which more often than not are those players he has drafted or acquired to play a specific role in his system. A previous coach's "guys" may have been brought in to play within a different system and therefore, if they're not the ideal fit for the new scheme, they are many times viewed and treated as replaceable, regardless of how they performed previously. Other times, it's simply a matter of the new coach preferring certain types of players (i.e. tall WRs, athletic QBs, single-cut RBs, etc.) over others.
Then there are those players who have had ample opportunity to prove their worth and for whatever reason, have not lived up to expectations. Whether they've been drafted high, perceived as a draft "steal" or "sleeper" and therefore tabbed with high expectations that have gone unfulfilled, acquired via trade, or plucked from Free Agency, and/or if the perception has been that their team has given up a lot for their services (i.e. high draft pick, large contract), these players are susceptible to thinner patience and more scrutiny, and in many cases, rightfully so.
It is this group of players that should feel a significant amount of pressure, a "ticking clock" if you will, to "up" their game and make a fast impression on the new coaching staff, or risk falling quickly into anonymity and subsequently, out of a job and looking for a new home.
Let's take a look at five Seahawks who should be considered immediate members of the "make-or-break" club in Seattle, heading into the 2010 season.