The Seahawks begin a three-day mandatory mini-camp this week, the last real action at the VMAC until the players get about a month off before training camp starts in earnest in late July. The mini-camp is a chance for the team to all be together (they've mostly been all together in OTAs too, which isn't necessarily the NFL norm) and really get reps in their offensive and defensive schemes. It's a chance for the new guys and recently acquired vets to get some time playing alongside their new teammates and hopefully to start getting on the same page with everyone.
"We've installed enough offensively and defensively, team-wise, that we can kind of work on the things we're counting on," Pete Carroll told the Tacoma News-Tribune's Dave Boling after last Wednesday's practice. "We won't experiment (in minicamp) at all. We'll really be digging into the things that we think are really the basic aspects of the program. We've uncovered some things that we like in these 10 days, so we'll look to ... get an image of what it's going to look like when we come back to camp."
"We've had tremendous opportunities to see our guys come back and get after it with the right attitude and the right kind of tempo that we're familiar with, and also see the young guys fit in. So we've made a ton of progress."
If you're curious what the CBA says about the Veteran Minicamps, here you go (hint, the CBA is strict about this, in the favor of the players):
Article 22 - Mini-Camps:
Section 1. Number: Each League Year each Club may hold a maximum of one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. If a Club hires a new head coach after the end of the prior regular season, that Club may hold one additional voluntary minicamp for veteran players. Any mandatory minicamp for veteran players shall count as one of the nine
weeks of the Club's official offseason workout program under Article 21, Section 2(a) of this Agreement. There is no limitation on the number of minicamps a Club may hold for Rookie players during the seven weeks of the Club's Rookie Football Development Program.
Section 2. Mandatory Veteran Minicamp: No mandatory veteran minicamp may exceed three days in length, plus one day for physical examinations. The minicamp must be conducted during the week (Monday through Friday), with physicals taking place on Monday but no practice or workouts on that day, practices on Tuesday through Thursday and a day off on Friday. The minicamp must be conducted during week three or week four of Phase Three of the Club's offseason workout program. The Phase Three rules set forth in Article 21, Section 2(b)(iii) of this Agreement shall apply to all minicamp activities. Two-a-day practices shall be permitted at two of the three practice days of the Club's one mandatory minicamp, subject to the following rules: (i) players may be on the field for a total of no more than three and one-half hours per day; (ii) players may participate in one practice for no more than two and one-half hours of on-field activities under Phase Three rules; (iii) the second practice may only be for the remaining portion of the players' daily three and one-half hour on-field activities and shall be limited to walk-through instruction only; (iv) no organized team activities (including treatment and taping) may begin prior to 7:00am local time or end after 8:30pm local time, and players shall be given at least one hour for lunch and dinner each; (v) players may only be asked to participate in Club activities for a maximum of ten hours per day including taping and treatment but excluding meal time. The on-field time limits described above shall begin as soon as position coaches begin to coach players on the field.