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The mantra at the VMAC is ‘Always Compete’ and after showing that in last year’s NFC Divisional Game, the Seahawks are back at camp and ready to go again. KELLEY BALCOMB-BARTOK, For the Renton Reporter

Seahawks return to training camp, ready to make another run After running out of time in the NFC Divisional game last season, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks are looking for their third Super Bowl appearance in four years bbeckley@rentonreporter.com

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hen last we saw our heroes, they were walking off the field at Bank of America Stadium as the wrong team celebrated punching their tickets to the NFC Championship game. It had been a long game, with the Seahawks falling behind quickly 14-0 and then even farther behind as they faced a 31-0 deficit at halftime. But instead of giving in, the Seattle Seahawks dug deep as Russell Wilson showed why he is one of the best young quarterbacks in the game, throwing three touchdowns as Seattle scored 24 unanswered points, a run that included a fake punt and a 60-yard field goal with 1:12 left on the clock. Again, the impossible seemed within reach. But when the Carolina Panthers recovered an onside kick on the next play, Seattle’s hopes of a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance were dashed. But even in the loss, there was hope as it seemed the Seahawks, playing on the road, didn’t lose so much as run out of time. This summer, the Seahawks are back at camp looking to make sure that doesn’t happen again. This team will always

compete. Led once again by Wilson on offense and cornerback Richard Sherman on defense, the Seahawks retain most of the same core of players that has led to the recent run of success, and the team feels good about their chances to get back to the NFC Championship game and beyond this season. “It allows you to play at a high level and play confident and trust one another,” Wilson said earlier this summer about keeping a core group together. “I think the biggest thing is that nucleus, the togetherness, the thought process, the approach to the game, the preparation that we all know it takes and I think that feeds off to the young guys.” “You also learn from your mistakes and use that for the next opportunity you get,” he said. For the Seahawks, it seems like every year brings a new opportunity. Even after the team dropped four of its first six games last year, Wilson found his groove and the team turned it around, winning eight of the next 10 to earn a wild card spot. According to Head Coach Pete Carroll, Wilson, who is beginning only his fifth year in the league, benefitted from a change in emphasis mid-season to getting the ball out quicker. “We called a lot more calls that dictated the rhythm and

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TRAINING CAMP 2016

The Seattle Seahawks open their 2016 campaign tomorrow, Saturday, at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, with public practices running through Aug. 16. The regular season begins Sept. 11 at home against the Miami Dolphins.

timing, as opposed to mixing things,” Carroll said earlier this year. “It was mostly about the rhythm and expectations of it and then it was the calling and the consistency to keep us in that kind of approach to our game, so it worked out great for us.” But not all is consistent from the past few season. There are some changes this year, and some big ones at that. Perhaps the biggest hole in the hearts of 12s everywhere is Beast Mode-shaped, as running back Marshawn Lynch has opted to retire after spending much of the 2015 season on the sidelines with an injury. The big man’s absence leads to question as to who will be running the ball this year and all signs point to Thomas Rawls, an undrafted free agent who signed with the team last year and put together an impressive rookie campaign as a replacement for Lynch. In his first game, Rawls ran for more than 100 yards and then did it again two weeks later. [ more COMPETE page S7 ]


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It’s the end of July and that means it’s time for the Seahawks to return to Renton for their annual training camp! The Seahawks open camp tomorrow, Saturday, in Renton and the team, as well as thousands of 12’s will be making their way to Renton to watch the team prepare for the 2016 campaign. All 13 dates at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center sold out this summer in minutes, with more than 34,000 fans registering for camp. This year’s camp runs from July 30Aug. 16, with player days off scheduled for Aug. 3, Aug. 8 and Aug. 14. There is also a preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs scheduled for Aug. 13. Practices run from 10:15 a.m. to noon most days. Exceptions are a 10 - 11:15 a.m. practice Aug. 6, a 1 - 2:45 p.m. session Aug. 7, a 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. practice Aug. 12 and an 11:15 - 1 p.m. schedule on Aug. 15. This is the eighth year the Seahawks have spent their summer at the VMAC in Renton. Fans cannot park at the VMAC. All transportation to and from camp is through a bus that leaves from in front of the Pro Shop at The Landing. Guests will receive transportation transfers and training camp passes upon check-in at the Seahawks Training Camp Guest Services location, near the parking garage and movie theater. Due to limited parking opportunities at The Landing, the Seahawks are recommending that training camp guests use carpool and mass transit options. All attendees will check in at the Seahawks Training

Camp presented by Bing Parking and Transportation Center across from the Seahawks Pro Shop to confirm registration. Children 15 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult and children 2 years old or younger will not need to register. Be sure to print your transportation voucher as it will be scanned at the check-in center at The Landing. Buses will begin boarding one hour prior to the beginning of practice. The last bus to the VMAC leaves about 45 minutes after practice starts. Buses will begin boarding at the conclusion of practice for the return trip to The Landing. Buses will also leave every 30 minutes for early practice departures. Seahawks merchandise will be available on-site at the Sports Authority Retail Tent, near the main entrance to the VMAC. The Metropolitan Grill will also be on-site each day with a selection of food available for purchase including breakfast sandwiches, pulled pork and corn fresh off the grill. Fan favorites like kettle corn, shaved ice and Starbucks iced coffee will also be available. Small coolers are permitted, but are subject to search. Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited, as are pets and noisemakers. Backpacks and bags are subject to search and are discouraged. Still cameras with lenses less than 12 inches and no flash attachments will be allowed during camp, but videotaping, live-streaming and blogging during practice are prohibited. Weapons, noisemakers and pets are also prohibited. Blankets, binoculars, lawn chairs, strollers and umbrellas are all permitted at camp. The Seahawks will not provide tours of the VMAC and access to the building will not be permitted. In the event that practice is cancelled or moved indoors, fans will be asked to depart the VMAC facility. The team will attempt to notify all registrants of such cancellations the day prior via automated phone message, text message and/or email. Fans following the team’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts will also be notified of cancellations if necessary.

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These Seahawks give it their all for fans on and off the field BY BRIAN BECKLEY bbeckley@rentonreporter.com

The Seahawks are not just a rallying point for our region because of their play on the field. These players don’t just give it their all on the field every week, they give back to the community as well. Through several foundations, events, visits and individual player grants, the Seattle Seahawks make a real difference in Renton and the greater Puget Sound region every day. In Renton, for example, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and his charitable foundation recently announced plans to partner with the city and the Renton School District to build the “Family First Center,” a community center in the Cascade/Benson area. The team is proposing to build the center on the 17,000 square feet of land next to Cascade Elementary School. According to the 2015 demographics, 12.8 percent of the population within the half mile radius of Cascade Elementary School is below the poverty line and earns less than $24,000 per household. Nearly 19 percent of the population is 14 years or younger and 65.5 percent of students from that area are eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches. The proposed space will include a basketball court, fitness gym, exercise floors, classroom space and storage space. But that’s only one specific example of the team’s outreach. One of the primary focuses of the Seahawks community involvement is encourgaing kids to engage in active and

healthy lifestyles. The team participates in the Play 60 Challenge, which urges kids to get at least 60 minutes of activity every day. In addition, the team participates in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, an in-school health and wellness program sponsored by the Washington State Dairy Council. The program encourages healthy eating and students can win prizes for participation. Throughout the regular season, players, Sea Gals and mascot Blitz visit elementary schools around the region as part of “Play 60 Tuesdays.” In 2015, the team visited eight different schools. In addition, McKnight Middle School in Renton recently received a $10,000 grant to support their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The team also sponsors the annual Seahawks 12K, hosted each year at The Landing. This year’s event, the seventh, took place April 17 and more than 10,000 fans participated in either the 12k run, a 5K run/walk of the half-mile kids run. The event raised $20,000 for A Better Seattle, an

KJ Wright, left, starts this year’s Seahawks 12K at The Landing. Above, Pete Carroll poses with all of the “Sunshine Kids” who visited minicamp this year and had a chance to interact with players, right. KELLEY BALCOMB-BARTOK, For the Renton Reporter

initiative that works to reduce and prevent youth violence that was founded by head coach Pete Carroll. As of 2015, ABS has raised funding to hire 12 street outreach workers, made 3,012 visits with youth at home or school and successfully connected 70 percent of those served with services and resources they needed. The Seahawks also honor and support the military though multiple programs, such as the Heroes of 12 Seat program, which designated six seats at every home game for local military members, as well as military day at Training Camp. Last year’s event brought more than 100 U.S. military members to the camp on Aug. 11 to watch

practice and interact with the coaches and players. The team at their minicamp this year also welcomed the “Sunshine Kids,” a group of young cancer survivors who had a chance to meet players and collect autographs after practice.

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Week 1, Sept. 11 Miami Dolphins (2015 record: 6-10; fourth place AFC East)

Week 12, Nov. 27 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015 record: 6-10; fourth place, AFC South)

The Seahawks open their 2016 campaign against the Miami Dolphins, a team they have not faced since week 12 of the 2012 season, when Miami scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to come back and beat the Seahawks 24-21 on the final play of the game. The Dolphins come to town with a new head coach this year and hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Week 2, Sept. 18 at Los Angeles Rams (2015 record: 7-9; third place NFC West) The Seahawks head to the City of Angels for the first time in decades and will be looking for revenge against a division rival that beat them twice last year. The thenSt. Louis Rams topped the Hawks 34-31 in overtime in Week 1 and then beat them 23-17 in week 15 in Seattle.

The Seahawks needed a fourth-quarter comeback and an overtime field goal to beat the Bucs 27-24 the last time the two teams squared off in Seattle during week nine of the 2013 season. Tampa Bay lost its final four games last season and have a new head coach as they head into the 2016 campaign.

The Seattle Seahawks will be looking to return to their third Super Bowl in four years, but the path to a championship will not be an easy one. This season, the Seahawks are tied for the fifth-most difficult schedule, based on last year’s records of the teams they will face. The 2016 opponents had a 0.543 winning percentage in 2015. The season begins Sept. 11 at CenturyLink Field and the goal is to finish it Feb. 5 at Super Bowl LI in Houston.

Week 13, Dec. 4 Carolina Panthers (2015 record: 15-1; first place, AFC South; NFC Champions) In one of the most anticipated match-ups of the season, the Seahawks look to avenge their 31-24 loss in last season’s NFC Divisional Playoff game in which Seattle scored 24 unanswered points in the second half, but came up just short after failing to recover an onside kick with 1:12 left to play.

Week 3, Sept. 25 San Francisco 49ers (2015 record: 5-11; fourth place NFC West) The once perennial-favorite 49ers are coming off an awful season that saw them finishing in the divisional cellar. The Seahawks beat the Niners in both matchups last season, blasting them 20-3 in week 7 in San Francisco and then again 29-13 in week 11. But the Niners have a new head coach (Chip Kelly) and a new offense this season.

Week 4, Oct. 2 at New York Jets (2015 record: 10-6; second place AFC East) The Seahawks have not played the Jets since beating them 28-7 at CenturyLink Field in week 10 of the 2012. The Jets barely missed the playoffs last year, but are dealing with a quarterback controversy this summer that threatens the headway they made last year.

Week 6, Oct. 16 Atlanta Falcons (2015 record: 8-8; second place, NFC South) The Atlanta Falcons last faced the Seahawks in week 10 of the 2013 when the Seahawks avenged the previous year’s playoff loss with a 33-10 win in week 10 in Atlanta. The Falcons won their first five games last year, but then dropped eight of their last 11 to miss the playoffs.

Week 7, Oct. 23 at Arizona Cardinals (2015 record: 13-3; first place, NFC West) The Hawks split their series last season with the division champs with the Cards 39-32 in Week 10 in Arizona and the Seahawks taking the Week 17 match-up 36-6 in Seattle. Arizona made it to the NFC Championship last year, but fell to Carolina to miss the Super Bowl.

Week 8, Oct. 30 at New Orleans Saints (2015 record: 7-9; third place, NFC South) The Seahawks last played the Saints in Week 13 of the 2013 season, topping New Orleans 34-7 at CenturyLink Field. The Saints missed the playoffs last year for the second season in a row and set a new NFL record for most passing touchdowns allowed with 45.

Week 9, Nov. 7 (Monday) Buffalo Bills (2015 record: 8-8; third place, AFC East) The Seahawks crushed the Buffalo Bill 5017 when the teams last faced each other in Toronto in week 15 of the 2012 season. The Bills have not made the postseason in 16 years, the longest playoff drought among the four major professional sports leagues, but are looking to turn it around in the second year under head coach Rex Ryan.

Week 10, Nov. 13 at New England Patriots (2015 record: 12-4; first place, AFC East) Tom Brady will be back from his suspension in time for the Seahawks to come to Foxboro to play the Pats for the first time since Super Bowl XLIX when an interception in the final seconds ended the Seahawks hopes of a repeat championship.

Week 11, Nov. 20 Philadelphia Eagles (2015 record: 7-9; second place, NFC East) The Eagles have a new head coach and a new rookie quarterback this year, but the Seahawks will be hoping for a similar result as the last time the teams played when Seattle topped the Eagles 24-14 in Philly in week 14 of the 2014 season.

Week 14, Dec. 11 Green Bay Packers (2015 record: 10-6; second place NFC Central) The Hawks head back to Lambeau Field for a match-up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who beat the Seahawks 27-17 in week two last year in Green Bay when the Pack scored 14 unanswered points to rally for the win. The Pack lost to the Cardinals in the Divisional Round of last year’s playoffs.

Week 15, Dec. 15 (Thursday) Los Angeles Rams (2015 record: 7-9; third place NFC West) The Rams return to CenturyLink field in the first of three divisional games that will close out the 2016 regular season. The Seahawks lead the series with the Rams 22-12, including a 12-2 record in Seattle.

Week 16, Dec. 24 (Saturday) Arizona Cardinals (2015 record: 13-3; first place, NFC West t) The 2015 NFC West Champion Cardinals return to Seattle to close out the home schedule in what could be an important divisional match-up for the Seahawks. The two teams are 17-17 against each other, but the Seahawks hold a 10-8 advantage in Seattle.

Week 17, Jan. 1, 2017 at San Francisco 49ers (2015 record: 5-11; fourth place, NFC West) The Hawks close out the regular season in San Francisco against Chip Kelley’s 49er team. The Seahawks have won their last five games and seven of their last eight against San Francisco, including both games they have played at Levi’s Stadium.

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Named offensive coordinator on January 20, 2011, Darrell Bevell enters his fifth season leading Seattle’s offense after spending five seasons (200610) as the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator.

Pete Carroll

Named head coach on January 11, 2010, Pete Carroll became the eighth head coach in Seahawks history after one of the most successful runs in USC history in the college ranks. In his time with the Seahawks, Carroll is 60-36 with an 8-4 postseason record, three NFC West division titles, two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl victory. Pos.

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Schneider, Carroll get contracts extensions, is Bennett next?

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, left, and Coach Pete Carroll have led the team to five playoff appearances in their six seasons together. JENNIFER BUCHANAN, The Herald Louis, and Carroll has strong southern California ties following his highly successful stint coaching USC from 2000-09. But after Schneider received his extension Sunday it was widely expected Carroll would quickly follow. It required just two days. With Carroll and Schneider signed to extensions, Seattle can focus its energies on training camp. The Seahawks begin their preparations for the 2016 season Saturday morning at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. But camp will begin with one other big contract question still unanswered: Michael Bennett. Bennett, a Pro Bowl defensive end, has spent the past two years vocally complaining about the contract extension he signed before the 2014 season. That contract was a four-year deal worth $28.5 million. Bennett has two years left on his contract and is scheduled to make $4 million

this season and $6 million in 2017 in base salary. But Bennett signed his contract before a jump on salaries hit his position, leaving the Bennett, who had 10 sacks in 2015, as the 27th highest-paid player in his position. ESPN.com reported this week that Bennett’s agent met with Schneider, though no deal has been struck yet. Bennett, for his part, has vowed to report to camp on time this week. Last season, safety Kam Chancellor held our for 54 days, including the team’s first two games, both of which were loses. Chancellor has since called the holdout a mistake. Schneider this week told ESPN that Bennett was “a hell of a football player,” but added “We have to do what’s best for the team first.” Brian Beckley also contributed to this report.

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The greatest coach in Seattle Seahawks history is sticking around a while longer. The Seahawks announced Tuesday evening they’ve agreed a deal with head coach Pete Carroll on a contract extension that will keep Carroll in Seattle long term. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the the deal is a three-year extension that will keep Carroll in town through the 2019 season. And what it means is the Seahawks have locked up the coach who brought the first Super Bowl championship to Seattle. Carroll’s accomplishments as coach of the Seahawks are unrivaled. He compiled a 60-36 record in his first six seasons, with his .625 winning percentage being the best of any Seattle coach. He guided the Seahawks to consecutive Super Bowl appearances following the 2013 and 2014 seasons, winning it all with a dominating 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks reached the playoffs in five of Carroll’s six seasons in charge, reaching at least the Divisional round on every occasion. Carroll’s eight playoff coaching victories in six seasons is one more than Seattle’s previous 34 seasons combined. Last season Seattle finished 10-6, despite a sluggish 2-4 start, and earned a Wild Card playoff spot. The Seahawks de-

feated the Minnesota Vikings 10-9 in the Wild Card round before bowing out in the Divisional round with a 31-24 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Panthers. Carroll, at 64 years old, is the oldest head coach in the NFL. However, the Seahawks showed no reluctance in locking the energetic Carroll down for three more seasons. It’s believed Carroll’s extension is in the range of $10 million per season, which would rival New England’s Bill Belichick for the NFL’s highest-paid coach. The Seahawks have spent the week leading into training camp, which opens Saturday, tying up loose ends with their football operations staff. News of Carroll’s extension came two days after the Seahawks announced they signed general manager John Schneider to a contract extension that reportedly is for five years and extends through the 2021 season. Both Carroll and Schneider came on board with the Seahawks in 2010, and both were entering the final year of their contracts. Under Carroll and Schneider the Seahawks have become one of the NFL’s model franchises. Carroll’s contract status had some in Seattle feeling a tad edgy. Carroll deflected all questions about his contract throughout all of last season and the offseason, and there was one school of thought that Carroll could be tempted back to Los Angeles after his contract with the Seahawks ran down. The Rams moved back to Los Angeles from St.

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Russell Wilson throws to Jimmy Graham, left, during minicamp. Wilson will lead the offense, which could also see Thomas Rawls, above, start. On defense, Richard Sherman returns. KELLEY BALCOMB-BARTOK right patellar tendon on Nov. 29, ending what was until then a good first season with the team in which he caught 48 passes and scored two touchdowns over 11 games. Graham is back this year and like Rawls, Carroll is looking forward to getting them back in the game. “They’ve worked their way back in the rehab process, and now they’re preparing to really push ahead,” Carroll said at minicamp in June. “I absolutely think that (both will be ready for the regular season).” Excited yet? Us too. Go Hawks.

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that time comes,” Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell said. Also this offseason, the Seahawks lost linebacker Bruce Irvin, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, tackle Russell Okung and guard J.R. Sweezy to the free agency market. To help fill the gaps, the Hawks signed defensive tackles Sealver Siliga and Bradley Sowell and offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb The Seahawks will also get one of last year’s big name signings back this season after an injury kept him out of play for part of 2015. Tight end Jimmy Graham tore his

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Then, on Nov. 22 against the 49ers, Rawls broke out for a total of 255 yards, including an amazing 209 on the ground to become the team’s first 200-yard rusher since Shaun Alexander in 2006. Unfortunately, Rawls’s season came crashing down on Dec. 13 when he fractured his ankle on the game’s opening drive. This year, he’s back in camp and is expected to play in the opening game, though there is a bit of a running back competition

this summer, which will include thirdround draft pick C.J. Prosise and Christine Michael, who is back with the team after stints with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington. Michael was re-signed after the Rawls’s injury and ran for 192 yards in three games and added 70 more yards during the postseason. “This is an exciting group,” Wilson said this summer. “It will be fun to see those guys run the football.” “We’ll let it play out in training camp and we’ll have a great feel for those guys when

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Training camp fan activities The Seattle Seahawks announced today a list of fan activities that will be available during the 13 training camp practices at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) beginning Saturday. All practices open to the public are sold out. All camp registrants must check in at the Seahawks Training Camp Parking and Transportation Center, located at 822-B N. 10th Place in The Landing shopping center (west of The Pro Shop). Fans are asked to bring their printed tickets for scanning and valid photo ID to confirm registration and receive camp wristbands. Youth under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult and children under the age of two are not required to be registered. Fan activities include the following: • Complimentary face painting, inflatable games and photo-ops with both Blitz and the Sea Gals. • A Seahawks Legend will be on-site each day to sign autographs. • Great food choices from Metropolitan Grill will be offered at this year’s training camp, including breakfast and pulled pork sandwiches, roasted turkey legs, fresh corn off the grill and a new Kielbasa Spicy Dog. Fan favorites like shaved ice and Tastz Kettle Korn will also be available. Food and beverage purchases are cash only and there are no ATMs at the VMAC. • Virginia Mason Medical Center staff will be on-site daily to assist with first aid needs. • Seahawks partners Bonneville, Eat the Ball, Q13 and Safeway will also offer fan activities throughout camp. • Five Star Youth Football will sell donated bottles of Starbucks Iced Coffee and Sparkling Ice to support local youth football programs. • Volunteers from Spirit of 12 Junior Partners, Girls on the Run of Puget Sound and Outdoor for All will be collecting donations for the 2016 Seahawks Yearbook. • DJ Supa Sam will be on-site each day to serve as the official Seahawks DJ. He was named Best Local Radio Personality in the 2015 Best of Western Washington poll and currently hosts a daily radio show on KUBE 104.9 FM. • The Pro Shop at Renton Landing will be open at 7 a.m. for all practices except Sunday, August 7 that begins at 1 p.m. For the first time, the team will staff two merchandise tents at VMAC. The merchandise tents will feature gear from New Era and Nike, plus other items like blankets, sun screen and panel footballs for autographs. Fans are encouraged to share their training camp photos with @Seahawks using the hashtag #SeahawksCamp. For more information and to view training camp policies and procedures, see page S2.

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Seahawks - 2016 Seahawks Training Camp  

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Seahawks - 2016 Seahawks Training Camp  

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