The Seahawks made important modifications to their defensive teaching employees this offseason, selling Clint Hurtt from line of defense coach to defensive coordinator, and including to the teaching employees affiliate head coach-defense Sean Desai and defensive passing sport coordinator/defensive backs coach Karl Scott.
A brand new-look teaching employees may also imply modifications to the defensive scheme, making the event on that aspect of the ball one of many extra intriguing storylines heading into the 2022 season.
And with that in thoughts, the second episode of “The Sound,’ which is titled “Prolonged Household” goes behind the scenes with Hurtt, the defensive teaching employees and gamers to offer some perception into why Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and firm are so enthusiastic about what this protection can do in 2022.
“Prolonged Household” follows the primary episode, “Recent Seattle Air,” which adopted Seattle’s 2022 draft and rookie minicamp.
One of many first issues Hurtt talked about throughout his first press convention as defensive coordinator was his want to have an aggressive protection, and one scene throughout a defensive assembly illustrates that time.
“We’re not going to educate you to be protected, ‘Oh you possibly can’t do that, you possibly can’t try this,'” Hurtt instructed his gamers. “We’re at all times going to speak to you about, ‘what’s your accountability on the decision, what’s your alert?’ however while you see that play, and that play is yours, go take your shot. Go take your shot. As a result of in case you do not do it on the market on the follow area, are you going to do it on Sunday? You may guess your ass you will not, since you will not have the boldness in your self to go do it. No coach on this room—in case you take that shot in follow and so they full the ball—I am not going to tear you as a result of they obtained a completion, I’ll be pissed off in case you do not take a chance to see in case you can go get it your rattling self. I am not going to educate you to be scared.”
When it got here to constructing a brand new defensive employees, Carroll stated, “We have been actually after the highest of the highest,” and pointed to the significance of including Desai, who spent final season because the Bears’ defensive coordinator and who labored with Hurtt in Chicago for 3 seasons, and Scott, who was with the Vikings final season and who earlier than that labored underneath Nick Saban at Alabama for 3 seasons.
“That was an enormous deal,” Carroll stated. “I needed a extremely excessive degree of communication between the employees, not a bunch of sizzling pictures in their very own locations and we would need to attempt determine the best way to deliver it collectively; we did not have that a lot time. We wanted to leap at it and have a extremely good commonality to the expertise that led us to the place we may actually transcend the fundamentals. We’re deep into what we’re doing, and we made an amazing quantity of progress this offseason.”
Speaking to his staff throughout a gathering throughout minicamp, Carroll additionally offered some perception in how the protection will look a bit completely different in 2022.
“We have made a few diversifications to our protection, as a result of we have tried to match it to our personnel,” Carroll instructed his staff on the ultimate day of minicamp. “We have got edge pace, we have guys who can come flying off the freakin’ edge… What we’ve got finished within the largest means is we’ve got discovered our methods to make our stuff match our guys that we’ve got in our secondary. The protection stuff that we’re doing, it is good and aggressive and bodily and on assault, it options the blokes who understand how we need to play. You guys realize it, I do know you possibly can really feel it, I do know you perceive, this wants to come back to mild.
“(Opposing offenses) are usually not going to know what we’re enjoying or after we’re enjoying it. We’ll (mess) with them in each likelihood we will we get in order that we might be as aggressive as we have ever been, and I am fired as much as minimize you guys free in that thought.”
An enormous a part of Hurtt’s new job, he notes, is setting apart ego and making it a staff effort to get probably the most out of the protection.
“If you are going to be in a management place, you possibly can’t have an ego,” he stated. “That is laborious on this occupation. I’ve a presence and guys know the place I stand, however on the similar time I need to have an open ear and pay attention.”
Hurtt expanded on that time in an on-field dialog with Al Woods and Shelby Harris.
“You have to have the flexibility to know the place your weaknesses are,” a mic’d up Hurtt instructed the 2 veteran defensive linemen. “For me, all of the stuff up entrance, realizing that, I can try this in my sleep—changes, the best way to run match, attacking protections, all that kind of stuff. I do know coverages and perceive them, however is that my experience? No it is not. Similar to in case you rent a defensive backs coach to be the D coordinator, his experience is not up entrance, so what’s his most necessary rent? Who coaches the line of defense. So for me, that is why it was so necessary to get Desai and get Okay-Scott.”
A number of participant interviews in “Prolonged Household” illustrate how well-respected Hurtt is by the gamers he’s teaching.
“Coach Hurtt is like that father determine; you do not need to let him down,” stated third-year pass-rusher Darrell Taylor. “He has that father determine look to him, and that is how he coaches. When he says one thing or corrects you on one thing, he is coming from a great place and he is attempting to get the most effective out of you. Then when he will get on you, you are like, ‘OK, now I do know I must do all the things proper so he would not get on me like that.'”