Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/1/12
The VMAC Scoop

Moving Seahawks training camp to Renton has bothered me since I first heard a rumor that it was going to happen.

Why?

Training camp is just better in Cheney

There is no pay to park, there are no buses that move people to and from the facility like cattle in stinky over crowded school buses and most importantly the players are away from the distractions of everyday life.

In Cheney the team was isolated, they had no choice but to come together as a team and bond.

What I saw yesterday was exactly as I feared.

After practice they split up.

Red Bryant was lounging in the grass with his wife and kid, Matt Flynn was off to the side talking to his girlfriend.

Later that night I saw Richard Sherman at Benihana having dinner with what appeared to be family instead of spending time bonding over a meal with teammates.

Weather

Another thing that bothers me is the weather.

How do you expect guys to get into football shape practicing in low 70′s with low humidity and overcast skies? 90-100 degrees is what prepares the body to dig deep during the early part of the season, especially in hot weather road games.

The VMAC makes the team softer and less cohesive than it should be but it’s the way of the NFL with the new softer breed of players.

Okay……now that’s off my chest.

I spent most of the day observing the defensive and offensive lines.

I would like to make it clear that despite what at least one reporter (who i will not name) wrote free agent addition Jason Jones did not sit the practice out.

Though he did not wear pads or a helmet he was at practice participating in some hand checking drills as well as doing some jogging with teammates.

He looks like a defensive end as far as his build is concerned.

Red Bryant was lounging in the grass with his wife and kid after practice. You won’t find this info in the newspaper!

Bruuu-uuu-uuuce

Bruce Irvin impressed me.

I expected the speed but not the power he possesses. I felt sorry for the bags during the bag drills, he doesn’t just hit them, he punishes them. He is an extremely hard worker from what I saw.

Not once did I see him slacking or going through the motions, every rep was a full go. I had a chance to talk to him a little after practice and he seems like a good young man.

Speaking of defensive ends Pep Levingston’s athleticim was impressive. Tuesday’s practice was the first time I have been able to observe him from field level and so close as he was less than 15 yards away during his position drills.

That big man can move and with some development cold become a solid player at this level.

Teammates

I feel good when I’m out there and I see players who were with the team last year pulling the rookies and free agents aside and helping them out.

KJ Wright was mentoring Bobby Wagner (after practice he said there was a lot to learn but he was giving it his all) and I saw Breno Giacomini mentoring 7th round pick J.R. Sweezy who is trying to not only adjust to the pro level but is making a switch from defensive tackle to offensive guard.

Red Bryant was showing Jason Jones the ropes.

After attending my first day of camp in Renton there are a couple things I do like about it.

First it caters more to the fans then Cheney did and second I love how Head Coach Pete Carroll runs practice.

He lets his coaches coach and he has the music playing and that keeps his players loose.

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