Being a defending Super Bowl champion doesn’t just mean that every team is gunning for you with maximum motivation. The biggest challenge is internal: Recapturing the hunger and drive. For that reason, coach Pete Carroll is the Seahawk most on the spot in 2014.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel knew questions about his off-field behavior were coming, so he brought up the topic first. “I’ve made some rookie mistakes,” the first-round draft pick from Texas A&M said.
As the defending champion Seahawks opened training camp Friday, with Marshawn Lynch in Holdout Mode and nowhere to be found, there was an eerie feel to the team’s mild-mannered reactions to his absence. The message was clear, if subtle.