NFL teams don’t change overnight. Sometimes it takes a whole week.
The Seahawks showed that in the seven days after the longest work stoppage in NFL history ended, making changes that were as significant as they were sudden. They signed Tarvaris Jackson and left guard Robert Gallery, added Pro Bowlers Sidney Rice and Zach Miller and then waved goodbye as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck signed in Tennessee and defensive captain Lofa Tatupu was released.
And when it was over, coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took a look at the team they inherited two years ago and marveled at the change.
“We thought it would take three years to really get a young football team in here,” Carroll said.
It took less than two.