Team Notes: Seattle

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren enters this training camp with fewer obligations ... and fewer job titles. <br><br> After the 7-9 result in 2002, Holmgren relinquished his general manager position to focus on his coaching duties.

"For me, really, life hasn't changed all that much," he said. "I can't say it's easier. There are some things I didn't have to deal with like the agents and so on as I did before, but those things weren't that much fun anyway. As far as the football, the players and who's playing for us and how much I worry about stuff that will never change."

Nor is it humbling, Holmgren said.

"I'm a very lucky man to be doing something I love and I have all the responsibility I need," he said. "Having Bob (Ferguson, new general manager) here just helps. He's a good guy and he cares about winning and he cares about supporting me and the football team. I have no complaints."

--Quarterback Trent Dilfer is facing one of the most difficult recoveries imaginable.

He ruptured an Achilles tendon and was sidelined most of last season, and then endured the tragic loss of his young son to illness last spring.

Rehabilitation efforts, obviously, have been secondary to family concerns during the difficult time.

Holmgren was just happy to see him back on the field and in the company of his teammates.

"He's probably four weeks behind where he would be because of the situation with his son," Holmgren said. "His Achilles is good, it's healed. Now, he's a little bit heavy and as a result he hasn't done as much as he would normally do by this time."

Holmgren said he expects to allow Dilfer to play his way back into shape as he serves as backup to starter Matt Hasselbeck.

"He's going to be at every practice and he won't take as many reps and then get him ready that way," Holmgren said. "He's got to get his weight down, which he'll do. He has to loosen up and get his arm in strength."

--Marcus Trufant, the team's first-round draft choice this year, probably is more comfortable in training camp than most rookies.

A product of Washington State, Trufant is familiar with the dry heat of eastern Washington. Also, his younger brother is a player at Eastern Washington University, where the Seahawks hold training camp.

"I'm getting comfortable," Trufant said. "But I'm still learning the defense. There's a lot being thrown at the rookies. I'm coming into the NFL not really knowing what to expect, but I'm starting to feel more comfortable and more at home out there."

He's already made an impression on Hasselbeck, who said he had to alter his throwing pattern to receivers covered by Trufant.

"I was trying to throw the balls outside a little bit, and whether he's just real good or he was cheating, I'm not sure," Hasselbeck said. "Hopefully, he's just real good. He forced me to come down to my check counts more than once. You know it's a long camp and we'll see what he's got, but so far, I thought he looked really good."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The defensive staff that they brought in, they are all about winning and having a winning attitude. I'm a rookie just coming in but everybody on the team has high expectations and wants to have a winning season." - Top draft pick Marcus Trufant. Top Stories