Kirtman is coming from a complex USC offense that featured the fullback in a number of ways. While some of the philosophies and routes are the same, theres one big difference.
I think a lot of the concepts are the same and a lot of the routes are the same, but its all different terminology so you have to re-learn, I have to kind of erase the terminology I learned at USC and learn it for my new team here, Kirtman said with a sheepish grin.
I like it a lot. Im soaking up the offense well I think and all the guys are great. The running backs are really nice guys. Ive got to get my head in the books, but I think Im grasping it pretty well.
One person able to help ease Kirtmans transition to the pro game is his former college teammate Lofa Tatupu.
Lofas just a great guy, Kirtman said of the teams second-year defensive leader. Hes a funny man and a great player and thats good to have as a middle linebacker on your team.
Hes a fun person to be around. He gets the atmosphere a little loose as well as working hard, so he brings that here the same as at USC.
Another rookie just trying to soak in all he can is former Auburn WR Ben Obomanu.
Sometimes in college you could find a guy that you can pretty much dominate, Obomanu noted. But out here every time you run a route or do anything youd better do it full-speed because the guys on the other side of the ball are just as good as you are.
Drops by wide receivers are an inevitable part of any offense, but last year the Seahawks, after struggling for three years, eliminated that problem with the help of Joe Jurevicius, whose number 87 Obomanu is currently wearing.
You really just have to move ahead, Obomanu said regarding when he makes a bad play. Out here the game just moves so fast, they go from this play to the next play and the coach doesnt really have time to critique you on the field so I try to get that mentality in my head every time I play.
Just go out there and play and if I screw up I know another play is going to come right behind that one and Ill have a chance to redeem myself and even get better.
10-year veteran Bobby Engram, the elder statesman of the receiving corps, knows what Obomanu is going through and even admitted that the veterans are working just as hard as the rookies at these offseason camps, but there definitely is a difference.
Those guys are really trying to learn the system right now, Engram said of the rookies. Im sure their heads are swimming. Were putting in new plays each day and at the same time theyre out here trying to compete.
I think theyre handling it very well and as a veteran were coming out here, we know the plays, but were trying to pay close attention to the intricacies of the play and maybe working on a new move and just trying to polish up our skills.
Engram said the competitive level in practice has definitely picked up as well.
Its not just at the receiver position, thats where my focus is obviously, but this whole team is going to be extremely competitive this year, Engram said. I think that started two years ago and that carried over last year and thats why you see the increase in the wins and you see us go further and further in the playoffs, because to make this team youve got to be a pretty good ballplayer.
The Hawks will continue their work at their headquarters tomorrow and Thursday before taking the weekend off and then returning next Monday for another four-day camp.
wide receiver Bobby Engram, left, is pursued by cornerback
Gerard Ross (6) after Engram caught a pass Monday, June 5, 2006
during a NFL football minicamp workout in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
wide receiver Keenan Howry, left, catches a pass
as Seahawks cornerback Jimmy Williams (22) defends Monday, June 5, 2006 during a
NFL football minicamp workout in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
cornerback Marcus Trufant smiles after coming down with an
interception Monday, June 5, 2006 during a minicamp workout in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)