Pete Carroll's entire program is centered around the idea of relentless competition. You, of course, know this by now. So do the Seahawks players.
"Come in and be ready to compete," is essentially the message shared from Carroll and GM John Schneider to every new player that joins the squad.
But sometimes it's important to have new voices to join the conversation and keep the message fresh. That's why Carroll had his good friend Steve Kerr hop on Seattle's team meeting via Zoom on Monday. The finale of "The Last Dance" documentary had aired the previous night with Kerr playing a leading role. His NBA Finals heroics were detailed, as was the tragic story of his late father.
All of that made him a topical guest for the Seahawks meeting. As you can probably guess, everyone wanted to know what it was like being teammates with Michael Jordan.
"He was talking about how much of a competitor Jordan was and how he wanted to win (everything), whether it was H.O.R.S.E or shooting, he was just the all-time competitor."
That was surely music to Carroll's ears as Jordan was a complete embodiment of the coach's teachings.
Kerr wasn't the first guest to join Seattle's virtual offseason program. Will Farrell made a comedic cameo impersonating Greg Olsen a few weeks back in a moment that went viral.
"That's just what Pete does," Bruce Irvin said on Tuesday via Zoom call. "I've met Snoop Dogg, Drake, Bill Russell – man I've met so many people."
Irvin explained that's part of the reason why Carroll is considered a player's coach. Carroll has never been bashful about brining celebrities around, even dating back to his USC days. It's obviously a fun treat for young players, but it helps keep veterans engaged as well.
"He always keeps it interesting. You want to go to work," Irvin said. "With the Seahawks, you know it's always going to be something interesting."
Irvin said it's "refreshing" to be back with Seattle, the place he calls his football home. As he's quickly discovered, the Seahawks culture remains one of the team's top attributes.