NFL betting lines handicappers may find all of the right intangibles for the Seattle Seahawks in their preseason sports betting matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
The game will mark the debut of head coach Pete Carroll, who is all about being competitive, positive, and having fun. Carroll is working overtime to establish a positive vibe for this struggling franchise and the exhibition opener in front of the home faithful would look to be ultimate early opportunity to get off on the right foot.
Seattle went 5-11 last year after going 4-12 in 2008 and Carroll was brought in to change not just the results but the entire culture of the organization. So far he is having a lot of success as the players are buying into what he has to sell.
Carroll has already given the Seahawks a couple of days off during training camp, which is unheard of in August for NFL teams who are used to Spartan/near prison like conditions. He is also resting key veterans as he wants them fresh for when the games count in September.
Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck sees the days off as a test from Carroll as to whether or not the team can accept personal responsibility and be ready for the preseason opener against Tennessee on Saturday.
“I think with that, comes a huge responsibility for players,” said Hasselbeck. “It’s an opportunity to do the right thing or do the wrong thing. He asked us to get of our feet and rest and that kind of thing. Hopefully we’ll take advantage of that.”
Sportsbook SBGGlobal.com opened with Seattle as a 3-point home favorite against Tennessee with an over/under total of 34.
While the coach has been generous by any standard with the time off he expects maximum effort when players report to work.
“Every single practice, every step we take out here is critically important that we max it out in every direction,” said Carroll. “There will be a rhythm to it that will get us through this process, hopefully, at a very high tempo.
There is certainly a new and better vibe with the Tennessee Titans after the fine season by Vince Young at quarterback last year after he took over the team following a 0-5 start. Young led the Titans to a nice recovery and a final 8-8 record. Hopes are high for a return to the playoffs.
While there are many young players coming to camp Coach Jeff Fisher isn’t worried about a leadership gap.
“I don’t have any reservations whatsoever about the lack of or concerns about it,” said Fisher. “We’ve got a good locker room.”