"I love these guys as captains," coach Pete Carroll said. "There are a number of guys it could have been. I'm going to single these guys out. Russell's a great leader. He makes a great statement of who he is and what we are, and he represents us beautifully everywhere. There isn't a finer guy to have as your captain than Kam Chancellor. He's the epitome in what you are looking for, in all ways.
"Jon Ryan continues to get recognized by our guys for the leadership that he brings. And to recognize a guy like DeShawn Shead, too, that's a great statement of the program. A couple years ago he was out here as one of the seven or eight guys on the practice squad. He's worked his way all the way through it, just with great heart and stick-to-it-ness and toughness and all that. Him being elevated to the point that he's a captain now is really a great statement."
A year ago at this time, Chancellor was holding out. But he's had a great summer and is back leading the defense.
"Just getting on the same page with the camaraderie, getting on the same page on defense with the calls and the checks," Chancellor said. "Just that energy from the beginning is going to be a lot different because we have all the pieces here. It all comes down to having all the pieces to the machine. The machine can't work without certain pieces. So we've got to have everybody together. And that's what we have now. It feels good. It feels natural and ready to go."
The Seahawks got younger this summer with 15 rookies making the 53-man roster, but Carroll likes the mix of youth with the veteran leaders.
"I treat them like my brothers, like blood, so it means a lot for them to hold me to a standard like that," Chancellor said.
"That's one of my things. I want to practice what I preach. I like to tell the guys the right things to do and motivate them and be a living example. So I think it's big for them to announce me as a captain once again."