NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Seahawks

     

Buccaneers

  • Buccaneers’ UDFA WR John Hurst said he’s hopeful to return from a sprained ankle within the next few days. (Greg Auman)

Falcons

When asked if has aspirations to become a head coach or defensive coordinator, Falcons LBs coach Jeff Ulbrich said he enjoys coaching and is unsure of what his future holds. 

“I honestly don’t look at it that way,” Ulbrich said, via Jason Butt of the Atlanta Journal-Consitution. “I’m not going to say I have any wisdom or intelligence, but I do know it’s rare to find something in life that you love to do. If that’s what the future holds, that’s what the future holds. All I know is whatever I’m asked to do, right now, I’m going to kick ass and have a blast doing it.”

Falcons HC Dan Quinn called Ulbrich one of the “best teachers” he’s been around, noting his ability to connect with his players. 

“He’s probably the best teacher I’ve ever been around,” Quinn said. “He’s got an ability to connect with different kinds of players. It’s the connection he’ll make and the lengths he’ll take to go to help develop a player and get their game right. It goes so much deeper than coaching. It’s his way to give back to the game he played professionally for 10 years. He’s at the very top of my list of teaching.”

Falcons’ fourth-round LB Mykal Walker praised Ulbrich’s ability to translate their defensive scheme over virtual meetings. 

“The biggest thing is our coach,” Walker said. “It all starts with ‘Brich. The way he taught us months ago when we were doing these virtual meetings. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, this is the play, this is what you do.’ He’d teach us the scheme. So now if you know what this scheme is, you can apply that principle to every call. I think we almost think the same way. For me to pick up plays, I try to combine them as much as possible. I think ‘Brich does the same thing. He’s done a really good job of teaching me the scheme and now I can come out here and play fast.”

Seahawks

  • Per Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said S Jamal Adams had a wrap on his hand because he cut his finger but he should be fine: “He cut his finger slicing some strawberries. He hit his finger. He had a few stitches, so we kept him out, not to make him have to use that thing. It’s a very minor situation. Easy for me to say. He almost cut his finger off. But, anyway, he’ll be fine.”
  • According to Adam Caplan, visiting free agent C Justin Britt did undergo a physical with the Seahawks but a deal is not currently imminent.
  • Carroll believes veteran RB Carlos Hyde will be a “big factor for us” this season after performing well in practice. (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll said Seahawks WR John Ursua tweaked his hamstring in Wednesday’s practice but it is not considered a serious issue. (Condotta)
  • Carroll believes their defense is faster and more athletic this year: “We’re faster. We seem to be more athletic.” (Condotta)
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