Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had no specific new update on the health of Earl Thomas during his ESPN 710 Seattle radio show Monday morning.
Here are five takeaways from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll from his regular Monday radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle.
· Carroll said he had no specific update on the health of safety Earl Thomas, which was listed by the team as a lower leg fracture, with Carroll having told the NBC crew that it was a broken tibia. “No, no new updates,’’ Carroll said. But Carroll said Thomas “will be fine. He’ll handle this well. Asked of Thomas’ tweet hinting at retirement, Carroll laughed and said that “that was classic. Totally unpredictable. You would never think he is going to go there.’’ In other words, don’t read much into it. Carroll said Thomas at halftime was “cracking some jokes, trying to make everyone feel good because they felt terrible. Kam (Chancellor) felt horrible. He made him feel good.’’
· Carroll reiterated that Steven Terrell will take over for Thomas at free safety. Terrell, Carroll said, “is going to do fine. He’s very disciplined, and that’s very important in our scheme … I think you are really going to like what you see. I think he is going to do a great job.’’
· Carroll said Michael Bennett, who played 36 of a possible 58 snaps in his first game back after missing the previous five with a knee injury, “did good. He was active, played hard, was really excited and energized.’’ Carroll joked that he knew Bennett was back to normal when he jumped offsides early in the game. “He lined up offsides perfectly right off the bat,’’ Carroll said.
· Carroll praised the play of Jermaine Kearse, who a week after being held to one catch had five for a team-high 68 yards. “He had a really good game,’’ Carroll said. “Was really active, physical.’’
· Carroll said left tackle George Fant bounced back well from the rough outing against Tampa Bay and has proven particularly effective run blocking. “He did some really good stuff in the running game,’’ Carroll said. “Really aggressive and physical.’’