Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Steve Sarkisian's situation 'breaks my heart,' and also provided some injury updates during his regular day-after-game radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle.
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Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave Steve Sarkisian one of his first big professional breaks, hiring him as an offensive assistant at USC in 2001 and as quarterbacks coach in 2002.
Monday, Carroll offered support for Sarksian as he faces a personal challenge of entering rehab for alcohol issues after having been fired as the head coach at USC earlier in the day.
“I think this is an opportunity for Sark to get right and to get well,” Carroll said during his regular weekly Monday meeting with the media. “And I’m pulling for him. He’s up against some big challenges and he’s got to go ahead and take care of it.
“This isn’t about coaching now, this is about his personal life and getting things in order and I know he’s committed to taking the right steps to do that. This is hugely important for him.”
Carroll said he has been in touch with Sarkisian and will do whatever he can to help him through the process.
“I’ll be there to support him,” Carroll said. “I know him before and there’s a lot to offer the world, and it’s been hard on him and he’s made it hard on people around him too, and he knows that and he’s got to take the steps to take care of business now.”
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Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Steve Sarkisian’s situation “breaks my heart.’’
But Carroll, who answered a question about Sarkisian during his regular Monday coach’s show on ESPN 710 Seattle, said he is confident the former UW coach will get the help he needs.
“It breaks my heart to see how this has gone,” Carroll said. “But he recognizes it and he’s going to do something about it. So this is the day the turn occurs. I’m grateful for everybody around him that he’s finally figured it out.”
Carroll helped Sarkisian get his start in coaching, hiring him as an assistant at USC in 2001 and later elevating him to offensive coordinator. Sarkisian is on an indefinite leave of absence as USC’s coach to seek treatment for alcohol/substance abuse issues.
“This is going to take a long time,” Carroll said. “This is big battle and we’ll pull for him all the way.”
Here are a few other notes from the show:
— Carroll said DT Jordan Hill has a quad strain that it is “going to be a little bit’’ before he can return.Hill suffered the injury early Sunday.
—Carroll said he had yet to get any results on the pec injury suffered by Bobby Wagner.
—He said RB Marshawn Lynch should have a chance to play Sunday against Carolina after sitting out the last two games with a hamstring injury.
— Carroll said he had not talked to Michael Bennett about his roughing penalty on Andy Dalton that cost Seattle roughly 50 yards in field position following an Earl Thomas interception. But Carroll said the obvious that “at that time he just made a poor decision.’’
—Carroll talked at length about the team just needing to finish but reiterated themes from after the game that it was not any one thing that hurt Seattle Sunday.
— Carroll said one key was an inability to convert third downs late in the game. He noted on two late third downs that Russell Wilson had trouble getting the ball to Jimmy Graham on one and Doug Baldwin on another. “We have to execute at the end,’’ he said. “We didn’t do that and they did.’’
— Carroll said one bright spot was the play of the offensive line, saying the line “played really good football. Did a really good job yesterday.’’ He said of a rushing attack gained a season-high 200 yards that “that’s what it’s supposed to feel like, … I think there are a lot of positives.’’