The Seahawks forced 23 turnovers last season, tied for 15th in the NFL and the lowest of the Pete Carroll era since his first season in 2010.

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After the Seahawks concluded their minicamp last week, coach Pete Carroll said one of the team’s priorities during the offseason is to emphasize pursuit and effort.

And while Carroll said the team was just trying to “get better’’ another possibility is that he’s also hoping to stop what has been a somewhat-perplexing slide in turnovers forced the last few years despite fielding basically the same personnel on defense, one that is in the midst of an historic run of allowing the fewest points for four straight seasons.

The Seahawks forced 23 turnovers last season, tied for 15th in the NFL and the lowest of the Carroll era since his first season in 2010.

And that was due in part to both fumbles forced (22) and recovered (nine) being the lowest since 2011.

“We wanted to really work every day at our conditioning and push to really run hard every chance we got,’’ Carroll said. “So we made a big emphasis on pursuit, a big emphasis on effort. We wanted to do one day at a time and see if we could put together a bunch of really good days, and we did that. The coaches did a really good job of emphasizing it and we got really good leadership from the guys around here to make sure the standard was maintained, and we finished today flying around pretty good. It’s been a good process throughout.”

Asked the reason for the emphasis on pursuit, Carroll said: “Trying to get better, to take this time to improve. You can never be good enough in pursuit and chasing the football and effort. There’s not a time when you nail it. Every day you have to come back to it. So we really wanted to get a good pattern of thought with the guys with how hard we’re going to work and how hard we’re going to run, and we did that.”

Fumbles can often be forced by a player coming up from behind a runner, and also recovered by a trailing defender, and for a coach whose first motto is that “It’s All About the Ball’’ Carroll is undoubtedly exploring every avenue to buff up the team’s turnover numbers.

Seattle forced 31 in 2011, the year that the Legion of Boom originated, 31 again in 2012 and 39 in the Super Bowl-winning year of 2013 before slipping to 24 in 2014 and 23 last season.

The Seahawks recovered just two fumbles in the last nine games of last season, including the playoffs. One was a huge and the kind of play that illustrates well the value of backside pursuit — Kam Chancellor’s strip of Adrian Peterson in the fourth quarter of the Wild Card playoff game at Minnesota that was recovered by Athyba Rubin. That led to what turned out to be the winning points in Seattle’s 10-9 win.

Interception numbers have also fallen, from 28 in 2013 to 13 in 2014 and 14 last season. There’s no question that opponents have become more selective in how they test the Seattle secondary, and who they test, as well, likely helping lead to the drop. And true, Seattle is not overly aggressive defensively (the Seahawks have ranked in the bottom 10 in the NFL each of the last three years in blitz percentage).

Rates of fumbles and recoveries are also somewhat flukish and arbitrary — there’s not much a team can do to predict where a ball is going to bounce. Fumble numbers around the NFL have also dropped markedly in the last few decades as teams have continued to prioritize and master the art of limiting turnovers (one likely unbreakable Seattle team record is the 47 fumbles forced and 25 recovered of the 1984 team, which was a huge factor in that squad going 12-4).

But to the extent that fumbles can be controlled, Carroll appears to be trying to leave nothing to chance.