Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said self-inflicted wounds remain Seattle's biggest issue after two games during his radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle Monday morning.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s tone didn’t change a day after his team fell to 0-2 on the season with a 27-17 loss at Green Bay.
During his regular day-after coach’s show on ESPN 710 Seattle, Carroll said there’s no reason for long-term concern.
Carroll noted the season is young and said “we’re on the verge of being really right. … I think we are going to be fine.”
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As he had immediately after the game in Green Bay, Carroll said he thought the main issues impacting the team are correctable errors, easily fixable, fundamental mistakes.
“We gave them more than they needed to get,” Carroll said.
Here are a few other notes from his show:
— Carroll questioned a few calls in the game, including again the fumble by Jayrone Elliott after the interception of Russell Wilson that Carroll felt was recovered by Seattle’s Justin Britt. Carroll said the officials never pointed at who had the ball but simply waited until it was over and Britt was walking off the field with the ball to say that the Packers had retained possession.
Carroll also said he didn’t think K.J. Wright should have been ejected, saying he “didn’t swing back or nothing so I don’t know. … for him to get thrown out when the other guy threw the punch, I don’t know.” As for the early 12 men penalty, Carroll said it occurred because Cliff Avril was hurt and trying to get off the field and Frank Clark was going in for him and the substitution just didn’t occur quickly enough.
Carroll was also miffed that the officials stopped a play with 13 seconds left in the half to throw a flag and count to see if the Seahawks had too many men on the field. Carroll noted that “nobody substituted.” Carroll also said he thought the play should have been blown dead on the Michael Bennett offsides that resulted in a 52-yard pass interference penalty on Richard Sherman that led to a Green Bay field goal before the half.
— Carroll said the team went to throwing more in the second half — 20 passes compared to 11 runs — because the Seahawks were “pass protecting really well. … I didn’t feel like they were going to stop us at all.” Carroll said the turning point was the Wilson interception on a screen pass which he called “a fluky play by them….we never throw an interception on a screen. That was a crucial time.”
— Carroll said the team waned to revert to its usual strategy of getting the lead and then using the run to close the game out but that “we didn’t hold the lead long enough to turn it that way.”
— Carroll praised the play of Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and especially his ability to move around in the pocket and make plays on the move. He specifically cited the first touchdown when Rodgers moved around and was able to throw back to James Jones in the end zone between Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.
— Asked about Jimmy Graham getting just one reception in the game, Carroll said that “it’s not that we have missed the intent or the value of Jimmy as a player and he knows the calls. The ball just didn’t get there. … I’m encouraged we are going to get that done.” He added that “it’s just the way football goes sometimes. We have to do a better job of figuring that out.”
— Carroll said he thought the new-look secondary with DeShawn Shead at strong safety and Marcus Burley at nickel played well. “All in all, the secondary played good, solid football,” he said.
— Asked about the use of Frank Clark (who played 17 of a possible 71 snaps) Carroll said: “I think he will get more plays as we go on. He’s in the rotation, he played … he’s going to contribute. We have to bring him along.He’s doing fine. We will continue to rotate.” Carroll noted that early in the season every year “it does take some time to get the rotations right.”
— Asked about the offense and the playcalling of Darrell Bevell, Carroll said: “I think we are really close to being really good. Darrell and Tom (Cable) have run this thing together and done a great job for years. It’s a long season, guys, a long ways to go.”