Well, that wasn’t exactly how they draw them up, but ultimately the Seahawks escaped with another win, their third of this exhibition season and eight in a row dating to 2011.
I have some of the nuts and bolts and other details in my updated game story here.
To highlight a few key points:
— Coach Pete Carroll said there were no new injuries. DL Michael Bennett banged his knee early but returned. Carroll said there was no one in the trainer’s room afterward which he called an “amazing accomplishment.”
— The penalties were a main issue and you can read some of Carroll’s quotes in the story, as well as in the video below.
— Carroll said he wasn’t too concerned about the sacks because some came on pressures that they hadn’t prepared for.
— In all, 15 Seahawks did not play, including those who have been out all camp: Receivers Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice and Bryan Walters, fullback Michael Robinson, cornerbacks Tharold Simon and Ron Parker, linebackers Ty Powell and Korey Toomer, guard James Carpenter, tight end Zach Miller, defensive tackles Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill and ends Chris Clemons and Greg Scruggs. Robinson was sick during the week and didn’t play.
— Avril warmed up in the pre-game and tried to play but Carroll said he did not do well enough “to go ahead and go forward’’ and play.
— One player who returned was Bruce Irvin, who missed the first two games but got in for about seven plays at his new position of strongside linebacker. “He got seven plays, I think it was, and we were shooting for 10 and said ‘that’s enough,’’’ Carroll said. “We wanted to get a look at him so we could have something on film to get him ready for next week’s game. He’ll play a ton next (Thursday against the Raiders).’’
— Guard J.R. Sweezy was called for three of Seattle’s 14 penalties, two on holds and another for unnecessary roughness when he tried to make a late block down field. He was taken out for the play and had to listen to a spirited talk from Carroll who said “I wanted to let him know how serious it is that one guy makes a penalty. It’s not okay.’’ Said Sweezy: “I think we’re playing too aggressive and we just have to play smarter. We still have to have the aggressiveness but we have to play smarter.’’
And here’s the video of Carroll: