If there was a lingering question mark from the win over Carolina, it was Carolina’s ability to get pressure, which often had Russell Wilson scrambling to get out of trouble (as pictured above in a John Lok photo).
That was among the main topics at Pete Carroll’s Monday press conference, and you can read our recap here .
Carroll, though, noted that Wilson is so good scrambling that those situations often work in Seattle’s favor.
“He’s just natural at it and we’ve just bought into going along with him,” Carroll said. “He’s so good at it and he’s going to make things happen and he’s very unpredictable, so the receivers have to be adaptable and they have to demonstrate really good effort because those are really hard plays on those guys because they have to run so much. But we will continue to stress it and emphasize it because it’s just a big play waiting to happen and it’s as hard as you can deal with on the other side of the ball. So we’re going to try to make that a big part of us.”
Scrambling, though, can be a challenge for the offensive linemen to keep with the play, he said.
“Yeah, they’ve got to keep working,” he said. “The play can go five and six seconds longer. It can go twice as long or even more than that at times. So they just have to keep working and try to finish the plays. And they have to make really good decisions. There’s a time when they feel the D-linemen leaving them and they have to make sure they don’t grab them. It happened yesterday on one play in particular. Because Russell’s out there chasing the quarterback as opposed to knowing where he is in the pocket so they have to adapt to that quickly and effectively because you can get called there. If a guy is right here and the quarterback is right behind you, you’re okay. But all of a sudden, he feels the guy taking off that way and the hands are important in those calls so we have to do a good job of that..”
In other news. …
— Remember our live chat today at noon;
— Times columnist Jerry Brewer says in this video that the Seahawks will improve;
— Here’s our First Look at the 49ers;
— Seahawks.com says James Carpenter did a nice job in the opener;
— ESPN says the Seattle receivers are getting the job done;
— Danny O’Neil on what the Seahawks learned against Carolina;
— Greg Bedard with an interesting breakdown of the Marshawn Lynch run late that helped clinch Seattle’s win;
— Sidney Rice had a good homecoming over the weekend;
— Carolina coach Ron Rivera says the Panthers were too conservative with their offense against the Seahawks;
— Here’s more on Rivera saying the Panthers were too conservative;
— Grantland.com notes the struggles of the Seattle offensive line in its review of Week One;
— Jim Harbaugh took a verbal jab at Green Bay’s Clay Matthews Monday;
— Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle writes the Seahawks and 49ers just don’t like each other (and get ready for a lot of that this week);
— Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News notes that Harbaugh is all business when discussing the Seahawks;
— Mike Silver of NFL.com has the 49ers and Seahawks 1-2 in his weekly power ratings;
— USA Today notes that teams that lose openers often don’t do so well (though last year’s Seahawks were an obvious exception).