Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during his regular Monday appearance on ESPN710 Seattle, the team’s flagship radio station, that quarterback Russell Wilson “got banged around” a little during the team’s 27-24 overtime win over Tampa Bay Sunday.
But in the way that only Carroll can, he indicated that there’s nothing that would cause Wilson to be in danger of not playing this Sunday at Atlanta.
“He’s sore today,” Carroll continued. “Just walked out of the training room with him. He’s got a big smile on his face. He’s fired up and all that. We’ll take good care of him and see if we can get him all cleaned up and ready to go for the weekend.”
Carroll also said that OT Russell Okung “will get some work today” but reminded again that Okung cannot return until the Nov. 17 game against Minnesota, so the task this week is to simply continue on the process of getting him ready to return then.
He said OT Breno Giacomini will also “get some work today” and that they will “take advantage of this day” to see exactly where Okung and Giacomini are. But he also said that Giacomini will likely need at least a week or two of full practice before playing in a game and that “it will likely be a couple more weeks before we can get that done” to get him back on the field.
And he said of WR Percy Harvin that Harvin will “run really hard” today and then they will assess where he is, saying that he remains “day-to-day-to-day.”
Seattle may have some interesting calls there with the game against the Vikings followed by a bye and what amounts to a 15-day break before then hosting New Orleans on Monday night, Dec. 2.
In a few other notes. …
— Carroll defended the play call of the pass on first-and-goal at the three that was intercepted, saying that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell “called a great game yesterday. We ran the football the way we wanted to run it, we were terrific on third down, it was really well done. If somebody doesn’t like the one call on third down it’s like ‘too bad.’ .. we’ll run the ball down there at times as well, but you can’t get the big plays on the big calls unless you take chances to do things.”
— Carroll cited all kinds of issues in run defense, including that Tampa Bay ran three trap plays — something Seattle doesn’t see much — and that the Seahawks didn’t defend any of them well. “It’s kind of embarrassing that we can’t stop a simple trap play,” he said. “But it’s a difficult play to stop.”
— When asked if he would consider using Malcolm Smith more at linebacker to help in the run defense, he agreed that “the last time we played the run really well, Malcolm and K.J. (Wright) played really nice. But we’ll see on that.” Smith did not play a defensive down Sunday as the Seahawks went with Bobby Wagner at MLB, Wright at WLB and Bruce Irvin at SLB for the second straight game. Smith started the Tennessee and Arizona games at WLB and Wright at MLB with Wagner hurt.
— As for the pressure, it was noted that Tampa Bay was able to hurry or hit Wilson on 59 percent of passes Sunday (according to ESPN stats). Carroll said Tampa Bay did a good job creating confusion at times and there were “three, four times” when there was a missed call or adjustment that led to a free pass rusher. He said that’s why it was so important that Seattle was able to run the ball well enough to mitigate the pass rush some.
— As for the running game, he said he couldn’t have been more pleased by it and that he’s “hoping that maybe the last couple of weeks was off-base” and that Sunday’s game shows that “we are rolling again.” He said Tampa Bay ran all kinds of run blitzes and Seattle did a good job picking up a lot of those.