Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, during his regular Monday interview on the team’s flagship radio station, ESPN 710 Seattle, said the team is heading into its bye week in about the best position possible.
“It’s all coming together just right,” he said of being 10-1 and essentially healthy as the team now takes a break before hosting New Orleans Dec. 2.
With few injuries from the win Sunday, there wasn’t any real news on the show Monday. But here are a few highlights. …
— Carroll said he told Percy Harvin Saturday night he was “going to sleep on it” regarding Harvin returning a kickoff Sunday. He said he had decided Harvin wold get one somewhere in the game “if there was a time when we needed him.” He said calling on him with time running out in the second quarter made sense to take a shot, and Harvin responded with a 58-yarder that led to a touchdown.
— He said the offensive balance Sunday was “when we are at our best.” He said the running game could have been better, but he liked that they “kept pounding it” and he thought the protection was better than it had been.
— He said the defense against the run has vastly improved the last two weeks and he credited an increase in the “intensity level and the attention to detail and the desire.”
— He specifically cited DT Tony McDaniel, DE Red Bryant and LBs Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright for their play on Sunday. He said of Bryant that he played “his best game since he’s been here.”
— He said the team will leave for its break following meetings today, and then return next Monday. The NFL mandates at least four consecutive days off during the bye week. “But we give them a few more,” Carroll said.