Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during his regular day-after appearance on the team’s flagship radio station, ESPN 710 Seattle, that one of the most pleasing aspects of the win last night was that the team didn’t have to do anything special against a Saints team that came in 9-2, instead just relying on its usual schemes and the strength of its personnel.
“We just stayed within ourselves and did what we had been doing,” Carroll said. “We played three-deep zone and our man-to-man stuff just the way we wanted to do it. The coaches showed me that the matchups were going to work. We didn’t have to do special stuff — we just played football the way we like to.”
Maybe the best example of that was assigning LB K.J. Wright to guard Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, particularly on third downs. Carroll said LB coach Ken Norton convinced him during the week that the linebackers could handle the coverage, and Carroll went with it, and it worked.
In a few other notes. …
— Asked about Percy Harvin, Carroll said he “feels really good this morning and we are looking forward to a really good week and we’ll see what happens.” He said Harvin wants to play “so badly” and that they want to try to get him out there and that he will “be ready quick.” Carroll said Harvin “had a little procedure” last week, essentially confirming reports that Harvin had some cortisone shots on his hip. He reiterated it was the “load of the game” that caused the soreness in Harvin’s hip. He said Harvin will have “an easy day tomorrow” and then Thursday will be the key day to see if he can play against the 49ers;
— Carroll said the Saints actually didn’t bring as much pressure as they had thought, one reason the rushing totals weren’t quite what they expected. But he noted that Russell Wilson took advantage of a few of the times the Saints did blitz and that that’s “a beautiful statement” about how Wilson is arriving;
— Carroll said Wilson played the entire game because they just wanted to “finish it off. Everything was fine. Didn’t want to take any chances.”