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December 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Pete Carroll: “We didn’t get it done”

Here’s what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today in the wake of Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals:

(Opening…) “Hard to imagine, hard to imagine that we find ourselves in the last week of the regular season. I can’t believe it’s gone so fast. It’s amazing. We come in off a game that we’re not real happy about. Didn’t like where it went in any way and there’s a lot of areas that we can improve on and play better. But, we played a very good team and this is, again, another statement about the NFC West and how loaded up it is. It’s a terrific effort by the Cardinals, on both sides of the ball, the way they did it and we didn’t get it done. So it takes us to a championship weekend, coming up the last week of the season and couldn’t get more exciting. We had to turn our focus immediately in the locker room after that game and we started it and hopefully picked up on it again today and sets us on course to have a really good week of preparation and a good week to finish this thing off and go get what we want to get done. It can happen in different ways, but we’re really concerned about doing it our way, which is we’d like to win this last game and then win our division and that’s it and we had to turn our focus. I know you can ask your questions and stuff; I’m pretty much aiming down the road here.”

(On areas that the offense could improve on based on the film he watched…) “Well we didn’t convert on third down again. This is a common theme for us. When things don’t go right and we don’t feel good about the game, it lays the ground work for not enough run attempts, not enough opportunities to go down field like we’d like to because you don’t get those first downs. So we’re 3 for 13 and we just missed some opportunities. We were there. We protected really well for the most part, but we got covered up, we missed a couple of throws and it added up to a bad day. We started out… I think we hit two of the first four, feeling pretty good and then we just went downhill from there.”

(On the message he presented to certain players in the locker room after the game…) “I’m calling on leadership, calling for the guys to step up that have been the leaders of this team to understand what transition we had to make start last night; to get ready for this week. As soon as we’re in that locker room, that things already done and we have to put it in the proper spot. Just like the shutout against the Giants in the proper spot and come back and not be too full of yourself. You’ve got to get focused and get right. So I wanted to make sure that the guys had the right thought in mind and that they would carry the right message and they would understand. With so much frustration right coming off the field, it’s a lot to ask. But, we did. So that’s what was going on.”

(On if the reason why the receivers were covered up so well was because they were not winning one-on-one match ups…) “No. No it was one thing or another. We missed some throws, maybe a route got adjusted a little bit more than we wanted it to and just got our timing off. We just weren’t sharp the way we would’ve liked to have been and we’ve really felt like a lot of that was us. We had chances, we had good one-on-one opportunities and all and we just didn’t get that done for a number of reasons, a variety of reasons.”

(On the importance of leadership coming from the players…) “Well it’s really important. Yeah it’s really important, but I don’t expect them to have all of the answers. I want to make sure and fill them up with reality and the truth of what’s going on to help them understand and also count on them. There’s guys I didn’t have to say anything to and there’s guys I thought it was important to and some guys, I was just reinforcing the fact that they had done a good job already that you saw me talking to and some guys were right on it. So our expectations are very high and our standards are very high and we’re disappointed when we don’t meet up to that and that was an opportunity that got away that we really wanted to take home with us. We didn’t get it done. So we had to do all of that stuff.”

(On Russell Wilson’s mood today after statistically having one of his worst performances …) “Well he was in early. He beat me here. I saw him about 4:45 AM. He was in early and he couldn’t sleep and I couldn’t sleep. So we found ourselves sitting in the room, watching the film together really early this morning and just trying to be really critical. Trying to be really critical of all aspects and understand what happened and make some sense of it. That was really what was going on. I had already been through the film and we were texting last night, just talking about the situations and the stuff that came up so that we could focus while we put the study to it today and he’s real frustrated about it. He knew he could play better and wanted to do more stuff and wanted to get that win as much as anybody.”

(On if he had learned anything from watching film with Russell Wilson…) “Sure. Yeah it was a good chance for us to just talk through it and I had a better opportunity to listen to him and what he saw and what he thought and sometimes, we had a real concentrated time when there’s nobody around.”

(On Russell Wilson’s poise after a loss as a second year NFL player…) “We’re too close in the middle of all this stuff with the players. I mean that frame of reference doesn’t matter anymore. We seem like we’re a long ways into it. So I’m not surprised by any of it.”

(On how he grades his receivers’ performance based off of his expectations…) “Our guys are really good. Our guys are terrific. I mean don’t go crazy on us now, we’ve had a terrific season, we’ve had a lot of numbers, and we’ve done all kinds of stuff. Yesterday in this game we missed on opportunities down the field that we normally hit on a couple of them, and they defended very well. Jerraud Powers knocked three balls away and made some great plays when the ball was right on the money 45 yards down the field. That’s a good play by them too; you have to give them some credit. I’m not concerned about any of what you’re asking me like we can’t get open or something. We can get open, we can make all kinds of plays, and we will. We need to make sure that we get the ball to the right guy, the guy that is the most open, or the most available. Sometimes we missed that and we didn’t get that done. All of that works together and you know well enough too that sometimes route depth is a little different and then the time you don’t feel the game like the time it should be, and so you go somewhere else and the next thing you know, now you’re ducking and dodging. That happened a couple of times. They have something to say about that. They did a nice job too.”

(On the third down conversion issue…) “I was quick to tell our guys for four to five weeks in here that we‘re the best as anybody. We were 54 percent for four or five week’s over a nice span here, and then all of sudden we go south here. So we just have to make sure that we get back to it and do a nice job. It had become a big issue and we weren’t converting, and so we don’t get all of the chances to roll out the plan like we’ll like to in the same fashion. That’s kind of how that went.”

(On Michael Bowie’s performance…) “Michael did a really good job. Michael was physical, he looked very comfortable, he had a couple of plays in there that he could’ve done better but he did a really good job under the circumstances and going against a good guy.”

(On J.R. Sweezy…) “We have to wait and see as we get to the week here, but it looks like he should be.”

(On Rusell Okung’s injury…) “We expect him to play. He might be a little sore this week early, but he should play on Sunday.”

(More on Russell Okung…) “We’re kind of considering that it’s just part of what he’s dealing with right now.”

(On Percy Harvin’s injury status…) “He won’t practice this week.”

(On if Percy Harvin is here…) “Yes he’s here. He’s still rehabbing.”

(On Jermaine Kearse…) “He has a sore ankle. He’s made good progress just from the game to today. I thought he’d be a little bit worst today. We’ll go day to day as we get going here, but it looks like he has a chance to play.”

(On if Percy Harvin will play this season…) “I don’t know. We’ll figure it out before long. I don’t have much to tell you about that right.”

(On how he’s handling the Percy Harvin situation…) “Looking down the road, project down the road was the way that it seemed to be because the progress wasn’t coming along fast enough to stay as a day to day issue. That’s when it kind of went week to week. We’re looking to take care of him; we need to get him right. He had major surgery and he tried with everything he could to get back, and hasn’t been able to get that done.”

(On who will be the kick returner…) “We’ll have to wait and see.  Doug Baldwin did a nice job though. He jumped in there and looked really good. I think Doug’s last return was a touchdown a couple years ago in the preseason or something like that, which he’s reminded me of a lot, but he looked good out there.”

(On if Doug Baldwin is an option…) “He’s definitely option.”

(On Jeremy Lane as a backup returner…) “He’s in a backup role there for us.”

(On Walter Thurmond’s return…) “We’ll see as we go through the week. I haven’t seen him on the practice field in a month. We’ll take it one day at a time and see how he’s doing. I know that he worked really hard, he’s in good shape and all of that so he should be able to come right back out, but we have to wait and see what that means. There’s no big statement to make about that. He’s just going to jump back in and see if he can help us out.”

(On if part of Walter Thurmond’s role being uncertain because of how well the two guys that have filled in for him have been playing…) “Certainly yeah, that’s certainly part of it. Byron Maxwell has done a great job, he’s played fantastic and Jeremy has as well. We’re in great shape in that regard, and it’s a real boost to get Walter back because he’s a terrific player.”

(On the Pro Bowl voting…) “I wouldn’t want to let the cat out of the bag here. Our guys all voted today yes.”

(On the defensive penalty issues…) “I think they have been pretty typical.”

(On Russell Wilson getting hit a few times in the read zone look…) “I didn’t think it was necessary, but it was nothing rough about it. They just showed that they had him. I was concerned and I was talking to the officials about that if you keep letting him do this, they may take a real shot in here sometime and just make sure you see it. Russell was giving himself up and they would still give him shove, but it was no big deal.”

 

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