Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked to reporters briefly this morning at the VMAC after also appearing on his regular weekly radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle.
The overriding theme was to throw out what happened in Seattle’s 34-7 win over New Orleans on Dec. 2.
“We start all over again,” Carroll said when asked how the team prepares for the Saints. “Has nothing to do with what happened before. We learned and gained information in the game, as they did. But you start all over again and start from scratch.”
Carroll said they would definitely look at that game and how the Seahawks prepared and what the Saints did in that game and how they have changed since.
“But it would be a mistake to try to call it because of what’s happened in the past,” Carroll said. “We don’t care about that.”
Carroll also noted that the Saints appear a different team, especially in terms of running the ball more, and specifically on the road. The Saints rushed 36 times for 185 yards against the Eagles Saturday (by comparison they rushed 17 times for 44 yards in Seattle).
“They run the ball a little bit more on the road,” he said. “. … but other than that they are just functioning like a really good group. They are really physical up front on defense, a very tough, tough-minded group on that side of the ball that poses us a big challenge in that regard.”
And here are a few notes from his radio show:
— Carroll said Percy Harvin “looked very good” in practices last week and said at this point there are “no indications” that he won’t be able to play. But he cautioned that they still need to see how the accumulation of the workload “wears on him” before declaring him good to go. Asked how many snaps Harvin could play, Carroll said he would be “just guessing” but that if “he’s playing, he’s playing is the way I’m looking at it We’ll see if he makes it through the week and it works out right.”
— Carroll also noted that K.J. Wright will be missed — he has already been declared out with a broken foot. Wright played a big role in holding Jimmy Graham to three catches in the earlier win and that “that’s 4-5-6 plays that have to be made up.”