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January 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Carroll on ESPN 710: Harvin “should be fine,” thoughts on Sherman, and more

Here are some of the highlights of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s regular Monday show on ESPN 710 Seattle:

— Asked about the status of WR Percy Harvin for the Super Bowl, Carroll said simply that he “should be fine. Should be fine.”

— Asked about Richard Sherman’s post-game interview with Erin Andrews, he said that it was immediately after the game and in the heat of the moment and that that was “Richard being Richard in a moment when you would almost like to pull and take a knee for for a while and then we’ll talk to you.” He said he has already talked with Sherman about it and that “this was an extraordinary learning opportunity.”

— Asked about the one significant lineup change yesterday — going again with the rotation of James Carpenter and Paul McQuistan at left guard in place of Michael Bowie and using Alvin Bailey as an extra end, Carroll said “that was part of the game plan. We had taken a look at Michael (Bowie) a couple weeks ago and gave him a chance, but as we looked at him as we started the week, we thought it might be more than heĀ  needed to handle. So we made a really clear deisison to go with the guys who had played the most. That was part of the decision.” As for Bailey, Carroll noted that SF’s outside linebackers “are monsters so we wanted to see if we could neutralize that matchup. … we just reassembled some of the matchups to give us a chance and it worked out great.”

— Asked about the play of Kam Chancellor, he noted the game was called in a way that let Chancellor play. “He was so thrilled about this game because they let him play — he was just pounding folks,” Chancellor said;

— Asked what he said to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh after the game, he said: “I told him he’s a great coach and he’s got a great team. It’s so much different than you guys perceive. I have tremendous respect. He brings out the best in us, he brings out the best in me.”

— As for the fourth-and-seven play, Carroll said he initially wanted to go for a field goal, but then they decided that 53 yards was out of Steven Hauschka’s range, so they decided to let it run down and not snap it and then go for it.

— As for the end of the game, he said: “They came out and made the big fourth-and-two. They got down pretty close. We were in control, we knew what we were doing, we were spying him (Colin Kaepernick), taking care of rushes and keeping them in front of us.” He also said the 49ers often staying in a huddle “seemed like it helped us a little bit” in running down the clock and also slowing down the pace.

 

 

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