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September 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Carroll says Seahawks are “quiet and serious”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll held his regular Monday-after press conference today.

This one, though, was a bit more somber than most have been the last few years with the Seahawks coming off a 30-21 loss to San Diego.

Carroll had a lot to say about how it all went down.

I distilled it into this story for the Tuesday paper that hits on all the high points.

Carroll said the overarching mood was one of knowing that some things need to get fixed.

“They are quiet and serious,” he said. “We don’t take these easily, you know. These are very high expectations that we live with here, and everybody knows that. And the main thing is that everybody took to heart the changes and the adjustments and the things that we can fix. And they are ready to do that. I think we came out of here together on what we felt happened.’’

In general, though, Carroll didn’t change his view much about what happened the day before. Simply put, the Chargers played better. Their precision and possession passing attack carved up the Seahawks and kept the Seattle offense off the field.

“We played a really tough football game and a tough team that was ready and we were up against a team that played really, really good ball and we needed to make some plays when the opportunities were there for us and we didn’t get that done,’’ Carroll said. “What it really came down to was their ability to control the football. They were able to control the game by doing that and get a great win.’’

Seattle wanted to get the ball more to Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin but couldn’t do it with so few plays — 4o for the game — and being behind from the early second quarter on.

And mistakes were a definite issue. That was another theme of his press conference Monday as Carroll said the team was subpar at what are the two most fundamental areas of the game — blocking (specifically pass protection) and tackling.

Of the tackling, here’s what Carroll said: “I didn’t it was as sharp. Too many guys falling forward and leaking yards. On some of the perimeter stuff and the checkdowns, it just felt like we were leaking yardage and we weren’t as sharp. It’s one of the areas where we need to be on it and we definitely can improve there. We know that we can tackle better than that.”

And of protection, Carroll said: “We had some problems. We had some issues and we made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes in calls where we went the wrong way on a couple of things. And what I’m feeling about that is that in a game with so few plays,  the mistakes are magnified you know and they inevitably were. We just made a couple of calls that went the wrong way in the huddle and all that so we just made a couple of errors and it looked bad. But it will be better, we can be better and they did a nice job of rushing, but we need to be tighter with our pickups. We were a little bit off on a couple.”

Some of the hot button issues — Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, the heat — are covered in the linked story.

Here’s the full quote of what Carroll had to say about the heat: “There’s nothing you can do about it but hydrate really well during the week, which we did that. We were well ahead of that and we had a lot of guys that were given the fluids beforehand and at halftime to deal with it. But when you lose your juice  your juice, you lose it and you have to replace it and I’m sure they (the Chargers) had to do the same thing. But there is not much you can do so you. Go play the game. It does have an effect somewhat if you are really fighting to hold on to your juice and your energy, then you can make some mistakes, and there was some of that, some things that were uncharacteristic. But that’s just the way the game is. You’ve got to play it and do it and we did the best we could.”

 

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