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September 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: “I don’t think we felt like we played like we can”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met the media today at the VMAC for his regular Wednesday press conference in advance of Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos.

The Super Bowl aspect of things, though, isn’t quite on the top of the mind of the Seahawks this week after their surprising 30-21 loss at San Diego Sunday.

Carroll said the mood of the team remains serious in the wake of that defeat.

“Serious,” Carroll said. “Really serious. And these guys, they are clued in that they want to put together a really good week right now. We know that we a have a terrific championship matchup coming up. But it’s more that they want to play really good football. And I’m sure I’m going to see that all during the week.”

Here are other highlights of what Carroll had to say today, as well as some video below:

—Asked about the game Richard Sherman had against the Chargers and the subsequent reaction, Carroll said it’s normal for a player of his stature. “I think it’s pretty normal, yeah. I think it’s amplified by the fact that the first week, the ball didn’t go his way at all. They just played normal football and a couple of plays went that way and he defended some stuff and they got a coule of balls. But that is totally going to happen. I thought that the San Diego guys were on point with it. You heard Philip Rivers talk about it, they just played a regular game plan and showed respect for the player that Richard is and it worked out pretty normal, I think.”

— Asked about the mood of the defense this week, he said: “I don’t think we felt like we played like we can, and really the third-down emphasis was really the whole story. They did a great job on third down against us and were able to keep the club moving and so we got a lot of plays on a very difficult day and it just added up. So they are realy anxious to bounce back and show a really good game.”

— Carroll said Marcus Burley will cover Wes Welker in the slot and that the Seahawks assume Welker will “be out there a lot” now that his NFL suspension has been reduced and he is free to play this week.

— Carroll said RB Christine Michael will practice full speed today, but on a limited basis, as he tries to recover from a hamstring injury that has caused him to miss the last three games. He said Kevin Pierre-Louis and Cooper Helfet will also practice full speed today. He also said WR Kevin Norwood is 100 percent now and that it was just unfortunate that the depth at the position meant he wasn’t on the active roster against the Chargers.

— Asked where Michael will fit into things at tailback, Carroll said “we’ll find out.” He noted again that Michael had a great off-season but they will now have to see how he responds to practicing this week and that if he does well and is active on Sunday “we’ll try to get him in the game and do the things he does well.”

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