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September 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Quick notes from Pete Carroll’s Monday press conference

The Seahawks met at the VMAC for Tell the Truth Monday today, and then the players were free to take off as Seattle now enters its bye week. Officially, the team won’t reconvene again until next Monday when they will begin preparation for a game Oct. 6 at Washington.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll met the media here this afternoon for what will be his last session  with reporters until the team returns.

Among the highlights:

— Carroll confirmed that Kam Chancellor  has some significant ankle  issues that may have to be managed throughout the entire season. A Fox Sports report stated that Chancellor is dealing with bone spurs and debated having surgery. Carroll said only that Chancellor’s ankle “really got in the way of his play’ at San Diego and that he “didn’t have a great outlook” to play going into last week. But he said it got better on Thursday and obviously he was able to  play against the Broncos. Carroll said it is something he has dealt with for a while and when asked if he may have to deal with it all season said “might be. We’ll see. Managed it really well (against Denver).”

— Carroll said cornerback Tharold Simon was scheduled to run today for the first time since having surgery a few weeks ago on his knee. But he said it is too early to know if he will be able to play against the Redskins.

— Carroll said Russell Okung suffered a strain in his shoulder late in the second quarter when he had to leave the game. Said Carroll: “He went down and he knew something happened. His shoulder, he got a strain and he took the time. I think  he took the time to really pray that it wasn’t something bad. And when he jumped up he felt like his prayers were answered. He felt a lot better than he thought was happening so he just took his time to try to get through it and in great fashion he came back and finished the game and did a nice job. Really cool how he could bounce back from that.”

— Bruce Irvin should be back for the Washington game after sitting out Sunday.

— CB Jeremy Lane is on track to be back in six weeks when his stint on the IR can end.

— Carroll said upon reflection he wishes that he had challenged the ruling on the spot on the third-down run by Marshawn Lynch at the goal line in the first quarter. He said he didn’t because his assistants didn’t get a good look at the replay.

— He reiterated what he had said on his radio show earlier that he thought the team actually played better Sunday than in the Super Bowl.”I was anxious to see if we would play and look like we played back in the Super Bowl against these guys as far as breaking on the ball and running and hitting and I thought we did better,” he said.

— Carroll said again that the two long plays by Denver on the drive that tied the game were both on the same route concepts that the Broncos tried four times in that drive. ‘”Just a route principal we didn’t play well and they did a really good job,” he said. The first came against Josh Thomas, who had to play after Marcus Burley left after getting the wind knocked out of him by Chancellor. “Josh just couldn’t quite get there,” Carroll said. The other took advantage of K.J. Wright.  Carroll said he alerted the defense to get deep on the sideline routes but that “they got behind our zone coverage” and Peyton Manning was able to find open receivers. “Other than that drive, we kept them underneath us all game long,” Carroll said.

— Carroll said Russell Wilson’s interception came on a play where “he tried to jam it in there, which he rarely does, and it backfired on us.”

— The team’s bye week schedule is the same as last year, when the Seahawks also got the entire week off after a win over Minnesota. They then came back to beat New Orleans on Monday night, 34-7. Seattle has the same scenario this year of a bye and then a Monday night game, only this time going on the road. Carroll said he wants the players to rest up as much as possible to then prepare for what will be 13 straight weeks, and then hopefully a playoff run.

Here’s some video of Carroll’s opening statement and breaking down the overtime drive that won the game for the Seahawks:

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