While the Seahawks had to work harder to beat Denver Sunday than in the Super Bowl, coach Pete Carroll said this morning on his weekly radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle that he thought his defense “played better in this game” than in the 43-8 drubbing last February.
“Just a lights-out day of work,” Carroll said, adding it was “such a nice return” for the defense to play its usual style after the 30-21 loss at San Diego last week.
The only disappointment was the final Denver drive that led to a game-tying touchdown and sent it to overtime.
Carroll said Denver “ran one route four times and we didn’t adapt to it.” He said the Seahawks had prepared for it but that Denver just got the better of Seattle on two plays.
“It was a one-play deal that really got us and they executed great and we didn’t,” Carroll said.
As for the tying point-after-touchdown, Carroll said Richard Sherman was doing “what you are supposed to do” in trying to shove Demaryius Thomas out of bounds but that “it was a great throw and catch.”
Otherwise, Carroll found nothing to complain about noting that Denver is “the best offense in the history of ball” and that the Seahawks otherwise held them to a field goal, other than a short drive following an interception.
Carroll, in fact, said he would have looked forward to having the defense have to take the field one more time and stop Denver saying he would have liked to have seen what would happen.
Carroll also confirmed that Kam Chancellor’s ankle had been an issue last week at San Diego but was better against Denver.
“He had a hard time last week,” Carroll said. “His ankle was really bothering him and he just tried to stick it out and he didn’t feel good about his game at all. Once he got over the discomfort this week he had a great week of practice.” Chancellor didn’t mention the ankle after the San Diego game though he was on the injury report on Wednesday after sitting out that day.
In a few other notes. …
— Carroll said again that the last drive was about halfway between huddle and no-huddle offense. But he said again that while the hurry-up has worked well this season it is not something they will go to full time.
— Asked about the play of Byron Maxwell, Carroll said “I think he’s playing terrific. I thought both the corners played terrific this game.”
— Carroll said he thought Steven Hauschka’s left foot slipped a little on his missed field goal.
— Asked what he thinks of the Seahawks after three games, he said: “I think we’re doing fine. I think we are hungry, we are tough, the things that we need to see happen are happening. We are playing really hard, special teams is rolling.”
— Carroll said he did not know about DeShawn Shead getting engaged on the field after the game but said it makes sense because “we have a bunch of romantics” on the Seahawks.