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October 2, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Notes and quotes from Pete Carroll’s press conference

The biggest news to come out of Pete Carroll’s meeting with the media today might have been the health of Carroll himself — the coach seemed a little under the weather, though when asked, he laughed it off and just said he was doing “very well.”

Otherwise, not a ton of big news today with the team pretty healthy and having been off last week.

But here are a few notes:

Bruce Irvin should be ready to play, Carroll said, adding that Irvin is expected to practice fully today.

Tharold Simon continues to progress well, but is still a couple of weeks away from getting on the field, Carroll said, adding that they intend to take it slowly with Simon and make sure he is totally healthy.

— Asked about the team’s attitude coming off the bye, Carroll said the team was so eager to get back on the field “it was like we were gone for three weeks.” Carroll called that “a really good sign.” He said the team is not “living off of” what it accomplished last season and is instead all about what’s next, and he thinks that attitude is evident in how it returned to the field this week.

— Asked about the piece Russell Wilson wrote today on domestic violence, Carroll said he is “really proud” of Wilson for trying to bring a greater spotlight to the issue and raise more awareness of it. “Pass the peace is a pretty cool thought,” he said.

— Carroll said both Christine Michael and Kevin Norwood are healthy at this point, and that now it’s simply about trying to find a way to get on the 46-man gameday roster. Carroll used that topic to say he wishes all 53 could be active on gamedays. “I wish more guys had a chance to play,” he said.

— Carroll said the Seahawks spent a lot of time evaluating Kirk Cousins prior to the 2012 draft and called him “a really cool kid and a great competitor.” Seattle ended up taking Russell Wilson in the third round that year before Cousins then went to Washington in the fourth round.

— Carroll also talked about Washington WR DeSean Jackson, a native of Los Angeles who USC recruited heavily before he chose Cal, where he played alongside Marshawn Lynch. Carroll recalled Jackson attending USC”s camp while in high school and “he was really special.” He said the key is to not let Jackson get behind the secondary. He said that’s always a key but said some receivers are better at getting open deep than others, and said Jackson fits in that group.

— Carroll said they hope to get rookie DB Eric Pinkins on the field soon and see where he is. Pinkins had foot surgery early in camp and is on the PUP list. There is a window where he can return after six weeks and practice.

Here is some video of the first few minutes of Carroll’s presser today:

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