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October 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: “We have to get better”

Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say after Sunday’s 30-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

(Opening…) “That’s a really tough ballgame. We make no excuses. They played really well and they did a lot of cool stuff for their football team in all phases, and we were not right, really, in any phase of our game today. We didn’t run the ball the way we want to, we didn’t protect as well as we like, we didn’t throw the ball very well, and on defense we didn’t stop the run, and they were 10 out of 17 on third down. Tony was fantastic. With all that said, it’s third-and-20, we have to stop them and get off the field and see if we can run the clock out with a win. We’re better than that, and we’ve played better than that. You guys can look at it any way you want, and was it them playing well or us not playing well? I give them a lot of credit. They’ve won five games in a row. They ran the ball like they’ve been running it. DeMarco was terrific today, and Tony made his plays when they had to, and the receivers made some terrific catches and were able to make stuff happen kind of like they’re counting on. I think they played the game they wanted to play and we couldn’t do anything about it today. We kept it close, and we had a chance, but all in all it wasn’t good enough. It really felt like fundamentally we didn’t play very well. I said to them in the locker room that when we look at it we’ll see that blocking and tackling was not as good as it needs to be, really in any phase. It’s a big win for Dallas, they came in here and did a great job. They deserve every bit of it of course, and we have to get better. We didn’t come back from Monday Night and do very well, so we’ll see what happens.”

(On Byron Maxwell’s injury…) “He has an ankle sprain.”

(On Bobby Wagner… ) “He jammed his big toe, and came back and played with it, and we’ll see what that means, we don’t know right now. We’ll have to wait and see.”

(On the severity of Maxwell’s injury…) “I think it’s a pretty good sprain. I think it’s legit. He couldn’t get up on it. I think it’s a high ankle sprain, but that’s a ‘think’ right now. I don’t know.”

(On whether this game felt similar to the Chargers game…) “We had no rhythm. We weren’t able to get going, run and pass wise. That happens sometimes, and then it gets amplified when you don’t get off the field. They were taking advantage of it, and they had good rhythm. We were fortunate with the big play in the kicking game, that was a big burst for us. We were counting on that, and it happened, and we were really excited about that, but we didn’t answer it very well. We made the big play in the first drive and that got us down there, and that was about it. It was across the board. This is not pointing the finger at any one spot, this is a lot of stuff that just didn’t play well, and I didn’t do a good enough job of getting us ready to do this, against a really good team. We shouldn’t be surprised that Dallas is playing this well, that’s five games in a row, and they just won on the road in here. They’re a tough team to play against right now.”

(On why it was hard to get Lynch involved in the offense… ) “We weren’t making first downs. You have to get the rhythm. It’s the same thing. If you look at it, why didn’t you give the ball to Marshawn more, or why didn’t this guy catch more passes, it’s because you have to get first downs and get more plays. When the defense is out there for a long time, and the offense has a three and out, then you don’t get your shots, and that’s just what happens. The story is going to write itself every time that way. We tried to come back and get back in the rhythm. Marshawn did a nice job, popped a run, and got some stuff going. He was busting his tail to help us, but we just couldn’t get in sync and get the rhythm and connect it with the third down conversions.”

(On the impact when Maxwell went out…) “We adjusted a little bit, you saw us flip the corners a little bit and did some things to adjust. I thought Richard did a really nice job against a great player. What an incredible catch, he makes up top, right in front of their bench, it’s a great play. Dez is a great player, that was a great matchup to watch. Each side won a little bit in that one.”

(On the impact of the third-and-20 conversion …) “The game is in our hands then. Third and 20, if we get out, then we’re working to kill the clock and win the football game. It looked just like what happened in Houston. I didn’t see it clearly, how he escaped, but you saw how he beat one of the top players in football a week ago. He makes a great throw and catch, and puts them in the scoring zone and everything goes their way from there. I thought that was the same play, in a sense, in this game. It was that significant. We had played things well, we had rushed him, we had flushed him out. Tony has magic about him, he always has, and he pulled it out right then and made an incredibly good play.”

(On whether Sherman’s flip flopping was an emergency move…) “That was somewhat of an emergency thing, in this game. You call it an emergency, I’m not calling it that. It’s just what we did to adjust. We’ll see what happens.“

(On Russell Wilson’s play…) “It was hard. I thought they defended a lot of plays really well. We had a shot at some plays down the field, and they were all over the ball. I just thought it was a really good day for their guys, and we would have loved to have won on some of those exchanges. But, I think, all in all, when he throws for 120 yards and he’s 50%, then that’s not a good day for him, and he’s better than that. It’s always everybody. Everybody works together to make this happen. I know he’s real frustrated by that.”

(On whether he got an explanation on the tripping call….) “Yeah, it was wrong. They all said it was wrong. It was a ridiculous call. I don’t know what anybody was thinking. I don’t know how every guy on the field couldn’t see that, it was wide open. Somebody should have overruled that. They all admitted it was a terrible mistake. But, it’s over.”

(On being 3-2…) “We have to get better. We have a lot of improvement to make. That’s all we’ve been trying to do, but it didn’t show up in this game. We’ve been working really hard each week in improving. But, I was not happy at all fundamentally about this game. We just didn’t seem like we were righting enough errors. When somebody runs the ball that well at us, we’ve been playing the run as good as you can play it. We have to play better and do things right, and fit the runs up and adjust a little quicker, for some new things that they did. Generally, we do that really well, and we didn’t do that today.“

(On Kam Chancellor…) “He was fine. He played. He was fine.”

(On other injuries…) “We have to wait to see the extent of Maxie, of Bobby’s toe, we gotta see. Richard had a little shoulder that bothered him at the end. Other than that, we should be OK.”

(On why Dallas’ running game was effective…) “They played really well. They ran some unique stuff, some style of plays that worked for them, a real nice counter, and they had the G-play going late in the game. DeMarco is really good, he’s a really good player. I thought that we had a lot of plays at him, at the line of scrimmage or in the backfield, where he was able to shake us, and get a couple yards. He has a really cool style about breaking tackles. We didn’t do as well as we thought we would. We were high on some tackles, and he knocked us off a few times. He’s a really, really good player.”



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