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October 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Notes from Pete Carroll’s radio show: Maxwell has calf strain, not high ankle sprain, and more

In his regular Monday radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that cornerback Byron Maxwell suffered a calf strain and not a high ankle sprain, as he had said after the game he thought was the injury.

Carroll said that is a “better-case scenario” for Maxwell, who left in the second quarter of Sunday’s 30-23 loss to Dallas but did not return. He did not offer a prognosis so it remains unclear how long he’ll be out.

Carroll also said of safety Kam Chancellor, who played every snap despite a sore hip, that “I don’t think  he was at his best. But he made a valiant effort to get out there and stay out there. But he could surely be a lot better. It was great that he stuck it out and played.”

He also said CB Tharold Simon is a week away from returning. We’ll likely get more clarity on that over the next few days if Simon, who is recovering from knee surgery but remains on the active roster, will be ready this week at St. Louis or the following week at Carolina.

Here are some other notes from Carroll’s show:

— Asked about not running the ball  more, Carroll said “We feel the same way. We always will, because we want to run the football.” But Carroll noted that the inability to convert on third downs and keep drives going made it hard to run the ball as much as desired. “We are always dedicated to running the football,” Carroll said.

— As for Percy Harvin’s day, he said they are trying to “give him some space to run the football because he’s a fantastic runner with the ball in his hands. We mix it in early to make sure we are threatening the defense to see how the defense responds to that. They did a nice job on the perimeter … we had to move away from that. But that tells us something so we try to movve away from that and take advantage of it. But it didn’t show up.”

— As for the loss, Carroll said the team was “physically ready to go and we thought we tailored this week to get that done but we had to be sharper.” Carroll said that’s in all areas. “It’s across the board, every position group needs to do things better,” he said. “There were just a number of errors kind of sprinkle it around, we were not sharp. Have to get cleaner in a lot of areas, top to bottom.”

— Carroll said the most disappointing aspect of it was that Dallas was able to play its usual offensive game against the Seahawks, noting that Seattle is usually able to take teams out of what they are good at doing.   “They were strong. They played a really good football game. When you looked at their offense against our defense, they were able to do the things they’ve been doing and we weren’t able to offset that. Defensively they played maybe the best game they have in a couple of years.”

— On DeMarco Murray, Carroll said “We didn’t tackle DeMarco as well as I thought we would. We work hard at it and he was able to shake us some.” But he also noted that Murray had just 64 yards until the final two drives. He said the tackling was a contrast to the Washington game when he said “we tackled great. … We tried to adapt to the style of runner, we didn’t get low on our tackles. But we worked really hard on Tony (Romo) spinning out, there was the classic play last week  with J.J. Watt, exact same thing happened again. Tony was better than we were at that moment and he breaks free and makes the play that makes the game (the 23-yard pass to Terrance Williams).”

— Carroll said a key offensively was not being able to make Dallas pay for playing primarily man-to-man defense in pass coverage. “They did play a lot of man coverage and we tried to take some shots at it,” he said. “When we look back we would like ot take advantage of the fact that they were in man-to-man differently because they were in man and we were not able to take advantage of that.”

— Asked about why Harvin wasn’t on the field in some key plays and the receiver rotation in general, Carroll said it often “depends on what happens the play before, the sequence before” and if a receiver has had to run a long ways down field, etc.  “We’re always rotating our guys,” he said. “Sometimes you would  like to have a different guy in there, but for the most part we got it right.”

— Carroll said he thought the offensive line “played solid, played okay.” He said one issue was getting the protections right at the line of scrimmage and said there were “a couple of times” Russell Wilson  needed to get into different protections.”

— Of Richard Sherman covering Dez Bryant, he said that was “a nice adjustment we had to do (due to the Maxwell injury). Seemed like it made sense and it worked out.”

— And finally, he noted that Wilson was “in here about 5 o’clock this morning trying to figure it out.”



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