Here is all that Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today, including his opening statement where he sent along condolences to everyone impacted by the tragedy at Marysville-Pilchuck today:
(Opening statement): Before we get started we would like to say something about what’s going on up in Marysville at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Everybody’s concerned and everybody here is sending our good hopes and messages for the families and the people who have been affected by the extraordinary thing that’s occurred here. Whatever we can do to help we will and our hearts go out to everybody involved first.
(On the team’s preparation this week for their second week on the road) Yeah, this has been a strong week. Our focus and our attention has been there. Our guys want this thing to turn right and we want the results we need to move forward. We practiced really well. Guys were in it, studying, studying extra, working together. All of the things that we need to see happen to position us to play at our best. We need to play a little bit better in every way and every phase were trying to get better. The guys did everything we could have asked of them this week so it’s been a very strong week for us.
(On what happened to Bryan Walters) He fell running a route and got a little whiplash on the turf, hit his head. He got a concussion. Unfortunately he didn’t clear right away so we have to take care of him.
(On if Bryan Walters is out for the game Sunday) He’s out.
(On if Doug Baldwin becomes your returner then) Doug’s involved with the returns. Paul Richardson will be involved with returns. All of the guys that are in the backup positions are ready to go.
(On if that’s both punt and kickoff return for Doug Baldwin) He just wants to do both. He’s going to do one of them.
(On if Paul Richardson will do both punt and kickoff return) No.
(On Michael Bennett’s toe injury) No, we took care of him. He’s fine. He practiced today. He practiced for a while today.
(On Byron Maxwell’s injury) He’s not quite making it but he’s getting closer. He’s doing a lot of activity stuff. I would think next week he has a chance to compete to come back.
(On if Tharold Simon is good to play) He played all week long. He’s fine.
(On if Tharold Simon will start at corner) Yes.
(On if Max Unger is still a no go) Yeah, Max is running and getting closer but he’s not safe enough yet to come back but next week again, by Wednesday, he should have a great chance of getting back out.
(On if he has a clearer timeline for Derrick Coleman and what his situation is) Well he got operated on so that’s a six week recovery. K.J. [Wright] made it back in five so it’s a long haul.
(On if he is looking to get Derrick Coleman back out there or put him on IR) We haven’t made that decision yet.
(On bringing in L.J. Fort as a fullback practice squad guy and what have you seen from him) We really liked him as an athlete. He played on both sides of the ball on practice squad and is willing and doing a nice job. We just have a couple days with him, we don’t know much about it yet. But he worked hard for us and did a good job.
(On if Robert Turbin is still the option at fullback for this week) Turbin is our fullback, yeah.
(On playing a Carolina defense that’s given up a lot of points but only a season ago they we were of the better defenses) Yeah, we see them that way. The scheme is the same, they look the same. They play real hard. It hasn’t quite gone right in terms of the numbers but we respect them highly. They’re in first place and playing for it and they’re going to go real hard and give us a great shot. We will find out if we’re able to move the football and what the situation is but going in we think they’re a terrific team and a group that we’re really concerned about.
(On if he’s noticed anything different about the team or the players this week given the stuff swirling about the team after the Percy Harvin trade) I noticed that they’re very, very together and very connected on everything that we’re doing. That was an impact that we took last week. I think the guys have come back very determined to show that they’re ready to move ahead and make this a very successful season. Their energy, their attention to detail, the way they’re hanging out and getting along looks great. It looks just like it should.
(On if Cam Newton is the most complete he has been in his career as a quarterback) Yeah, I think, like any of the younger guys growing up, that they continue to get better. There is just so much to learn and so much to command. It’s a five, six, seven year deal. He’s done so much so early. He’s a remarkable talent. He continues to get better. He’s physically fit now. He was hurt a little bit earlier in the season, he’s ready to go. He can run it, he can do all of the stuff that a quarterback could ever do. He poses a tremendous issue for us.
(On if anybody is going to be traded tomorrow) No, we’re in good shape but we will let you know.
(On Luke Willson this week) He had a great week. He worked really well. We were happy to see what he did so he made a real quick return.
(On what he has seen from Brett Brackett) He looked good. He’s a real smart player. He fit in right away. A lot of stuff made sense to him. The style of the route running and the concepts and things fit. Obviously he’s very bright because he picked it all up. He catches the ball really well and did a good job for his first couple of days.
(On how when teams win they’re under a lot more scrutiny and under the gun a lot more and if that is something that you guys address at all from an outside perspective) Nope, without a question we have. We’ve talked about that for a long time and really we’re not surprised by whatever the perspective is that comes our way. People are trying to figure stuff out in all ways whether we’re winning every game or not that just comes along with it. We have hopefully embraced that in a sense and we’re not surprised by it. It’s not as comfortable sometimes when the topics come up. The media can come up with whatever they want to in terms of asking questions and challenging and they’re going to scrutinize us highly. We expect that.
On Jeremy Lane and Eric Pinkins both making it back to practice the last couple of week) They both were full speed this week. Jeremy has another week in detention. He’ll come out to us raring to go another week from now. Pinkins looks good. He’s practicing full speed. We actually have a chance to get stronger here in the next couple of weeks. We’ll get some guys coming back and if we’re fortunate enough to get through this game healthy then we will be better in the upcoming weeks as we turn the corner at the half way point so it’s a good thing.
(On if there is any clear timeline on Bobby Wagner) No, he’s going to see the doctor this weekend. We will know a lot more. We don’t know much about what it is right now. But it’s going to be a while though. He’s in a cast still so we will know more after the weekend.
(On if Bobby Wagner would have been a short term IR candidate if that option was available) That option is not available right?