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November 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Notes from Pete Carroll’s radio show: No update yet on Mebane but Chancellor and Smith should be back this week

A few quick notes from Pete Carroll’s radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle this morning.

— Carroll said he had no update yet on Brandon Mebane other than that “he’s got an hamstring issue well figure it out we don’t know enough to tell you.”

— He said Bobby Wagner will run on the ground this week for the first time since hurting his toe against Dallas and that TE Zach Miller continues to work but is “not coming back fast.”’ So sounds like neither will be available Sunday at Kansas City. He said Kam Chancellor and Malcolm Smith will each return to practice this week with the intent of playing against the Chiefs.

— Carroll said of the way the offense played against the Giants that “i can’t ever remember us playing that hard on the line of scrimmage on offense.” Asked why, he said “just getting better, improving. (Center) Max (Unger) getting back out there making the calls and the confidence that exudes for everyone. … We were just roaring off the ball.”

— As you’d expect, he also had high praise for the play of Marshawn Lynch saying he was “ridiculous. Gosh, Marshawn was good.”

— He said the impact of Russell Wilson on the running game can’t be overstated, saying that the “the threat of the quarterback, too, where they can’t be right on it. They’re chasing Russell and there goes Marshawn. ¬†They are chasing Marshawn and there goes Russell.”

— He said the runs by Wilson continued to work in part because the Giants’ defensive ends kept closing on Seattle’s running backs. “I don’t know why the emphasis on closing, but they just kept closing and closing all the way to the last sequence,” he said, adding later he didn’t know “why the defensive ends didn’t slow down on the chase. They kept closing down on the running back.”

— He said Russell Wilson’s first interception, on a throw to Paul Richardson in the first quarter, came on a play where the Giants had shown soft coverage all season and that the play was designed to throw underneath and that “he jumped the first chance he got We didn’t think he would be there.”

— He said of Wilson’s second interception, on a deep pass to Doug Baldwin in the third quarter, that the Giants simply fooled the Seahawks with their coverage. “We thought it was a zero blitz (meaning no one deep in the middle) an they faked us out,” Carroll said. “We got tricked on that one a little bit.”

— Of Wilson’s day overall, Carroll said “I thought he played a terrific football game in general. There were a couple of plays he could have been better.” He said one throw Wilson would like to have back is where he missed Jermaine Kearse open in the end zone in the first quarter. “That’s one we’d like to get back,” Carroll said “But you can explain the interceptions and understand what happens on those.”

— He said LB Kevin Pierre-Louis had another good day and said “he’s making a statement out there. He was all over the field again.”



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