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December 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: “We’re hard to beat, I know that”

During his regular weekly day-after-game radio appearance on ESPN 710 Seattle Monday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said this season is rapidly turning into one of his favorites.

“It’s really been exciting,” he said, referencing some of the team’s earlier struggles “to see a team keep fighting and catching on.”

The Seahawks appear now to be doing more than that, again being considered a Super Bowl favorite after a decisive win Sunday at Philadelphia.

Carroll wouldn’t say this is the best the Seahawks have played this season, but he did aloo that “we’re hard to beat. I know that.”

That’s one of the core philosophies of the Seahawks, to first be hard to beat, Carroll having built the team around a punishing defense and steady offense.

Carroll reiterated what he had said after the game that the Seahawks really didn’t do a lot revolutionary scheme-wise, that it was more a matter of the players playing well.

“I felt like we really are in control,” he said, adding that it’s nice when “you know that the calls don’t matter. Cut the guys loose and they are going to be fine.”

Here are a few other notes from what Carroll said on the show:

— The secondary, he said, “is really playing well. Those guys are on every route, really giving them a hard time.” He said the secondary has played well all year but it’s simply been a matter of everyone getting healthy. “The guys that have been playing have been doing a really good job,” he said.

— Carroll also said “the line of scrimmage is really tough now. Really on it, really hitting their fits in the running game.” He said that is helping the back end.

— Asked about Byron Maxwell playing the nickel, Carroll said that it’s a good fit and that it also allows him to make more plays since passes tend to go inside more, one reason he said he may have been more noticeable. “I think he does enjoy it,” Carroll said. “He’s a little bit more involved.”

— Carroll said Kam Chancellor is beginning to “really emerge” as “a true leader” something he said is exciting to see. He said he has been really “engaged in this season and these players” because “he really can see that something special is happening and he wants to make sure to capture it. … we’ve always seen him as this kind of guy and he’s waited until he felt it, which is really exciting.”

— Carroll said of Chancellor’s play the last few games that “I think he’s at the best he’s been.”

— Carroll said Jordan Hill has played better in recent weeks but also said he is benefitting from the players around him. He said what stood out more than his sack was his play against some of the “backfield runs”

— He again citied the play of WR Chris Matthews on special teams and how it allowed them to move some other players to “spots where they are more comfortable,” Sounds like that’s a role that may continue for a while.

— Carroll said one of the real keys to Seattle being hard to beat is the play of Earl Thomas and how that eliminates just about anything deep. “What Earl does in the middle of the field is really a ┬ábig deal,” Carroll said. “You lose sight of the fact that there are no post routes, no seam routes … that’s such a big deal.”

— He said Russell Wilson “played great” and that he was most impressed with the way he hung in the pocket in the second half and was “in there ripping the ball down the field.” Seattle wanted to try to throw more vertically and Wilson was able to get that done a bit. “We need that element to kind of blossom with the rest of our attack,” Carroll said.



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