Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was clear cut and precise when describing Sundays 30 to 16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. His team had a tough day at the office and many lessons were learned.
Losing the turnover battle in any football game usually spells disaster, turning the ball over and have it lead to direct points is catastrophic.
MARQUISE BLAIR EARN MORE PLAYING TIME
One bright spot according to Carroll was the play of rookie Marquise Blair who started at strong safety in place of Bradley McDougald and Lano Hill who sat out the game due to injuries. Blair played all 59 of the defensive snaps and recorded six tackles and one pass defense.
PASS RUSH STILL WANTING
One unit Pete Carroll is still looking for a breakout performance from is the defensive line. Jarran Reed returned from his suspension and participated in 50 defensive plays to offset the absence of Ziggy Ansah who missed his third straight game due to an ankle injury.
(On Bradley McDougald’s status)
“He’s a little bit better, but he didn’t just pop out of it yet. He didn’t come back today ready to go. We’ll take it all the way through the week, and we’ll see what happens. Obviously, he’s got a little issue that’s keeping him in the spasm mode. He hasn’t been able to shake it yet. We’re working on him and we’ll see what happens. We’ll go day to day.”
(On if there are any structural issues beyond the spasms for McDougald) “Well, there’s always something that causes it. Our guys know what’s going on and they just got to try to take care of him.”
(On if the defense was more worried about containment or sacks for the pass rush)
“Yes. We tried to compress the pocket on a number of times. That was a big part of the plan. Whereas you think that trying to sack the guy was the issue, it wasn’t. It was trying to keep him from getting the freedom and the spacing that he likes to take. Even when you do that, you can see we still had trouble containing just because he’s not a containable guy. If he wants to get out, he’s going to get out. We wanted to close down the passing lanes for him and just make it hard. For the most part, the passing game was not a big issue. Again, there were two huge plays that got us. Other than that, it was really him running around. That is a big part of their passing game, him scrambling. ”
(On Rashaad Penny only playing a few snaps)
“That wasn’t part of the plan, it just didn’t work out. I wish he would’ve played more. It just didn’t happen.”
(On what Baltimore changed in their defense for the second half)
“I didn’t see them change much. They were mixing so many calls throughout the first half. I think they just kept rolling the dice as they do. They play a lot of stuff and they keep just bringing it from different edges and different manners. They just kept doing it. What happened in the second half is the first half, we really possessed the football. In the second half, they did.
We didn’t get off the field like we wanted to. We had terrific drives in really the five drives. Three of them we scored on. We had a lot of plays. Half of our drives were over eight or nine plays because we were converting on third down. It gave us the chance to keep the football. They did a little better on third down in the second half and they made a couple more plays. They possessed the ball a little better than they did. The halves kind of flipped in terms of time of possession.”
(On Chris Carson having to bounce it outside a lot)
“Their two big guys on the side did a nice job on a couple plays. We’re critiquing Chris instead of heading for the hills out here, just stuff it and give us two or three yards inside and we’ll go to the next play a couple times. Just a couple situational runs, too, that we talked to him about. He has a lot of success putting the ball on the perimeter. He’s good at it so he looked for a couple ways out that we’ll take what we can get and stuff it up in there and go to the next play.”
(On how Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister have been as blockers)
“Well, Luke [Willson] is playing that position for us. Jake [Hollister] is moving around a little bit more. Luke has always been a solid blocker. It’s not been his sole strength that he needs. He’s been a runner and a catcher and all that. He’s working hard at it. We are missing George [Fant] playing there. That’s something that we’re missing right now. Regardless of whoever else we had with Will [Dissly] and the guys we’ve had in the past, nobody blocks like George. That’s a factor that we’re hoping we can get back to soon.”
(On the plan with Duane Brown) “It’s a day at a time now. He’s closer, obviously, after a couple weeks sitting out. He wants to get something done on Wednesday. We’ll find out if he can. He’s determined to try to make it back. I don’t know if that’s going to work out or not. [D.J.] Fluke will be back and ready to go. Fluke just barely made it back for the game. He was available to us. I think he was only in on a couple snaps in the kicking game and field goal protection. He will be ready to compete this week for playing time.”
(On what he saw from Tre Flowers)
“He played really good ball. He had a couple other plays in the game. Did a nice job. He’s taking a technical step forward here in the last few weeks with his game. I’m fired up for him. His confidence is up. He’s more aggressive. His technique is really the best it’s been all year. He can feel it coming. We got a good play out of him and a couple really nice plays.”
(On if first interception helped get them going) “Sure. Sometimes yeah. Sometimes it’ll give you a little boost and get you going a little bit. Without question.”
(On the conversations around the fourth and three decision to have Jason Myers attempt the field goal)
“Get out and go ahead. It’s in his range. We knew where we were on the field and all that. He was comfortable with kicking from there. It was a long field goal, but it was a chance to go ahead in a game that they hadn’t done a lot on offense. We were feeling fine about playing defense on those guys. Three points would have been a big deal in this game without the big turnovers. That was part of it. I’m thinking, he’s going to make it. He’s good. He’s a good kicker. The ball got pushed, that’s it. The other thought was, I hadn’t thought about punting them deep and putting them in the hole because the defensive nature of the game. With the chance to go ahead right there, we are exactly where we need to be in range, we went for it.”
(On why going for it on fourth down and three wasn’t considered)
“It’s fourth and three, there’s a little difference, I won’t give you the whole scoop here but, that’s getting there. That’s a little longer than you want to go for it.”
(On Duane Brown’s plans to practice on Wednesday)
“I’ve got someone on this shoulder and someone on this shoulder. I’m listening to what Duane [Brown] is saying, and I know what the doctors are saying so, we’ll see what happens. They’re a little more cautious, he’s aggressive and wanting to go for it. If he can, he’s going to be on the field on Wednesday. We’ll see what happens. We may have to protect him from himself in this regard.”
(On how he feels about George Fant’s performance the past two weeks) “He’s done fine. He’s done a nice job. Our pass protection was really nice in this game. We did a good job. I don’t know what their plans were in terms of rushing the passer but, Russ [Wilson] had a lot of time to hold the football back there when he needed to, and he waited some out.
He threw a lot of balls away; he threw a dozen balls away this game- to avoid a sack or avoid a bad situation. But he was able to do that for the most part because he had a good look at things. They covered us up pretty good. George [Fant] was a big part of that. He’s out there on the edge and he came through again.”
(On of D.J. Fluker’s playing status is affected at all by how well Jamarco Jones plays)
“Somewhat, because he’s competing and he’s done well. That means that he’s raised the question, ‘does he deserve to play, should he start?’ He played terrific for us for three weeks in a row now. It’s a good situation for us, it’s as competitive as can be and D.J.’s [Fluker] got to come back for us ready to go – which he is. His attitude is great, he can’t wait to get back out there. We’ll see what it all means, we’ll know at the end of the week really.”
(On what has been most impressive about Jamarco Jones)
“He’s been really poised, he’s been really consistent, he doesn’t get rattled by the situation or the guys he’s going against, the calls we’ve made’ the checks. We have not had to scale back at all for him because he didn’t have the awareness. I mean, shoot, he was on his stuff and everybody’s going to have a couple plays. He got a whiff one time on pass protection, but for the most part, he’s got his hands on people, he’s staying on his and doing a good job. He’s just been impressive, it’s probably most impressive that it’s just been no big deal.
He just handled it, and he’s out there playing. He played in as big of a program as you could play in in college. The crowd, the fans, the pressure, whatever, he was chill. It didn’t even bother him at all. He played like he was capable of and that was impressive.”
(On how close Ziggy Ansah was to playing and his status moving forward)
“It’s a day to day deal. He’s got an ankle that he’s got to come back from. He’s going to be caught somewhat like Duane [Brown]. He’s going to want to come back Wednesday/Thursday or so and see if he can get back out there. We’re going to need to see him, see that he can get off and put some pressure on it. I don’t think we’ll be able to go all the way up to game time and not play him at all during the week and see if he can play. I don’t see that happening, we need to get him some work during the week so he can prove that he’s ok.”
(On Tyler Lockett’s recent sideline catches, including the one out of the back of the end zone)
“I thought that was a really impressive play. Matter of fact, that one in particular; he caught another one. He had another great catch. It would’ve worked in British Columbia or something like that but not here, maybe in another league. He caught it going near the wall, that was awesome. He’s been spectacular, his play has just been spectacular. The connection with Russ, as we saw again and again. The throw down the middle was just a phenomenal throw and catch, and that’s about as challenging a play under the full blitz situation that happened as you can make. I can’t wait to see what he does next.”