Seahawks head Pete Carroll was brutally honest during Monday’s weekly press conference with the media when assessing Sundays Night’s 28-12 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Carroll pointed to the offenses inability to respond when needed and in the blink of an eye he was back to ” Positive Pete” saying he couldn’t wait to get on”.
SEAHAWKS WERE FLAT FOOTED TO START GAME
“Well, we had a really disappointing ball game last night down there in L.A. Didn’t do at all what he had planned to do and get done what we wanted to get done. They came out firing and we were on our heels a little bit. They did a nice job early on and we struggled to stop them.
We got far enough behind that by the time we started rallying in the third quarter with the way the defense was playing, we couldn’t over come it. We needed the offense to respond in the second half like the defense responded in the third quarter. We would’ve had a shot. Very difficult game. Disappointed in how we performed.
That game is already done, and we need to go. We got a lot of work to do. We got to get back on track and remember the things that we’ve been doing well, get back to it, and make sure that that shows up in this game this week and in this preparation. Away we go. I can’t wait to get on.”
ON CRITICAL OFFENSIVE DROPS BY JACOB HOLLISTER AND MALIK TURNER
“Those were two crucial plays because you convert right there, but no, that’s just those two plays. We really ran the ball fine. I wish we had run the ball more and stayed with it, particularly against the team that rushed the passer so well. I wish we would’ve been able to play off that more so and relied on it.
The score gets to influence it because we’re falling behind. It still keeps us in the game plan and keeps them away from what they’re good at which is rushing the quarterback. It falls in exactly how they want to play. They’re ahead and they get to go after the QB, which they do really well. Those are things we have to do better. We missed our opportunities on some explosive plays that we had called.
We ran the routes and all that and we didn’t get the ball where we wanted to go. Russ [Wilson] ended up dumping the ball down a little bit. It was all a product of the pass rush in general. Those are things we can do better because we didn’t get the explosives we’re used to getting. I think we had seven in the game and we’re used to being around 10 or 11. Those are things that would’ve made a difference.
If the tempo the Rams offense had in the first half impacted their communication
We prepared for their tempo. They’ve been doing this for years. It was nothing new. Our calling at the line of scrimmage got us a little off and we just got scattered a little bit. It wasn’t sharp. We had to tone it done and get it right and zone in, which we did. It changed. It took us a couple series to get going and it was too late.”
Update on Rashaad Penny’s injury and how the loss so early in the game impacted everything else
“I haven’t heard the update on his tests yet. We haven’t heard back from the MRI stuff, but the docs could tell he had, like I said, a significant knee injury. We’ll know more. We’ll let you know when we have the info. He has had a big impact the last few weeks and we’ve really liked his contribution. You miss him. A guy like that, you just don’t replace him. You go to the next guy and he brings what he has.
He had an explosive play when he got hurt. Unfortunately, we missed him and we’re going to miss him the rest of the season. I have been really excited about him turning the corner and really taking a hold of this thing and contributing in a big way. C.J. [Prosise] will step into that role and [Travis] Homer will help out.
We’ll see how those guys can do. We expect them to do well. C.J. has always done well when you give him a chance. Now, he’ll know he’s in the game plan and all of that. I’m hoping he’ll contribute in a big way.”
On any similarity between Prosise and Penny
“He’s got his own style to him. He’s big. He’s over 220 pounds. He’s fast and they’re about the same speed and all that. C.J. has the background as a receiver. That makes him a little bit different type of threat that we’ve always used when we have him in the game plans.
We look forward to him contributing in that way. We know he’s a big play guy. He’s already had a couple big plays earlier in the year. We’re going to count on him to really just pick up where Rashaad left off.”
On if there’s an aspect of the Rams offense that’s tough for them to handle
“Yeah. They’ve done a really nice job with their play passes. We have not handled them as well. All of that movement stuff as they’ve done and complement that with their running game has been pretty effective against us. We have not solved the problem of them like we would like to.
I have a lot of respect for how they do what they do. I thought the quarterback was phenomenal last night. He’s played well against us and done some nice stuff. They were throwing and catching everything. We needed to do a better job of covering. Because of the style that the perimeter passing game that they were featuring, once again, they hit everything. We just needed to make a few plays to change the rhythm of it.”
What is the process of moving on after a tough loss
“I think it’s the discipline of the approach. We like to stay with it. This has been enormously valuable to us over the years that we’re able to do this. These guys are prepared to put something behind us one way or the other, win or lose. We have to be disciplined about that and not get dragged through it and taken back to whatever just happened.
We need to take the lessons that we learn, move forward and be better off. We have to get turned into what’s going on down the road here this next week. It’s my discipline. It’s the player’s and the coaches’ discipline to just do it. We know it’s important and it’s crucial. It’s the ability to command your own focus and put it in the right spot. Hopefully, we’ll do a good job of that.”
On if what they want to accomplish still being out there is a big motivator for them
“Yeah. This whole season is in the next few weeks here. It starts with us going to Carolina. Regardless of what would’ve happened last night, we had to do the exact same thing we have to do this week, and the next week, and the next week. We’re fortunate to be in that position. We’re not waiting on anybody else.
We’ve kind of been in this situation before and we’ve gotten through it. I’m hoping we can do this again. Again, it goes back to the discipline and staying focused on what’s right at hand. The three games, we can’t do anything about. But, the one game, we can. That’s what we really need to zero in on.”
On if the injury concern for Cody Barton is over his knee or his ankle
“I don’t know that. I don’t know if it’s one or the other. Generally, it would be your knee because it’s a more difficult injury, but I don’t know. He was okay and he went back int here. He’s very tough and very demanding of himself. He just overcame it. We’ll find out. I don’t know.”
On DK Metcalf leading the NFL rookies in receiving yards and what he’s done this year that’s impressing him
“He’s been really consistent in his competitiveness. He’s battled every week. He had a great matchup this week and he came through in a big way. Played one of the better guys in football and was trying to stop him and shut him down.
He didn’t let that happen. He just kept working and coming through with tough catches, running after the catch, blocking. He’s more than just a catcher. He’s done a lot of good stuff. I go back to his makeup. He’s really–I can’t go any other wat to say this, he’s a great competitor. He really wants to be great and he is willing to work at it. He plays hard and physical and tough. It’s paying off for him. He’s been a real positive factor for us.”
On Jadeveon Clowney and other players fighting through injuries
“He’s hurting. He’s going to have to work his way through the week to make it for game day. He’s playing really tough under the circumstances. He’s got some core issues that he’s working with, but he’s making it through. He’s toughing it out, doing rehab and all that stuff. For a lot of guys and for teams, these seasons are like a heavyweight championship match. Each game is like another round. You try to go as many rounds as you can, if you lose a round, you try not to get knocked out, so that you can come back and battle.
That’s what it feels like. We’ve got a few rounds left in this season to go ahead and finish. We’ve got to come out slugging and going for it, making good choices, and playing smart. But it’s all there for us. It’s exciting for us, and for our fans, to follow this – I know it’s not always easy and it certainly isn’t perfect. Guys like [Jadeveon] Clowney, he’s fighting through it. You saw [Cody] Barton, a rookie, fighting through it.
You saw K.J. [Wright] come back in the game and his finger was crooked. The way these guys are going at it, it gives us a chance. I think the indication of how we came out after halftime on defense; we got a touchdown on defense, we get another pick, we block a field goal, we stop them again, force a punt. That gave us a chance to get back in this game and win ourselves a ball game.
I think that’s the same kind of mentality it’s going to take to get it done here at the end. We’ve got to fight our way through this and go back on the road again. Here we go again, across the country and get it done, and then come back and see what’s up next.
It’s an exciting time of the year, and it’s a challenging time of the year. We’re going to make our season here with how we do this. I’m really excited about it. As much as that was a mess last night, it’s about dealing with it and moving on is what it’s about here is what has to happen. So that’s what’s going on here in this building, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of it. So, we’ll see how it goes.”