Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll started his weekly media call with a plea for urgency. Can’t blame Carroll for understanding the gravity of the situation facing his team. The Seahawks are in the midst of a horrific two-game tailspin. His MVP candidate quarterback has taken 34 hits and been responsible for 7 turnovers. His defense continues to give up an average of 400 yards per game.
A LOT OF WORK WITH LITTLE TIME
Carroll was not asking for sympathy or direction during the call. The direction and means to get the team back on track were clear. What Carroll and the Seahawks don’t have is time. The Seahawks host the Arizona Cardinals Thursday in a battle for the NFC West divisional lead.
INJURIES CONTINUE TO BE MAJOR CONCERN
A short game week adds to the Seahawk’s continued injury concerns. A running game would add balance to the Seahawks offense. A balanced attack would slow down the opposing team’s strategy of blitzing on every pass play. On Monday Carroll said there is a chance Carlos Hyde could return to action on Thursday. The surprise announcement of the day by Carroll was that receiver Tyler Lockett suffered a mild knee sprain and is okay after a MIR and other tests.
A more positive note was the announcement by Carroll that Kyle Fuller would play on Thursday after suffering an ankle sprain during Sunday’s loss to the Rams. Fuller started Sunday’s game in place of Ethan Pocic who has not cleared concussion protocol and will miss a second straight game.
SAME OLD CARDINALS
Thursdays match up will be the seasonal final between the two teams. The Cardinals eeked out a 37-34 OT win over the Seahawks in Glendale. The Cardinals used an all-out blitz package that hit quarterback Russell Wilson nine times, forced three interceptions and two sacks. Other teams adopted the Cardinals and a major reason why the Seahawks have lost three of the last four games.