Pete Carroll Says Team is Bouncing Around And Eager After Bye Week

The Seahawks returned from their bye week bouncing around and eager to go according to to head coach Pete Carroll Tuesday afternoon. With the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers barely in the rearview mirror, the Seahawks coaches spent the last week self-evaluating the team’s last ten games.

 “Going back to work feels good to us, these guys are fired up to be back. They feel good, they feel strong, and in the walkthrough, they were bouncing all over the place.The schedule that we have this week will allow us to be fresh all of the ways to Sunday. By the way, we are doing it and celebrating the holiday too. They’re anxious to get back at it and really test it. This is like starting the second half. It feels like that, a natural break at the bye, and we are going to try and maximize that by coming out and playing a really good game this week. It’s all we have, so the focus is right on the Raiders. They had a big win last week, they have a lot of firepowers, and I know it has been frustrating for them this season, but they have all kinds of weapons. They have stuff that they can do, so we have to be ready. We are going to try to put together a great Wednesday on Tuesday because we are in that time warp. Then we will put together a great week hopefully.”

CLOSE BUT NOT QUITE IN COMPLETE SYNC

While Carroll was optimistic about the path ahead which has the team play 5 of the last 7 games at home to close out the regular season with a  6-4, he was quick to point out that the team still has a long way to go.

 “We’ve made a big turn. When you take four games plus the fifth game in the last five weeks, we really turned our football team in a positive direction. That doesn’t mean anything because we have to go out and do it again this week, but we can see it on offense, and we can see it on defense. It was frustrating to not get a win last week and to be in a position to finish with a huge game out there would have been wonderful to acquire that opportunity, but we didn’t do it. Other than that, we are getting better, we have a lot of room to improve, and we can see it. It’s a very fresh mentality, we are excited about getting back feeling good and all of that, and we are trying to take advantage of where we have come to in this last month or so.”

ROOKIES ARE ROOKIES NO MORE

Once the team returned from the bye week Carroll told the rookies there were rookies no more. A  psychological ploy by Carroll to have the players elevate their game.

“Yeah, I do think it is. Hopefully, we can make it into that, we’ve talked that way with them. Just stepping away from it can give you a chance to see things differently, a little more clearly. I’m hoping that is what takes place right now, but for them, I think it is really a convenient opportunity for them just physically too. I keep thinking of the tackles because I think they have played every snap. We will try to take advantage of this, and we have no excuses. This should work for us.”

We are taking care of our guys, this has been a really profitable year to this point, of managing the tempo and stuff like that. We have to keep it going. They’re okay, they’re ready to go. If you could see them bouncing around, physically, these guys are all ready to go at it again. I think we are in good shape.”

OTHER QUOTES FROM PETE CARROL PRESSER

(On if he wants to get Tre Brown on the field this Sunday)

 “We’re looking at him again this week, and we’ll see how he competes, and all that, and how he does. Yes. The answer is yes to that. I don’t know if it will happen or not. He’s competing to show that he’s ready to go. He had a good week last week. From this point forward, he’s physically adapted back in, so he could go.”

(On if he has noticed a different energy with the 12s this year)

“Yeah, starting with the opener. The opener, I think kicked us into ‘full go’. Fortunately, we got the win and all of that. We are counting on everyone feeding, we have to feed them, and they have to feed us. The 12s have been incredible, even when we have been on the road. I hope that there is a lot of energy for this finish because we certainly have it here in the building.”

(On how much of a boost the bye week can be for the rookies)

“Yeah, I do think it is. Hopefully, we can make it into that, we’ve talked that way with them. Just stepping away from it can give you a chance to see things differently, a little more clearly. I’m hoping that is what takes place right now, but for them, I think it is really a convenient opportunity for them just physically too. I keep thinking of the tackles because I think they have played every snap. We will try to take advantage of this, and we have no excuses. This should work for us.”

(On if he gave the players Thanksgiving off in his early years with Seattle)

 “No, I think this is something that we figured out along the way, and it helped us this time around coming off of the break. This is a really good way to do it if you can because for our guys coming off of the bye, to get another day on Thursday after two good, solid days of work is really a nice format. We haven’t always done that, and I don’t think we did it back then.”

(On how he decided to give the players the day off for the holiday)

“Good suggestions, good input from the guys around me. Matt Capurro assessed how we have done things over the years, and we keep track of everything that we have ever done. This is just a format that we have liked.”

Boye Mafe one-to-one on returning from the bye week

Tariq Woolen on returning from the bye week

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