A game-winning drive by his quarterback and a decent performance by his defense had Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll in a good Monday afternoon during his weekly call with the media.
TEAMS OVERALL PERFORMANCE
We played better across the board. They didn’t throw for a lot of yards in this game, and they were able to run the ball. They mixed their style of runs with the perimeter stuff that kind of pecked away at us. The QB keeping the ball on the boots, and their flat plays, and that kind of stuff. In general, I thought we just played more solid football. The first two drives didn’t feel very much in control of it, but after that, we were able to slow it down. We had the one drive late in the game, but other than that, I think they scored a touchdown on one of the last eight drives or something like that. So, we just played better.”
ON GENO SMITH’S OVERALL PERFORMANCE
“Yeah, he played a really good football game. He was in control of it and moved in the pocket really well, he had real subtle movements to move up in. He was consistent and he was comfortable the whole day. It showed on the last drive, he had no problem at all, he was just executing his stuff. He didn’t hit everything on that drive, but he hit everything that he needed to hit. Really, again, he continues to show us that he is very much at home running our offense.”
GENO SMITH PLAYS DOWN THE STRETCH
“I think it puts it to rest that, okay, he has done that, he’s come from behind and led the final drive like he’s going to have the opportunity, I’m sure, in the next few weeks sometime. It’s just good to have that behind him, it’s been a while. He was aware of that, so it just adds to it. I don’t know, at this point, he should feel as about as confident as you can feel. He’s done everything that he wants to do and hopes to do here at this point of the season in so many different areas. We are seeing him at a point where he can really add to what he’s done so far.”
THIN RUNNING BACK ROOM
One unit that was decimated with injuries during the Seahawk’s win over the Rams was the running backs. Kenneth Walker III left the first half due to an ankle injury Carroll described as an ankle strain. Tony Jones Jr. was added to the rotation and overcame a hit to the head. DeeJay Dallas was also injured and seems to have suffered the most severe injury.
(On the status of the running back group) “Yeah, that’s a really good question. I can’t give you much right now to go on, we will wait on that. There are going to be some questions about how the guys make it back, so we will have to wait and see how it goes. Right now, I can’t tell you.”
(On if Tony Jones Jr. is okay) “Yes.”
(On if Tony Jones Jr. is the only healthy running back right now) “You asked about the right guy.”
(On if he will try to bring in another running back) “We have a couple of guys that are on the practice squad that are available to us, so we will figure it out with what we have at this point.”
(On what DeeJay Dallas’ injury is) “He has an ankle sprain.”
(On if DeeJay Dallas has a high ankle sprain) “I’ll let you know when I know more.”
(On what the specifics are of Kenneth Walker III’s ankle injury) “I don’t have much more detail about it. He has an area of his ankle that is sore, that he jammed. There is some strained tissue in there, but it’s not an ankle sprain. It’s not a high ankle sprain, it’s not a lateral sprain like we normally report on, it’s different than that.”Pete Carroll quoates on the suatiouton of the running backs unit.
ON THE DEFENSE MAKING STRIDES
During Monday’s presser Carroll was asked if saw some improvement in the play of his defense after it gave up 171 rushing yards
On if the defense started making more strides in the running or passing game) “We played better across the board. They didn’t throw for a lot of yards in this game, and they were able to run the ball. They mixed their style of runs with the perimeter stuff that kind of pecked away at us. The QB keeping the ball on the boots, and their flat plays, and that kind of stuff. In general, I thought we just played more solid football. The first two drives didn’t feel very much in control of it, but after that, we were able to slow it down. We had the one drive late in the game, but other than that, I think they scored a touchdown on one of the last eight drives or something like that. So, we just played better.”
(On what he saw in the run defense and if there were any improvements)
“The running backs had 3.5 (yards) a carry. Like I said, the auxiliary runs had some yards there. I thought that we just played better. The guys played hard the whole time. We got out of there, and stopped them on third down better than we had. “
The Rams converted 4 of 12 third-down;s for a 33%.
Up next for the Seahawks is the 2-8 Carolina Panthers. Despite their record, the Panther’s run game is ranked number 17th in the league with a game average of 116.8 yards per game. D’Onta Foreman has taken over the run duties for the departed Christina McCaffrey and has 563 and four touchdowns