Three takeaways from Pete Carroll’s  press conference

After watching his team suffer a disappointing loss in front it’s home fans Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll did not back g away from the team’s next challenge. The challenge is for the team to quickly regroup and be ready to battle an undefeated Detroit Lions team that beat the defending Super Bowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium.

BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TEAM

“This is a big matchup opportunity for us. Detroit looked great on opening night, in Kansas City. They’ve had a lot of momentum coming off their year last year, and a lot of positive stuff going on. Big opportunity for them coming back home, opening game and all that stuff so it’s going to be a really challenging environment which is great. We need to get in those situations and see how to handle the noise and how to handle just the ruckus of it all. It’s a really good matchup for us coming up.

We need hard ones, we need tough ones, and so here they come. It’s a good balanced football team, the way they play and their style. Coach (Dan) Campbell has done a great job getting these guys rolling and they’ve got a really good format to them. We’re getting our game tuned in and we’ve got to get ready to play a really good football game for four quarters. Last week, the first half was one way, and the second half was another way. We have to finish better than we did. That is what’s at hand.” 

If the team is to bounce back it will have to accomplish that momentous task without it’s starting tackles.  Monday the team placed right tackle Abe Lucas on the injured reserve list due to a knee injury. Left tackle Charles Cross has an issue with his big toe. Both player finished Sunday’s loss to the Rams on the side-line due to the injuries

“They are both hurting. We’ll see how this goes. You’ll see us be a little bit active. We’ve already worked to get Jason Peters in here, which is a remarkable thing in itself, going into his 20th season. We’re going to respond to how they end up doing this week.”

O-LINE INJURIES A CONCERN

The moves Carroll alluded to were the team signing   Raiqwon  O‘Neal and McClendon Curtis. Both players were plucked from separate practice squads. O’Neal from  Tampa Bay and McClendon from the Las Vegas Raiders. Prior to picking up the two undrafted players the Seahawks signed Jason Peters and Greg Eiland to the practice squad Tuesday. Given the short amount of time the players will have been with the team Stone Forsythe and Jake Curhan will be the starters on Sunday. Carroll was asked if Curhan and Forsythe were ready to step up.

“Absolutely. Both guys got thrown in mid-game. They both know our system really well and they’ll work better when they put a whole week behind them. When they’re out there communicating and all of that, it will be better.”

Forsythe was a 6th-round pick in the 2021 draft while Curhan was an undrafted free agent in the same draft class. Curhan played in four games last season and will likely start on the right side with Forsythe on the left side. Forsythe participated in all seventeen regular season games last year with his lone start being against the Jets on January 1st.

RETURN OF JAMAL ADAMS AND DEVON WITHERSPOON

A poor second-half effort by the offense was coupled with a porous play by the defense. The offense punted all four of the five times it received the ball in the second half. The game ended with the Seahawks offense on the field. The defense was just as bad allowing the  Rams to score on all five second-half possessions. There is some glimmer of hope on the defensive side this week. Carroll announced that Jamal Adams and Devon Witherspoon would both practice Wednesday afternoon.

“He’s (Jamal Adams) practicing today. Devon Witherspoon is practicing today, going full-go. It’s an important day for those guys and it’s an important day for us to get those guys back out. We’ll be careful with Jamal’s reps. It’s the first time on the field, but we’ll get him out there and he’ll work with the service team today and start his way back.”

The return of Adams could bolster the Seahawk’s pass rush and run stoppage defense. Witherspoon has yet to play a full game but showed glimpses of being a shutdown corner during training camp.

INJURY REPORT

Leave a Reply