After watching film and a no doubt tougher than usual tell the truth Monday, the Seahawks head coach was confident his team is ready to bounce back from Sunday’s humiliating 37-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
“They’re going to bounce back fine. We’ve dealt with all of that and just looking at what it was like out there at walkthrough today, these guys are ready to go,” said Carroll during Monday’s press conference.
While he was confident about the mental attitude of his team Carroll was quick to point out that the Seahawks will be hosting a dangerous Washington Commanders team Sunday afternoon at Lumen Field.
“We’ve watched the Commanders during this early part of the season have a really close opportunity for them to be on the other end of this thing with the games they’ve played against Philadelphia. They played two great games against Philadelphia and scored a ton of points and had a chance to win both of those games.
It would’ve made a little difference in the NFL world. We have a lot of respect for them. We’re seeing a quarterback, a young guy, Sam Howell; he’s tough, they’re leaning on him, they’re giving him an opportunity to control the game and it’s impressive the job that he’s been doing, and you can tell that Eric (Bieniemy) really believes in him by the way that he’s calling it.”
DANGEROUS ARIAL ATTACK
Howell leads a Commanders offense that is ranked no.9 in passing and 26th in rushing. The Commanders receiving corps is led by Terry McLaurin’s 47 receptions, 569 yards and two touchdowns McLaurin is averaging 12.1 yards per catch, 2022 first-round draft Jahan Dotson has three td receptions and is averaging 10.6 yards per reception. Curtis Samuel has 35 receptions for 336 yards and is averaging 9.5 yards per reception.
BALL SECURITY AGAINST A TOUGH RUN DEFENSE
In addition to a dangerous aerial attack the Commanders is ranked 20th in the league one point ahead of the Seahawks. The Commander’s pass defense is ranked 27th and provides a pathway to victory if the Seahawks take care of the ball and establish a run game. As a team the Seahawks have turned the ball over nine times in the last four games. In the first four games, the Seahawks had just one turnover.
“The most important part of that is taking care of the ball and not giving it away to control that emphasis. I’m out looking. I’m always looking in trying to draw different aspects of it, and examples and in the presentations that we give and the focus that we bring to it. The competition that we have in it all the way up until the end of Thursday until the last play, we’re battling to see who wins the day, in terms of the ball. I’m always searching and that search won’t end.”
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