Monday, October 14, 2013
Carroll sees the positives in Sunday's win
By Terry Blount
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes things were better than they looked Sunday in the 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
The Seahawks had five fumbles (losing two) and gave up a 77-yard touchdown on a botched field goal at the end of the first half. But Carroll saw a lot of positives in the victory that moved the Seahawks to 5-1.
“I thought we got better some areas, though it didn’t always look like that way to you guys,’’ Carroll said. “I really feel positive about it, more so than you guys felt watching that game. We made progress.”
Carroll singled out a few areas of progress, starting with the offense line looking better with Max Unger back at center.
“I thought we really improved in pass protection,” Carroll said. “The whole mechanism of it was clearly better than it has been the last few weeks. Obviously, Max had a lot to do with that.
“It just looked better. It looked cleaner. It felt like progress. [Right tackle] Michael Bowie played better and [left tackle] Paul [McQuistan] had a nice game. They have to keep getting better, because they are going to be out there a while.”
Bowie is starting for Breno Giacomini, who still is out after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. McQuistan moved from guard to tackle when Pro Bowler Russell Okung tore a ligament in his big toe in Week 2.
Carroll sees even more improvement up front coming with the likely return of starting tight end Zach Miller for the Thursday night game at Arizona. Miller has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.
“Miller will back at practice [Tuesday] and we’ll take care of him this week,” Carroll said. “Zach is a big deal for us. He was really close to playing [Sunday], but hopefully, we’ll have full game participation [Thursday].’’
Carroll also singled out the play quarterback Russell Wilson, who completed 23 of 31 passes for 257 yards and no interceptions. Wilson also rushed for 61 yards on 10 carries.
“The quarterback play was exceptional,” Carroll said of Wilson. “No question he was on it. He felt everything happening the way it was supposed to be. He still overlooked a couple of reads, but he made all the adjustments and was on is game.”
Carroll also praised running back Marshawn Lynch, who had two touchdowns and 155 yards of offense. And Carroll was pleased how the defense held the Titans out of the end zone.
So Carroll was a little defensive over thoughts that the team isn’t playing all that well, despite having five victories.
“I’m not sure what you’re expecting, but we’re trying hard in all phases,” Carroll said. "We want to play hard enough and tough enough to have a chance to win, and we’ve done that.”
Carroll said defensive end Chris Clemons was the only significant injury from Sunday’s game. Clemons may not play Thursday night after suffering a hyperextended elbow.
Carroll wasn’t sure if middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who has a high ankle sprain and didn’t play Sunday, could get back for the Arizona game. But he said Wagner is surprising the team trainers and how fast he’s recovering.
The same is true for receiver Percy Harvin, who had hip surgery Aug. 1.
“Percy won’t play this week, but everything going great,” Carroll said. “He’s ahead of schedule in a number of areas. He ran really hard on the field before the game [Sunday].”