Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll began his press conference today with this blunt assessment of his team’s performance after a 33-3 loss here in Oakland, Carroll’s worst loss in his short tenure as head coach of this team.
“Well, there’s no mystery to us what happened today,” Carroll said. “We got nothing done. We accomplished nothing in any aspect of our ball. We got whipped at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and the only redeeming factor is halfway through the third quarter we still had a chance, after really not playing well at any point. And when we didn’t get our points down there, we just couldn’t stop it.”
Injuries will be a major concern for the team moving forward. Defensive end Red Bryant suffered a sprained right knee according to Carroll and will be evaluated on Monday. Colin Cole has an ankle issue. Golden Tate has a sprained left ankle.
Ben Hamilton suffered a concussion. Tyler Polumbus suffered a leg injury but returned to the game. Nate Ness had cramping early in the game but returned. And Matt Hasselbeck suffered a head injury late in the game, which is the reason Charlie Whitehurst came in for the final series.
Mike Williams also suffered a bruised knee but came back in to play in the second half.
These injuries are on top of six guys landing on the inactive list because they were questionable for today’s game, so Seattle needs to figure out a way to get healthy next week, or other guys on the depth have to step up.
“It’s football,” he said. “It’s a collision sport and luckily we’ve built our team through competition. And so it’s a game of opportunity. Obviously, we don’t want to see some of our guys go down, but it’s just an opportunity for some of other guys to come in and right the ship, keep us going in the right direction.”
Carroll said the key play of the game happened midway though the third quarter, where Mike Williams dropped a ball that would have gave them first and goal down 13-0, and then Olindo Mare missed his second field goal of the game, a chip shot from 29 yards out.
Mare also missed wide right from 51 yards earlier, but redeemed himself with a 47 yarder in the second half. Mare had made 30 straight up to that point, and hadn’t missed two in one game since former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora called his performance unacceptable against Chicago last year.
“The defense gave us a chance by just hanging in, then once it started we couldn’t stop it in the fourth quarter,” Carroll said.
So will Carroll watch the film from this game tonight, and what can the team get out of it?
Carroll said he’ll decide if he will let the team watch the film after the coaching staff watches the game on the plane ride home.
“We’ll all watch it as coaches,” he said. “We’ll see. Maybe we do, maybe we don’t. I don’t know.”
One of the things teams appear to be taking advantage of is Seattle’s aggressiveness on defense. The Raiders had over 100 yards on reverses, misdirection plays or screens where the defense has to remain disciplined and stay at home in order to contain the play.
“Those are always an issue of pursuit,” Carroll said. “We’re so dedicated to flying to the football that you have to still be disciplined on the back edge and all of that, and make your plays when you get your chance. We have been suspect there because we’re emphasizing flying to the ball so much. But you can do it all. You can do all of this. We just have to do it well, and we haven’t done that yet.”
On the fourth and 1 play where fullback Marcel Reese scored on a 30-yard reception, safety Lawyer Milloy had his fellow UW product in coverage on the slant and said he was close to stripping the ball loose, but was knocked off the play by linebacker David Hawthorne.
“I had a good break on the ball and I got hit. But I guess it was an aggressive play from our player trying to make a play, also. But that ball was coming out, and things like that happened for them all day.”
Cornerback Marcus Trufant said watching the film would be helpful for the team.
“I think you have to watch film on this,” Trufant said. “You’ve got to get things fixed. You’ve got to learn from it, and you’ve just got to be real about it. So you get it fixed, you learn and you get better.”
The Seahawks also had to deal with the weird bounces, including the 55-yard reception by running back Michael Bush, as he picked the ball off a deflected pass intended for Darrius Heyward-Bey that led to a 22-yard field goal.
The Seahawks also had the long reception to Deon Butler that ended up being a deflected interception to Tyvon Branch.
“The ball didn’t bounce our way today,” said safety Roy Lewis. “And you can’t say anything about it. It wasn’t like the coverage wasn’t there. It was just one of those days.”
* The Seahawks gave up eight sacks, one away from a franchise record of nine sacks, which occurred against Kansas City on Nov. 11, 1990.
* The Seahawks allowed an individual, 100-yard rusher for the first time this season, with Darren McFadden rushing for 111 yards on 21 carries. The last time they did that was the final game last season, when Seattle allowed Chris Johnson to gain 134 yards on 36 carries as he rushed for over 2,000 yards last year.
* Seattle has seven, three-and-outs and punted nine times.
* Matt Hasselbeck finished 13 of 32 for 160 yards and an interception for a 43.8 passer rating.
* The Seahawks finsiehd with 47 yards rushing for a 2.5 yards-per-carry average.