A visibly frustrated Pete Carroll addressed reporters after another humbling loss for Seattle, this one a 41-7 thrashing at the hands of the New York Giants.
Today’s setback was the worst loss for the Seahawks at Qwest field, and the worst, two-game stretch for Seattle in terms of loss margin in franchise history. The Seahawks have lost by a combined 64 points when you add in the 33-3 loss at Oakland last week.
Before today, the worst loss for the Seahawks at Qwest Field was to the Buffalo Bills 38-9 on Nov. 28, 2004. And in the team’s first year in the league in 1976, the Seahawks lost by a combined 62 points, including a 41-14 loss to Detroit and a 41-6 setback at the Los Angeles Rams.
Even with the back-to-back poor performances, the Seahawks are still tied atop the NFC West with the St. Louis Rams at 4-4, and face division rival Arizona on the road next week.
Carroll said the team is still buying in, and believes they can turn it around.
“This is a big-time challenge for us,” Carroll said. “And for me, and our coaching staff. And we have to find our ways to get these guys back on track. These guys are with us. They have a tremendous attitude about hanging, and they want to get something done and they’re going to come from the heart to do that. And so now we’ve put ourselves in this situation, and we’ll take ourselves to the next step. That’s really what’s at hand right now.”
Carroll said he does expect the team to get healthier next week, with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck hopefully coming back along with offensive tackle Russell Okung.
“Russell has a chance to get back,” Carroll said. “We thought he’d make it this week. He didn’t., but he was very close. And that will make a difference in helping us.”
Lawyer Milloy said despite two weeks of his team playing badly, he believes the Seahawks will regroup and play better next week at Arizona.
“What we’ve done the last two weeks, we definitely can’t be proud of,” Milloy said. “This is the league. And no matter how bad it looks right now, we’re 4-4.”
Charlie Whitehurst said he was disappointed with his performance on Sunday. Whitehurst said the protection was good and he had time to throw, but accuracy was an issue, particularly on the two interceptions in the red zone.
Whitehurst finished 12 of 23 for 113 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for a 44.3 passer rating in his first career start.
Whitehurst had decent protection, getting through the game without being sacked as the Seahawks stuck with two and three-man routes most of the day. But the Seahawks never managed to create any explosive plays down field, and Whitehurst missed badly on several throws, including the third-and-one trick play where he overthrew a wide-open Chris Baker down field.
“It was a disappointing day for us,” Whitehurst said. “I was disappointed in the way that I played. I’ve just got to get better.”
The Seahawks offense was dreadful, once again Seattle finished with just 162 total yards for a second straight week. The Seahawks only ran 37 plays, finishing with just eight first downs. The Giants owned a 42:34 to 17:26 edge in time of possession.
The Seahawks played without Hasselbeck, Okung, Golden Tate and Michael Robinson on offense. On defense the Seahawks are missing three of their starting four defensive front in Red Bryant, Colin Cole and Brandon Mebane. But players like Milloy aren’t using that as an excuse.
“It happens, it’s the league,” Milloy said. “Everybody gets hurt. It’s about the guys that have the opportunity to come in and do their part, and for the guys that are still healthy to do their job. That hasn’t happened the last two weeks. So we definitely need all hands on deck, anybody that’s hurt. We need to fight, try to come back. I can’t say that makes it easier having some of our players hurt, but that’s the hand we’re dealt.”