Some quick-hitters out of Pete Carroll’s Monday press conference:
–Deon Butler had surgery to insert a rod into his broken leg on Sunday night. He will stay in the Bay Area another few days, Carroll said, calling it a “very serious break” with two cracks in one bone. He said that Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu will return to practice this week and could help ease the injury issues at receiver.
–Carroll used the term “very disappointed” a number of times. He thought the defense played very well on 50 plays but had “horrible” breakdowns on six plays. The problem was not wrapping up on tackles (especially on third downs) and taking bad pursuit angles, he said.
–Matt Hasselbeck’s four interceptions were the result of a combination of factors, he said, but at least two were bad decisions. He said he thought Hasselbeck was “trying to make plays that weren’t there … he got a little careless with his decisions.”
–He said that he’s frustrated, but remembers his first season at USC, when the team went 6-6 and it “took a year to really pay the price” of getting the foundation built.
–How to get the message of taking care of the ball across? “Just keep hammering … try to find new and creative ways to make a point.”
–Why does the team not play close in losses? Carroll said it’s a matter of momentum. When things are going well, the team picks up momentum. When they’re not, it goes the other way. He used that as a springboard to reiterate the importance of the home crowd at Qwest Field.
–Tight end John Carlson hasn’t been abandoned by the offense, but was being eased back into action after being sidelined with a hip injury, Carroll explained.
–The Hawks again failed on a 4th and 1 fade route that appeared to have little hopes of success. Carroll said again that it was not the first option and the primary route was covered.