They’ll take it.
That was basically the attitude of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and the rest of his players in the locker room after the team’s 13-10 over the Arizona Cardinals.
The Seahawks understand they can play better, but they like winning while going through that growth process better than losing. It certainly make it easier to go back to work on Monday.
“I’m very happy to get a win,” Carroll said. “We have a long ways to go and a lot of work to do, but we got a little bit better today. We did some good things and made enough plays.”
The Seahawks finally got things going offensively in the second half. And they went to no huddle in the third quarter to speed up the tempo – and it worked.
“I like the no huddle,” said receiver Sidney Rice, who finished with eight catches for 109 yards in his Seahawks’ debut. “The more we do it, the more I like it. I feel like we have the extra edge, we can get up on the ball fast, our tempo just rises and I’m looking forward to dong that throughout the rest of the season. It doesn’t give the defense time to get set.”
Seattle had the team’s best drive of the day, marching 72 yards on 14 plays, with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson scrambling in from 11 yards out for the game-clinching score with 6 minutes left in the first quarter.
Jackson’s score was Seattle’s first rushing touchdown of the season.
“We had a double-move route to Sidney (Rice) or Mike (Williams),” Jackson said. “I chose Sidney’s side, and it wasn’t open. So I came back to Mike, and he was open but I kind of felt late, so I didn’t want to throw it all the way across the field late. So I just tried to run, and make something happen. Marshawn (Lynch) got a good block for me, and I just tried to get into the end zone.
Added Carroll: “I thought Tarvaris played really tough today,” Carroll said. “I thought he had a fantastic drive for us, to get the touchdown in on that run where he gave it up at the goal line. That’s who he is. He’s a very tough competitor. And I was glad to see that.”
Jackson finished 18 for 31 for 171 yards and an interception on another Hail Mary pass late in the first half. He was sacked four times and finished with a 60 passer rating.
He heard the boos from the crowd and calls for Charlie Whitehurst, but said they had no affect on his play during the game.
“It doesn’t bother me anymore,” he said. “You want to play for your fans, but I’m playing for the guys in this locker room. I knew that it was going to be a hard situation, being that Matt (Hasselbeck) was here for a long time and did some great things here.
“I have a lot of people to win over. I’ll probably never win them over. My whole thing her eis to come here and be the best I can be and try to get the team some wins and be a leader. If they keep booing and we keep winning, then I don’t care.”
Defense leads them: While the offense typically struggled to put points on the board, Seattle’s defense continues to play at a high level.
The Seahawks came into the game as one of two teams in the league that had not forced a turnover, but they finished with two interceptions on the day and three sacks, forcing Kolb into some bad decisions.
Leroy Hill led the Seahawks with 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. And defensive end Chris Clemons finished with a combined seven tackles on the day, a sack, a tackle for loss and a deflected pass.
Defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove said he and his teammates got an extra boost from the CenturyLink Field crowd.
“It always great playing at home,” Hargrove said. “Especially on third downs because the crowd is standing up getting loud. They’re behind you. And they’ve got to go silent count. So it’s always an advantage.”
McCoy to the rescue: Carroll called the play of the game.
With 12:38 left in the game and the Seahawks up 13-10, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson mishandled a high snap from center Max Unger. But Seattle tight end Anthony McCoy hustled back for the ball and made a heady play, recovering the fumble at Seattle’s 28-yard line. Seahawks punter Jon Ryan boomed a 64-yard punt to flip field position.
“It’s something we practice every week – the cradle drill, and it just transferred out to the game today. It wasn’t nothing new to me, I jus reacted,” McCoy said about the play.
Said Carroll: “That was a fantastic play right there. If that doesn’t happen, then everything is different. That’s something we do every week. He’s been doing it for years, making fumble recoveries like that. That was a huge play for us, and you don’t realize it.”
Feely feeling it again: Arizona kicker Jay Feely missed two field goals during the contest that could have gave his team the win, from 51 and 49 yards.
Feely has a history of struggling at CenturyLink Field. While with the New York Giants six year’s ago during Seattle’s Super Bowl run, Feely missed three field goals in a 27-24 overtime win for the Seahawks on Nov. 27, 2005.
“Yeah, they were difficult kicks, but they’re kicks that I expect to make,” Feely said. “I didn’t think that I hit them poorly, but obviously I didn’t get the result I wanted.”
Aaron Curry sees some time: Heading into Sunday’s contest, linebacker Aaron Curry confirmed that his role had changed with the Seahawks, and that he had been demoted to the second team.
But his replacement, rookie K.J. Wright, didn’t see a whole lot of time on defense either.
That’s because Seattle played a lot of nickel on defense, with Matt McCoy has the middle linebacker, Hill as the strong side, outside linebacker and defensive back Walter Thurmond as the weak-side, outside linebacker.
Carroll said his team played more nickel to match up with Arizona’s three and four-receiver sets.
“They use a lot of extra receivers,” Carroll said. “And maybe because of their running back situation, they spread it around a little bit more, but they do that all the time. We had to prepare with four or five different ways to play nickel today. It was a very complex game plan, but Gus (Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley) pulled it off.”
Curry saw limited time on defense, along with playing special teams.
* Carroll said the only injury or note to report was linebacker Matt McCoy had a concussion. Tarvaris Jackson did suffer a leg injury on the fumbled shotgun snap, and Charlie Whitehurst warmed up to go into the game in the fourth quarter But after getting checked out by Trainers, Jackson was deemed okay to continuing playing.