On the injury front, Tarvaris Jackson, Zach Miller, Marshawn Lynch and Max Unger all participated in Wednesday morning walkthroughs. Carroll made it sound as if all of them had good chances of getting back by game time. “We’ll work to bring him back,” he said of Jackson. And of Lynch: “I think he’s gonna be fine for this game.” Charlie Whitehurst also will get work at quarterback as well, though.
A prime focus for this week, he said, is third-down performance on both sides of the ball. Offensively, re-establishing a quick tempo will be crucial.
Troubles with the no-huddle offense last week at Cleveland were a part of their slow start. “You don’t feel the urgency of the no-huddle when you go three-and-out,” he said. “They didn’t even know we were in it.”
Carroll talked about Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and the Hawks’ interest in drafting him. He and John Schneider did a very thorough scouting job on him and “we liked everything about him.” He cited Dalton’s great timing, and intelligence, which has allowed him to make a quick adjustment to the NFL game. The decision to take tackle James Carpenter in the first round instead of Dalton, he said, was a long-term consideration for building the offensive line. “(If you) get a quarterback witout the guys up front, he wouldn’t have a chance.”
The Bengals’ defense, ranked No. 2 in the NFL, is extremely consistent and rarely makes mistakes, he said.
Carroll said he greatly regretted releasing offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus because he had stepped in and played so often in the past two seasons, but injuries to the secondary forced them to bolster that area. “I hated having to make that move,” he said.